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    Top three reasons for using styles in MS Word

    When you’re editing a document, have you come across headings that have been formatted manually? For example, the headings are big, bold and perhaps in a different colour, but the text still shows the default style ‘Normal’. This means someone has created the headings the hard way, selecting the...

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    Exploring the features of MS Word’s ‘Find and Replace’

    Gone are the days of going through a long document, locating all the instances of a word or phrase, and changing them manually to what you want. Microsoft Word’s ‘Find and Replace’ tool has been life changing for working with long documents. It allows you to make ‘global’ changes to a document,...

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    How to fix page numbers in MS Word

    Even the most confident editor runs into page numbering problems from time to time. A straightforward series of numbered pages is fine, no problem. But when you start customising the formatting, adding a title page, creating sections or landscape pages, you’ll need to outsmart Word to get it to...

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    Page numbering in Word – formatting page numbers

    Adding page numbers in Word is an ideal way to help a reader navigate a long document. But adding relevant page numbers to sections within the document isn’t the end of it. The visual layout of page numbers is important for making your document clear and easy to read. When it's done well, page...

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    Page numbering in Word – numbering sections

    As editors, we’re often helping clients to make their long documents as easy to read as possible. This doesn't just mean improving structure, flow and grammar. It can also involve helping the reader to navigate the document; for example, with headings, bullets and section numbering. One of the...

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    Making the most of comments in MS Word

    Most editors make extensive use of comments in MS Word. Sure, the conversations are a bit one-sided, but adding comments in Word can feel like you’re communicating directly with your client. If you need to clarify why you’ve changed some text, or provide options for revising a particular section,...

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    Why should I use EndNote in Word?

    For academic and technical editors, EndNote is like pineapple on pizza – you either love it or hate it. I used to fall into the hating category; if a project arrived with references in EndNote or some other reference management program, I promptly contacted the author asking for a plain text...

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    Distracted by formatting markup? How to stop tracking changes in Word

    As an editor, you probably work with track changes turned on in Word – the tracking is helpful for you and your clients. But if you’re making a lot of changes, you’ll have noticed that the document gets quite crowded. You may not need to track every change Your clients might be happy for you...

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

    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...

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    Customise the quick access toolbar

    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...

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