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MS Word 2013 Useful Table Design Features

© Ugur Akinci

I like the following MS Word 2013 table features a lot.

1) The ability to add a row or column at one click

When you hover your cursor in between two rows or columns, MS Word 2013 displays a “+” handle. If you click the plus, a row or a column will automatically be added to your table.

MS Word 2013 Add Column to Table MS Word 2013 Add Row to Table

2) The ability to erase cell lines with an eraser

MS Word 2013 offers a real ERASER on the table design tab. Click to select it. Click on any cell line to erase it. This eraser comes in very handy when you are merging cells.

MS Word 2013 Table Eraser 1

3) Coloring alternating rows/columns, adding header and last row

You can accomplish all these tasks by simply selecting their respective check-boxes in the table design tab.

MS Word 2013 Table Design Options 1

MS Word 2013 Table Design Options 2


Technical Communication Education in China is Picking Up Momentum

Shanghai Skyline

Shanghai Skyline (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)

© Ugur Akinci

This new report does an excellent job is narrating the development of technical communication education in China since the 90s.

The report looks into three periods:

  1. From 1997 to 2000 The Budding Stage
  2. From 2000 to 2008 The Seedling Stage
  3. From 2008 up to Now The Growing Stage

The most recent addition to this process is the new technical communication course offered by the Peking University. The curriculum covers:

  • Introduction of technical writing
  • Document types and writing styles
  • Technical writing mindset
  • Methods, tools, and processes
  • DITA and its application in technical writing
  • XML and tools for technical writing and editing
  • The newest concept in technical writing (CMS management included)

A detailed look at a country that will shape the future of technical communication no doubt due to its sheer size and the rate at which its economy is developing. Where there is economic development, there needs to be technical communication. China is just another example that proves that generalization.


Go4Covert: A Good Online Service for PDF Conversions

Alena Baronava
Special for TCC

You must have experienced a good amount of frustration, when you have opened a file sent to you, only to fine gibberish splashed all over the page. Now imagine the seriousness of the situation, when you send your resume for a job interview, and all that the interviewer can see is gibberish. Alternatively, maybe, you have sent important jpeg files to your boss and he cannot view them. You realize your loss, only when you experience it yourself.

Go4Convert can make sure that you never have to experience anything like that – ever! Our PDF converter will enable you to convert any type of file into PDF format in just one click. You don’t even have to download a converter or any file as our service does the conversion online.


You can easily convert DOC and DOCX files, image formats such as GIF, PNG, JPEG, WMF, TIF AND BMP files, DJVU, XLS, XLSX, RTF, ePUB, HTM/HTML, FB2, TXT, or ODT files into high quality PDF format. Simply follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Step One: Go to
  • Step Two: Click on the conversion options mentioned on the top of the home page.
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  • Step Six: Once your file is converted, it will automatically download it on your computer in the desired PDF format.
  • Step Seven: Save your file in the desired location.

Whether you are converting Word to PDF or JPEG to PDF, all you have to do is choose the right tab for the format you desire and click! The key feature of our online conversion service is that the format and the layout of your document remains the same. Languages are converted properly – as they were in the original file. Images, tables, and charts are transferred correctly in terms of the size, quality, and layout of the original file.

With Go4convert, you can convert a large number of files at the same time. Big sized files are also easily converted and there are no limitations on the size.

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