Guest post @ Lawyerist: Using Microsoft Word Styles

Lawyerist editor-in-chief Sam Glover shot me an email from his crackberry a few weeks ago making a special request for my next guest post:

A primer on using styles, including how to create style sets and make them default.

How to move Normal.dot to a network drive or put it in your Dropbox so Word will use the same template across computers.

Typed on a small screen with my thumbs. Please excuse my brevity and typos.

So even though I already champion Styles usage for consistent formatting, particularly in long documents like briefs and contracts, I starting boning up, researching some more advanced techniques in my trusty Word 2010 reference.

Whoo, boy — what started out as “a primer on using styles” has morphed into a series. There’s a lot of untapped potential here, people, and I’m doing my darnedest to walk that fine line between delivering as much goodness as I can and keeping it simple enough to actually use.

Click here for the first post in the series. I’ve written post #2, so be on the lookout for even more advanced Styles techniques.

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