Category Archive: copy editing

Oct 30

Tips for Word’s Reviewing Pane and Comments

Two tech tips for you today, for working with Word’s tracked changes. One relating to comment balloons, and the other for simplifying the reviewing pane to reduce your stress level while simultaneously boosting your confidence.

graphic summary of keyboard shortcuts to insert a new Comment in Word and return to the main document

 

 

And here is something you can do to relieve the stress of seeing just how many changes are marked up in your document.

 

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Oct 27

7 Ways to Get Style Sheet Buy-in

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Tweet this quote.Seven tactics you can use to get buy-in for house style, today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

How do you get buy-in? Does it even matter? What are your negotiable style points and which will you defend to the top of the mountain?

 

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Oct 15

Proofreader’s Marks

headline marked up with some proofreaders' symbols

Tweet this quote.Proofreaders mark up printers’ proofs with symbols to indicate corrections that need to be made. The are by no means standard. A look at what Canadians use, today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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Sep 17

Capital Style in Canada

close up photo of upper & lowercase keys on antique typewritter

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Anarchy! Aesthetics, tradition, and readership all cited as legitimate factors in capitalization style. Have the Canadians lost it? Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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Sep 09

Computer tools for copy editors: macros

close up photo of computer control (ctrl) keyThe few macros I use have made my editing better and faster, but I still only use about three consistently. What am I missing out on? Illuminate me! Tell me what your macros do.

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Aug 27

Checklist for Editing, Canadian Style

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The Canadian Style says a checklist “will help you to cover all pertinent facets of the writing process and to meet your deadlines.” More about their free checklist today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

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Aug 15

Links OTW, Aug 9–15

I had a really long waiting room stay this week, so I caught up on a reading backlog. Lucky you: there’s a lot of great here!

Writing for mobile & analyses of the mediums, why editing costs & what it is, synopsis & dialogue tips, ebook production, and who’s defending Canadian English, 10 years after CanOx laid off everyone (dictionary related)? These, the giant Spirograph I am building, and a fountain that displays messages and images, among my favourite finds from the interwebs this week.

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Aug 08

Links OTW, Aug 2–8

Close-up photo of cable linkThis week I delved into screenwriting and video game narrative. So much so that I made two separate entries for these areas. So, there’s no LOTW per say, but two large collections of stuff from the web that really grabbed me this week.

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Aug 06

Stop Quotation Mark Abuse with this Simple Test

photo of quotation marks signageToday, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com, I reprise and expand my advice on scare quotes.
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Aug 04

Ten Signs of “Lifted” Text

photo of paper clipping taped to computer monitor

Ten telltales that will alert you to the need to “freshen up” some of the prose, or seek out the proper citation and permissions, or at least clean up the formatting. Today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Photo by the author. Credit for “lifted” text pasted on the screen in the photo: Fare Well Farm, CSA farm share.

 

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