Using Strikethrough in Microsoft Word

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I am proud to say that we are becoming more collaborative at work, especially around creating sound, process documents for different tasks that we do.  If you are like our users, you probably are using the Review feature in Word. However, we found that REVIEW, and Accept and Accept with Changes, and Track Changes,  was becoming clumsy with some of the changes that we wanted to make.  My team asked me if there wasn’t a better way to work on the documents. 

I have to admit that I couldn’t think of one in that moment.  I did research with Google, and I found a tool that I have not used for years – Strikethrough – which is a long time Word feature.  I found a great article on the blog, ” How-To Geek” called “How to Draw a Line Through Words in Microsoft Word” by Marshall Gunnell written on  August 9th, 2018.  You can read the article here: https://www.howtogeek.com/361599/how-to-draw-a-line-through-words-in-microsoft-word/.  The important part of the article, for me, is noted below.  However, he has other good stuff about creating shortcuts and other thoughts. 

How to Apply Strikethrough Formatting to Text

Applying strikethrough formatting is pretty easy. Start by selecting the text you want to strike through. You can do this by clicking and dragging over the text (or just double-clicking a word), but when you do this, Word likes to select the space after the text, as well. If you don’t want that to happen, click to place your insertion point at the beginning of the text, and then Shift-click at the end of the text for a more precise selection.

If you want to get fancy and select multiple words spread out through the document at the same time, you can do that, too. Select the first bit of text the regular way, and then hold down the Ctrl key while selecting additional text in different places. We suggest only doing this a paragraph at a time because it’s frustrating when you accidentally let go of the Ctrl key and have to start over.

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When you’ve got your text selected, look on the “Home” tab of Word’s Ribbon. In the “Font” group, click the “Strikethrough” button (it’s the three letters with a line drawn through them).

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Now, any text you had selected should be struck through.

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You can also apply strikethrough formatting using the Font window. Select your text, and then press Ctrl+D to open that window up. Here, you can select not only the regular “Strikethrough” option but a “Double Strikethrough” option if you want to go that way, instead. Make your selection, and then click the “OK” button.

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That’s it!  A great little feature to use to keep track of where you started and where you are going with changing wording, thought processes, or tone.

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM is now Dynamics 365

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Microsoft published a very important blog on December 7, 2016 on the Blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/CRM. You can read the entire blog at https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/crm/2016/12/05/now-in-preview-relationship-insights-for-dynamics-365/.

What is very important for end users to know is this first paragraph of the blog:

“This year brought major changes to the Microsoft CRM platform—even its name changed from Dynamics CRM to Dynamics 365. Dynamics 365 still provides all the familiar capabilities of Dynamics CRM, but now also aims to break down the invisible barriers that have traditionally existed between CRM, ERP, productivity software, and other systems that business professionals use every day. Going forward, the platform will also take increasing advantage of the scalability, data integration, and advanced processing power of the Microsoft Azure cloud-computing infrastructure. And already now, you can get your first glimpse of some of benefits this change has made possible by previewing the new Relationship Insights suite of features.”

The other helpful information in this blog details where you can find information online about the new RELATIONSHIP INSIGHTS suite, in the Dynamics 365 Online Help. Here are some of the links:

  • For a detailed overview of the various Relationship Insights features and their capabilities, see the Relationship Insights overview.
  • For prerequisites and instruction on how to enable and configure the preview, see Configure Relationship Insights features.
  • For details about auto capture, which finds email messages from your Outlook mailbox that could be relevant to the record you are currently viewing in Dynamics 365, see the Auto capture topic. Messages found by auto capture remain private to you, but you can choose to track any found message with a single click without having to open Outlook. Tracked messages are imported into Dynamics 365 and added as an activity for the relevant record, where the rest of your team can also see them. Auto capture is only available in the web interface for Dynamics 365, though you can also track messages manually using existing controls in Outlook.

If you are having difficulty with understanding the functionality, reach out to your Microsoft Partner.

Microsoft Now Has Quick Start Guides For Office 2016

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I will be the first to admit that I like having manuals to read for specific information.  Microsoft has now authored documents called Quick Starts for Office 2016.   You can see the documents at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-2016-Quick-Starts-25f909da-3e76-443d-94f4-6cdf7dedc51e.

Here are the different versions available.

Resources Online

Download in PDF

Read in Office Sway

For Mac users, the following Quick Start guides exist.  The Office 2016 guides are available to download in PDF.  They include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote. 

Skype for Business, Mac, and Mobile

Thinking about whether to upgrade to Office 2016?  Take a look at the resource guides to help you decide. 

Microsoft Office 2016 New Features Include Power BI And SQL Server Database Connector

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Figure 1 – from technewstoday.com

Sandy Stachowiak posted a great article on 10 New Microsoft Office 2016 Features to Increase Productivity at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-new-microsoft-office-2016-features-increase-productivity/.

You can read her blog in detail as she does a great job of highlighting new features.  The big features for Dynamics ERP users is the feature for NEW AND IMPROVED CONNECTION options.  Here is what she says.

Connectivity for Excel

You can import data from SAP HANA databases, SharePoint folders, and online services such as Salesforce Objects or Reports. Select Data > New Query and then make the appropriate selection from the drop-down box.

The connectors for IBM DB2 and SQL Server Database have been improved as well. For IBM DB2 you can now choose the Microsoft driver and for SQL Server Database you can include schema information as part of the navigation hierarchy.

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Connect Excel To Power BI with Publish

Power BI is a service that can transform your data into interactive reports. Using the business dashboard, you can monitor, analyze, and build models easily. Select File > Publish to upload workbooks or export workbook data directly to and from Power BI.

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Note that the service requires that you have a OneDrive for Business subscription.