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    Saving time with the QAT

    Do you sometimes struggle to find things in MS Word? Perhaps a particular feature isn’t where you expect it to be, or you get frustrated at having to click several times to get to a feature. If so, you might find the quick access toolbar (QAT) helpful. Many people aren’t aware of this useful...


    ​Three easy ways to make Word shortcuts work for you

    When you’re editing in Word, 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...


    Three reasons why editors need PerfectIt

    PerfectIt is surely the best of the many tools available for editors. I have been using PerfectIt for more than 10 years, and I still find myself amazed by what this tool can do! Here are the three main reasons why, in my opinion, PerfectIt is a tool that no editor should be without. 1 –...


    Textexpander vs autocorrect

    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...


    Do Word add-ins save time?

    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? Somehow, it didn’t work out that way. I think there’s a similar situation in editing, in that we now have lots...


    A clearer view in MS Word

    A useful feature of MS Word that you might not be aware of: hiding headers and footers. When editing a document, I like to have the headers and footers hidden (watch the video below to see how to do this). Working in this view has several advantages: it makes it easier to focus on the...


    Fields in MS Word

    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, which are code rather than text. Watch the video to understand what fields are, and how you can easily add,...