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06-Aug-2002, 01:16 PM #1
Cursor speed in Word 2000?
I mostly do my word processing using Microsoft Word 6 for DOS under Windows. Don't laugh--I find this much faster and less clunky than all of the subsequent Word for Windows versions.

Anyway, if someone needs the Windows version of the document, I open it in Word 2000 which converts it (although the 12 point font changes to 10 point). However, my real beef is the slow speed of the cursor when using the forward or back arrow keys--it really creeps along. Is there any way of speeding up the cursor movement when using the arrow keys? Thanks.
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06-Aug-2002, 03:57 PM #2
You can change the repeat rate of the keboard, which includes both the typing of characters and the movement of arrow keys, however, be aware that this affects all programs not just MS Word.
To do this, go to START, Settings, Control Panel, Keyboard and change and test the rate.

Alternatively, use the CTRL key when in combination with your arrow keys, and it will jump one word at a time, instead of one character.

Finally, you can set the default font in MS Word 2000 to 12 point if you so desire. Go to Format, Font. Change the size to 12 and click the Default button.

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06-Aug-2002, 04:17 PM #3
Gram--thanks. I'll try playing around via control panel. As far as the 10 point problem, I have been unable to solve this. Any Word for Dos document that is opened in Wood 2000 changes to 10 point type even though the font used in Word for Dos is 12 point and even though the default font in Word 2000 is 12 point. This did NOT happen with Word 97 so I assume there is some weird glitch with the "new improved" version.
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06-Aug-2002, 04:27 PM #4
If you do this a lot, then it may be worth creating a macro that could apply a pre-defined theme to your document. It depends on whether you have titles, sub-titles, bullet points etc. that require a different font (i.e. size, bold, coloured, underlined, line-spacing etc etc) as to whether this would be any use.
This could be assigned to a button on one of your toolbars, so you could simply import the document and then click the button, and it would reformat everything as you want it.

If your Word 6 document is just a block of text on the other hand, the easiest way to correct it is just to select all (Ctrl + A) and then change the font size on the Formatting toolbar, or press Ctrl + ] (close square bracket) a couple of times.

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06-Aug-2002, 05:57 PM #5
I've been using the select all method and then changing the font size from the imported 10 point to 12 point. We typically have bold headings in our reports and, occasionally, italics. The only non-12 point font is on our title page. It's not that big a deal to go through this but I am just bugged that this was not a problem with the previous version of Word for Windows.

I have experimented with a test document created in Word for Dos using various font styles and sizes. It seems the only glitch is when a 12 point font is used--it gets converted into 10 point in Word for Windows (2000) regardless of the font style.
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