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11 5 Options You’ll Want to Re-Set in Word

A big part of making Word work better for you is molding the way it works to the way you work. Most users don’t know they’ve got options for how certain features perform. Some things you’ll want to get out of your way, some things you’ll want to make easier to access. Here are my suggestions for changing Word’s defaults to work better in a legal environment:

First Step: Going into Options

Most of the default behaviors in Word are set within the Options dialog box. To get there (a necessary prerequisite for all of the exercises below), go to the File tab (if you’re still using Word 2007, click the Office Button) and click Options.

Once you’re in Options, you’re ready to rock.

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Guest Post @ Lawyerist: Taming Microsoft Word’s Autoformat As You Type

While I’m a big fan of smart software, I don’t like when software tries to out-think me (and does a bad job of it). That’s why I’m not an especially big fan of Microsoft Word’s AutoFormat As You Type feature.

If you’re not familiar with this feature, it’s the one that turns “1/2” into “½” and does various other “oh, let me re-do that for you” functions that can get in the way, particularly if you’re a speed typist and not exactly the world’s best proofreader.

In my latest guest post at Lawyerist, I show you how to find this feature’s control panel and disable any part of it you’re having problems with.

Click here to read the full post.

Guest Post @ Lawyerist: Using Microsoft Word to Edit by Committee

Ever experienced “death by redlining”? You know what I mean. It’s that headache-inducing series of emails in which you and your colleagues send seemingly endless drafts of the document  du jour back-and-forth, ad infinitum.

While I can’t do anything about those unreasonable people who don’t like the way you phrased something or other, I can help you make up for their lack of skill with Microsoft Word. Click here to read the full article before your next “editing by committee” session, and you’ll be prepared to deal with other people’s bad formatting without tearing your own hair out.

5 “Where did that line come from (and how do I get rid of it)?”

Have you ever typed a few dashes in between paragraphs (as a placeholder or whatever), hit enter, and somehow wound up with a line all the way across the page that you can’t get rid of, no matter how many times you hit the Delete key?

Infuriating, isn’t it?  But I’m here to tell you: It’s both fixable and preventable. (Yay!)
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