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I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".

Experience in the area

I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.


Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library


B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

Awards and Honors

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

What do you like about this subject?

What's not to like? (Well, right: whatever isn't working for you!) Seriously, I really love Microsoft Word. Although I do use other programs (Excel, Publisher), it's a challenge to figure out how to do things in Word.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

I'm still very much a novice in Word 2007 and 2010, and I'm still learning things about Word 2003. There are many Word features I may never need to use, but I'd like to understand more about how they work. Answering your questions often forces me to investigate these areas.

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2017-03-28 Mail Merge for email - using if statements:

I think you need the "Many to One" add-in that Doug Robbins frequently offers in the Word forum at Microsoft Community. See for example,

2017-03-04 Multi-Level Style which iterates by values larger than "1":

I don't think there's any way to do this with a standard multilevel list. It's possible you could do this with field numbering, but that's outside my expertise. I suggest you post a question in the Microsoft

2017-02-22 Symbol for "triple bar":

The Unicode character (U2261) is called "Identical To," and you can find it in the Mathematical Operators subset in Word's Symbol dialog. You can insert it from the dialog or by typing 2261 and immediately

2017-01-23 word document:

At face value, it sounds like what you need is a mail merge. The label template (which should be a table rather than text boxes) would be your mail merge main document. What you need to do is convert the

2016-12-26 changing how references are cited:

If I'm understanding you correctly, you have something like this:    This is a footnote^2.    And you want to change it to:    This is a footnote.^2    And where there are multiple footnotes:    These


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This topic answers questions related to Microsoft Word stand-alone or Microsoft Office Word including Word 2003, Word 2007, Office 2000, and Office XP. You can get Word help on formatting text, tables, tabs, fonts, styles, general Word layouts, bullets, headings, and outlines, using templates, toolbar modifications, and using Track Changes. You may also find tips on linking Word and Excel embedded objects including charts. This site does not provide a general Word tutorial nor the basics of using a word processor. It provides specific answers to using Microsoft Word only. If you do not see your Word question answered in this area then please ask a Word question here

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