7 Top Secret Features of the Free VLC Media Player

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A few months back, VLC Media Player got Chromecast support and 360-degree video views. It’s just another tiny notch on the popularity of the open source player which can handle anything that you throw at it (as long as it’s a media file!). The Windows version of the player is closing in on 50 million downloads, and that’s discounting all the other platforms it can be installed on. Perhaps the secret to its longevity is the modular design which gives it a rich set of features. Today, let’s focus on the few “secret” features under the hood which you can use…

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A few months back, VLC Media Player got Chromecast support and 360-degree video views. It’s just another tiny notch on the popularity of the open source player which can handle anything that you throw at it (as long as it’s a media file!).

The Windows version of the player is closing in on 50 million downloads, and that’s discounting all the other platforms it can be installed on. Perhaps the secret to its longevity is the modular design which gives it a rich set of features. Today, let’s focus on the few “secret” features under the hood which you can use every day.

1. Use VLC as a Video Downloader for YouTube

There are several capable free downloaders available for YouTube. But, VLC has this feature built in. Though it’s not a one-click downloader and you will have to take the help of your browser.

  1. Click on Media > Open Network stream.
    Capture YouTube URL
  2. Paste the YouTube URL and click the Play button in the player.
    Stream YouTube
  3. VLC Media Player starts streaming the video.  Now, click Tools > Codec Information and at the bottom of the window you will see a Location box.
    Copy-paste YouTube location information.
  4. Copy the long URL in the box and paste this into your browser’s address bar. The browser will now start playing the video file. You can download the video file to your desktop by doing a Save video as with a right-click on the video. Or you can choose to record the video.

2. Convert Videos to Any Format

Downloading a video is often the first part. Converting that video so you can play it on a device of your choice is the second part. The VLC Player can do this too.

  1. From the toolbar, click on Media > Convert / Save.
    VLC Convert Video
  2. In the Open Media dialog box, click on the Add button and choose the media file for conversion. Then, click on the Convert / Save dropdown > Convert.
    VLC - Convert Video-Choose File
  3. Open the dropdown menu for Profile and select the file format that you would like to convert your file to. You can also click on the gear icon next to it and edit the chosen profile.
    Pick a profile and start conversion.
  4. Click on Browse and select a location to save the converted file. Then, click on Start to begin the conversion and monitor its progress in the bar below.

3. VLC as a Graphic Equalizer for Your Music

VLC Graphic Equalizer

You may be using VLC as a video player only, but VLC is a cross-platform standalone media player too and that brings full audio effects with playlist support. VLC not only displays cover art but also has a pretty good graphic equalizer tucked away inside it.

Display it with the shortcut keystrokes Ctrl + E (or go to Tools > Effects and Filters > Audio Effects). Adjust the sound quality with the available presets, or fine-tune it with the Equalizer, Compressor, and Spatializer tabs.

4. Activate Audio Normalization to Protect Your Ears

Normalize Volume

The general audio settings for the VideoLan Player are located under Preferences. One of the key features called Audio Normalization helps to optimize the volume of any media by a fixed amount and improve the sound quality.

Go to Tools > Preferences > Audio > Enable Normalize volume to. The value you set here will help to adjust the decibel levels of dialog, music, explosions, gunshots etc. in the movies you watch. Restart VLC after enabling the setting.

In fact, configure this immediately after you download and install the VLC player. It will make your audio sound better.

5. Play Internet Radio and Podcasts in VLC

One of VLC’s little used features could definitely be its ability to find and play internet radio. The VLC Player can fill all your audio needs as it can not only stream radio but also play podcasts.

  1. Launch VLC and open the Playlist sidebar.
  2. Under Internet, you can browse through the two radio servers—Jamendo and Icecast—and choose a station of your choice by clicking on it. Also, make sure the Playlist view mode is set to List (Go to View > Playlist View Mode > List).
    VLC - Internet Radio
  3. If your favorite internet radio station is not on the list, use the station’s URL to stream it via VLC. Go to Media > Open Network Stream… Enter the URL and press Play in order to begin listening.

And to play podcasts in VLC:

  1. You can manage your favorite podcasts via the same Playlist interface.
  2. Go to Playlist and under the Internet section, select Podcasts.
  3. As soon your cursor is over the Podcasts section, click the plus sign.
  4. Copy and paste the RSS feed URL of the podcast you wish to listen and click on OK. The podcast will be added to the sidebar and you can pick the episode you want to listen to.

6. Loop a Section of a Video or Audio File

Most media players can loop an entire video or a soundtrack. With VLC, you have the added bonus of looping any specific section of a media file.

  1. Open the video or audio file with VLC. Go to View > Advanced Controls.
  2. Now, a few more buttons will be displayed above the normal play and stop controls.
    VLC Advanced Controls
  3. To start the loop from a specific part of the video, move the playhead to the part where you want the loop to start (Point A).
  4. Click the loop button once. The “A” mark on the button will turn red. To finish the loop, take the video to the endpoint and click on the same button again. You will see both the A and B points of the button are red.
    Set VLC Loop
  5. Now play the video and the section will loop. Click the loop button once again if you want to switch it off.

This is a handy feature when you want to review a how-to video or hear an audio file over and over to get it right. I often use this feature to study Photoshop tutorial videos.

7. Add Features With VLC Add-Ons and Extensions

Install and View VLC Add-ons

For everyday use, VLC’s default package of features may be enough. But if you are looking for added functionality then there’s an entire catalog of add-ons you can install alongside. Remember, VLC has a huge open-source community behind it and they have helped create extensions, skins, playlist parsers, and other assorted tools.

These extensions will help you add more “secret” features to the player like tools which will help you search for subtitles from the player itself. Extensions may also work in macOS and Linux, so do doublecheck the instructions on the add-on’s page.

  1. Visit the VLC add-ons page and browse through the two views—Top or Latest.
  2. Click the Download button on the add-ons page and download the ZIP file. Extract the file. (VLC add-ons have the LUA extension.)
  3. On Windows, place the .lua files in this Windows directory:
    C:UsersNAMEAppDataRoamingvlcluaextensions folder.
  4. Restart VLC. You can access all your installed extensions from the View menu.

Some of the better extensions to consider include:

VLC Is Full of Cool Tricks

If you know about these features, then VLC hides few secrets from you. Now, flex your muscles and explore the more advanced possibilities of this fantastic player that has stood the test of time. Maybe create a streaming media server for your home or cast your media files from a Windows PC to your Android phone.

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How to Automatically Add Copyright EXIF to Images From Your Camera

Even amateur photographers need to copyright their photos. Imagine you took the perfect group photo of your family and it ended up in a blog without your permission. There’s little you can do about brazen theft. But if there were some copyright information on the photo, you could check the violation. Fortunately, it’s easy to add a copyright to the EXIF data on images straight from the camera. So why not turn it into a good photography habit? How to Add Copyrights to Images From Your Camera Adding the copyright information to the EXIF data does not mar the original…

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Even amateur photographers need to copyright their photos. Imagine you took the perfect group photo of your family and it ended up in a blog without your permission. There’s little you can do about brazen theft.

But if there were some copyright information on the photo, you could check the violation. Fortunately, it’s easy to add a copyright to the EXIF data on images straight from the camera. So why not turn it into a good photography habit?

How to Add Copyrights to Images From Your Camera

Adding the copyright information to the EXIF data does not mar the original photo with an ugly logo. If someone crops the original or modifies it in an image editing program, the data stays intact. Most medium to high-end cameras of all brands have the feature—and all you have to do is enable it in the camera’s settings.

The screens are from a Canon 7D camera. You can find the copyright setting in other brands somewhere on the Menu/Setup screen as well. The symbol is commonly a spanner.

  1. Press the Menu button.
  2. Use the Multi-controller to navigate to the Camera Settings 4 tab.
  3. Again, use the Multi-controller or the Quick Control dial to highlight Copyright Information and then press the Set button.
    Add Copyright Information
  4. The Copyright Information will display four options. Go through them with the Quick Control Dial:
    Copyright Settings
    Select Display copyright info to check the data that is currently set.
    Select Delete copyright information if you want to erase and enter new details.
    Select Enter author’s name. Alternatively, you can also select Enter copyright details.
  5. In both cases, a text entry dialog box will be displayed with a complete character set below it.
    Add Copyright Text
  6. Use the Picture Style selection button (in Canon) to toggle to the character section of the dialog box. Use the Multi-controller to select an uppercase or lowercase letter, and then press Set to add the letter to your copyright information. Continue to highlight and add each letter until you complete the text. Use the Delete icon to cancel a letter.
  7. Press the Menu button to exit the dialog screen and finalize the copyright information.

Remember: This isn’t a watermark. It is a part of the EXIF information that is hard-coded into the photos. You might want to remove this EXIF data if you ever sell or loan your camera.

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How to Compare Microsoft Word Documents Using Legal Blackline

The term “legal blackline” comes from the legal profession where lawyers need to compare two documents. Usually it applies to contracts, but this essential Microsoft Word skill applies to any kind of document. Comparing two documents side-by-side by eye can be laborious and prone to error. Microsoft Word has a better way tucked inside the Review pane. How to Compare Microsoft Word Documents The legal blackline feature compares two documents and shows you only what changed between them. The legal blackline comparison is displayed by default in a new third document. Launch Microsoft Word. Open the two documents that you want…

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The term “legal blackline” comes from the legal profession where lawyers need to compare two documents. Usually it applies to contracts, but this essential Microsoft Word skill applies to any kind of document.

Comparing two documents side-by-side by eye can be laborious and prone to error. Microsoft Word has a better way tucked inside the Review pane.

How to Compare Microsoft Word Documents

The legal blackline feature compares two documents and shows you only what changed between them. The legal blackline comparison is displayed by default in a new third document.

  1. Launch Microsoft Word. Open the two documents that you want to compare.
  2. Go to the Ribbon > Review > Compare group > Click on Compare.
    Microsoft Word Compare Two Documents
  3. Click Compare two versions of a document (legal blackline). Under Original document, browse and select the original document. Under Revised document, browse and select the other document that you want to compare.
    The legal Blackline Dialog Box in Microsoft Word
  4. Click More, and then select the settings for what you want to compare in the documents. Under Show changes, choose whether you want to show character or word level changes. If you do not want to display changes in a third document, choose which document you want the changes to appear in. (The settings you choose here will become the default for any document comparisons from here on.)
  5. Click OK.
  6. If either version of the document has tracked changes, Microsoft Word displays a message box. Click Yes to accept the changes and compare the documents.

If you selected a new document, Microsoft Office Word opens a third document with the Reviewing Panes on display. Any tracked changes in the original document are accepted, and changes in the revised document are shown as tracked changes. You can control the tracking display from Ribbon > Review > Tracking Group.

What about Microsoft Excel files? Well, there are also methods to compare multiple sheets in Excel.

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How to Present a Slideshow Using Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge is like the boring manager who nobody pays attention to till you need them. Adobe Bridge can not only help you manage your vast collection of photos, but it can also help you review them quickly with a slideshow. The slideshow option is a powerful review and presentation aid that you should use more often. How to Present a Slideshow Using Adobe Bridge Adobe Bridge has a basic slideshow capability. But it also has a few features that allow you to customize the presentation for your audience. So, start by launching Adobe Bridge. Go to View > Slideshow…

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Adobe Bridge is like the boring manager who nobody pays attention to till you need them. Adobe Bridge can not only help you manage your vast collection of photos, but it can also help you review them quickly with a slideshow.

The slideshow option is a powerful review and presentation aid that you should use more often.

How to Present a Slideshow Using Adobe Bridge

Adobe Bridge Settings

Adobe Bridge has a basic slideshow capability. But it also has a few features that allow you to customize the presentation for your audience. So, start by launching Adobe Bridge.

Go to View > Slideshow Options. Select the options to customize your presentation.

  • Black Out Additional Monitors. This setting will turn off the laptop or other connected devices if you are using a projector for your presentation.
  • Repeat Slideshow. This setting will keep the slideshow running on a loop.
  • Zoom Back And Forth. This is a default presentation style where one photo will zoom in and the next will slowly zoom out.
  • Slide Duration. The settings here will determine the time interval between each slide. Select the Manual option if you want to control the flow yourself.
  • Caption. Meta-data for each image can be displayed by selecting the Full option in the dropdown. Or, you can sequentially showcase them by choosing an option like Page Numbers.
  • When Presenting, Show Slides. You can choose to center an image or fill up the available space on the screen with the other two options. Consider the width and height of your images to make the right choice.
  • Transition Options. Dissolve is the simplest pick here, but you can also experiment with the Random option that will play with the other presentation styles in the dropdown. Also, set the speed of the transition effect with the slider.

You can play the slideshow with a click on the Play button. Alternatively, save the settings by clicking on Done. Then, when you are ready just go to View > Slideshow to start the presentation. To pause, press the Spacebar. To finish, press the Esc key.

Adobe Bridge has a few useful features tucked away. Did you also know that Adobe Bridge is a powerful image renaming tool?

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Bye Bye, Addresses: What3Words Gives Every World Location a 3-Word Address

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Google Maps can take you anywhere around the world. Google Maps alternatives like Bing Maps and Apple Maps are also catching up. So, you’d be right to wonder why another mapping service is joining the fight—and how is it using just three words to describe any address on the planet? What Is what3words? It’s a three-word address for any place on the map. what3words is an innovative mapping platform that wants to cut your dependence on large (and sometimes unpronounceable) street addresses. It makes it simpler by giving each 3m x 3m square on the map a unique three word address….

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Google Maps can take you anywhere around the world. Google Maps alternatives like Bing Maps and Apple Maps are also catching up. So, you’d be right to wonder why another mapping service is joining the fight—and how is it using just three words to describe any address on the planet?

What Is what3words?

It’s a three-word address for any place on the map. what3words is an innovative mapping platform that wants to cut your dependence on large (and sometimes unpronounceable) street addresses.

It makes it simpler by giving each 3m x 3m square on the map a unique three word address. For instance, The White House is kicks.mirror.tops.

You can use what3words in the browser and with its mobile apps. In short, it gives you an alternative way of typing an address:

  1. The world map is divided into grids.
  2. Each square grid is 3m x 3m, so there are 57 trillion squares.
  3. Every square has a unique three-word address that can be found and shared via the map.

The real-life benefits aren’t difficult to understand. 

Think of the three words as a shortcode for an address. Long addresses can be easily understood and shared faster. With voice navigation becoming a part of modern automobiles, the compact what3words addresses can be easily understood by computers and humans alike.

They are easily shareable via messaging apps. It can also help to reduce any confusion in countries where addressing conventions are confusing. Plus, the address won’t take up too much of space on your business card or wedding invite!

Download: what3words for Android (Free) | iOS (Free)

Don’t Get Rid of Google Maps Yet

what3words works as a layer on top of Google Maps. According to the platform, Mercedes Benz is bringing the technology to its cars from 2018. The United Nations and the Red Cross also use the mapping service to reduce the complexity of addresses. So, it’s not time yet to forget your Google Maps navigation skills.

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Where to Find the Netflix Download Folder Location

Netflix does allow you to download movies and shows offline with the Windows 10 Netflix app. That’s why the location of the Netflix download folder becomes important. Netflix as yet does not give you an option to change the download location. Also, it does not allow you to browse to the place where your downloads are saved. If your drive is filling up fast, you can manually move the downloads to another location. When you want to watch them again, copy them back to the original location. Where to Find the Netflix Download Folder Open File Explorer from the Task Bar. The…

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Netflix does allow you to download movies and shows offline with the Windows 10 Netflix app. That’s why the location of the Netflix download folder becomes important. Netflix as yet does not give you an option to change the download location. Also, it does not allow you to browse to the place where your downloads are saved.

If your drive is filling up fast, you can manually move the downloads to another location. When you want to watch them again, copy them back to the original location.

Where to Find the Netflix Download Folder

  1. Open File Explorer from the Task Bar.
  2. The Netflix folder is a hidden folder. To display it, go to the View tab and then click on the Option menu button on the right.
  3. In Folder Options, select the View tab and scroll to the Files and Folders settings. If it’s not checked, then select the Show Hidden files, folders, and drives setting to enable it.
  4. Folder Options in Windows 10
  5. Click OK.
  6. From the File Explorer, you can navigate to the Netflix download folder. The full path is:
    C:Users[USERNAME]AppDataLocalPackages4DF9E0F8.Netflix_mcm4njqhnhss8LocalStateofflineInfodownloads

    Here [USERNAME] is the Windows folder with your current username.

It’s obvious but you can also copy-paste C:Users and then select the folder with your username. Just append the file path after that to get to the folder without drilling down the hierarchy.

The Netflix download folder will be empty if you have never downloaded any movies or shows with the Windows 10 Netflix app. But, carry out your first download and you will see a bunch of files here. The largest will belong to the actual media file.

Netflix Download Folder

Notice that there are no file names which help you identify the movie or show. Rename the largest file and Netflix won’t recognize them. Also, you cannot play them with any media player except the Netflix app.

Till Netflix adds a few more file management features, at least the location can help you manage your drive space when it starts to run out. If you haven’t tried Netflix and its offline viewing feature, try it once.

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How to Neatly View Cooking Recipes From Any Food Blog in Chrome

Passionate home cooks know the feeling. You are surrounded by the best recipes, but recipe search often comes with a small problem. You have to rummage around the words (and ads) that get in the way you get to the actual step-by-step recipe instructions. If you hate that, these three Chrome extensions can help you view the recipe neatly without the clutter. 1. RecipeFilter Go to any food blog and this Open Source Chrome extension will identify the recipe on the page. It then extracts a copy of the recipe card and displays it front and center. You don’t have…

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Passionate home cooks know the feeling. You are surrounded by the best recipes, but recipe search often comes with a small problem. You have to rummage around the words (and ads) that get in the way you get to the actual step-by-step recipe instructions.

If you hate that, these three Chrome extensions can help you view the recipe neatly without the clutter.

1. RecipeFilter

Go to any food blog and this Open Source Chrome extension will identify the recipe on the page. It then extracts a copy of the recipe card and displays it front and center. You don’t have to scroll through verbose explanations and rat’s nest of web garbage to reach the real instructions.

The extension also works with bookmarklets that can save to your favorite recipe manager (i.e. Paprika).

Download: RecipeFilter for Chrome (Free)

2. MealClip

MealClip

Install the Chrome extension and clip the MealClip icon on the toolbar. Also, you can click the small button in the top right corner of any page that appears to contain a recipe. A neat list of ingredients and instructions will appear on the screen in a clean readable format.

It works like a readability extension that cleans up the formatting of any webpage.

Download: MealClip for Chrome (Free)

3. Copy Me That

Recipe clipper from Copy Me That

This recipe clipper can help you build and manage your recipe collection with a click. Copy any recipe from a food website with a click and it will remove all the excess formatting for you. Store and manage all your saved recipes on your free Copy Me That account.

You can then plan your meals and go shopping with the meal planning tools on the site. You have to register and log into your Copy Me That account.

Download: Copy Me That for Chrome (Free)

Find the Inspiration to Cook!

Today, there are a lot of tools built to encourage you to cook more. Maybe, the only problem is finding the time for it. So, these websites for quick meal recipes might be just the thing save time with the above three Chrome extensions on.

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2 VLC Media Player Easter Eggs You Have to Try

VLC Media Player is packed with features. For some of us, it is just a video player. But pop the hood and it reveals other tricks. It can be a YouTube downloader or a file converter. It can take a screenshot and it can also be your video wallpaper. With so many hidden features, you might have missed the few Easter Eggs it comes with. Let’s play around with two of them. 1. Create the Mind-Bending Inception Trick Inception played with reality and dreams. This effect is like a metaphor for the movie. Open VLC Media Player. Press Ctrl+N. Type…

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VLC Media Player is packed with features. For some of us, it is just a video player. But pop the hood and it reveals other tricks. It can be a YouTube downloader or a file converter. It can take a screenshot and it can also be your video wallpaper.

With so many hidden features, you might have missed the few Easter Eggs it comes with. Let’s play around with two of them.

1. Create the Mind-Bending Inception Trick

VLC Inception Trick

Inception played with reality and dreams. This effect is like a metaphor for the movie.

  1. Open VLC Media Player. Press Ctrl+N.
  2. Type screen:// in the window that opens and press Play.

2. Make a Jigsaw Puzzle

VLC Easter Egg

Break any movie you are watching into a jigsaw puzzle board.

  1. Go to the menu and click on Tools > Effects and Filters.
  2. Select the Video Effects tab > Geometry tab > Check Puzzle Game.
  3. Set the number of columns and rows (a maximum of 16 for each) that you want and press Close. Open a video and watch the multi-colored effect start playing.

You can even move the jigsaw puzzle pieces.

The Easter eggs are just something you can have fun with. They have no practical utility and are often considered as bloat too because it is “useless” code. But, as a sneaky part of our tech culture, you can enjoy these Windows Easter eggs in a variety of platforms.

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How to Use Beautiful Glyphs in Adobe Photoshop CC

The word “glyph” comes from Greek and can be translated as “carving”. You can find these special characters found outside the basic alphabets. For instance, currency symbols, the copyright symbol, and the ampersand are glyphs. Every font has its own glyphs that you can creatively use in your graphic artwork in Adobe Photoshop CC. How to Use Glyphs in Adobe Photoshop Use glyphs as shortcuts for instant decorations in your graphic design project. Just start with the right font. You will come across several cursive fonts with the best glyphs. You can browse through the extended character set on Photoshop’s Glyph…

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The word “glyph” comes from Greek and can be translated as “carving”. You can find these special characters found outside the basic alphabets. For instance, currency symbols, the copyright symbol, and the ampersand are glyphs.

Every font has its own glyphs that you can creatively use in your graphic artwork in Adobe Photoshop CC.

How to Use Glyphs in Adobe Photoshop

Glyph Framed Quote

Use glyphs as shortcuts for instant decorations in your graphic design project. Just start with the right font. You will come across several cursive fonts with the best glyphs. You can browse through the extended character set on Photoshop’s Glyph panel or the Windows Character Map. Then, launch Adobe Photoshop CC.

  1. Create the Text layer you want to work on.
  2. Go to Windows > Glyphs and open the Glyphs panel.
    Adobe Photoshop Glyph Panel
  3. You can work with the font selected for the Text layer or choose a new font from the dropdown in the Glyphs panel. I have downloaded a true type free font called Nymphette. Use the slider to make the font tiles larger or smaller.
  4. Select the Text layer and the letter you want to replace with a glyph. Alternatively, type and then select any letter on the layer. When you select a letter, the Glyph Panel will automatically find that letter in the list.
    Choose Glyph
  5. Go through the special characters in the panel and double-click the glyph you want to use. The basic letter is replaced with the glyph you just selected.
  6. Click the checkmark to finalize the text.
  7. Right-click on the type layer to rasterize the text. Now, you can treat this as a separate image layer.
  8. You can use a single glyph or a combination of glyphs to create your own logos, emojis, borders, frames, and other beautiful design elements for any project.

The Adobe support page will also help you dive into the details of glyphs and how to work with them. In the end, just choose the best font for your project and go to work with your creativity!

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How to Freeze a Part of a Word Document for Easy Reference

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Bouncing back and forth between two or more parts of a large Microsoft Word document involves a lot of vertical scrolls—and it isn’t fun. Anyone working on a large Microsoft Word document will find it annoying, especially when one part of the document is needed as a frequent reference while you work. So what do you do? Do you open two instances of the same document and Alt + Tab between them? Or is there a feature in Microsoft Word that makes it easier? Actually, yes, such a feature exists. Everyone knows you can freeze rows and columns in Microsoft Excel,…

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Bouncing back and forth between two or more parts of a large Microsoft Word document involves a lot of vertical scrolls—and it isn’t fun. Anyone working on a large Microsoft Word document will find it annoying, especially when one part of the document is needed as a frequent reference while you work.

So what do you do? Do you open two instances of the same document and Alt + Tab between them? Or is there a feature in Microsoft Word that makes it easier?

Actually, yes, such a feature exists. Everyone knows you can freeze rows and columns in Microsoft Excel, but did you know that Microsoft Word has its own ability to freeze sections of a document? Quite useful for comparing sections of the same document, or comparing multiple documents at the same time.

How to Freeze Part of a Word Document

Here’s a common scenario: You are writing a lengthy professional report in Word with many different sections. Some sections refer to a previous part, which makes you scroll up and down repeatedly. You may also need to copy-and-paste text or graphics between sections.

Microsoft Word can split the window and allow you to view different parts of the same document without scrolling too much.

  1. Open your document in Word.
  2. Go to the Ribbon> View tab > click on Split.
    Microsoft Word-Split Window
  3. The document is now divided into two panes with a movable dividing line in between. Adjust the relative sizes of the panes with the mouse. Move the mouse pointer to the dividing line, and when you see the split pointer, click and drag the dividing line to a new position.
    Microsoft Word - Split Window Divider Line
  4. To activate a split copy, just click anywhere inside it. With the document split into two panes, you can work on one pane while keeping the other pane static or “frozen” for easy reference. In the above figure, the top pane is kept static while the bottom pane becomes the work area.
  5. The Split can be removed by: clicking on View > Remove Split, dragging the dividing line to the top or bottom edge of the window, or double-clicking on the divider line.

Working With Split Documents in Microsoft Word

Here are a few important points to remember when you have split the document screen into two parts:

  1. After creating the split, click in the pane that you want to change, and then select a different layout on the View tab.
    You can treat the two panes as two separate windows and use the different View commands to change the layout of the sections. For instance, you can keep the top pane in the Print layout, while working on the Web layout in the bottom pane. Or keep the top pane in the Outline view and the bottom one in the normal Print layout.
  2. It’s the same document, so any layout or formatting changes will affect both the copies. For example, if you make some text bold in the upper copy, the same text will automatically become bold in the lower copy too.
  3. You can set different zoom levels for the split sections. This is helpful for the elderly or even if you want to zoom into charts and tables.
  4. You can use the bottom split like a Print Preview screen. Arrange the bottom screen to show multiple pages (View > Multiple Pages) to get a nice overview of how your document is designed.

What If You Want to Split a Word Document Vertically?

In short, you are out of luck because Word only allows the horizontal split in the same document. But there’s a quick and dirty workaround you can use.

  1. Open two separate instances of the same document. In Microsoft Word 2016, open the first document. Then, go to File > View > New Window.
    New Window for the same document.
  2. Select View > View Side by Side. The same document will open in an adjacent window and allow you to work side-by-side mimicking a vertical split.
    View two documents side by side.
  3. If you scroll up or down, the other scrolls as well. If you want to freeze one and just scroll the other select Synchronous Scrolling to turn it off.

Improve Your Microsoft Word Experience

The Split button can make life a lot easier when you have a wordy document on your hands. Try this button the next time you decide to make a table of contents in Word. You don’t have to drag the scrollbar up and down to refer to each part of it. Or open and switch windows. Use the features in the View tab to make your reading and proofreading job easier.

Read the full article: How to Freeze a Part of a Word Document for Easy Reference