The Frankenstein Monster Mac Mentality

October 31, 2018

How do you keep from turning your Mac into a deranged Frankenstein monster? These 4 tips will keep things from getting scary…

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Word Document Text Alignment Fluctuates Left and Right

October 28, 2018

Text alignment differences can be caused by a document's margin settings. A few simple adjustments will move everything in order again.

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Whoa Nelly! You've Got How Many AutoCorrect Entries?

October 25, 2018

AutoCorrect entries are a sorely underutilized productivity feature of Microsoft Office. Find out what they are and why you should be using them…

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The Alt Text Title Function for Pictures is No Longer Available in Office 365

October 24, 2018

In a recent update to Office 365, Microsoft decided to remove access to the Alt Text Title property field. Read on to find out how to regain this lost functionality.

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You say Tomato, I say Tomahto

October 22, 2018

This discussion of domains and learning levels explores the question of learning levels and their significance in the crafting of learning objectives.

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Thin Spaces in the SCOTUS Style Guide

October 12, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court seems to have dominated the news lately and I found it interesting that a request for help came in at the same time about the SCOTUS Style Guide rules concerning the use of Thin Spaces. A Thin Space in Microsoft Word is…  

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List Styles

October 10, 2018

October 10, 2018

List styles are a powerful mechanism in Word that you rarely need. Like a fire insurance policy: you rarely need it, but when you do it’s the only way and you need it very badly! A List Style is a collection of formatting that contains bullets, numbers, and indents that is given a name so we can find and use it again. Read on to learn when to use a list style, how to create a list style, how to apply a list style and how list styles work.

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Numbered Lists in Word Behave Erratically or Not the Way I Expected

October 9, 2018

Learning numbering in Word is like driving a car: a little complex to learn, but you do it without thinking after that. If you are “too busy” to learn this you will spend a lot of time fixing broken Word documents. Read on to learn how to master Numbered Lists in Word.

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Preventing & Fixing Corruption in Word Documents

October 8, 2018

Microsoft Word is the best word-processor in existence, for most people. That said, Microsoft Word has limits! Some of these limits are published, most you will find out about the hard way. Here are proven tips and techniques from a Microsoft MVP for preventing problems in the first place, and for fixing trouble once it occurs.

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Pre-Work & Post-Work Design Documents?

September 26, 2018

Should you create separate Learning Design documents for each instructional segment of your training program?

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Working with Multi-Level Lists in Word

September 10, 2018

"How do I set heading level styles so that I can reproduce what is shown in Figure 1 using Microsoft Word?"



2018-2019 Microsoft MVP Award

August 7, 2018

Richard V. Michaels has been selected by Microsoft as a 2018 - 2019 Microsoft MVP for the 6th year in a row. This well-deserved honor is bestowed based on Rich’s technical expertise and his willingness to help others find solutions to real world problems.



Microsoft Office 365 Word Add-ins Offered as a Public Service

May 22, 2018

AuthorTec Tools for Office simplify and speed up tasks commonly performed by writers in Word. And, they are free!



Attention eBook and Web Page Writers

April 18, 2018

If you are a Mac user and want to use Microsoft Office version 2016, and in particular Word, for crafting your eBooks and Web Pages to be published, you will find there is a very important feature missing from Word 2016 for the Mac.



How to Effectively Insert, Move & Caption Multiple Photos

April 16, 2018

“I've spent a lot of time unsuccessfully searching how to effectively insert, move and caption multiple photos. Among other issues, after inserting several captions, attempts to enter any more have resulted in the next photo to be deleted entirely.”



Numbered Lists that Hold & Answers that Hide in LeaderGuide Pro v13

April 3, 2018

Anyone who uses Word to create documents with numbered lists knows the of agony discovering that your lists have gone sequential on you as your document gets bigger. Word is actually set up to work this way, but it's not usually what we want. 



8 Key Benefits of LeaderGuide Pro

January 4, 2018

LeaderGuide Pro is training development software for instructional designers and developers of professional education who use Word and PowerPoint as the basis for development of course materials.



Linked Styles - Working with them in Microsoft Word

December 19, 2017

A linked style is a named collection of formatting that contains both the character properties and the paragraph properties as separate styles.



Power User Tools for Paragraph Styles in Microsoft Word

December 12, 2017

Paragraph Styles are a big item in Word - just about the biggest there is. 



All About Paragraph Styles in Microsoft Word - Part 1

December 5, 2017

Paragraph Styles are a big item in Word: just about the biggest there is. Smart Office workers format almost all of their documents entirely with paragraph styles, rarely using the other types of styles Word offers. So what are Paragraph Styles?



Reusable Modules & Lessons -
Best Practices for Building

November 28, 2017

If you follow these best practices for setting up your modules and lessons, then they will be easy to re-use.



Types of Word Styles

November 21, 2017

We have shown you how to “use” styles and explained why you would want to., And we offer you the Styles Customizer - a free tool to help you manage your styles.



Changing Styles -
Who's in Control of your Formatting?

November 16, 2017

This topic is all about making the styles jump up and sing and dance the way you want your document formatted.



The Myth of Convenience

November 14, 2017

Our software automates Word and PowerPoint to eliminate hours of tedious drudge work and frees you to do your best work... "I can do that myself." Yes you can, but do you really want to? Wouldn't you rather be doing other things? Is it the best use of your time? Using our software ensures consistency, improves productivity and allows you to better manage your work.



The Styles Customizer

November 9, 2017 

Today we offer you the “Styles Customizer”. Your easy-to-use method for managing styles in Word like a pro. If you haven't downloaded this app yet, it's time to take care of that. It's fast and free. Then read on to see why I call it "lazy perfection".



Lazy Perfection

November 7, 2017

Have you noticed how experts make it look “easy” to achieve stunning results?  This topic enables you to format Word documents that way. By becoming an expert!  In the previous topic, Style(s) Over Substance, I explained why you should use styles.  In this one, I will show you how. And in the next one, I will explain how to make the styles you need produce the formatting you want.



 Style(s) Over Substance

October 31, 2017

The use of styles in Microsoft Word is one of those things I can pass on to you: it’s not quite sliced bread, or a better mousetrap. But it will improve your life, by releasing a lot more of it for you to spend on things you like doing.




Learning Types

October 24, 2017

Here is an explanation of the Learning Types we include in our Learning Design Tool, which is a job aide for instructional designers to use during the Design phase of course development.



Including the Participant Guide in your Facilitator Guide - Good Idea or Bad?

October 17, 2017

Here are a few reasons why including the Participant Guide in your Facilitator Guide is not the best idea.



The 3 C's of Effective Training Materials

October 10, 2007

Effective training materials are
always driven by the 3 C's.
Clear, Concise, Complete.



Which comes first, the facilitator guide or the participant guide?

October 3, 2017

There are two distinct schools of thought on this subject. I am squarely in the "facilitator guide first" camp. Because from a well constructed facilitator guide you can generate a participant guide with minimal additional work. A good facilitator guide will follow the flow of the class, step-by-step. A good participant guide will too, but the instructional flow won't be obvious if you write the participant guide first. 



What I Learned from Irma

September 25, 2017

I've lived and worked in Southwest Florida since August of 1996. So I've been through every hurricane that's passed over Florida since then - including Charlie and Wilma, which were particularly devastating to the Gulf coast. So you'd think I would have been prepared for Irma, but it turns out I wasn't. Here's what Irma's taught me...



No time to write objectives?

September 7, 2017

How can you write an effective training program that you can be confident will accomplish its goals if you don't have objectives that are clearly defined and communicated to the instructor and the learner? 



Formatting Marks -
Hard on the Eyes?

August 18, 2017

"Those things are so hard on the eyes." This comment came in from a new user of LeaderGuide Pro, which turns Word's formatting marks on automatically. You can turn them off using the Paragraph Mark toggle switch on Word's Home ribbon.



Great Circle Learning's Richard Michaels Awarded a 2017-2018 Microsoft MVP

July 19, 2017

We are excited to announce that our Chief Product Architect, Richard Michaels, has been selected as a 2017-2018 Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP).



Join us and learn how to save time and reduce stress when developing training programs

January 28, 2017

How to Save Time and Reduce Stress During the Development Phase of ISD Projects.




Are you going to San Diego for Training 2017?

January 6, 2017

We will be exhibiting and presenting. Stop by Booth 519 to see our NEW TOOLS for Instructional Designers and Contractors.



It's conference time again!
Please join us!

January 4, 2017

ATD TechKnowledge  |  Booth 301

Check out our new tools for Instructional Designers & Contractors.



Get to Know a Button

September 25, 2016

A quick Goggle search on the percentage of software features that are used, or never used, revealed not surprising statistics.



MVP Award

September 13, 2016

For the fourth year in a row our Chief Product Architect, Richard Michaels, has been awarded MVP status by Microsoft.


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Counting Words

September 2, 2016

At times we are asked to write something and there are word number requirements, meaning, a minimum or maximum number of words must be submitted. If you are using Microsoft Word to complete this task, as you are probably aware, Word will tell you how many words there are in your document and you can find that out from the Word Count Button on the Review tab.



LeaderGuide Pro Version 12 Update.

August 4, 2016

A combine patch release labeled version and covering both patch version and was made available today to all LeaderGuide Pro Plus and LeaderGuide Pro Elements version 12 users.




Great classroom training doesn't just happen by chance… it's scripted to happen

May 23, 2016

Just like an award winning big screen movie, a great live theater production or a popular hosted television series there are a lot of factors that contribute to making a classroom training session a fantastic experience for the participants. Yet central to all and regardless of the mode of delivery, all great productions rely on a compelling story, top talent, and a script that binds them together. 



A Better Way to Update Inserted Images

May 2, 2016

If you are working on a project that involves inserting images into a Word document and you know the images will be changing before the project is finalized, use the “Insert and Link” setting as you add your images.



Shortcuts for Word Content

April 21, 2016

How many times a day, week or month do you re-type the same content? Sure, you adjust it a bit based on audience or context, but it's essentially the same content you always use. So why not use a shortcut to get that text in place quickly?