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Re: Trying to help 71 yr old gent index 500+ pages of a Word document
Posted by: Betty (ID *****9989) Date: March 24, 2008 at 13:05:30
In Reply to: Re: Trying to help 71 yr old gent index 500+ pages of a Word document by Deezak of 4315

Thanks for the response. I apologize for getting my feathers ruffled. So many people insinuate that one HAS to use a genealogy program in order to produce a decent family history that my bucket runneth over.

As to my original index, I don't remember that it was called "Insert" when I used WordPerfect, but there was a feature that allowed me to highlight what I wanted to index. That created a document that was more or less in helter-skelter fashion. Then I formatted for two columns and ran a "sort and alpha" feature that put it all in alpha order.

I don't add much new information to my family histories these days, so I usually just handwrite what I want to add on my hard copy of the index page where it belongs, and then I type that in every eight or nine months. It prevents me from having to print a new index every time I turn around so I won't lose my info should the computer crashe between backup CDs.

I don't know anything about the Word version you use, but I just checked Word 2000, and there is an indexing mechanism there. I didn't take the time to try it out. I feel like your later version will also perform that function. It might take a little practice. You might type a couple of paragraphs containing lots of names and places and play with it until you become familiar with how it works.

Good luck with your project.


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