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Word Processing Tips and Tricks

Working with Microsoft Office

Unfortunately the files that Office creates are not easily opened and edited with previous versions of Office. It is recommended that if you are using Office 2007 that you save your files in a format that is backwards compatible with earlier versions of office.

If you are using an earlier version of Office or are using Open Office you can install Office 2007 converters which will allow you to open, edit and save Office 2007 files.

Mac users - try this free converter to allow you to open Office 2007 documents on the Mac.

Save Documents as Rich Text Format (RTF) Files

If you do not have Microsoft Word but instead have Microsoft Works or Word Perfect you will need to save your files as rich text format (.RTF) documents.

This is because that even though Microsoft Works, Microsoft Word and Word Perfect all create documents they have difficulty reading each other’s files. Saving your documents in RTF form will allow you (and your instructor) to easily access your work – regardless of what program it was created in!

Don't have Office?

If you don't have Microsoft Office here are a few options you can consider.


eLearning Tips

Organize Your Courses

In order to keep your courses organized on your home page, you can edit how your courses are displayed. By organizing by semester, filtering out which courses you are taking now, versus which courses you’ve taken in the past becomes much easier.

You can learn how to do so here.

Drop Boxes

During the course of a semester, if you are taking an online course, chances are that you are going to have to use a Drop Box to submit an assignment.

You can learn how to use one here.

You can also watch a video about dropboxes here.

Run a Report

Checking your grades for an online course is as easy as clicking on a single tab in your course.

Read more about it here.

Should You Save That File?

As a student, you may want to access lessons or assignments in the future for later assignments. If an instructor hides the content when they feel it is no longer needed, and you want to know how to preserve it before then, you can learn how to do so here.

Compatibility

Sometimes instructors do not have the newest versions of programs that you may have, and may not be able to open your work. It only takes a moment to avoid these kinds of situations, and you can read how to avoid it here.

Additional Links

If an instructor has a .docx file saved on their course, and you are unable to read it, a plug-in for Word 2003 may be just what you need. The below links provide a plug-in and a convertor so you can access the content without getting the newest Word.

PLUG-IN TO READ .DOCX FILES IN 2003
FREE .DOCX TO .DOC CONVERTOR

Reduce Files Size

There are may free tools on the internet that will allow you to convert your file to a smaller format.

Images and Videos

Images and Videos can become large very quickly, sometimes it is better to reduce the file size by converting the file. You can read about some programs you can use here

PowerPoints

PowerPoints can easily get excessively large when including videos and audio. iSpring Free is a program that converts a PowerPoints into a flash file, and you can learn how to use it here