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Basic Word Skills for 

Legal Professionals

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
  • Inserting special characters and symbols
  • Customizing headers, footers and watermarks
  • Finishing and printing your document (including getting rid of metadata)
  • Formatting and printing envelopes and labels
  • Automatic paragraph numbering

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

Document Collaboration in Microsoft Word

Co-editing documents with others? That's the norm now. And if you're using Microsoft Word to exchange edits with collaborators, you've not only got the human element to deal with, but the technological one as well

Word has several tools to help deal with the collaborative editing process. In this course, you'll learn about:

  • Automatically marking document edits and inserting comments with Track Changes
  • Reviewing, accepting and rejecting others' edits
  • Showing, hiding and printing tracked changes (including how to print a "clean" copy without accepting everyone's changes)
  • Configuring Track Changes to work the way you want
  • Comparing two document versions to make a redline/legal blackline
  • Restricting others' edits in your document
  • Scrubbing out potentially compromising metadata

Brief Builder's Workshop

Got a brief in progress? Tearing your hair out over Table of Authorities? Want to know the easiest way to create a Table of Contents? I teach you these seldom-covered Microsoft Word features in this course:

  • Marking citations for a Table of Authorities
  • Inserting and tweaking the format of your Table of Authorities
  • Deciphering TOA markup and correcting citations
  • Diagnosing and fixing common TOA problems
  • The 3 ways to define a Table of Contents
  • Inserting and tweaking the format of your Table of Contents
  • Using Sections to control page numbering, headers & footers

The Lawyer's Guide to Microsoft Word Styles

Styles is the underlying engine in Microsoft Word, and learning to use them intelligently makes editing easier and opens up all sorts of possibilities.

This course is still in the early stages of development.