Oops, I forgot to track changes – how to compare documents in Word

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It is easy to get part way through a project and suddenly realise that you forgot to turn on Track Changes. Or perhaps you turned off tracking partway through for some reason and forgot to turn it back on. In such situations, Word’s Compare function is your friend. It’s a neat way to create a new document that includes all …

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Customise the quick access toolbar

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Are you tired of having to click several times to use a feature in MS Word? Or perhaps you can’t find things when you need them. The key to speeding up your editing is to customise the quick access toolbar (QAT). Few people know about this useful feature, but I find it a real time-saver when I’m editing a document. …

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​Three easy ways to make Word shortcuts work for you

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When you’re editing in Word, keyboard shortcuts are a fabulous way to speed up your work and avoid an overuse injury. It’s easy to find Word shortcuts – here are some helpful lists from Microsoft and fellow editor Louise Harnby. But shortcuts are only useful if you can easily remember them. Here are three tips to help you to do …

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Three reasons why editors need PerfectIt

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Among the many tools available for editors, PerfectIt is one of the best. Despite using PerfectIt for more than 10 years, I still find myself thinking ‘that’s fantastic’ when I run it on a long document. Here are three reasons why I love PerfectIt. 1 – PerfectIt saves you time PerfectIt, an add-in to MS Word, was initially designed to …

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A text expander vs autocorrect

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One tool that I absolutely could not do without is a text expander – a program that saves time by completing frequently used phrases or snippets of text. In the past, I used the Autocorrect function in MS Word to do this. For example, I had set up Word so that when I typed ‘hivx’, the words ‘human immunodeficiency virus’ …

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A clearer view in MS Word

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See more clearly in Print Layout view Editors often work with a document in Print Layout view in MS Word. It gives you useful information such as what’s in the header and whether the page numbering is correct. But when working on main text, it can be helpful to get the headers and footers out of the way. Hide the …

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Fields in MS Word

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Have you made changes to a Word document – perhaps to page numbers or to references – and then found that your changes mysteriously disappear? This can happen if you make changes to fields in MS Word, which are code rather than text. Watch the video to understand what fields are, and how you can easily add, update and view …

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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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Where is Jane Fonda when you need her?

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It all seemed so simple when I offered to run a webinar about webinars for my local society of editors. We set a date, I signed up to a platform (ClickMeeting), the society found the participants, and I planned the session and practised it numerous times. Accompanying me at each practice session was my alter ego, Jane Fonda. I would set Jane up as a …

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Benefits of co-working

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Over the past 2 years I have gained a lot from Six Degrees, the co-working space in nearby Coffs Harbour. It’s been a great way to network with other people working from home in Coffs and Bellingen. And through attending events and giving a couple of pitches about my businesses at Six Degrees I have found: a web designer, who created …

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