Style Guides

  Many people are confused about the fundamentals of good writing for good reason. The reason is that the rules of grammar and punctuation sometime seem inconsistent. Luckily, we can determine whether some element of grammar or punctuation is correct. Well maybe not absolutely correct, but correct according to the rules outlined in a style guide. But, what’s a style guide? Style guides are resources, online or in print, that give direction for grammar, punctuation, formatting, word usage, and spelling […]

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“Find” & “Replace”

  “Find” & “Replace”, found in the Home tab at the top of a Word doc, are exactly what they sound like – and then some. These are terrific editing tools. Open a Word doc that you’ve been working. Click the Home tab. “Find” is located at the far right of the tab. Click it. The Navigation panel appears. Type a word or phrase into the “Find” Navigation panel, and Word will find that word throughout your document. Use “Replace” […]

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Well Said Alexander McCall Smith

    “Was natural caution found in people who did something with their lives, or was it a quality of those whose lives ran narrowly and correctly to the grave?” Alexander McCall Smith    The Lost Art of Gratitude, p. 121     Pantheon Books, New York, 2009

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SHIFT F7 – THE BETTER THESAURUS

Frequent users of MS Word know that a list of synonyms is available for most words and that a synonym list can be accessed just by right clicking on any word, but launching Word’s Thesaurus using Shift F7 is just as easy and provides better word suggestions for writers. Try it out. Open a Word doc and type the word “strong”, then place your cursor on the word and right click. Hover your cursor over the word Synonym. Note the […]

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