I spend a lot of time with Microsoft Word. It’s where I write just about everything, from school projects to my own stories.
So I’ve gotten to know Word, and over time, I’ve gotten to love these 5 Word Functions.
1. View Side-by-Side
This one is saving my life, as I’m working on Draft Two of my novel 😊 No clicking back-and-forth needed. If you’re doing comparisons, updating from an older draft, or just need to see two documents at once ~ this little function will save you time.
Simply open your two documents, go to the View tab, and click View Side by Side.
You can also go to View tab > Window > Synchronous Scrolling to scroll together or apart.
2. Font Color Changes
If you’re like me, you write-write-write! your first draft, then go back to make some changes. Sometimes, I know I want to change something, but I don’t yet know how. In that case, I just change the font to red.
Simply go to your Home tab, under the Font section, and hit that little A.
The one to its left is a highlight function, which also helps.
I firmly believe in never ever deleting anything. You may realize that a sentence or a paragraph that sounded lame at first may be just what your story needs. But if you deleted it, how can you get it back?? Use
Strikethrough instead 😉
Strikethrough is a little
abc on the Home tab, Font section of your Word ribbon.
This is such an amazing little tool for working on newer drafts without completely erasing your old one.
I’m currently taking classes and workshops where I get to read other people’s stories and offer feedback. This is when the Comments feature of Word really comes in handy. It adds my suggestions without breaking up the text.
Highlight the word/words you’d like to comment on, then Review tab > New Comment.
Click anywhere on the document to exit the comment. Here is what it will look like:
It warrants the CAPS 😝 I get too many drafts for feedback with tons and tons (and tons and tons!) of squiggly red lines under words. Nothing confuses me more, since Word finds misspellings for you.
To get to it, go to the Review tab, and to the far left you will see Spelling & Grammar.
Spellcheck helps, but it doesn’t always catch mistakes such as “curb vs curve” and “weather vs whether,” so always have a friend or editor review your draft 😊
Got any Word functions that help you write?
Don’t keep them to yourself, share in the comments! 😊
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