Thursday, July 11, 2013

Short Cuts for Typing Manuscripts

Last July I posted the message below. With many of us typing out manuscripts for articles, I thought it worthwhile to post it again. These shortcuts save a lot of time. The ones I use most are those for large and small caps, italics, and bold. Also for centering, use Control+Shift+E. For moving back to the left hand margin, use Control+Shift+L. Here's my July 20, 2012 posting:

The other day, I posted a very helpful article of typing shortcuts. Please see below. Here's another one that comes in very handy for those who write law review articles and have to deal with large and small caps. Just type the relevant part of the citation, shade it with your mouse, and click Control+Shift+K.

To get out, just reclick that formula. Of course, none of  this goes to the real question: Why in heaven's name  do  law reviews  still use large and small caps?

Handy Keyboard Tricks for Word

A good way to increase your typing efficiency is to keep your hand off the  mouse as much as possible. In an article on Attorney at Work, Deborah Savadra shows us how with a number of “Hotkeys.” Here are a few examples:

  • Boldface: CTRL+B
  • Italicize: CTRL+I
  • Underline: CTRL+U
  • Increase font size: CTRL+SHIFT+.
  • Decrease font size: CTRL+SHIFT+,

Here’s one that she especially recommends:

Finally, if you memorize no other key combination, remember this one: CTRL+S to Save Document. Although you can have Word automatically save an AutoRecover version of your document every few minutes, it never hurts to save the document yourself frequently.


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