Howard Lee wrote asking how to compare two documents side-by-side that say the same thing in two different languages. Well, this is easy with Microsoft Word Tables. Click on Insert>Table and choose 2 Columns and 1 Row. Then copy and paste the text from one document into the left column, and paste the other document's verbiage into the right column. The text on each side will expand downward, pushing the columns onto as many pages as needed.
The two columns can then be edited individually in terms of font styles, alignment, and paragraph formatting. However, pressing the TAB key will move the cursor from the left to the right column, and will create a new blank row if pressed when located at the end of the right hand document.
If you prefer having your TAB key behave normally, it would be better to create two separate Word documents and reshape their windows so they can be placed side-by-side on your monitor. If a document currently fills the screen, clicking the Restore icon (two overlapping squares) in the upper right corner will let you resize it by grabbing any of its edges or corners.
If one uses the Tables method, the text of both languages would become part of a single document and could be saved accordingly, whereas side-by-side documents would still be two separate files.
Word Tables can be used in many practical ways. They are great for creating forms that will be filled in by hand, such as an inventory ordering sheet, a scorecard for a game, or a shopping list. Admittedly, most business forms nowadays are computer-created as well as being filled in via computer; and Word can generate such forms. But that's a whole other article.
Here are some tips for creating a simple form, such as a receipt for items purchased at a swap meet or a garage sale:
Before creating the table type your name and other pertinent information at the top of the page. Then click Insert>Table and choose, say, 4 Columns and 10 Rows. Now type something like Quantity, Description, Amount, and Total in the top four cells, after which the cells below would be filled in by hand accordingly. If you choose a tall font the rows will also be tall and easily filled in with a pen or pencil. However, you can specify row heights by selecting the rows and going to Table>Properties>Row.
Column widths can likewise be set at Table>Properties>Column, but it's usually easier to just drag the lines between the columns left or right as needed. You can change the color of the lines, rows, or individual cells by selecting them and going to Format>Borders & Shading. Lines can also be selectively removed with this dialogue box, where lines are called Borders and the background colors of cells are called Shading.
Also, the widths of individual cells can be changed by clicking to make them dark and then adjusting their left and right edges.
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