More Automatic Corrections

As I explained in last week’s newsletter, editors who work in Microsoft Word can make many changes automatically (using Find and Replace) rather than making them manually. For more information on how to do that, please read last week’s newsletter:

This week, I’ve provided a long list of corrections that you *might* be able to make automatically. Don’t just use these blindly, however. Please look through the list to see which items would be most useful to you. Then you can record a macro that finds and replaces all of the items you’ve chosen. You can learn more about recording a find-and-replace macro here:

You might also be interested in our MegaReplacer program, which makes it possible to find and replace many items in many documents at the same time. You can learn more about MegaReplacer here:

If you have a list of things you routinely change as you edit, and if you’d like to share it with other subscribers, please send it to me here: mailto:editor [at symbol] I’ll compile all of the lists for next week’s newsletter. And now, here’s this week’s list:


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