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WD97: What's New in Word 97

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The following information was taken from Word 97 online Help.
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For your convenience, we've assembled this list of key features in Word97, along with ideas about how you might apply them to your work. (Most ofthe features listed are new in Word 97, but a few were introduced in Word95.)What's new with automating your tasks and getting assistance?=============================================================Word 97 provides an extensive set of automatic features that make everydaytasks easier.AutoCorrect-----------Word can correct the following errors automatically while you type: - Accidental usage of the CAPS LOCK key; new in Word 95. For example, Word   replaces tHESE with These at the beginning of a sentence and then turns   off CAPS LOCK. - Plural and possessive forms of a word; new in Word 95. For example, if   you have an AutoCorrect entry that inserts Sweet Lil whenever you type   SL, Word also automatically changes SL's to Sweet Lil's. - Common multiple word spelling errors. For example, Word replaces "int   he" with "in the". - Common word pairs that are spelled correctly but are grammatically   incorrect when used together. For example, Word replaces "your a" with   "you're a".AutoFormat As You Type----------------------Word can format text automatically as you type: - Word creates numbered and bulleted lists when you start a list with a   number or an asterisk; new in Word 95. - Word creates a single or double border for you when you type three or   more consecutive hyphens (-) or equal signs (=) in a row and then press   ENTER; new in Word 95. - Word applies built-in heading styles to text, such as Heading 1, when   you type a line of text with no ending punctuation and then press ENTER   twice; new in Word 95. - Word formats ordinal numbers and fractions, such as changing 1st to 1st   with the "st" superscripted or 1/4 to 1/4 ; new in Word 95. - Word formats network and Internet paths--such as \\Reports\May\Week1.doc   and http://www.microsoft.com/ - as hyperlinks. When you click an   Internet hyperlink, Word starts your Web browser and takes you to the   specified Web page. When you click a network hyperlink, Word starts the   program necessary to open the destination and opens the file specified. - Word automates the lead-in emphasis; that is, detects the formatting   applied in the first list item and applies it to the next item. For   example:   1. Word 97 is smart! It does the work for you.   2. Word 97 is cool! It makes your document look amazing. - When you type +----+----+, Word creates a table with a column for each   pair of + signs. - Word detects leading spaces that correspond to the left margin of the   bulleted or numbered paragraph above and changes your left indentation   for you. - Word formats your text as bold if you enclose the text with an asterisk   (for example, *test* will bold the word test). Word will format your   text with italics if you enclose the text with an underscore (for   example, _test_ will italizice the word test).AutoComplete------------Word can automatically offer suggestions for the rest of the word or phraseyou are typing. To accept the suggestion, you press ENTER and Wordautomatically replaces your partially typed word with the completed word.Word 97 will automatically complete: - The current date - A day of the week - A month other than the current one - Your name and company name - AutoText entriesAutoSummarize-------------You can use the Word AutoSummarize feature to automatically summarize thekey points in a document. Word analyzes your document statistically andlinguistically to determine the most important sentences and gives you acustom summary based on this analysis. With AutoSummarize, you canhighlight the key points in an online document and view it at differentlevels of detail. Or you can automatically create a separate summary orabstract. You have total control of the length of the summary.It's important that you comply with all applicable copyright laws whenusing this feature. You should review the accuracy of any summary becauseit is, by its nature, not the entirety of the workAutomatic style creation and style preview------------------------------------------Words 97 includes the following style improvements: - It automatically creates a style for you when you apply new formatting   to your text. - It can automatically redefine styles to reflect your recently applied   changes. - It gives you an instant preview of each style from the Style list on the   Formatting toolbar.Letter Wizard-------------The Letter Wizard in Word 97 can help you write a new letter quickly andeasily, or it can help you change and add to elements in your existingletter. It includes: - Letter Wizard dialog box. Accessible from the Tools menu, this dialog   box provides letter element choices you can make to easily build your   letter. If you've already started a letter, this dialog box displays the   appropriate information from your letter, so you can get an instant   snapshot of what you have and what you need. In addition, Word remembers   whom you've sent letters to and stores all related information, such as   contact names, addresses, and titles, in a list. When you send a letter   to a previous recipient, all you have to do is select that person's name   from a list, and Word automatically fills in the rest of the information   for you. - Step-by-step help through the Office Assistant. When you type in a   common letter opening, such as "Dear Joe," Word recognizes it as a   letter opening and immediately offers to step you through the letter   creation process using the Office Assistant. The Office Assistant is   fully integrated with the Letter Wizard dialog box and provides hints   and details on all the letter elements. - Easy text reuse. Once you use the Letter Wizard, Word automatically adds   structure and styles to your letter by converting letter elements into   AutoText List fields. For example, the closing text "Sincerely" is   converted to a Closing field. When you right-click the word "Sincerely,"   a menu appears that offers alternative closings, such as "Best regards"   and "Cordially." You can easily replace "Sincerely" with any of these   closings just by clicking it.Office Assistant----------------The Office Assistant, which replaces the Word 95 Answer Wizard, usesIntelliSense natural-language technology. The Assistant anticipates thekind of help you need and suggests Help topics based on the work you'redoing. You can also type a Help request in your own words and get theanswer you need. You can have the Assistant offer to start a wizard whenyou begin certain tasks, such as creating a letter. The new OfficeAssistant character in Word 97 is a central place for you to get tips onhow to use Word features more efficiently and find visual examples andstep-by-step instructions for specific tasks.What's new with editing and proofing tools?===========================================Word 97 provides the following key features that make it faster and easierto proofread and edit documents.Check spelling as you type   Checks for spelling errors as you type, and marks possible errors   directly in your document; new in Word 95.Check grammar as you type   Checks for grammar errors as you type, and marks possible errors   directly in your document. Like the automatic spelling checker, the   automatic grammar checker offers suggestions for corrections in-place   when you right-click the marked text.Smart spelling    - Recognizes your name, your organization's name, personal names of      varying ethnicity, commonly used company names from the Fortune 1000      list, all country names, names of U.S. cities with a population of      30,000 or more, and current terminology.    - Recognizes your typing patterns and does not mark certain patterns as      errors in your document; for example, words in uppercase letters and      words containing numbers are no longer marked as misspellings.    - Ignores Internet and file addresses.Natural-language grammar checker   Flags mistakes accurately, gives you in-place, effective suggestions,   and reduces your proofing time. It offers improved syntactic analysis,   better rewrite suggestions, and more user friendly grammar styles.Spelling/grammar checking combination   Eliminates separate dialog boxes and provides an interface that lets you   proofread online exactly as you do on paper. You can now check your   spelling and grammar mistakes in one pass, in one place.Find (and replace) all word forms   Finds and replaces all grammatically inflected forms of a word; new in   Word 95. For example, if you want to replace the word "saw" with the   word "hammer" throughout a document, Word intelligently changes not only   "saw" to "hammer," but also "sawing" to "hammering" and "sawed" to   "hammered.". Word can also intelligently replace the right word forms;   in this example, Word would not replace the verb "seen" with "hammer"   although it is a word form of "saw" because "seen" is unrelated to   "hammer." In addition, Word 97 provides alternative word forms, giving   you choices for possible replacements in case the default choice is not   ideal. You can select the replacement from a list rather than having to   type it.What's new with tables, borders, and shading tools?===================================================Word 97 provides the following new features to make it faster and easier towork with tables, borders, and shading.Table tools-----------      Draw Table tool            Lets you create and customize tables. You use this intuitive            drawing tool much the same way you use a pen to draw a table;            just click and drag to draw the table boundaries and cell            partitions. You can now make individual cells any height and            width you want.       Eraser tool         Lets you easily remove any cell, row, or column partition to         achieve the same effect as merging two cells. In earlier versions         of Word, you could only merge cells if they were in the same row.         In Word 97, you can merge any adjacent cells; vertically or         horizontally.      Vertical alignment         Lets you align cell contents at the top, center, or bottom of the         cell, using the convenient alignment toolbar buttons. If your text         is oriented vertically, the buttons automatically adjust to give         you left, center, and right alignment. Vertical text direction          Makes your text flow vertically (rotated 90 degrees) in table          cells, text boxes, and frames. This is a useful feature for          creating labels and also for publishing oriented documents where          credits or copyrights are printed sideways.      In-table row resizer          Lets you adjust any row's height directly in your table by          dragging the row border up or down, just as you adjust column          widths. If you hold down ALT while you drag, the new vertical          ruler shows you the exact row height.Border and shading tools------------------------      New border styles            Gives you more than 150 border styles to customize the look of            your documents. This includes 3-D styles and several publishing            oriented styles that allow multiple line borders, which are            especially popular in professional documents.      Page borders            Lets you put a border around each page. In addition to the 150            new border line styles, Word provides Publisher's fun Border            Art for page borders, which includes more than 160 art styles.            Page borders are also highly customizable. For example, you can            have:             - Unique border style for each page edge.             - Headers and footers in the border area.             - A different first page.      Text borders         Lets you apply borders to words or characters within a paragraph.         You can literally "block out" pieces of text by applying any of         the available border styles. Text borders also make it easier to         put borders around headings.      Text shading         Lets you call out parts of your document for other users. Just as         you apply shading to paragraphs, now you can apply it to selected         words or characters within a paragraph. Choose any shading color         or gradation.What's New with Drawing Tools?==============================Word 97 provides a new set of drawing and graphics capabilities that youcan use to easily embellish your text and graphics with 3-D effects, shadoweffects, textured and transparent fills, and AutoShapes.Office Art   Gives you many new drawing tools and capabilities that can be easily   accessed through the new Drawing toolbar. You can easily embellish your   text and graphics using the 100 adjustable AutoShapes, 4 types of fill   effects (multicolored gradient, textured, transparent, and picture),   right-shadow effects, and 3-D effects. Office Art is a rich and   sophisticated drawing layer that replaces the Word drawing layer and is   shared by all Microsoft Office applications.Office Art picture objects   Gives you all the flexibility required for picture manipulation. For   example:    - You can easily place pictures anywhere in your document, including      inline with text, simply by dragging them.    - You can modify the Z order and use Send Behind Text to create a      background graphic or watermark effect.Text boxes   Replaces frames and offers the full set of Office Art capabilities, such   as 3-D effects, fills, backgrounds, rotation, sizing, and cropping.Linked text boxes   Gives you the ability to link text boxes for desktop publishing use; for   example, you can flow an article from page 1 to page 4 in a newsletter.   Once two text boxes are linked, text that overflows from the first text   box appears at the top of the second one. Any number of text boxes can   be linked in any direction.Wrapping around irregular objects   Lets you wrap text around objects of any shape and size. You can wrap   text straight to the edge of an irregular object.What's new with Web tools?==========================Word 97 provides an extensive set of features that you can use to takeadvantage of the World Wide Web and the Internet.Active Web----------You can use the Active Web, which is shared by all Microsoft Officeprograms, to author and browse through rich webs of documents on anintranet or on the Web.      Hyperlinks         Link to any Microsoft Office, HTML, or other file on any internal         or external Web site or any file server. To jump to the new         destinations, you simply click the hyperlinks. Word can         automatically recognize and format e-mail addresses, URLs, and UNC         path names as hyperlinks.      The Web toolbar         Quickly open, search, and browse through any document, including         Web documents or pages. You can jump from one document or site to         another, jump forward or backward among the documents you've         opened, and add interesting documents you find on the Web to the         Favorites folder to quickly return to them later.      Compressed graphics          Compress pictures or graphics inserted in documents          automatically. Word natively stores JPEG images and converts all          raster formats to PNG, a new compressed format.Web page authoring------------------      Web Page Wizard         Start creating a Web page for you. The wizard provides customized         Web templates that you can easily modify to meet your needs. You         can choose from a variety of content templates that address the         common types of Web pages, such as a sample personal home page.         You can also choose predefined visual themes for these pages; each         theme contains fitting background colors, bullets, horizontal         lines, and other elements.      Sound         Incorporate background sound seamlessly on Web pages if your Web         browser supports it. You can specify the location of the sound         file to be played and the number of times to play it.      Video         Choose a video clip to play, specify playback options (such as "on         open" or "on mouse-over" or both) and, as in the case of sound,         specify how often to play the clip. You can specify alternative         images and text for browsers that don't support video.      Picture         Add a picture to a Web page, just as you do with a Word document.   Scrolling text         Add scrolling text to your Web pages. Type in the text you want in         this style, and you have full control over the animation type,         direction, speed, background color, and size.      Bullets          Make your online Web pages graphically rich. Word provides a          collection of colorful, graphical images that can be used as          bullets on your Web pages.      Horizontal lines          Add HTML-specific horizontal lines that can be colorful and          graphical additions to your Web pages. These lines are an          extension of the built in borders and shading functionality in          Word.      HTML forms         Produce consistent results with both HTML and non-HTML forms. All         interface elements are similar, except where they are extended for         HTML-tag-specific controls.      HTML tags          Simplify authoring your Web pages. Word provides WYSIWYG ("what          you see is what you get") support for authoring Web pages with          commonly used tags, such as tables, fonts, and background sound.          There are more than 80 HTML tags supported in Word.Online contents---------------Word 97 provides a large collection of Web authoring items on the Word Website, which will be updated regularly to reflect the latest technology andstylistic trends.   ClipArt Collection Online         Obtain the latest, coolest graphical elements for your Web pages.         Design Gallery Live, the online clip art collection in Word, will         include a sampling of the following page elements that can be         easily downloaded: backgrounds, bullets, buttons, icons,         horizontal lines, video files, and sounds.      Templates Online         Obtain new templates for creating Web pages with common Web page         themes.      AutoUpdate Web Tools         Manually or automatically update your system to include the latest         Word Web authoring tools from the Word Web site.What's new with reading online documents?=========================================Word 97 provides a rich set of new tools to enhance the way you read andmove through online documents.      Online layout view         Achieve the best screen appearance for your online documents. Text         appears larger and wraps to fit the window.      Document Map         Gain instant access to any part of your document. Word splits the         window into two panes (a Document Map in the left pane and the         document content in the right pane). The heading-based outline of         the document in the Document Map lets you quickly scan the         document structure, gives you one click access to the point of         interest, and serves as a "You are here" road map by highlighting         your current location in the document.      Hyperlinks         Link to any Microsoft Office, HTML, or other file on any internal         or external Web site or any file server. To jump to the new         destinations, you simply click the hyperlinks. Word can         automatically recognize and format e-mail addresses, URLs, and UNC         path names as hyperlinks.      Hyperlinked cross-references         Create "live" cross-references in documents that others will read         online by inserting the cross-references as hyperlinks. Instead of         scrolling through the document to find the referenced text, now         you can just click the cross-reference and use the Web         navigational toolbar to jump back and forth between related         paragraphs.      Document background         Make your document more visually appealing to read online by         adding background colors and textures. You can see these         backgrounds only in online layout view, and you can't print them.      Animated text         Add animated effects that make the text appear to move or flash.      Navigation tools         Browse through a document directly from the scroll bar. The         browser lets you choose an element to browse by; for example, to         review all the tables or pictures in a document, you click Browse         by Table in the browser. You can use the browser to browse through         a document by page, section, comment, footnote, endnote, field,         table, graphic, heading, or editing change.      Microsoft IntelliMouse pointing device         Directly control scrolling, panning, and zooming. You can also use         this mouse to control the amount of detail displayed on your         screen in outline or AutoSummarize view.What's new with WordMail?=========================Word97 integrates seamlessly with Exchange and Outlook to become yourstandard e-mail editor.   Automatic creation of hyperlinks         Format network addresses, e-mail addresses, and Internet         addresses; for example, http://www.microsoft.com/ automatically as         hyperlinks as you type them. By clicking a hyperlink, you jump to         that location; in this example, to the Microsoft home page on the         World Wide Web.   Message Authors in Document Map         Detect automatically whether an incoming message contains a long         conversation and list the author of each part of the conversation         in the Document Map. By clicking an author's name, you can         instantly jump to that part of the message.   Address book information access for names in messages      Find address book information on any sender or recipient while you      read or write a message. Just right-click the name, and then click      Who Is on the shortcut menu.   Automatic formatting of plain text WordMail messages      Format your incoming plain text e-mail messages automatically the      first time you open them. It makes following message conversations      easier by stylizing headers, indenting conversations, and adding      colors so you can differentiate message flow easily.   WordMail templates      Compose e-mail quickly. Use any of the ten e-mail templates that      represent various themes. For example, you can use the urgent-theme      template to compose an urgent e-mail message.What's new with collaboration with others?------------------------------------------Word 97 offers new features that reflect the work style of teams and givesyou tools that increase efficiency and productivity.   Versioning      Maintain a working history of a document. With this feature you can      see exactly who did what on a document and when. You can also enter      descriptive text about the changes made in each version. All the      versioning information is stored within the document, so you don't      need to maintain and track multiple copies of the document. In      addition, you can have Word automatically save a version at the end      of every session, so you can see who changed what in each version.   Merging documents      Consolidate all changes and comments from different reviewers in one      easy step. Multiple reviewers can modify separate copies of the same      document, and then you can merge all their changes into the original.      Or, for example, you can take a document away overnight and      automatically merge your changes back into the original document when      you return.   Comments and ScreenTips      Easily review someone else's comments online without opening a      separate pane. You can see at a glance where comments were inserted;      the affected text appears to be shaded with light yellow. When you      rest the pointer over this text, a ScreenTip that includes the      comment and the name of the reviewer appears above the text. You can      now read each comment in context.   Reviewing toolbar      Quickly gain access to all the common reviewing tools you need on one      toolbar; track and review changes, insert and review comments,      highlight text, save versions, and send the document in an e-mail      message.What's new with multilingual support?=====================================Word 95 introduced a feature that implemented automatic font and languageswitching when the keyboard changed, allowing multilingual text in yourdocument and in several dialog boxes. Word 97 makes it even easier tocreate and display documents that contain text in a variety of Pan Europeanlanguages. You can also view documents in U.S. Word that were created inFar Eastern versions of Word.   Keyboard switching      Automatically switch the fonts in your document to appropriate fonts      based on the language you are using when you switch your keyboard.      Keyboard switching also triggers language property switching in Word      and, therefore, ensures that a certain language text, such as Greek,      is proofed by the proofing tools of that language only.   Multilingual text support in dialog boxes      Enable Word to edit and display multilingual text across localized      versions of Word. For example, you can search by a Greek author's      name in the Find File dialog box in Word.   Open multilingual documents in localized Word      Correctly display text created in localized versions of Word if you      have the appropriate fonts on your system. For example, you can open      and view a Japanese Word document in U.S. Word. Note that this      applies to all localized versions except bi- directional versions,      such as Hebrew and Arabic.   Copying and pasting Unicode text      Copy Greek, Cyrillic, or any Pan European text from U.S. Word and      paste it onto a Microsoft Excel worksheet. Also, you can use the      feature to copy and paste Unicode text into edit controls in dialog      boxes such as Find and Replace.   Sorting      Specify a language on which to base the sorting order of text in your      document. For example, a Hungarian double letter such as "cz" sorts      correctly in U.S. Word when you set the sorting language to      Hungarian.   Insert symbols      Gain access to language-specific symbols and letters easily by      changing the font subset in the Symbol dialog box (Insert menu). For      example, switching the subset to Cyrillic gives you all the Russian      characters available.				
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