Posts Tagged ‘technology’

Using The Track Changes and Comments Feature In Microsoft Word

I’ve used Microsoft Word for years, but when I started editing emailed manuscripts, I discovered a hidden gem I hadn’t used before– the Track Changes and Comments feature.

It allows you to revise your own work or someone else’s without changing the original document. You can also include comments or questions. The recipient of the file can then review the changes and comments, and then accept or reject the changes.

You can access it through “Tools” on the menu bar, or by opening a Word document and right-clicking on “TRK” that appears at the bottom of the page- this will add the “Reviewing ” toolbar to the top of your document screen.

Here’s a link to a document that explains the basics of how to use it, and also provides a link to Microsoft’s more in-depth documentation at the Microsoft Office Online.

http://www.unc.edu/depts/wcweb/handouts/comments.html

It’s not a difficult tool to use, but I recommend trying it on a practice or backed-up document first-until you feel comfortable using it.

If you are a Word user and have not used this function, I suggest you consider its value in your writing and editing endeavors.

Subscribe to VersionTracker- A CNet Site for Mac, Windows, and Palm OS Users

I had a request for “more Mac stuff ” after my post recommending a free Mac OSX application called Caffeine from VersionTracker. My main focus for this blog is writing, and although technology can be a part of that, I will not be posting regularly about such things. I will post information if I find something I think is particularly useful or just plain cool.

However, in light of wanting to please my readers, I will post the link to VersionTracker again: www.versiontracker.com and make the suggestion to register at the site (it’s free) where you have the ability to sign up for either daily or weekly email alerts which are specific for Mac, Windows, or Palm OS applications.

This partial screen shot shows what you will receive:

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The nice thing about email alerts is that they provide a nice tabled listing of the newest apps, their size, and their license info. Each software title is a link back to it’s download page at VersionTracker. You’ll also find user feedback, and usually a link to the developer’s site as well. Most of the apps are freeware or shareware, but there are also betas, commercial licenses, and updates to current software.

At the site, you can choose to view Mac OS, Windows, or Palm OS apps, and then sort by specific operating system to narrow your view. Here’s the header that shows above the daily updated list of apps where you can search by category, view editor picks, or see what’s hot:

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A trip to VersionTracker is definitely worth a few minutes of your time if you like free or inexpensive toys for your system.

Free Caffeine 1.0.1 for Macs Running OSX

I love my Mac more than words can say, but I find it annoying when my screen dims periodically while I’m working. Lighthead Software has developed a tiny (file size: 48K), free application for Macs called “Cafffeine”. It resides as a tiny cup of coffee in your menu bar. Click on the cup to fill it with coffee, and it prevents your mac from going to sleep, dimming the screen, or starting screen savers. To undo, just click on the coffee cup to empty it. It’s that simple! I find it very useful when I’m writing or editing.

Download it from versiontracker- (a cnet site): http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/31941