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

Can Using Editing Tools Improve Your Writing?

By C.K. MacLeod and Carla Douglas This post first appeared on June 17, 2015 at The Book Designer and on July 15, 2015 at Beyond Paper Editing. How do you edit your writing? Perhaps you use one of these self-editing approaches… Approaches to Self-Editing There are many ways to improve your writing. You can set your… Continue reading Can Using Editing Tools Improve Your Writing?

How to Add a Macro to Word

By C. K. MacLeod Macros can help you to identify areas in your writing that need improving. You can also use macros for formatting and editing tasks. Some word processing programs, like Microsoft Word, can handle macros. You’ll find a list of writing macros you can try in the post Improve Your Writing With Macros, and… Continue reading How to Add a Macro to Word

Improve Your Writing with Macros

By C.K. MacLeod There is a lot you can do to improve your writing. Some improvement tasks will take you hours to accomplish, but some of them can be quick and easy with the help of macros. What are macros? Macros are tiny programs that can handle repetitive and finicky fix-up tasks that would otherwise… Continue reading Improve Your Writing with Macros

Enable Word to Run Macros

by C.K. MacLeod If you have a fresh install of Word, you may have trouble adding or running macros*. Here’s how to sort that. *Macros are tiny programs that can make writing and editing tasks more efficient and accurate. Some macros can help you to see things in your writing that you wouldn’t otherwise see.… Continue reading Enable Word to Run Macros

How to Run a Macro in Word

  by C.K. Macleod Macros can help you to identify areas in your writing that need improving. You can also use macros for formatting and editing tasks. In the post Improve Your Writing with Macros I listed some free writing macros you can try, followed by the next step, How to Add a Macro to Word. This post… Continue reading How to Run a Macro in Word

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

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

Most Popular Writing Tech Posts of 2015

by C.K. MacLeod Here are the top 10 Posts on Tech Tools for Writers in 2015. Hemingway Editor: A Proofreading Tool for Writers Self-Editing Tools Retrieving a Back-Up File in Scrivener How to Create a Keyboard Shortcut for the Snipping Tool 20-Minute Macro Course Improve Your Writing with Macros A 5-Minute Guide to Evernote 5… Continue reading Most Popular Writing Tech Posts of 2015

Print to Digital: Cleaning Up Your Word File

This week’s post is by Carla Douglas from Beyond Paper Editing. Adapted. Originally posted at Beyond Paper Editing in August 2014. If you have a print document that you’d like to self-publish, you can turn it into a digital file and convert it to an ebook. The first step is to get it into MS… Continue reading Print to Digital: Cleaning Up Your Word File