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The Efficient Lawyer's
Guide to Word

Want to save time and frustration in Microsoft Word? Still struggling to make the transition from WordPerfect? This course is custom-designed for the legal professional, whether you've just begun working in Microsoft Word or are looking to skill-up to the intermediate level. Soon, you'll be proficient enough to produce a Word document from start to finish!

Here's what we'll cover:​

  • Understanding the Microsoft Word Ribbon interface
  • Using Navigation and Views to customize your Word experience
  • Creating, saving, opening and editing documents
  • Character/font, paragraph, page and document formatting
  • Finishing and printing your document (including getting rid of metadata)
  • Formatting and printing envelopes & labels
  • Dealing with sections, headers & footers, and page numbering
  • Automatic paragraph numbering
  • Using and modifying Word Styles
  • Defining, inserting and formatting Tables of Contents
  • Legal-specific features like Table of Authorities

Pleading Paper Course

If you're required to use pleading paper (hello, California!), you've been especially let down by Microsoft. Whatever happened to that interactive wizard? It's GONE.

The bad news is, I can't bring that back. The good news is, I can teach you how to successfully work with Word's pleading paper templates (and even make your own custom template)! And for those of you not on the latest version of Word, I can even give you access to older templates Microsoft has already discontinued.​

The course contains two information-packed lessons on:​

  • Where to find ready-made pleading paper templates for your area (Microsoft is not always the best source!)
  • The two different kinds of pleading paper formats, and which to use when
  • How to modify a standard template without creating a mess
  • Those vertical lines: how to get them placed just so
  • These things have WHAT kind of tabs? (Don't worry, I'll explain it!)
  • Getting your text and numbers aligned perfectly (math alert!)

Assemble Documents Faster

If you've got text or formats you use over and over again, you can't afford NOT to learn three Microsoft Word features: Quick Parts, AutoText, and Templates. Leveraging these features in everyday work can help you get documents (and yourself!) out the door faster!

This course will give you an overview of each feature, such as:

  • Quick Parts: Saving reusable text
  • Quick Parts versus AutoText: When to use one versus the other
  • Building reusable headers, footers and watermarks
  • Creative uses for auto-updating dates in Quick Parts
  • Autonumbering discovery, affirmative defenses, and other headings
  • Using Bookmarks and Cross-References to make updating documents automatic
  • Embedding ASK and FILL-IN fields into templates to speed document creation
  • How to build your own time-saving templates