The Write Blog

24 Apr 2018

TOP 10 MICROSOFT WORD TIPS FOR WRITERS

When you use something every day for years, you start to think you’re getting pretty good at it. But if you’re like most writers, you’ve probably been using Microsoft Word to write a few pages, save them, and maybe print them out. If you’re working with an editor, clients, or other writers, then you likely […]

17 Apr 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: CREATE A CUSTOM TOOLBAR

If you’re like most of us, you tend to use the same Word features all the time. And those features might not just be in the Home tab. If you find yourself switching tabs over and over, save yourself some clicks – and time – by customizing the ribbon. To customize the ribbon in Word: […]

10 Apr 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: COMPARE DOCUMENTS TO SEE REVISIONS

When several people are working on a document, it’s almost inevitable that someone will eventually forget to use Track Changes. Luckily, Word includes another way to see the revisions between two versions of a document. Don’t comb through a document looking for changes! Instead, use the Compare feature: 1. Make sure both versions of the […]

10 Apr 2018

ROUNDING UP WITH THE WRITERS FOR HIRE

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at The Writers For Hire? The details of our weekly meetings are usually top secret, reserved only for those with the highest level of security clearance. Sometimes, though, things are just too good not to share. So, here it is… some of the amazingly interesting things that […]

02 Apr 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: USING TABLES TO INSERT IMAGES

Have you ever tried inserting a bunch of images into a document by just clicking on Pictures in the Insert tab? If so, you might have spent the next 30 minutes trying to drag them into place, then another 30 trying to fix your text formatting. Once everything looked like it was wrangled into place, […]

19 Mar 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: REMOVING MYSTERIOUS, UNWANTED FORMATTING

Recently, we had a long document that had several dotted lines running across the page. We had no idea how they got there. Several writers tried to remove them, but it wasn’t until months later that one of them succeeded.     It turns out that fixing this issue is pretty simple. Just follow these […]

12 Mar 2018

DIVING HEAD-FIRST INTO YOUR FAMILY TREE

Do you ever wonder about where your ancestors came from, and what struggles they had to endure in their life’s voyage? The journey of discovering your roots can be quite fascinating and exciting. It can also be a daunting and time-consuming task. A simple google search will lead you to a vast array of websites, […]

12 Mar 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: USE ‘READ ALOUD’ FOR PROOFREADING

If you’re an audio learner, you’ve probably wished that you could listen to a Word document instead of reading it. Good news: there’s a Word feature that allows you to do just that. Activating the Read Aloud feature is also a great proofreading tool to use after Spell Check. To activate Read Aloud: Select the […]

05 Mar 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: USING THE READABILITY FEATURE

Writing something for the general public? Then you’ll want to aim for about a 5th grade reading level. If you’re writing for an academic journal, on the other hand, you’ll probably want to aim for college level. How do you know if you’re close? There’s a handy feature tucked inside Word that will let you […]

27 Feb 2018

WORD TIP OF THE WEEK: FORMAT PAINTER

If you’ve ever copied content from one document and pasted it into another, you’ve probably had to go back to fix the formatting so that it matches. There are a couple ways to get everything uniform, but none of them are as good as Format Painter. This single button makes tedious formatting a breeze. To […]

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