Upping my Game with Editing in Word 2016, 2nd Edition
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After using Microsoft Word 2007 for what seems like FOREVER, I finally upgraded to Word 2016 earlier this year and decided to purchase the second edition of Editing in Word 2016 to see if I could learn any new tricks. I consider myself a pretty advanced user of Word, but reading this book helped me […]

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Sorting Text in Microsoft Word
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I recently participated in a lively discussion on Facebook in one of the professional editor groups I belong to. A colleague was trying to sort a reference list in a document and was having some trouble. After quite a bit of troubleshooting (and other colleagues chiming in to provide helpful tips), she was able to […]

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Fun with Wildcards and GREP
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I’ve been playing around a lot lately with wildcards in Word, and I’ve developed quite a few custom macros that I use in my editing work. It’s taken a bit of practice, but I feel pretty confident now about my knowledge of wildcards and how to use these to quickly find and replace text in […]

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Special Characters All Editors Should Know
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When I first started out as an editor, I wasn’t familiar with all of the special characters and symbols that are used in scientific publications. It wasn’t until I became an in-house editor working on civil engineering journals that I learned how important it is to be familiar with these characters and understand how they […]

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