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

6 Tips for Dictating Your Writing

by C.K. MacLeod Updated. Dictation has become increasingly popular with writers who want to improve their writing productivity. As a writer and editor, I struggle with achy wrists from too much typing, tapping, and mousing. I know I’m not alone. To save my wrists, I’ve decided to take dictation for a spin. Here a few… Continue reading 6 Tips for Dictating Your Writing

Dictate Your Writing with Google’s Voice Typing

by C.K. MacLeod Dictation has become popular with writers who are interested in improving their writing productivity. Google recently introduced “voice typing” for Google docs, so writers can dictate their writing while on-the-go. As a writer and editor with achy wrists from too much typing, tapping, and mousing, I decided to take voice typing for… Continue reading Dictate Your Writing with Google’s Voice Typing

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

A Tool for Distraction-Free Writing

By C.K. MacLeod I rediscovered my QuickPad Pro in a recent office cleaning frenzy. It was squirreled away in a cupboard with an old VHS video recorder. A QuickPad Pro is an intelligent keyboard, designed for simple writing tasks. Circa Y2K, journalists reportedly hauled them overseas when lugging a 10 lb laptop was inconvenient, or finding a… Continue reading A Tool for Distraction-Free Writing

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

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