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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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Recent Answers from Suzanne S. Barnhill

2016-11-01 auto correct word 2010:

AutoCorrect automatically corrects common typing errors as you type. There are two types of errors it can correct.    1. In the AutoCorrect Options dialog (File | Options | Proofing | AutoCorrect Options)

2016-10-16 Increasing space between words, but not between letters:

There isn't really any good or easy way to do this. You could painstakingly expand the spacing on just the spaces (you might even be able to use Replace or AutoCorrect to do this), but that would be difficult

2016-09-14 Stubborn extra line in header:

You've got an empty paragraph there, and you should be able to delete it by backspacing. This extra paragraph mark typically results from pasting content from one header into another. No matter how carefully

2016-09-14 Flashing screens:

Sorry for the delay. I'm not sure how I missed seeing this question yesterday, but apparently it came in with a slew of other mail, and I was distracted anyway because we're closing in on completion of

2016-09-06 ruler behavior question:

It would help in troubleshooting the issue if, in your screen shot, you had nonprinting characters displayed. My first thought was that there might be a space between the last x on the first line and the


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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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