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#FiveFavesFriday: Word Functions

I spend a lot of time with Microsoft Word.  It’s where I write just about everything, from school projects to my own stories.

So I’ve gotten to know Word, and over time, I’ve gotten to love these 5 Word Functions.

1. View Side-by-Side

This one is saving my life, as I’m working on Draft Two of my novel 😊 No clicking back-and-forth needed.  If you’re doing comparisons, updating from an older draft, or just need to see two documents at once ~ this little function will save you time.

View side by side

Simply open your two documents, go to the View tab, and click View Side by Side.

You can also go to View tab > Window > Synchronous Scrolling to scroll together or apart.

2. Font Color Changes

If you’re like me, you write-write-write! your first draft, then go back to make some changes.  Sometimes, I know I want to change something, but I don’t yet know how.  In that case, I just change the font to red.

Change color font

Simply go to your Home tab, under the Font section, and hit that little A.

The one to its left is a highlight function, which also helps.

3. Strikethrough

I firmly believe in never ever deleting anything.  You may realize that a sentence or a paragraph that sounded lame at first may be just what your story needs.  But if you deleted it, how can you get it back??  Use Strikethrough instead 😉


Strikethrough is a little abc on the Home tab, Font section of your Word ribbon.

This is such an amazing little tool for working on newer drafts without completely erasing your old one.


I’m currently taking classes and workshops where I get to read other people’s stories and offer feedback.  This is when the Comments feature of Word really comes in handy.  It adds my suggestions without breaking up the text.

comments feature

Highlight the word/words you’d like to comment on, then Review tab > New Comment.

Click anywhere on the document to exit the comment.  Here is what it will look like:

comment feature example 2


It warrants the CAPS 😝 I get too many drafts for feedback with tons and tons (and tons and tons!) of squiggly red lines under words.  Nothing confuses me more, since Word finds misspellings for you.


To get to it, go to the Review tab, and to the far left you will see Spelling & Grammar.

Spellcheck helps, but it doesn’t always catch mistakes such as “curb vs curve” and “weather vs whether,” so always have a friend or editor review your draft 😊

Got any Word functions that help you write?
Don’t keep them to yourself, share in the comments! 😊

Write on,


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7 thoughts on “#FiveFavesFriday: Word Functions

      1. Side by Side….THANK YOU! I use Word for everything too so knew most of this but you just proved two things, 1. you can still teach an old dog new tricks, and 2. One is NEVER done learning something new..

        Seriously, thank you. I really could have used the Side by Side feature for around 28 posts of my own. It would have made things a lot faster and less annoying.

        Oh and on the spell check, the writers of those drafts need to enable it on their Word program, I recommend the grammar check too, or they won’t ever see those red (or green) squiggly lines. Because it’s enabled on your Word program, that’s why you see it. And for anyone who does have the red squiggly spell check lines…if you don’t know how to spell the word, right-click on the word for a suggestion from Microsoft, but don’t always trust Microsoft. Try putting it in Google search which will give you a “do you mean (the correct spelling)? if the spelling is wrong.


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      2. Hey! I am so glad you enjoyed this post. I was worried that it was a little boring 😁

        I use Spellcheck ~ though you sometimes do have to double-check, especially with creative fiction. Sometimes you do want to spell something a little funky, or deviate from proper grammar 😉

        Thanks for dropping by!

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      3. Nah not boring. I’ve been a daily Microsoft Word user since 2010 and there is always room to learn more. It’s a good skill to have for any kind of writer, fiction, to academic.


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