4 basic tips for Microsoft Office 2010

You may still be using Office 2010 – after all, not everyone has hopped keenly on board with the latest version of Office, and not everyone likes all its cloudy bits – and if that's the case, then we've got another small collection of tips for you here.

So without further ado – let's get straight on with the tips...

OpenType typography in Word

Want to avail yourself of all the advanced features built into the OpenType font format? Select all or part of your document, then press Ctrl-D or Shift-Alt-F to open the Font menu (which is also accessible from the Home tab, by clicking the arrow at the lower right corner of the Font group).

Go to the Advanced tab and explore the OpenType Features; unfortunately, you'll need to experiment to see which features work and how the different "stylistic sets" change the appearance of your text. When you find a combination of features you like, you can click the Set as Default button to make it the base setting for the current document, or for all new documents.

Filter Excel tables from table headings

When you create a table in Excel, you can click on the down arrow in the header cell and use the menu positioned to the upper left of it to filter the display – in other words, you can display only rows that contain subtotals and totals, or one or more specific rows that you select by checking a box in a list. You can display only rows that match a specific background colour, or use the checkboxes to show or hide individual rows.

Transparent Preview in Publisher

Publisher has a nifty feature that's easy to miss if you're not looking for it. When you print a document on two sides of a page, Publisher displays a transparency slider at the upper right of the Print menu so you can see what parts of the page might show through to the other side.

Drag document sections in Word's navigation pane

Word's navigation pane was souped up in Office 2010, so that you can move sections of a document to a different place in the file simply by dragging their headings up and down the pane. You can also right click the heading and choose other actions from the menu, including deleting the whole section.

For more tips on Office 2010, head here.