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MVP Web sites

The MVP Web site par excellence for information about Microsoft Word was the Word MVP Site, which was a collaboration of all the Word MVPs (and some others); unfortunately, with the decommissioning of, the articles at this site have been dispersed to many personal websites. As noted on my MVP FAQs page, the articles I contributed will eventually appear here.

Former Word MVP Bill Coan offers a few FAQ articles on Word in general and on macros specifically. Bill’s DataPrompter add-in allows you to create custom UserForms effortlessly.

Word MVP Lene Fredborg offers several helpful tools at her DocTools site.

Word MVP Jay Freedman's Macro Zone offers a number of nifty utilities for specific purposes.

The late Word MVP Shauna Kelly’s Word tutorial site, Making the Most of Word in Your Business, includes a step-by-step introduction to Word, plus easy-to-understand explanations of some of Word’s most puzzling features.

Word MVP Tony Jollans has some articles at his Word Articles site.

Word MVP Graham Mayor offers eclectic tips at his Microsoft Word Tips site.

VSTO MVP Cindy Meister blogs about Word issues here.

Former Word MVP Greg Maxey has a large number of useful articles and add-in at his Word Tips site.

Microsoft Office/Word support sites

Microsoft Office Online

Microsoft Office Downloads

Microsoft Office Template Gallery

Microsoft Office Support

Making sense of Word 2007 and above

There were once numerous resources for those who had recently upgraded from a previous version to Word 2007 or 2010 and were baffled by the Ribbon, including ways to customize the Ribbon to look like Word 2003, interactive command references to map Ribbon commands to the Word 2003 menus and toolbars, etc. Most of these are no longer available, but here are some remaining ones that can help:

  •  For those just getting started with Word 2007, Microsoft once offered a “cheat sheet” with the five most important things you need to know. This is no longer available (online), but I have posted it at this site, and a more extensive introduction can be found starting here. Although this article was written for Word 2007, most of it still applies to later versions. One tip that was on the original Office “cheat sheet” that is not included here is a pointer to the “dialog launcher” in the bottom right corner of some groups on the Ribbon; these arrows open the dialog associated with this group (Paragraph, Page Setup, etc.).

  •  If you want to keep a previous version (temporarily) and run it side-by-side with Word 2007, Word MVP Graham Mayor explains how to make to versions coexist peacefully in the "Hacking the Registry" section of his article here.

If you are interested in understanding why the UI (user interface) was changed, read developer Jensen Harris's  series of articles entitled “The Why of the New UI.” Especially interesting is Part 2, “Ye Olde Museum of Office Past.” There is also a media presentation on “The Story of the Ribbon”; it is a very large (146 MB) download but now can be viewed online.

Getting help from other users

If you are experienced in using Usenet newsgroups, you can still find newsgroups from the microsoft.public.word hierarchy on some news servers; traffic is light, but Word MVPs and others are still answering the questions that are posted. These newsgroups used to be hosted by Microsoft on its msnews server. Later the newsgroups were mirrored in the Microsoft Communities, which provided Web access.

Beginning in early 2010, Microsoft shut down the news server and Communities and moved its peer support to its forums. Support for Word is provided primarily through the Microsoft Community (previously Answers) forums, with support for Office developers through its MSDN forums. The following sites are of interest to Word users.

Home page for Office forums

Home page for Word forums

Word for Developers

Tips on Using Forums (FAQ)

Videos on Using Microsoft Community

Finding answers from the support community

How to ask the support community a question

Getting answers from the support community

Other support

MathType Equation Editor tips (requests but does not require sign-in)

If you are taking a course based on a version of Word different from the one you're using, your assignments may require you to use color schemes you don't have. Fortunately, someone has prepared color swatches for Word 2007 and 2010 that can be replicated in Word 2013 (which has fewer choices). These swatches are © 2013 by Digital FX MediA and were previously posted at but have been taken down. For the convenience of users, I am posting them here.

Word 2007 Color Swatches

Word 2010 Color Swatches

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