Help with Writing: Word Advanced, part 3

And we’re back to Word! This time, we tackle the Layout panel. The functions here are most useful for teaching, but some techniques transfer over to longer documents, such as books or theses. In this post, I’ll cover columns, breaks, and line numbers. There are other tools in the Layout panel, like word wrapping, margins, and alignment, but for the most part you won’t need to use these tools in a classical studies environment. If you think we should cover them, let us know on social media or in the comments! Continue reading


Help with Writing: Word Advanced, Part 2a

This post is dedicated to Track Changes. I mean dedicated in both senses — it’s the only thing I talk about in this post, and also Track Changes deserves special recognition as possibly the most useful tool in the MS Word arsenal. Are you working with a colleague on a document? You’ll need Track Changes (it’s more functional than Google docs for academic collaboration). Are you working with a publisher to get your article out? Most, although not all, of them use Track Changes for copyediting. Are you trying to save the environment by grading paper-free? One of the easiest ways to do that is (you guessed it) Track Changes. If you, like me, are already a heavy user, this post is probably not for you. And I’m sorry: it took me so long to explain how wonderful Track Changes is that it will be next week’s post, too.

On the other hand, if you are new to the world of Track Changes or really need a refresher, read on!

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Help with Writing: Word Advanced, Part 1

In previous posts, we’ve covered how to change your fonts, change the spacing, and add page numbers. In this post, we’ll introduce the Design panel of Word and how to use Styles.

You’ll notice that this is only Part 1. Word has a lot (a lot) of advanced features. Part 2 introduces the Layout panel, Part 3 will introduce the Track Changes function, and Part 4 will deal with chapters and indexing. Because these are features that undergraduates don’t often have to deal with, we’ve dropped the “Undergraduate” from the title. But undergrads, you can still keep reading! Word is the #1 word processor in the world; one day, someone might ask you if you know how to make a document have columns, chapters, etc.

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