In my first post on the Corel blog, I offered my point of view on life at Corel -- and described how exciting it is to work on products I use at home.

In my follow-up post, I illustrated a specific example: my countless hours spent video-editing family memories with Corel VideoStudio.

In this blog post, I'd like to express my soft-spot for WordPerfect Office X5. And, in the spirit of the Holiday season, I can't think of any better way than through "The Sound of Music."

…Specifically, through a verse-long spin on a Holiday-themed chestnut from the classic film. Come, gather 'round for a few of My Favorite Things...about WordPerfect:

Walkthroughs and guides that say "Welcome!" like doormats
Magic Reveal Codes that show all your formats
Customizations that fit like a glove
These are a few of the features I love!

Why do I favor these features, you ask? Let's take a closer look!

Walkthroughs and guides that say "Welcome!" like doormats

New to the WordPerfect X5 party? Or just eager to make the most of its festivities? Several features are designed to meet you at the doorstep and usher you in for a personal tour:

  • Workspace Manager -- simulates other working environments by rearranging or hiding menu commands and other workspace features (Tools > Workspace Manager)
  • PerfectExpert -- offers project templates with built-in, step-by-step instructions (File > New From Project)
  • Reference Center -- centralizes all learning resources into an easy-to-browse, categorized launcher (Help > Reference Center)

Magic Reveal Codes that show all your formats

Holiday tip: Don't wrap up a present before checking it for tags.

WordPerfect tip: Don't wrap up a document before checking it for tags -- formatting tags, that is! To peek behind the scenes at the WordPerfect X5 "elves" hard at work on your document, just click View > Reveal Codes.

  • Double-click a tag -- to display, and tweak, its settings
  • Drag a tag -- either within the Reveal Codes window (to move it around in the document) or outside the window (to remove it from the document)
  • Modify the look of tags -- their color, font, and other display settings (Tools > Settings > Display > Reveal Codes)

Customizations that fit like a glove

WordPerfect X5 doesn't just help you deliver documents to your loved ones: It lets you take the reins of the sleigh and drive however you want! Here are a few customization routes you may want to try out for yourself.

  • toolbars -- Choose from a variety of handy presets, edit them to your liking, or even create your very own toolbar from scratch. (Tools > Settings > Customize > Toolbars)
  • menus -- Choose or edit preset layouts, create your own layouts, or even use the new "Merge" feature to import standard commands into any layout. (Tools > Settings > Customize > Menus)
  • keyboard shortcuts -- Choose an existing set of assignments, or use Edit or Create to browse, modify, and print a set of assignments. (Tools > Settings > Customize > Keyboards)

These are a few of the features I love!

Orientation tools, Reveal Codes, workspace customizations: These are just a few of My Favorite Things…about WordPerfect.

I hope this post has been as fun for you to read as it's been for me to write! (I could go on, but I'm stuck on a decent rhyme for "macros"…)

Happy Holidays,