Sharing the love of MS Word!

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I’m that rare beast, an editor who loves working with MS Word. It wasn’t always like that. For many years, Word and I had a troubled relationship and the program caused me a lot of grief. Luckily, I shared an office with colleagues who were younger and smarter. They kindly stepped in whenever I lost parts of my document, forgot …

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Phraseexpress is even better!

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As I’ve said in a previous post, I’m pretty impressed with Phraseexpress — a text expander for Windows. Now that I’ve read the instructions I’m even more impressed. Here are some of the extra things I’ve found it can do: bring up a box that can open the calculator, if I type ‘calc’ in any application put a clipboard manager on the desktop …

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Does using Word add-ins save time?

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Remember how, decades ago, we imagined that labour-saving devices such as washing machines, driers, vacuum cleaners and dishwashers would mean we’d have lots of extra leisure time? But somehow, it didn’t work out that way. I think there’s a similar situation in editing, in that we now have lots of different tools to make editing more efficient, yet editing seems …

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New skills in Word

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Last Saturday I gave a short training course on editing effectively with Word 2007, and on Monday I attended an advanced Word 2007 course. This ‘immersion’ in Word improved my macro skills, because I demonstrated a macro at the course I gave, and learnt more about macros at the course I attended. Later in the week, I had to use …

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Screen snipping

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This week I discovered that I know much less about InDesign than I thought (I volunteered to do a newsletter layout using InDesign, but now realise there’s a big difference between a real document and the examples in Classroom in a book). However, in organising material for the newsletter, I needed a partial screenshot from a website. I was pleased …

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Different hats

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Last year I bought SmartDraw, with the intention of turning all my procedures into flowcharts. Then I got bogged down in project work, and the flowcharts didn’t happen. However, today I had another go, inspired by an email from SmartDraw describing VPM – visual process management. This is a neat idea whereby the organisation chart contains a hyperlink from each …

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Managing reference managers

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I’ve been happily using Endnote X3 with Word 2007 for some time. However, on Friday I installed Reference Manager, and was alarmed to find that the Endnote tab had disappeared from Word.  After a fruitless hour Googling various phrases to try to find a way to get the tab back, I remembered that I might have a relevant email somewhere …

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More on networking

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I love networking – it really helps to counteract the isolation of working from home. In recent weeks I’ve met up with a few freelancers and been interested to hear about the different ways people work and the tools they use. One tool that I came across through a conversation with a participant on a training course is the reference …

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I have way too much to do – when I set up my own business I meant to work four 8-hour days per week, not 48 hours per week, as I’m currently doing. However, there are some good things happening: The computer’s understanding of my speech has increased amazingly in just one week, and I can now use it quite …

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Talking to the computer

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A few things came together this week to persuade me that I need to start using voice recognition software. First, I gave myself sore shoulders by working all day on a formatting job while (yet again!) ignoring most of the reminders that popped up telling me to take a break. Then, in tidying my office, I came across a print …

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