Word Mobile

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  1. Synchronizing Word Mobile Documents
  2. Finding and Replacing Text
  3. Formatting
  4. Checking Spelling
  5. Saving, Renaming, Moving, and Deleting
  6. Printing a Document
  7. Attaching a Document to E-Mail
  8. Changing Default Options

Word Mobile is a word processing program designed for Windows Mobile. Word Mobile allows for synchronization of documents between your desktop computer and your PAC Mate Omni so that you have the most up-to-date content in both locations.

To open Word Mobile, go to the Start Menu (WINDOWS Key), press O for Office Mobile, then press W to open Word Mobile. The first time you open Word Mobile, it opens by default to a blank document so you can immediately begin typing.

After you have created a document, Word Mobile will then open first to a list view where you can choose the document you want to open or create a new document. To select a document in the list view, use the arrow keys to move to the document and then press ENTER. To create a new document, press F1.

Word Mobile has several templates you can use as a default document. These templates contain preformatted text so much of the work is already done for you. To select a template, from the list view, press F2 and press ENTER on Options. Press TAB to move to the Default Template combo box, and use the arrow keys to select a template type.

In Word Mobile you can open only one document at a time. When you open a second document, the first one is saved and closed automatically. You can save a document you create or edit in a variety of formats, including Word (.doc), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and Plain Text (.txt).

Note: The .psw format used in prior versions of Windows Mobile is no longer supported in Windows Mobile 6.0, which is on the PAC Mate Omni.

To save a document, press F2 and move to File. From the File Menu, press ENTER on Save As. In the Name edit field type a name for your file. If you want your document to get saved in a particular folder, press TAB to move to the next control and use the arrow keys to select a folder. The next control allows you to change the documents format. Since this is also a combo box, use the arrow keys to select a file format. The last control in this dialog box designates where you want to save your file. You have a choice of using the Main Memory or Storage Card. To close this dialog box and save your file, press ENTER on the Save button. Otherwise, press ENTER on Cancel.

Note: If you need to open and save contracted braille documents, which use the .brf extension, you should use the FSEdit program. For details, please see FSEdit

As you continue to create, synchronize and edit documents, you may find that having all files appear in the list view too cumbersome to navigate. To have your files show in the list view by their respective folders, press ALT and select Show by to open the Show By Menu. Next, select the folder that contains the file you want to open or add a new folder by selecting the Add/Delete option from the menu.

In addition to showing files by their respective folders, you can sort files by date, name, size and type. To do this, press ALT and select Sort by to open the Sort By Menu. Use the arrow keys to make your selection.

To delete, copy, rename or move, use the editing commands such as DELETE; CTRL+X; or CTRL+C. For more information on these commands, please see PAC Mate Omni Basics, Working with Text, Editing.

To e-mail a document, open the list view of Word Mobile and select the file then press the APPLICATIONS Key. From the context menu use the arrow keys to select the appropriate action.

Synchronizing Word Mobile Documents

Word Mobile documents can be synchronized with Word documents on your PC. To synchronize files of any type, you must first open ActiveSync on your PC and from the Tools Menu (ALT+T) select Options. In the Mobile Device list view place a check in the Files’ check box. When you select Files, a PACMate My Documents folder is created on your PC's desktop. Place all files you want to synchronize with the PAC Mate Omni in this folder. Password-protected files cannot be synchronized.

All Word Mobile files stored in My Documents and its subfolders are synchronized with the PC. ActiveSync converts documents during synchronization.

For more information on synchronization or file conversion, see ActiveSync Help on the PC.

Note:  When you delete a file on either your PC or your PAC Mate Omni, the file is deleted in the other location the next time you synchronize.

File Conversion

Word documents (.doc) and templates (.dot) created in Word 6.0 or later on the PC are converted to Word Mobile documents during file synchronization.

Word Mobile documents are converted to Word documents when they’re synchronized back to the PC. During conversion from Word to Word Mobile, most simple text and paragraph formatting are retained and displayed, although some formatting attributes may be changed or lost. For more information, see ActiveSync Help on the PC.

Note:  To use your new document as a template, move the document to the Templates folder.

The section below lists conversion behavior between Word Mobile and Word.

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Finding and Replacing Text

Within Word Mobile is a Find/Replace Feature that is very similar to the Find/Replace Feature in Word. With this feature you can search for strings of text or a single word and replace it with other text. To use the Find/Replace Feature press F2, move to Edit, and press ENTER. From the Edit Menu select Find/Replace. Type the text you want to find. Press TAB to move to the Find button and press ENTER. If you’re replacing text, TAB to the Replace button and press ENTER. Type the replacement text. With this feature you can match case and match whole words. Use the SPACEBAR to check these options. When you are ready to Find a word(s) press ENTER on the Find button.

Word Mobile selects the first instance of the text in the document and displays a window with buttons that allow you to find the next instance or replace the text.

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The formatting options available in the Word Mobile Format Menu are fairly robust. With it you can control point size and font type, determine text attributes such as bold, italic, underline etc., and align, bullet or indent text as needed.

Of course, you can always use the PAC Mate Omni’s formatting commands. For more information on these commands, please see PAC Mate Omni Basics, Working with Text.

To format your document using Word Mobile’s Format Menu, press F2, move to Format and press ENTER. If you want to work with the font and alignment, move to Font and press ENTER. To work with paragraph alignment, bulleted lists and indentation, move to Paragraph and press ENTER.

As you are working in Word Mobile, remember to select the text you want affected, then go into the menus and make your changes. For more information on selecting text, please see PAC Mate Omni Basics, Working with Text.

You can also insert the date if you want. To do this press F2, go to the Tools Menu and select Insert Date. The date is then placed into your document at the cursor location.

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Checking Spelling

You can check the spelling of a specific word, or of all the words in a document. If a word is spelled correctly, but not recognized, you can add the word(s) to Word Mobile's online dictionary. To launch the Spell Checker, press F2, navigate to Tools, and press ENTER on Spelling. If you have selected one or more words, when you begin the spell check, selected text is checked first. When finished, you will be asked if you want to continue checking the rest of the document. Selecting Yes will continue with the spell check while selecting No will return you to the document.

Unlike FSEdit, the Spell Checker in Word Mobile is not a dialog box. When a misspelled word is found, the PAC Mate Omni first speaks and spells it followed by reading the line in the document where it is located. A menu then displays containing several items. Use the UP and DOWN ARROWS to select an option and press ENTER to activate it.

The first few items in the menu are the suggested replacement words. The number of suggestions available depends on the misspelled word. Press ENTER on the word you want and it will be changed in the document.

The next two items after the last suggestion are Ignore and Ignore All. Choosing Ignore causes the selected misspelled word to be skipped. If the same word is found later in the document, it will be displayed again. Choosing Ignore All causes every occurrence of the selected misspelled word to be skipped.

The last item in this menu is Add. If you know the current word is spelled correctly, select this option to have it added to Word Mobile's online dictionary so it will be considered correct in future spell checks.

If you need to stop the spell check before it is complete, press the CLOSE button (ESC).

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Saving, Renaming, Moving, and Deleting

When you create a new document, the information you enter is saved automatically and named according to the first characters of text entered in the document. In an open document, you can:

Note:  To move or delete multiple documents, in the list view, select the documents. Then, press the APPLICATIONS Key. From the menu, choose Rename/Move or Delete.

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Printing a Document

You can print documents from Word Mobile if you download and install the PrintBoy utility.

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Attaching a Document to E-mail

In the documents list view; select the document and press the APPLICATIONS Key. To select multiple documents, use the SHIFT+UP/DOWN ARROW. Then, press the APPLICATIONS Key. From the Context Menu, choose Send.

A new e-mail message is created with the document attached.

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Changing Default Options

You can change the defaults for creating and storing Word Mobile documents by going to the Tools Menu and selecting Options in the list view.

Select a template to be used for new documents. You can change this default when creating specific documents. Only documents saved in the Templates folder are listed.

Select a location for storing documents. You can choose between main memory and a storage card, if you have one installed.

Select the type of documents you want displayed in the document list view.