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Open With Word - Not Available?

If you're having trouble associating DOCX files with your Word 2010 it may be that you're actually using the Click-to-Run version of Office 2010. 

If you right-click a DOCX file and don't see Microsoft Word listed under "Open With" as a program you can open the file with (and you're sure you have Word installed on this computer) look for the "Microsoft Office Client Virtualization Handler".  If you see that option then you have the Click-to-Run version of Office installed.  Select that option the virtualization handler will take care of passing the DOCX file to your version of Word to open.

Quick Calculations

Got some numbers in your Word document and you want to know what they total?  Use the Calculate feature!  I know what you're thinking...WHAT Calculate feature?  Well, it's awfully well hidden and most people don't know it exists.  But here's how you can use it...

First: We need to make it more accessible.  Right-click the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) and choose "Customize Quick Access Toolbar".  Change the "Choose commands from" window from "Popular Commands" to "All Commands" and scroll down to find "Calculate."  Click the "Add" button to add it to your QAT.  That done, click OK.

O.K., now find some text with numbers; such as "Jones offers $221,000 and Smith offers $764,000."  Want to know how much they offer combined?  Highlight the sentence and click the Calculate button on your QAT...then look at the status bar on the bottom left.  Pretty cool, huh?

In sentences like that Calculate appears to only add.  But if you insert mathematical expressions like "8-3" or "52*171" and highlight those calculate WILL perform those calculations.  Note that you have to use the asterisk "*" for multiplication, not the "x".

It doesn't replace Excel but it's a nifty little feature that you can use when you don't want to have to find your calculator for simple things.

SHIFT+F5 To Resume Your Work

Next time you open a document in Word 2010 that you were working on previously, try pressing SHIFT+F5. It'll take you right back to the last point you were editing in the document! This also works within the document, if you're editing and you move to another point in the document (either intentionally or accidentally) SHIFT+F5 will take you back to the last point you were editing. 

Press SHIFT+F5 again and it will take you to the point before that. SHIFT+F5 again will take you to the point before that. SHIFT+F5 once more will just take you back to the first spot. This feature was (at least partially) broken in Word 2007, but it's in all its glory in Word 2010.

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Last Updated: 08/12/2015