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Tips for Creating GREAT Word-Processing Files
Transcript of Tips for Creating GREAT Word-Processing Files
Word Processing Files
Robin Williams Rules - Part 1
Make good use of
use the space bar to align things (Use
to accomplish this)
space after punctuation
Be consistent with fonts and spacing
Be creative with
Robin Williams Rules - Part 2
Watch out for
is a single word (or portion of a word) left hanging on the last line of a paragraph.
is a final line of a paragraph which gets bumped to the next column or page.
Use special characters where appropriate
Ex: Hold left ALT, type 0233, release ALT to get the é symbol.
Word allows you to insert symbols in order to get these and many others: ¢ ° ÷
Robin Williams Rules - Part 3
; reserve ' & " for feet & inches
Use 0 for zero and O for oh; same for 1 and l
Avoid using ALL CAPS
Never underline; it's ugly and hard to read.
, or alternate fonts
rather than dashes for lists
Make use of different fonts - within reason!
on the ends of characters.
Use serif fonts for paragraphs/sentences. You'll see fonts like
Times New Roman
used frequently in books and magazines.
Use sans serif fonts for titles, lists, headings, etc. You'll see fonts like
used for chapter titles and newspaper headlines.
Regular dashes are used for words like one-half, mother-in-law, etc.
En dashes (the width of the letter n are used to signify durations and for compound adjectives: Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM, Halifax–New York flight, pre–Vietnam war period
Em dashes—so named because they are the width of an m—often replace colons or parentheses. Impress your students—use different dashes as appropriate!
Robin Williams Rules - Part 4
Use the features of Word to create subscripts, superscripts, real fractions, etc.
When placing text inside a box, don't crowd it. Leave plenty of room on all sides.