Useful toolsThese add-ins are useful for anyone working in MS Word:
- PerfectIt – a fantastic, user-friendly add-in that scans a document and picks up inconsistencies in spelling, hyphenation, use of abbreviations, etc.
- Editor’s Toolkit – a set of shortcuts for use in MS Word to speed up tasks such as removing double spaces, changing from initial caps to lowercase (and vice versa), and applying heading styles.
- ReferenceChecker–an add-in that add-in that checks whether references in a Word document are cited correctly (i.e. whether in-text citations are included in the reference list, and references listed in the reference list are cited in the text).
- PhraseExpress – an add-in for Windows that can correct typos and complete particular phrases. It is much like the ‘autocorrect’ function in MS Word, but works across all applications—Word, Excel, Outlook, WordPress and so on.
WebsitesHere are some of the websites I like:
- WordRibbon.Tips.Net – a useful site for getting the most out of Word 2007 (there is a related site for those still on older versions of Word).
- Making the most of Word in your business – some great step-by-step instructions for working with Word.
- TechRepublic – lots of useful hints on working with Word (particularly useful for anyone making the change to Word 2007).
- SugarSync – a useful site for backing up or sharing files (particularly useful for sharing files that are too big to send by email).
- Grammar Girl – short, friendly tips for improving writing; covers grammar rules and English usage.
- Doing your dissertation with Microsoft Word – helpful guide by Jacques Raubenheimer (see review by The Thesis Whisperer).
- Making Word work for you – a helpful guide by esteemed editor Hilary Powers.
- Macros for writers and editors –Paul Beverley’s guide to getting started with macros (and additional instructions for Paul’s FRedit macro).
- Macro course – Corina Koch MacLeod’s free 20-minute introduction to macros.
Newsletter articlesFrom 2010 to 2011, I wrote a regular column for the monthly newsletter of the Canberra Society of Editors (CSE). The CSE has kindly allowed me to reproduce the articles here:
- An efficient way to manage references (Nov 2010)
- Speech recognition (Oct 2010)
- A guide to style guides (Sept 2010)
- Moving beyond Word 2003 (Aug 2010)
- Software solutions (Jul 2010)
- Getting to grips with tracking changes (Jun 2010)
- A solution for Word worries (May 2010)
- PerfectIt – the editor’s friend (Apr 2010)
- Social networking sites – a useful resource for editors (Mar 2010).