5 Ways to Create an Em Dash

by C.K. MacLeod Updated on January 14, 2017. I have all-in-one laptop that weighs the same as a tablet. It’s a marvel of a machine except for one thing: because it doesn’t have a numeric keypad (less keyboard = better portability), I cannot create em dashes (—) and en dashes (–) in my usual way. (You… Continue reading 5 Ways to Create an Em Dash

How to Ease Repetitive Strain Injury

By C.K. MacLeod Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? Is your wrist starting to ache and your fingers starting to tingle? If so, you could be experiencing early signs of repetitive strain injury. You’re not alone. I’ve gotten away with the same computer practices I’ve used for years, without a bodily complaint. Until now. Thankfully, it’s… Continue reading How to Ease Repetitive Strain Injury

How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for the Snipping Tool

by C.K. MacLeod I’m trying to use my mouse less and my keyboard more. Why? Keyboard shortcuts can reduce repetitive strain injury from too much mousing help you to complete writing and editing tasks more efficiently Save Time Hilary Powers, in her excellent book, Making Word 2010 Work for You, has pointed out that it… Continue reading How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for the Snipping Tool

Wrist-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts

by C.K. MacLeod Using keyboard shortcuts can help you to ease repetitive strain injury (RSI) in the fingers and wrist caused by overusing a mouse or touchpad. And once these shortcuts become second-nature, they can help you to write more efficiently as well. The keyboard shortcuts listed below are not software-specific or operating system-specific—they don’t just… Continue reading Wrist-Saving Keyboard Shortcuts