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By Jess Stratton | Monday, September 23, 2013

Using AutoText with Microsoft Word: Monday Productivity Pointers

Use Microsoft Word's AutoText feature

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If you use Microsoft Word frequently, you probably find yourself typing and inserting many of the same things over and over. Frequently used assets like page headers, signature lines, branding graphics, and favorite layout elements can be a real time-drain when you have to enter them manually every time. That’s where AutoText comes in. By using this often overlooked feature of Word, you can easily create reusable blocks of text, tables, images, preformatted paragraphs, and more.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you how to create your first block of AutoText, and save it to the Quick Parts gallery to be easily inserted into any Word document you create.

In the second, members-only video, I’ll show you how to find and transfer your AutoText entries over to a new computer so you don’t have to re-create all your hard work when you switch workstations. Watch these two videos to avoid wasting time with Word documents—and check back next week for more Productivity Pointers.

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