Ah, Word! You and your quote smart unquote quotes!

Finally got smart and added in a new AutoCorrect rule in Microsoft Office 2010: replace —“ (which is what it loved to do to me, all the time) with —” (which will save me a lot of backspacing. In case you have this problem:

File>Proofing>Autocorrect Options (it’s a button near the top).

To make sure you’re getting left double quotes and right double quotes, use the Character Map to insert those marks in the appropriate fields.

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Yet another set of stupid Word tricks

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First, if you enjoy tabs, you’ll love this free add-on that lets you have tabs in Word, Excel and PowerPoint (works up until Office 2013):

http://www.office-tabs.com/download.htm

Second, if you’re like me and occasionally have multiple drafts of the same story running around, here’s an easy trick to differentiate them (in Office 2010 anyway):

On the Ribbon, hit Page Layout, then Page Color.

There!  Won’t affect your printing unless you change things around in Options.

Now you can tell at a glance which version you’re working on!  And perhaps prevent eyestrain!

Finally, Control+Click selects a whole sentence at once.

The things you learn before 8AM on a Thursday!

Stupid Microsoft Word Tricks

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After you’re done editing a document in Word, save it and close it.

When you reopen it, hit SHIFT+F5.  Congrats–you are now back to the last place the cursor was editing.

Wish I coulda known this last year when I was in the middle of making SCVK…Would’ve saved me a lot of PageDowns!  On the other hand, it did teach me to use the document map.  Hmm…

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I’m long overdue for an update but I wanted to at least share that tip.