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Expert Microsoft Word Tips and Training for Professionals

Expert Microsoft Word Tips and Training for Professionals

March 22, 2017 in Centriq News / by Sara Lamb

Microsoft Word is the most common word processing program for people and organizations all over the world. Just about every digitally-created document is made with Microsoft Word.

We all may use this software from time to time, but professionals may need it weekly or even daily. And while we all think we may be Microsoft Word experts, so few people truly take advantage of all of its time-saving features.  Here are some powerful tips to become Microsoft Word Experts

Use Sections to Improve Presentation

Often, a document is split into various parts, and each part may have its own formatting requirements. Sections are a great tool for increasing readability by breaking up a page properly. However, they also have another useful function – they make formatting simpler.

By splitting a page into sections, we gain formatting options for each. This makes it easier to create a diverse and eye-catching document while also saving a user time. Microsoft training centered around Word will usually demonstrate the versatility of this function.

Use Styles for Consistent Documents

Consistency is something businesses strive for in many ways. From uniform headers across all emails to normalized formatting for weekly reports, styles can be used to create consistency in an organization. Many different styles are available, each offering something a bit different from the others. We can find styles for any type of professional document ranging from charts to memos.

To use styles just open the styles pane. In most variations of Word (Mac or PC) this is located on the home toolbar.


Create a Style for Any Need

You can even create custom styles. Organizations like to brand all of their documents, keeping consistency across all styles and formats. Create your own styles and select your own colors, fonts and formats. Once in the styles pane or window, select “New Style” to get started.

Choose the Right View

While Microsoft Word’s page interface is easily recognizable, not everyone is aware that users can see a document from the view that is best for the document. Word offers several interfaces including webpage and notes.

When content is being written for a webpage, users can remove page breaks to view it in a web format. This allows users to better see how the content you are creating will look in a web browser window, and how much scrolling a user will have to do to finish consuming it.

When using Word to take notes, speed is of the essence. The notes view lets the user quickly take and format notes that are easier to read again later.

Spike Cut/Paste

When we think of copying and pasting information, we usually picture entire sentences, paragraphs, or pages. The spike cut and paste command allows users to pull content from different points within a document and paste these pieces of content together. Though a bit situational, this is a very useful skill to have when one is editing and revising documents at their place of business.

To use Spike Copy/Paste, select the text and Ctrl + F3 on a PC and command+fn+F3 on Mac. This will cut the selected text and add it to the spike. Then paste with Ctrl+V or command+V and all of the selections will be stitched together.

Search Documents with the Navigation Pane

Searching documents can be a lengthy process, and can slow the creation of documents down. With Word’s navigation pane, you can quickly move between pages, sections or even paragraphs. This simple function can help users save time by ensuring they can always retrieve information, make changes, and find important data with just a few keystrokes.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts for Added Convenience

We can use keyboard shortcuts to save valuable time and to easily correct mistakes. An action can be undone by pressing Ctrl+Z, and can be redone with Ctrl+Y. Other shortcuts like Ctrl+A can allow users to selection all the content in a document. Microsoft training can help users master these commands, allowing them to increase their efficiency when it comes to using Word.

There are countless shortcuts, and no one ever uses them all, but there is surely a handful that will save you time. Here’s a comprehensive list of all of the Microsoft Word shortcuts.

Mastering Word for a Business

Microsoft Word is the type of software which fits well in nearly all professional settings. Getting skilled with this program requires one to put the time in and get quality training. If you want to improve your skills or want to improve the skills of your entire professional team, Microsoft Office and Word training can help maximize the time spent creating Word documents.

For more information about Microsoft training, contact Centriq today! Or check out our upcoming classes here.

2017 IT Certification Roadmap

2017 IT Certification Roadmap

March 6, 2017 in Centriq News / by Sara Lamb

CompTIA has created a vendor neutral IT certification roadmap that will be useful to all IT Pros.

Whether you’re just starting out or are a seasoned professional in information security, storage and data, training, software development, hardware services, infrastructure, web and mobile or IT management and strategy, this roadmap will show you the certification route that’s best.Read More

Benefits of Becoming a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

Benefits of Becoming a CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

February 8, 2017 in Centriq News / by Sara Lamb

No matter the industry, IT professionals are always looking to improve their business’ technology infrastructure and increase their individual abilities. But in any business, it’s important to have a full understanding of the benefits and costs of a certification, especially when there are so many different technology certifications available.

This is no different when evaluating whether or not to invest the time and money to pursue Cisco networking certification. Here are the costs and benefits of becoming a Cisco Certified Network Associate or CCNA.Read More

New Classes at Centriq Training – January 2017

New Classes at Centriq Training – January 2017

January 19, 2017 in Centriq News, Corporate IT Training / by Thane Clark

The following are classes that have been added to our schedule recently. Click through on the titles to help you determine which classes you will need to add to your 2017 training plan.

Many of these are so new dates are not posted on the website yet, but they will be shortly. If you are interested in a class and a particular date would work best for you, let your Training Advisor know and we will try to schedule the class on that date!Read More

Centriq First to Implement Innovative Learning Platform in Tech Career Training

Centriq First to Implement Innovative Learning Platform in Tech Career Training

September 29, 2016 in Centriq News, IT Career Program / by Jessica Oliver

Centriq has become the first technology bootcamp (or code school) to implement Canvas by Instructure as its Student Learning Portal for its hands-on technology career training programs. Canvas, widely considered the most modern and sophisticated Learning Management System (LMS), is the fastest growing LMS in the higher education space due to its adaptability, customizability, and support.  Centriq, the only technology bootcamp or code school to offer both an entry-level Full-Stack Web Developer bootcamp and an entry-level IT Systems and Security bootcamp, is the first and only school of its type in the United States leveraging Canvas in an immersive bootcamp classroom environment.Read More

Centriq Training Offers Youth Technology Summer Camp Like No-Other

Centriq Training Offers Youth Technology Summer Camp Like No-Other

July 11, 2016 in Centriq News / by Sara Lamb

Programming instructors will teach kids to build a website in just one week.

Leawood, KS. (July 11, 2016) – Geek Week at Centriq Training isn’t your typical summer camp! There won’t be the usual activities like swimming, hiking, camp fires and ghost stories. Instead, this youth technology summer camp will focus on Website Coding, Mobile Apps and Gaming Adventures. That’s why there is a waiting list for both the Middle School camp and the High School camp.

The high level of interest in Centriq’s inaugural Geek Week summer camps stems from the familiarity that Generation Z (the kids currently in Middle School and High School) has with technology. For this generation, the desire to write code, create websites and games, and develop mobile apps, is as natural as the desire to learn to read. This desire is what motivated Centriq to create Geek Week.Read More

2016 Centriq Technology Scholarship Winner

2016 Centriq Technology Scholarship Winner

May 13, 2016 in Centriq News, College Alternatives / by Ted Parker


Computers have been his life’s hobby since the beginning of Middle School. When his family moved to Lee’s Summit from North Carolina he immediately enrolled in the nationally recognized Summit Technology Academy as an extension of his Lee’s Summit West High School experience.  He’s taken six technology-related classes in high school.  Read More