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Word v.X and bold text between asterisks Apps
In Word v.X, if you enter text between two *'s, the text will be automatically bolded. For example, *a* will become a as soon as you press "space" after the last asterisk. I came across this by accident, and I can't seem to find any documentation for it. Not sure how useful this is, but it's interesting...

[Editor's note: This is actually a feature in Word, but it's somewhat buried in the menus. Select Tools -> Auto Correct... and then look in the "AutoFormat as you Type" and "AutoFormat" tabs. You'll see an option in the "Replace as you Type" section for "*Bold* and _italic_ with real formatting." So if you don't want this 'feature,' make sure to turn it off here.]
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entourage too
Authored by: Hes Nikke on Oct 14, '02 10:53:32AM

and those settings in word also effect entourage

the auto correct settings in word will take effect in entourage too. it's realy anoying to have to launch a seperate program to change some features in the 1st (i use entourage a lot more then i do word)

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Plain Text
Authored by: kerim on Oct 14, '02 11:58:28AM

This feature isn't so much useful for *typing* in word, but great if you take notes on the palm (with something like NoteTaker) and then transfer them to word. Since plain text files on the Palm don't use bold or italics, I long ago started using _these_ conventions for writing my notes so that they would be properly italicized in Word. (It is also useful for plain-text e-mail.)

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You can control it while typing
Authored by: nhl00 on Oct 15, '02 01:00:53PM

Also note that if you press cmd-Z (undo) it will undo the bold face and return your text to *foo*

Other features include:
_foo_ will give you italics

typeing * foo [folowed by a return will automatically start a bullet list]
1. foo [or] 1) foo [folowed by a return will automatically start a numbered list]

And of course, typping cmd+z will undo the list generated (so cmd-z cmd-z will undo the last text you entered, not just one cmd-z)

Similarly if you type text that word autocorrects cmd-z will undo the correction

Once I got used to it it made my documents look much better since I was more willing to set up lists etc.

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