Microsoft Word settings (Tedds for Word only)

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Microsoft Word settings (Tedds for Word only)

To simplify creating your own calculations, we recommend that you adjust some Microsoft Word settings. See the detailed instructions for adjusting Microsoft Word settings in the following paragraphs.


The following only applies to Tedds for Word.

Stop automatic capitalization

By default, Word capitalizes the first character of the first word of a paragraph or sentence. For calculations, this setting can be counter-productive. To stop automatic capitalization, follow the instructions below.

  1. Go to File > Options > Proofing > AutoCorrect options.
  2. Ensure that the Capitalize first letter of sentences option is not selected.
  3. Ensure that the Correct TWo INitial CApitals option is not selected.
  4. Click OK.

Set up AutoText

The AutoText feature of Word allows you to store and reuse formatted text (and graphics), accessing them through a few simple keystrokes. Therefore, AutoText may be useful when defining variable names and units.

  1. Type the text that you want to save, and format it correctly.
    For example, N/mm2
  2. Highlight the formatted text.
  3. Go to Insert > Text > Quick parts > AutoText > Save selection to AutoText gallery.
  4. In the Name field, type the characters that you want to use to access the item.
  5. Click Add.

    To use the item, type the item name and press the F3 key.

Use hidden text

Normally, the calculations that you type in your document are always visible. However, this may result in lengthy documents, since all intermediate calculations must be included for the calculations to work correctly. One solution to this problem is using hidden text in very simple calculations and commonly available items, such as section properties. Using hidden text may be challenging, and therefore, we recommend that you only hide calculations once you have tested them and are sure that they work correctly.

If you want to hide some of your calculations, you can use one of the pre-defined hidden paragraph styles such as Calc Script (Hidden) or Calc Script Heading (Hidden).

We recommend using the hidden paragraph styles to manage hidden text, because the Show/Hide > Hidden Calcs does not effect any characters which you format individually.

To make any calculations using paragraph styles which end in the word Hidden visible, do the following:

  • On the Tedds ribbon, click Show/Hide > Hidden Calcs.
Note: For the hidden text paragraphs to function as described, ensure that the following Word Options settings apply:
  • The Display > Hidden text option is not selected.
  • The Display > Print hidden text option is unselected.
If, at any point, you want to quickly identify all the text with the hidden text attribute applied:
  • In Word Options, click Display and select the Hidden text option.

    All hidden text will be displayed, with a dotted underline when the Hidden Calcs option is selected, and without underline when the Hidden Calcs option is not selected.


When you perform your calculations and they contain errors in a line of calculations that is hidden, you will not be able to find the erroneous calculations if the Hidden Calcs option is not selected.

If you need so to see hidden calculations, click Show/Hide > Hidden Calcs, correct the error, and hide the calculations again.

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