Category Archives: Editing Tools

Lyonizing Word: Shifting Styles

The whole issue with all of these Word style problems is one of control. How much “help” do you want Microsoft Word to give you? If you’re editing, your answer may be “none,” because editors need to have complete control over what’s happening, and they can’t have Word introducing changes they may not even be aware of. When I’m editing, I disable all of these features. If you’ve been suffering from the madness of shifting styles, maybe you’ll want to do the same.

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The Business of Editing: Wildcarding for Dollars

I can tell you from the project I am working on now that wildcarding has saved me hours of toiling. I have already had several chapters with 400 or more references that were not in the correct format. Wildcarding let me clean up author names, as here, and let me change cites from 1988;52(11):343-45 to 52:343, 1988 in minutes.

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Lyonizing Word: The Right Tool for the Job

Using the right tool can make editing faster, more accurate, and more profitable.

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Lyonizing Word: Formatting with Macros

Formatting with Macros by Jack Lyon Most users of Microsoft Word format text by selecting a paragraph and then applying a font. More advanced users apply a style. Here’s why: Styles are easier to use than direct formatting. Once you have the style set up (with, say, 12-point Arial bold, condensed by 1 point, left […]

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Lyonizing Word: Formatting with Macros

Most users of Microsoft Word format text by selecting a paragraph and then applying a font. More advanced users apply a style. Why? Because then if they need to change the formatting of, say, level-2 headings, they can simply modify the style rather than tediously selecting each heading and applying a different font. But there is a way to handle formatting that is even more powerful.

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Lyonizing Word: The Next Character Macro

Macros and mastering Microsoft Word are keys to success in the business of editing. One can be a great editor and not master either, but it is more difficult, if not near-impossible, to have a successful editing business if you aren’t master of the tools you use.

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