Friday, July 22, 2011

Another Typing Trick: Large & Small Caps

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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As someone who is currently attempting to write onto a law journal, I greatly appreciate this, thank you!

Posted by: Krystal | Jun 27, 2019 6:15:17 PM

I email copies of the document myself to two different email addresses, in addition to copying it to another storage media. And I suggest that my students do the same. Yes, I'm obsessive and a "bit" neurotic about losing important documents.

Posted by: Evelyn Calogero | Jul 25, 2011 4:45:03 AM

Another hint. A user can program customized hot keys. I use Control-Alt-S to generate a section symbol, much faster than going through the multiple clicking needed to insert a symbol.

Posted by: Jim Maule | Jul 23, 2011 6:58:23 AM

And not only save frequently, but copy to another disk or storage media every 10 minutes. Otherwise, if something happens to the disk or storage media on which the document is being saved, everything is lost. When I'm finished for the day, I usually copy the document file to at least a third storage medium, often at a different location, and perhaps a fourth, depending on the importance of the document, the amount of time it would take to re-create it, and the difficulty of doing so. Perhaps an excess of caution, but having had TWO hard drives become inaccessible at the same time, I decided to minimize the chances of repeating the consequences of that experience.

Posted by: Jim Maule | Jul 23, 2011 6:57:04 AM

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