Creating watermarks

Watermarks (that light-colored text that appears behind the main text of your document) can be really handy. For instance, would anyone mistake this for a final document?

I think not. I mean, that's pretty clear, right?

Now that you're convinced of the Watermark's usefulness, here's how to insert and format one.

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1 Putting dates in Word documents

Most users who’ve been working with Microsoft Word for a while know how to put a self-updating date into their document (say, for the top of a letter).

But what if you want something other than today’s date?  You may want to display the last time the document was updated (to keep up with which day’s draft you’re looking at), or the date the document was created, or when it was last printed.  Sometimes, particularly when multiple people are reviewing/editing a document, that’s important information to print on a draft.

So what do you do?

Here’s how to embed those document-specific dates into your document:
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5 Automatic numbering makes exhibit dividers easy

While I've covered how to use the Bullets and Numbers feature in Word extensively elsewhere (that required multiple video tutorials to be really effective), you may find you need to create a series of numbers not related to paragraphs or headings.  Here is a quick and easy way to embed automatic numbering you may not have thought of:

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3 Inserting symbols and special characters

If you work in the legal field, you may often find it necessary to type special symbols and characters that aren't anywhere on your keyboard. There are two ways to do this, and the second one is particularly handy if you use certain symbols frequently (like ¶ or § or °) and don't want to stop to use the mouse.

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17 Why your pages break in weird places

Unless otherwise noted, all instructions and screenshots are from Microsoft Office for Windows version 2016.

We have this recurring problem where I work.  I bet you have it, too.

Sometimes, our Word documents (particularly when they've been generated by our time & billing software) leave huge gaps of white space between a heading and the text that's supposed to go right under it by mysteriously breaking the page right after the heading.

Except, there's no page break!  No one's inserted a hard page break anywhere -- the document's just stubbornly refusing to put text that will clearly fit on page 1 on page 2.

What's going on?

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1 How to Squeeze It All on One Page

Have you ever had a document that you had to get all on one page, but there seemed to be just a little too much text to make that happen?

I assume you’ve already tried reducing the font size or making the page margins smaller.  But have you tried any of the following?

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Beyond Bold, Italic & Underline: Special Formatting in Microsoft Word

While boldface, italic and underline will get you through most character formatting challenges, Microsoft Word has more in its arsenal for formatting text (as opposed to inserting special characters or formatting with styles) via the Format Font dialog box (accessible via the Home tab on the Ribbon by clicking on the small launcher arrow in the lower right-hand corner of the Font command group OR using CTRL-D):

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