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WEBCAST - Mastering Microsoft Word in the Law Office (8 total credit hour/includes no ethics credit)

April 21, 2017

Location: OBA Webcast - anywhere with a computer; iPad or Smartphone

This event has a fee

On-Line Registration is now closed.

OBA/CLE Presents:

Mastering Microsoft Word in the Law Office

Advanced training on how to conquer Word formatting and Styles to save time and create better legal documents

NOTE: In order to obtain credit for this webcast it MUST be viewed on 4/21/2017 starting at 9 am CST, because this program is being broadcast at that date and time, the credit is considered unlimited (live) credit by OBA/MCLE.

CLE CREDIT: This course has been approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 8 hours of mandatory CLE credit, including 0 hours of ethics.

TUITION: Registration for the live webcast is $250. Seniors may register for $75 and members licensed 2 years or less may register for $100.

This program will NOT be re-broadcasted.

NOTE: This program is NOT approved for Texas credit. The Texas Bar will not permit members to submit online programs for Texas credit.

CHECKPOINTS: This program will contain random checkpoints. In order to submit credit for this program, you must confirm your presence at the checkpoints. If you do not meet the checkpoint requirement you may not receive credit for the live program. The checkpoint submission is entirely dependent on your successful completion of the system check.

NOTE: At the end of the program click on the “Credit Submission Tab” to go to your credit profile and begin the credit submission process. Please remember to submit credit on the day of the event.

Featuring one of the nation’s best legal technology teachers -

Barron K. Henley, Esq.

Are you tired of wrestling with Word every time you have to draft something more complex than a letter?  Do you wish you could control Word’s formatting and gain a better understanding of how it works?  Do you miss WordPerfect?  If the answer to any of these questions is yes, this is your class!  Word classes designed for the general public just don’t address the issues legal professionals face when drafting legal instruments.  By contrast, this class is designed by lawyers, for lawyers. In this seminar, you’lll earn the right way to setup complex legal documents an how to avoid the formatting problems and delays you’re probably used to encountering.  Barron will answer any attendee questions for an entire week after the seminar, and he encourages you to let me help you (it's free)!

Attendees will also receive 4 complex sample templates that attendees can download as complex formatting examples (joint venture agreement, lease agreement, pleading & trust agreement).


Any lawyer or support staff who wants to conquer Word and stop fighting with it. Even if you feel you’re already a Word expert, you’ll learn a lot.


Yes, we’ll make the sample files we use in the class exercises available in advance as a download, so you can follow along with the exercises in class.


The class will be taught using Word for Windows 2016, but the course materials will cover Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, and Word for Mac 2011 and 2016.


Fixing Word's Default Settings, Customizing the Interface and Basic Editing

  • Understanding and customizing Word's interface
  • Permanently fixing Word's default formatting (font, paragraph & section)
  • Role of the default template (Normal.dotm) and how to customize it
  • Fixing Word's programmatical default settings - the key to making Word usable
  • Document view options
  • De-corrupting documents
  • Long document navigation tools
  • Methods for text blocking
  • Cut, copy & paste - how to strip off unwanted formatting, using Word's multiple clipboards
  • Advanced find, find & replace and the go-to function


Proofing, Font and Paragraph Formatting Fundamentals

  • Proofing - spellcheck, auto correct, grammar check & thesaurus
  • Explanation of Word's tripartite approach to formatting (font, paragraph & section)
  • Format painter - how to use one of Word's most powerful formatting tools
  • How to strip formatting from wayward text, controlling the formatting defaults for a particular document
  • Font formatting techniques
  • Paragraph formatting

Alignment & line spacing

Automatic paragraph spacing

Avoiding inappropriate page breaks by holding headings, text and paragraphs

Tabs - types, how they are used, best practices for signature lines

Indents - shifting text left or right while maintaining proper alignment

Borders & shading




Proofing, Font and Paragraph Formatting Fundamentals (continued)


Automatic Paragraph Numbering, Complex Page Numbering and Introduction to Styles

  • Automatic paragraph numbering - bullets, single level numbering and multi-level list numbering
  • Section (whole document) formatting attributes
  • Headers & footers
  • Complex page numbering (start over, stop in the middle of a document, switching from Romanettes to Arabic in the same document, etc.)
  • The most important feature of Word: Styles - why you must learn to control them, what they are & how they work, how to control them, copying styles from one document to another, using the style organizer & style inspector.


Lunch (on your own)


Advanced Styles with Automatic Paragraph Numbering

  • Using styles and controlling which ones appear in the document
  • Connecting automatic paragraph numbering with styles
  • Rebuilding train-wreck documents so they work perfectly




Tables of Contents and Authorities, Paragraph Cross References and Document Automation

  • Tables of contents which automatically generate and update
  • Tables of authorities which automatically generate and update
  • Paragraph cross references which automatically update
  • Document automation using macros, AutoText and Mail Merge


Protecting Work Product

  • Redlining, tracking changes & comments
  • Protecting documents to prevent editing; adding passwords to open



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