Finding white text boxes

Subject: Finding white text boxes
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 14:21:45 -0500

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kathleen MacDowell
> Sent: Saturday, January 07, 2006 8:15 AM
> To: Kirk Turner
> Cc: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: HELP! A monumental pickle
> ...One thing I would add: When working with old rewritten docs in
> Word, I've found that old "Frame boxes" can cause inordinate
> problems -- they're hard to locate and they move around and screw up
> your formatting without any apparent reason. To my recollection,
> changing the doc to text didn't do any good -- I had to search through
> the doc multiple times to find them all. The easiest way to tell if
> there are frames is if there's something odd about the formatting that
> you just can't fix. Unfortunately it's been quite a while since I had
> to deal with that, so I can't give you any hints about dealing with
> them if you run into that.

Several years ago, I inherited a Word document with floating text boxes
that were hard to find and delete.

Christopher Green suggested the following: "I set the Active Window
Color property in Windows to a custom off-white color (Control Panel >
Display > Appearance tab). Not only is it much easier on the eyes, but I
can see textboxes and other objects that are formatted as white."

Hilary Powers added: "I do much the same -- using a blue-gray window
color. At that point, you can go to Print Preview and put six pages at a
time onscreen -- the text is unreadable, but the white boxes stand out
like mold on a cheese."

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