How to Lock a Word Document

Locking your Word document has many benefits. You can make what-if comparisons to see how some changes will affect your document. As you have locked your document, there is no danger of the changes becoming permanent. You can change the document as you want, and if the result is not acceptable, you simply walk away. Your original document remains safe.

The above works at a personal level. But you may be sharing a document. If you do not want others to make any changes, you must lock it more securely. Therefore, you protect the document from editing by making it read-only.

Word allows you to lock your document in three ways:

  • Lock it for personal use
  • Lock parts of the document for public use
  • Lock the entire document for public use

We will explain both methods. Let us start.

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How to Password Protect a Word Document

There can be several reasons for wanting to protect your document. For instance, when you share a document, you may want only a selected few to view and/or edit your document.

You may have sensitive information in your document that you do not want others to know.

For all this, you may encrypt your document with a password. Until the other person has the password, they cannot open the document.

We will show you how to achieve this in simple stepwise instructions.

Let us begin.

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How to Change Default Fonts in Google Docs

The default font style in Google Docs is Arial, with the font size being 11. Any time you create a new document, the text in that document will be formatted in this style. It is possible to change this default style in Google Docs. 

Google Docs offers numerous options for font styles. Some examples include Cambria, Roboto and Times New Roman. You can find all these fonts and more by clicking on the font option in the toolbar. 

If you want more options for fonts, you can click on ‘More fonts’. Another way of finding more fonts is by installing an add-on called Extensis Fonts. We have written a detailed article about installing new fonts on our website.

The main benefit of changing the default font in Google Docs is that it saves you time and effort. Any time you create a new document, the text in that document will be formatted in the new default style. This means that you don’t have to spend any time or effort changing the defaults of each document.

In this article, we will be talking about how you can change the default font in Google Docs. Specifically, we will be talking about the following two methods.

Two ways to change default font in Google Docs:

  • Changing the normal text (and other paragraph styles) from the toolbar
  • Changing the normal text (and other paragraph styles) from the Format tab

We will also talk about how to reset the default styles.

Note that this article is intended for complete beginners. Hence, you can follow along even if you have no or very little experience with Google Docs. 

With that introduction, let’s get started.

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How to add custom fonts to Google Docs

There are different ways in which you can format the text in your document. For example, you can change its size and colour. In this article, we will be focusing on the text’s font.

Font refers to the way your text looks. Google Docs offers a lot of fonts for you to choose from. For example, Cambria and Ariel are two popular fonts. 

You can see the list of fonts that are available in Google Docs in the toolbar.

If you are not satisfied with the fonts that Google Docs already offers, you can install new ones. There are many situations in which you might want to install custom fonts. For example, if you are a graphic designer, you might want to use unique fonts for your projects. 

The benefit of using a custom font is that it makes your document stand out. For example, you could use a readable custom font for your resume. This would help make it stand out among the thousands of resumes that a recruiter goes through. 

Two methods of adding custom fonts in Docs:

  • Filtering the fonts that are already installed on Google Docs
  • Using the Extensis Fonts add-on

Note that this article is meant for complete beginners. So, you can follow along even if you don’t have much experience with Google Docs.

With that introduction, let’s get started.

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How to highlight alternate rows in MS Excel

Reading through massive amounts of data in Microsoft Excel can get extremely confusing. Ever been the type to hover your mouse over a row while dragging it to the side, just so you won’t get lost while looking through your spreadsheet?

Well, instead of having to put up a ruler on your screen, you can figure out how to highlight every other row in MS Excel instead. 

Now, if you can excuse the random shopping list, the steps to highlight every other row in MS Excel are relatively simple. 

How to Highlight Every Other Row in MS Excel

  • Using a custom formula to highlight every other row

We’ll go over the detailed steps throughout the guide below, so you can finally arrange your Excel sheet better.

At the same time, we’ll go over formulas and conditional formatting if you’re interested in figuring that out.

You’ll find these sections at the end of the article. Furthermore, we’ll also teach you how you can completely remove or clear highlighted areas rows. Finally, you can do more than just highlight, but also format the font color, size, cell border, and so on. 

All of this will be discussed below, so keep an eye and your Excel sheet ready!

If you’re feeling hesitant about doing this because you’re bad with formulas, don’t worry.

This guide was made with beginners in mind, so hopefully, the steps should be easy to follow. 

Let’s get started!


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How to color alternate rows in Google Sheets

Looking at numbers and texts in a plain spreadsheet table can be an unpleasant experience.

Coloring alternate rows of your spreadsheet not only makes it look easy on the eyes but, most especially, more professional.

Shading alternate rows also make navigating through dozens of them a breeze.

Now, there are two ways to color alternate rows in Google Sheets. 

2 Ways to Color Alternate Rows in Google Sheets

  • Using the built-in function of Google Sheets
  • Using a formula in the conditional formatting 

The first method is the simplest way to color alternate rows. However, it is limited only to coloring every other row. Thus, you may find the second one more flexible, especially if you want to control the number of rows to be shaded. 

To help you even further, we included links to the same exact spreadsheet we used in this guide down below. You may choose to use our sample spreadsheet so you could start following the steps right away. 

Alternatively, you can also apply what you learned in this article to your own personal spreadsheet.  

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How to Find and Replace text in MS Word

It can be a painstaking experience to go through a document just to find a particular text, most especially when you have a very long file.

Even worse is when you have finished your work, only to realize that you misspelled a word or two several times. Now, it would be impractical to locate and correct each word or set of words one by one.

This is why Microsoft Word has got just the right tool to find and replace all instances of a set of words. 

Now, there are about two ways you can find and replace text in MS Word:

Two Ways to Find And Replace Text in MS Word

  • Using the View Tab in the Ribbon
  • Using the Shortcut Key

Both of these methods will be covered in this guide down below. We also made sure to include a few intermediate procedures to better filter your search results. 

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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How to Insert a Text Box in MS Word

Reading through pages of plain sentences or paragraphs is both tedious and unpleasant. Text boxes are a great way to emphasize and draw attention to specific text, or to give an otherwise boring document some style. This feature can also come in handy when you need to move text around your document. Microsoft Word allows you to easily insert pre-defined text boxes that you can customize to suit your needs. 

Now, there are about two ways you can insert a text box in MS Word:

Two Ways to Insert a text box in MS Word

  • Using the pre-defined text box in MS Word 
  • Using the Draw Text Box tool in MS Word

Both these methods will be covered in this guide down below. At the same time, we also made sure to include some customization tips to make your text boxes catch your readers’ attention. 

The first method allows you to create a text box in the fastest way possible, while the second one gives you more freedom in terms of formatting style. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Here’s how you can insert a text box in MS Word.

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How to wrap text around table in a google doc

Text wrapping is a way of positioning the text in your document. When you wrap text around an object, you surround it with text. Some examples of objects that you can wrap text around are images, charts and tables.

Google Docs allows you to wrap text around some objects, like images. However, it doesn’t have the option of wrapping text around a table. 

Hence, you cannot directly wrap text around a table in Google Docs. However, there are some alternative methods you can use. In this article, we will be talking about five of these methods.

5 ways to wrap text around table in google docs

  • Using Google Sheets
  • Converting a table into an image
  • Creating a table in the Drawing window using text boxes and shapes
  • Creating a table within a table
  • Using a column of a table for text

Also, this article is intended for beginners. So, you can follow along even if you have never used Google Docs before.

Before we talk about the methods, let’s understand what text wrapping is.

What is text wrapping?

In Google Docs, there are 3 ways you can position text around an object. The first is ‘In line,’ which is the default mode in which text is placed around an object. This means that the object is placed on the same line as the text. Here’s what the ‘In line’ format looks like:

The other option is the ‘Break text’ option. As the name suggests, this option places the object on a separate line from the text. This is what the ‘Break text’ option looks like:

Lastly, we have the ‘Wrap text’ option. As we mentioned, this option places the text around the image. This is what the ‘Wrap text’ option looks like:

There are many benefits of the text wrapping feature. Firstly, it uses space more efficiently than the in-line and break text formats. Hence, if you want to print your document, you would need fewer pages. This saves you paper. 

Another benefit is that it improves your document’s readability. With the in-line and break text options, the object separates the text. This may distract you from the text. However, with the wrap text option, the text is continuous.

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How to setup custom page size in Google Docs

The page size of a document refers to its length and width. In Google Docs, the default page size (or paper size) is the ‘Letter’ format. In this format, the width of the document is 8.5 inches and its length is 11 inches.

Google Docs allows you to change the default page size. You can choose from one of the many options for page size formats. Some examples are tabloid, legal, A3 and A4.

However, Google Docs doesn’t allow you to customise your page size. This means that you have to use one of the existing formats for page sizes. You cannot create your own format.

There are methods we can use to overcome this limitation. In this article, we will be talking about three of these methods.

3 ways to setup custom page size in Google Docs

  • Look at the available page sizes and choose one that is similar to the one you want
  • Use add-ons like Page Sizer
  • Use ‘Print’ to change the page size of the document (you can save it as well)

Note that this article is written for complete beginners. Hence, even if you’ve never used Google Docs before or are not familiar with it, you can follow along.

With that introduction, let’s start.

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