Write and Edit Efficiently with Word’s Quick Access Toolbar

by C.K. MacLeod For editing projects, I work in Word on two gargantuan computer screens. The upside: I can have many documents open at once, while feeling a little like an air-traffic controller. The downside: I’m a terrible air-traffic controller. With two big screens, it often takes a lot of mousing to get my cursor… Continue reading Write and Edit Efficiently with Word’s Quick Access Toolbar

Comment Shortcuts in Word

by C.K. MacLeod Editors use the Comments feature in Word to ask writers clarifying questions or to make suggestions. Beta readers can use this feature to provide feedback, too. In Word 2016, you could, of course, wander over to the ribbon, click on the Reviewing tab, and select New Comment in the Comments area. But that’s… Continue reading Comment Shortcuts in Word

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

Dictate Your Writing with Speech Recognition Software

by C.K. Macleod Have you tried dictating your writing with speech recognition software? Dictation is another tool in your toolkit for easing repetitive strain injury (RSI). If you use a PC, your version of Windows likely comes with Windows Speech Recognition (WSR). This dictation software has been compared to Dragon Naturally Speaking, the gold standard of speech… Continue reading Dictate Your Writing with Speech Recognition Software

A New Kind of Mouse for Writers

By C.K. MacLeod Repetitive strain injury (RSI) can be caused by too much mousing. You can reduce the amount of mousing you do by using keyboard shortcuts, but sometimes it also makes sense to change the way you mouse. Switch Hands My editing colleague, Adrienne Montgomerie, suggested I try mousing with my left hand. While… Continue reading A New Kind of Mouse for Writers