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    SB commented  · 

    Hi George, this should be already feasible by changing two options for this in Word options menu located in 'File - Options - Save'. The two settings to need changing are to firstly untick the 'AutoSave OneDrive and SharePoint Online files by default on Word' selection, and then also tick the 'Save to Computer by default' option. This is further explained in detail here ( https://www.onmsft.com/how-to/how-to-save-files-locally-in-office-365-and-work-your-way-around-saving-to-onedrive ).

    AutoSave is existent in Office only recently within 365 version, as confirmed here ( https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/what-is-autosave-6d6bd723-ebfd-4e40-b5f6-ae6e8088f7a5 ). The concept of it is specifically in integration with OneDrive, instead of local file saving; so this setting is enabled by default. But nonetheless this can still be changed to save locally to Computer by default.

    Note, this is in Office 365 applications - so can be found/amended in Excel and PowerPoint as well.

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    As noted earlier, the functionality for this is already available within the 'Autocorrect Options' - which are accessed from File-Options-Proofing as shown here on this Microsoft article ( https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/turn-autocorrect-on-or-off-in-word-9f5a0684-05f6-4510-b419-8f0034caefe4 ). As this article confirms, this functionality applies to Word versions from 2010 to 365.

    This provides the option to enable/disable various autocorrect aspects including the capitalization of words; and also customising it with specific words to start with lowercase - as this initial feedback was submitted regarding.

    This functionality is also within the other Office applications as well, including for example Excel ( https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/autocorrect-features-in-excel-8fd2dc2d-ca25-4b9b-88a5-fea044b2fa11 ).

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    Hi, this functionality for spellcheck can be either accessed from the main ribbon under the 'review' sub-menu, or you can also add this to the quick access toolbar as well.

    However, firstly note that Microsoft have recently made a fundamental change to the spellcheck and related functionality, as it was somewhat revamped into what is now known as 'Microsoft Editor' - as you'll see from this article here ( https://support.office.com/en-us/article/microsoft-editor-checks-grammar-and-more-in-documents-mail-and-the-web-91ecbe1b-d021-4e9e-a82e-abc4cd7163d7 ).

    So to access Microsoft Editor or the intended spellchecker aspect to this, there's the following ways available:

    1. The keyboard function key for spellchecker (as was in pre-365 versions also) is the F7 key. So in Word365 when you press this, it will then bring the new Microsoft Editor tool to the screen showing the spellchecking function included within it. This tool I believe defaults to the right of the screen, though can be moved as required.

    2. This Microsoft Editor tool, as was previously too the case with the original 'spellchecking & grammar', is accessed via the 'review' sub-menu on the ribbon and immediately then within the 'proofing' group.

    3. To add to the quick access toolbar, as per Microsoft detail here ( https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/Add-commands-to-the-Quick-Access-Toolbar-f733e1a6-53b1-4388-a609-173d03895ab7 ), you can firstly either access this toolbar configuration through either 'File - Options - Quick Access Toolbar' or just by selecting the drop down button located at the end of the quick access toolbar and then selecting 'More Commands'.
    Within now this 'Customize the Quick Access Toolbar' window on the screen, the spelling and grammar option can be found within the drop down headed 'Choose commands from' to then select the 'Review tab'. On here is listed alphabetically both the new 'Editor' function (with the new blue pen type icon) and the 'Spelling and Grammar' function (with the original green tick and abc given icon). It appears that whichever of these is now used, they both nonetheless prompt the new Microsoft Editor tool; so may seem slightly odd that both these are available given that they do the exact same thing - though would imagine this maybe for transition sake whilst this new Microsoft Editor becomes the known norm to everyone using Word 365.

    Similarly to add to the last note of this new transition to Microsoft Editor for spelling and grammar check, you'll notice for example in both Excel and PowerPoint that this is not available yet (as confirmed too by the first given Microsoft article confirming it has only been yet applied to Word and also Outlook). So for the time being again the spelling and grammar can still be accessed by all the ways noted here, including by the 'review' sub-menu and simply using the F7 key.

    PS - If the new Microsoft Editor tool doesn't yet appear on your Word 365 application, it may be requiring a nudge via running Office update. This can be achieved via using the route of Windows update as advised here ( https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Update-Office-with-Microsoft-Update-f59d3f9d-bd5d-4d3b-a08e-1dd659cf5282 ) or in Word 365 it can be accessed from 'File - Account - Office Updates' where there is drop down options to 'Update Now' as well as seeing which updates that have been installed.

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    Currently, per Word 365, the word count functionality menu (Review-Proofing-Word Count) does provide tick box to exclude/include the count for 'textboxes, footnotes and endnotes'. This is detailed further here (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/show-word-count-3c9e6a11-a04d-43b4-977c-563a0e0d5da3).
    However it would still be appreciated if this functionality was developed with other commonly sought count information.

    There is also currently the QuickParts-Field functionality to insert the word count into the document (direct on page or into textbox - both ways work) by using the 'NumWords' formula; detailed here (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/office/use-fields-to-insert-word-count-in-your-document-8696d5ae-25bb-4173-a76f-00f213a2fa63?ui=en-us&rs=en-us&ad=us). Though this is merely providing the total word count, it could also be developed. For example, creating new formula perhaps such as 'NumWordsExcBibliography' to run word count without including bibliography.

    The issues however with the current main word count functionality (Review-Proofing-Word Count) also are:

    1) This needs to allow individual (not per currently with one to select for all three elements) selection tick boxes for a more concise considered list of document elements including: Cover/first page, Contents page, bibliography/references, footnotes, endnotes, tables, textboxes, and equations.

    2) There has been attempts to find ways to decipher the word count excluding in-text citation (https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-exclude-text-from-word-count-in-Microsoft-word-2007); but having to reformat in-text citation to then presume subtracting the difference for ascertaining this is not always certain to work. So again emphasises that this function should already be coded within the application to perform word count with subtraction of citation text.

    On related note concerning word count, there is similar current functionality scope/limitations within fellow Office applications; including Excel via using specific formula (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/office/troubleshoot/excel/formulas-to-count-occurrences-in-excel). However, may be consideration to apply similar basis of word count functionality tool/interface throughout all Office applications as standard.

    Microsoft may wish to further consider this in alignment within the Windows OS environment, and possibly add such word count tool which can effectively apply throughout applications - therefore external situ based tool (e.g. via Windows Accessories or similar) that is integrated across all Office apps and suites, and even others including WordPad.

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    SB commented  · 

    Hi Artur, completely agree with you on this - and as you say there are potential workarounds out there for this, although would be best to ensure this is already an available functionality.

    To add reference on this, as you note also - there is the 'different first page' functionality which Microsoft advise of here (https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/start-page-numbering-later-in-your-document-c73e3d55-d722-4bd0-886e-0b0bd0eb3f02).
    And similarly, there is too the workaround to skipping pages in the auto-numbering by using breaks in the document - which is detailed also here (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/how-to-skip-page-numbers-on-certain-pages-in-word/11cf582b-414b-4521-b1a8-b91f7f1218cb).

    Another rather tiresome workaround may also be to save document as PDF and then use a PDF editor application to either create/modify the page numbering at that point; as then the document is format 'flattened' so this change would then be exactly as its done without shuffling subsequent page numbers around - due to it no longer being in word file format.

    However, rather than these workarounds which can well become quite awkward to the overall document and its formatting; it would be a valuable solution to include if there was simply an option (perhaps within 'Insert - Header & Footer - Page Number - Format Page Numbers' for an additional box under 'Page Numbering' section to enter which pages to exclude from the page numbering.

    Also, though noted this forum is for 'Word for Windows (Desktop Application)', would it be beneficial to consider this functionality not only for Word but in fact standard across Office applications (e.g. Excel, Powerpoint, etc.) ?

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    It appears this was available in previous Word 2016 version, though has since been forgotten/removed upon Word 365 version. See here (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/remove-timestamp-from-track-changes-in-office-365/d47657ce-577c-486c-8e40-4454ee69c6cd) for Word 2016 route on this.

    However, it does seem possible that there may be a somewhat hidden and perhaps not straightforward way of achieving this in Word 365. Via way of changing file type and many steps to change the file from word file into zip then into XML before changing code in the file, and then putting it back into zip, before eventually back to word file - in case this works in the interim you can check this out here (https://www.extendoffice.com/documents/word/5516-word-remove-time-from-comments.html). Apologies if this is by chance the zip file change method you were also referring to.

    It looks like this (https://wordribbon.tips.net/T010121_Removing_the_Time_Stamp_from_Tracked_Changes.html) is the Macro method workaround for this. Though notably it does at the end of this article state this fix (10121) is relevant only to versions from 2007 through to 2016; so not confirming as to Word 365 version.

    Nonetheless, it would seem best for this functionality (seemingly available to an extent in previous versions) is available in current/future releases of Word.

    Talking of Word so far on this issue, it may also be worth clarifying from everyone in comments here on this forum topic whether this option to remove timestamps from comments and track changes would also be beneficial and/or more useful if it were to be available in all other Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) too ?

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    SB commented  · 

    Agreed this needs further developing; and indeed the current Word count tool does include tick box to include/exclude: textboxes, footnotes and endnotes.

    See more update here via
    https://word.uservoice.com/forums/304924-word-for-windows-desktop-application/suggestions/34358230-different-word-count-options

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    There is a ruler function available in Word 365, on the ribbon under View - Show.
    In Word 365 'options - advanced' under Display section there is setting to disable/enable vertical ruler in print layout view also (https://www.howtogeek.com/275189/how-to-show-and-hide-the-rulers-in-microsoft-word/ ).

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    SB commented  · 

    The list of office Word keyboard shortcuts is here (https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/keyboard-shortcuts-in-word-95ef89dd-7142-4b50-afb2-f762f663ceb2) and includes the 'Alt+W+Q' default shortcut to access the zoom function.
    The zooming in/out quick route is via using Ctrl key + mouse scroll, with scrolling up to increase zoom and scrolling down to decrease zoom.

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    In Word 365 a file can be pinned to the list as explained further here (https://support.office.com/en-us/article/customize-the-list-of-recently-used-files-in-office-apps-b70b195a-eaba-4750-87d3-d9723820137e), or a file can also be saved as a template which would then appear on the 'Home' screen under the template files list at the top under the 'New' file section. The default setting for templates to be stored is set within Word under: Options - Save - Default personal templates location.

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    It appears this was otherwise available in previous releases of Office/Word before 365 version, but for some reason upon 365 release it was not the case.
    The 2010/2013 versions included this (https://www.itworld.com/article/2732568/turn-off-status-bar-in-microsoft-word.html), as did 2007 (https://word.tips.net/T001202_Controlling_Display_of_the_Status_Bar.html).
    Though notably, this feature became less available in the 2016 version when it was only achievable by deselecting all the status bar options rather than simply enabling/disabling the status bar (https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/msoffice/forum/all/status-bar-word-2016/6cc6dbfc-ceef-45f2-98ea-e2a4e394a3ac).

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    This functionality is available in most prior versions and current Word 365, by using the 'Calculate' command tool; it covers the calculations for addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, exponentiation and roots. It calculates of the given highlighted numerical text calculation, and then displays the calculation result on the left lower corner of the Word window in the status bar. It can be added to either/both the Quick Access toolbar or in a new custom ribbon tab. If you just web search 'word hidden calculator', or there is this useful article here (http://www.microknowledge.com/hidden-calculator-word/).
    Copy+Paste of excel table into Word doesn't retain calculation formula it seems, but just the text & table format; although functionalities of formulas that are used in Excel can seemingly be used in Word via the formulas function detailed here (https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/use-a-formula-in-a-word-or-outlook-table-cbd0596e-ea8a-485e-a35d-b2cb2c4f3e27)

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    In case this may be of assistance to the query/suggestion; Word (and Office apps) does have the autosave which can be accessed in Word from Options-Save and can be configured with time frequency as well as directing to OneDrive location. Microsoft article is here (https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/what-is-autosave-6d6bd723-ebfd-4e40-b5f6-ae6e8088f7a5). Another option available with utilising OneDrive in Windows 10 is to auto configure it for this potentially (https://support.office.com/en-gb/article/files-save-to-onedrive-by-default-in-windows-10-33da0077-770c-4bda-b61e-8c8e8ca70ac7).

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