Weekly Roundup: Paste text your way, troubleshoot Outlook, AutoCorrect secrets

From this week’s reading file: Vivian Manning shows us what that little blue line underneath some of your text in Microsoft Word really means, DIY IT Guy shows us how to re-start Microsoft Outlook in troubleshooting mode to save your data (and possibly your sanity), and Susan Harkins has several ways to paste text in Microsoft Word to ensure the least amount of post-paste cleanup (always a good thing, especially when you’re pressed for time editing).

Word 2010’s Almost Hidden Autocorrect Options — Maybe you’ve never noticed that little blue rectangle that appears underneath words that Microsoft Word 2010 has autocorrected. Maybe you have and wondered what on earth it was. In either case, you may want to get a gander at Vivian Manning’s post that not only explains what that is, but how to use it to control how Autocorrect interacts with your text. Click here for the entire illustrated tutorial.

Choose the most efficient Paste settings for you — Most Microsoft Word users who Paste text from one place to another just hit Ctrl-V (or the Paste button), drop the text in, then spend needless time re-formatting the text they’ve just inserted. Susan Harkins at TechRepublic sets us all straight. There’s more than one way to Paste text, and as Susan explains, which method you choose can mean all the difference in the world in how much clean-up time you spend afterward. Click here to pick your favorite method.

DIY IT Guy: Five switches for troubleshooting Outlook — If your installation of Microsoft Outlook ever goes kablooey (technical term there), don’t despair: DIY IT Guy at TechRepublic has some suggestions for fixing the problem short of re-installing the software or otherwise trashing your profile. Click here for the tips.

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