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Microsoft Word Logo   Help with Microsoft Word
  & Related Programs
  1. Lining Up Numbers in a Column
  2. Placing Text & a Picture Inside an MSWord Text Box
  3. Replacing "normal.dot" when Word Becomes Unstable
  4. MSWord - Using AutoCorrect for Bullets & Numbering
  5. Creating Mailing Labels & Envelopes with MSWord, MSWorks, & Excel
  6. Using Columns in Your Word Processor
  7. Using Text Boxes & Other Graphics Options in MSWord
  8. Converting MSWord to PDF - Copying PDFs to MSWord

Digital Camera    Help with Digital Pictures
  1. Digital Photo Management Made Easy - Part 1
  2. Digital Photo Management Made Easy - Part 2
  3. Be Your Own Photo Processing Shop
  4. Digital Photography for Not So Digital Seniors
  5. How to Crop a Photo
  6. Printing Multiple Photos on a Single Page
  7. Some Digital Photo Basics
  8. Virtually Free Photography
  9. Displaying Your Photos as a Slideshow
  10. When Digital Camera Photos Can't Be Found
  11. Adding Text to a Photo
  12. Printing Photo Thumbnail Sheets
  13. Reducing a Digital Photo's File Size
  14. How to Straighten (Rotate, Align) a Photo
  15. Darkrooms Replaced by Computers
  16. Digital Cameras & Megapixelss
  17. Understanding CYMK & RGB Colors
  18. Red X Instead of a Picture
  19. Reducing the File Size of a Video
  20. Placing Text & a Picture Inside an MSWord Text Box
  21. When Multiple Photos Don't All Fit on a Print-Out
  22. Choosing File Associations for Picture Files
  23. The Difference Between "Drawing" & "Painting" Programs
  24. Problems with Enlarging Digital Pictures
  25. Digital Picture Formats
  26. Copying Images from a Web Site or an Email



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Converting Microsoft Word to PDF — Copying PDF to Word

I recently mentioned that a manuscript written with MSWord will often have to be converted to PDF before a book-printing company will accept it. Although MSWord is the world's most-used word processor, it is not the most stable. WordPerfect is said by many experts to be a better program in several ways, and recent versions even have a built-in PDF conversion feature. My reason for writing more frequently about Word is the volume of questions I get regarding the program. I seldom hear a WP question.

A PDF (portable document file) has the advantage of being equally well suited for being displayed legibly on a computer screen or for creating properly-formatted pages for inkjet printing or for a commercially printed book. Companies who can afford Adobe Acrobat have traditionally used this program to do Word-to-PDF conversions, while many of my readers tell of successful results with PDF995, NitroPDF, and Primo PDF. The free OpenOffice Suite also does PDF. The URLs to these programs can be found on my site at www.pcdon.com.

PDF has also become the de facto standard for legal and government forms that can be downloaded, printed, and filled in manually. However, I get frequent calls from folks who see such a form on their monitor and wonder why they can't type directly into its blank spaces. Well, documents that can be typed into, such as a 1040 from TurboTax, are not PDFs — they are created with an entirely different type of programming.

Back to PDF — they can be opened by anyone, since Adobe makes Acrobat Reader free and available at www.adobe.com or www.download.com

A number of readers have asked if a PDF can be converted to a Word file. Well, I see PDF-to-Word programs advertised online, but have never tried one. Nonetheless, individual sections of a PDF can be copied and pasted into any word processor.

To copy some text, click on the "I-beam" Select tool, and then mouse-select a block of text. A message will appear that your selection has been "Copied to the Clipboard." Now you can paste it into your word processing page (or into an e-mail) and reformat it if desired.

To copy an image, click on the "Camera Snapshot Tool" and draw a box around whatever you want to copy. Again, a "Copied to the Clipboard" message will tell you the selection can then be pasted to a location of your choice.

A unique feature of the Snapshot tool is that you are not restricted to copying an image. You can also copy a block of text. However, such a text block would be treated as an image when pasted somewhere, meaning you could NOT edit the text. Any text pasted after being selected with the I-beam tool, however, is fully editable.

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