Tag Archive: tip

Jul 21

How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word

Screen Shot of Word 11's reveal character formatting Mac

 

Need to get more than this from Word? Wondering what character that really is in your Word document? Has the writer used the proper degree symbol (°) or some hack like superscripting a lowercase o (o)? Today I present two macros to help you in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

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Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

Thanks to the anonymous commenter who asked this question on last week’s post about finding non-printing characters. It was an excellent prompt regarding a very useful thing for us technical editors to know.

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Jul 16

6 Points for Eliminating Gender Bias in Reporting

photo of mini cardboard figurines with high-top shoes by Ben Mortimer used under CC BY-2.0 license

 

Eliminating gender bias from all word use may be a tall order, but CP16 offers the following guidance. Today, in my Canadian, Eh? column at Copyediting.com.

Link to my Canadian, Eh? column on Copyediting.com

Photo by Ben Mortimer used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 14

How to Find Non-Printing Characters in MS Word

Baby with a laptop

This week in my How To column at Copyediting.com we look at how to find those hidden light-blue non-printing characters using Word’s Find function rather than your tired little eyes. If you have to replace one of these non-printing characters or troubleshoot layout, you’ll be glad to know this find function.

Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Paul Inkles used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jul 07

How to See and Insert Non-Printing Characters in Word

Photo of a "turn right" arrow on a road, by road arrow by Phil Whitehouse used under CC BY-2.0 license.

Reveal and insert non-printing characters to control and troubleshoot formatting in MS Word. Do you know what these symbols mean?

non-breaking space character from Word Mac 11¶ · o ? ¬ ¤

 

Find out today — and learn how to make them, too — in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Phil Whitehouse used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jun 30

How to have your vacation and clients too

Earth beach ball exploding up from water, with overlay of titleIt’s vacation season. How do you manage clients’ expectations that you’ll be available whenever they want you? Six ideas today in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

“With Canadians taking Monday and Tuesday off and US workers taking Friday off, it hardly seems worth making the effort for Wednesday and Thursday. What say we just call it and all start our summers with a full week of relaxing. Ok? Okay.”

A final point of procedure

Clients don’t need to know what you’re up to unless you are particularly chummy or looking for that kind of relationship. You are simply “out of the office.” Unless you are going to a skill-building conference and want to show that off. Then definitely tell clients why you’re being so selfish with your time.
Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

Photo by Nattu used under CC BY-2.0 license, with title overlay by Dawn McIlvain Stahl at Copyediting.com.

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Jun 23

How to Insert Symbols in Word

pilcrow pretzel

Word probably converts your (C) to a © automatically, but what about the other symbols? Learn how to access them today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com.

 

Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

screen shot of Word's Symbol browser showing categories.

Word’s Symbol browser showing categories.


 

 

screen capture of Word's Symbol browser showing pi symbol

Word’s Symbol browser showing keyboard shortcut for lower case pi symbol.

 

 

Photo of pilcrow pretzel by Windell Oskay used under CC BY-2.0 license.

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Jun 19

State Your Rate with Confidence (podcast)

Superhero costumed kid in front of telephone boothTo state your fee with confidence, you need to practice, pose, and use project fees. The scientific evidence behind this “fake it ’til you make it” principle is covered in this episode, an expansion of Adrienne’s post on the Copyeditng.com blog. — Now, with more science!

Press play below or subscribe to have this sent automatically to your podcatcher/ iTunes. 8 min

 

Follow this link to instructions for subscribing to this podcast.

 

How do you cope with confidence and stating your rate? Leave your comments below, or join the discussion over on the Dameditors Facebook page.

 

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Original post: Three Steps to Stating Your Rate with Confidence

 

 

The image for this episode is by Anders Ruff, used under CC BY-ND 2.0 license. 

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Jun 17

Stamps: Acrobat Tips for Proofreader’s Markup of PDFs

In my first post of the “marking up PDFs” series, I showed the many uses of stamps in Acrobat.stamp icon Adobe Acrobat Reader XI

Setting favourite stamps makes them available in above the other categories when you click the stamp icon.

Watch this screencast to see how to make a custom stamp and how to import stamps into the free Adobe (Acrobat) Reader XI.


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PDF editing mark-up in Adobe Acrobat series:

Basic PDF Mark-up for Copy Editors and Proofreaders

Key Mark-up Techniques for Proofreading PDFs

Edit Tools for Marking up PDFs

Create a Checklist of Your PDF Mark-up in 2 Clicks

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Jun 16

Three alternatives to macros

photo of computer keyboard's ctrl key held up by mini figureScared of macros? Here are three alternatives, today, in my How To column at Copyediting.com. You can learn more about them in my four-week course.

Link to my columns on Copyediting.com

 

 

 

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May 19

Three Steps to Stating Your Rate with Confidence

Superhero costumed kid in front of telephone booth

These three tips will help you “fake it ’til you make it” when it comes to stating your editing fee with confidence: practice, pose, and project fee. My column today, on the Copyediting.com blog.

The “pose” part comes from Amy Cuddy, in this TED talk. Evidence-based advice! Go. Watch.

 

Link to my columns on Copyediting.comPhoto by Anders Ruff used under CC BY-ND 2.0 license. 

 

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