What I’m working on is the manuscript I started almost 2 yrs ago during BIAW with my local writing chapter, the Saskatchewan Romance Writers (SRW). This time, however, I’m doing the final edits.
This book been a long process. I had a story to tell, but didn’t have correct grammar skills to ‘pass inspection’, or craft knowledge to excite anyone.
It took time, education and support to reach this level. And part of that is computer education.
One of the problems I’m encountering this week is a learning curve with Word 10. I recently replaced my 5-yr-old laptop with a new one and installed Microsoft Office 2010 on it.
Can I just say that I love Word 10!
Unlike Word 7 which seemed to have a negative learning curve, Word 10 has productive features I’ll fight to keep, like...
I’m not sure if this is the correct term, but I heard them talking about this on the Windows 7 commercial without really paying attention. I figured, yeah, so?
So? So it’s provided me with a feature I always wished I had but never thought it was possible… being able to see 2 or more manuscripts at the same time.
When I receive critiques back from my crit partners or contests judges, I like to follow down between mine and theirs, line for line, and see what they ‘caught’ or suggested. Usually, I have to switch back and forth between documents which is a real time waster—especially if I’m checking from more than 2 people.
But now, I click on View in my Word 10 Task tool bar (last one) and this screen shows up:
|View Tool Bar|
|Compare 3 documents on one screen|
A new feature of the Microsoft Office 10 is Sticky Notes. I’ve read posts from other Prairie Chicks who raved about sticky notes, but never had the inclination to use them myself. Mainly because they kept falling.
Instead, I have white boards and bulletin boards in my office where I record all the pertinent information for my current work in progress (wip). The problem is that when I take my laptop into the house at night, I leave all my boards behind. Yet, I work for another 2 or 3 hours inside.
The discovery of these Sticky Notes has enabled me to organize all my notes on my laptop, so much more readily available than in their original document files. They’re there when I need them and in the background (minimized) when I don’t.
Adding Page Numbers to Header
Speaking of Word 10, I still have an issue formatting the header and page number. This started with Word 7 and it hasn’t changed with Word 10.
The problem is that adding a header and numbering the pages are 2 different formatting actions. The program has technically progressed to the point where there are so many options for both, they can’t be done at the same time. Yet.
If you add the paging first, it disappears when you add your header. And if you add your header first, all your pages will be the same number.
I spent 2 hrs Monday night and one on Tues morning trying to add a header with automatic page numbering to the first 115 pages of my wip. I knew how to do it last year and thought I filed away the info but couldn’t find it. A google search brought up so many helps on how to skip numbering on the first page, adding a table of contents to correspond to your numbers, etc. No one seemed to have the same problem as me.
Finally after prayer (yes, it works), I remembered the following sequence:
- On your Word 10 tool bar, click Insert
|Insert Tool Bar|
- Go to the Header & Footer box and click Page Number
- Click on the first Option – Top of Page
- A header appears with number 1 in the spot you chose
- Move your cursor to the left of the number
- Backspace to the start of the line and type in your title and word count
- Space bar over to just before your number and add the word Page
- Move your cursor to the right of your number and hit Enter
- Type in your author name (or whatever)
If you’re working with chapters with sequential numbering and find you need to change the number on the first page of one of your chapters, do this:
|Highlight Page Number|
And now that I have these instructions here, I’ll always know where to find them.
What do you think? Do you have any tips for using any of the Microsoft Office 7 or 10 features?
Does anyone know how to access the split screen portion of Windows 7?