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    Make a doc more pleasant to look at while writing (XP)

    I'm a freelance writer, so I spend a lot of time in word and over the years have learned to make it work well for me. But I've always felt that the screen I looked at for hours a day was not only dull but hard to read (any study of usability shows that word processed docs are much harder to read than web docs).

    I've been doing some blogging with TypePad and find I make way too many typos because my Word autocorrects so much on the fly. So I started writing in Word and pasting, but find that I miss the nice-looking page interface at TypePad. It's the same sort of thing you see on a cleanly designed blog--a narrow column down the center for easy reading, with a light, cool color for the background. It's very simple, and it's much easier to read.

    Last night I tried making a Word template that was a lightl blue box in the middle of a white screen--kind of how a blog looks--but it didn't work well. The box grew with the writing, which made problems with seeing things when i got to the bottom of the screen.

    So the big question is what do people do to make their word interface more pleasant to look at? Is it a matter of setting up your Windows appearances, or do you use a nicely formatted document? Maybe make a simple css stylesheet and compose in HTML (I don't even know if Word does this, but CSS seems the formatting wave of the future).

    Can't wait to hear!

    Aime' Fraser

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    Re: Make a doc more pleasant to look at while writing (XP)

    If you switch to Web Layout view, you can set a background color for the document through Format | Background. It only affects on-screen viewing, it won't be printed.

    You can set up a template with large left and right indentation in the paragraph format of the default style, so that you only have a narrow column to type in.

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    Re: Make a doc more pleasant to look at while writing (XP)

    For the background color, I use the Windows desktop appearances, in my case a light beige (... Preferrable for all docs, because I've been fooled by white text, or tables with white borders, too often).
    For the rest I would use a template as recommended by Hans, too.

    <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16> Klaus

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