A little-known fact is that I have a number of videos on YouTube about using Microsoft Word. ("Little-known" as evidenced by the analytics, haha.) It seems that I should probably let more people know about them! So here's a blog post that catalogs the videos I have so far.
Why use styles?
An overview of why styles are awesome and wonderful and why you should use them.
Types of styles
About the different types of styles (paragraph, character, linked, table, and list styles), and how and when you use them.
Ways to apply styles
Reviews the several different ways that you can apply styles in Microsoft Word—the Quick Styles gallery, the Styles pane, the Apply Styles dialog box (Windows only), and keyboard shortcuts. I also offer tips for choosing the right style to apply.
Using styles to set spell-check options
How to use styles to set the language (English, Spanish, German, etc.) for different parts of a document.
Using styles to disable spellcheck
How to use styles to turn off spell checking altogether for some text in a document, with some discussion about when that's useful.
Creating inherited styles ("style based on")
All about using the "style based on" feature, which I refer to as inherited styles. This lets you define one style, and then easily create and change similar styles that are based on that basic style.
Using styles for lists, Part 1: auto-lists
Discusses how Word applies a style to list items when you use the toolbar buttons to create bulleted and numbered lists, and what you can and cannot change about that style.
Using styles for lists, Part 2: styling lists using paragraph styles
Discusses how you can use paragraph styles that have bullets or numbers to style different levels of lists.
Using styles for lists, Part 3: creating list styles
Shows you how to use a list style (aka a multi-level list style) to have complete and utter control over how to style lists.
Other Word features
Creating a keyboard shortcut to paste plain text
Although this is specifically about how to create a keyboard shortcut for pasting plain text, it's really a tutorial on how to create a keyboard shortcut for any Word command.
Backing up the Normal template automatically
Instructions on how to use scripting features in Windows to automatically back up the Normal.dotx file twice a day.