|Display non-printing characters such as carriage returns, spaces and tabs
for more control.|
(in MS Word click the Hide/Show icon to toggle show on
or use Tools menu Option and check ALL or hold Ctrl and
shift keys and tap the asterisk (*))
|This is not longer a typewriter so:
|Use the Ruler for left and right indents, especially
for 1st line indent |
|Use "Line Before/Line After paragraph option for vertical
spacing (not enters). |
|Use Indents or tabs for horizontal spacing.....NEVER
|Use word wrap meaning let the Word Processor
determine when a line is full and the next line should be started.
|If necessary keep two or more words on the same line
(like Dec 21) with a non-break space (Shift + Ctrl + space) or (Insert
Menu, Symbol, Special Characters tab.)|
|Use the Alignment features like
center and right align.|
Use numbers like 37, not word form like thirty-seven.
Use US Post Office's 2 character state abbreviations
(NJ, rather than New Jersey and FL rather than Florida.
NY, CO, DC, PR). |
|Use the $ (dollar sign), don't type the word dollars. Type $400, not 400
|Use whole dollars (NO pennies unless
youre writing a check) for any amount over $100 ($4,000.00 is
confusing, $4,000 is better). |
|Use proportional spacing for everything. For example, either serif
(Times), or San Serif (Arial)
Use a 12 point font and space your paragraphs at 1.2 for maximum
Always type in UPPER and lower case, never just UPPER.
All UPPER is harder to read and on the Internet all UPPER is poor
Netiquette - it is
called shouting. |
|Italicize the names of publications,
magazines every time. Underlining used to be ok, but with the web
it means a hyperlink to always
Do NOT put publication titles in quotes. |
|Put article and
chapter titles in quotes "This is an Article" or
"Chapter Title". Do NOT put book titles in quotes.
|In early assignments show off your word processing expertise -
varied typefaces, font sizes, sprinkle in font styles like outline. Bold, italicize and
underline. Use some different paragraph indents, some borders and shading,
a footnote, clip art and
page borders. |
|In the first paragraph of a review, give the book name, author and
copyright date. |
|Give the magazines title and complete date in the first paragraph.
|Give the computer stores complete name and town. Tell when you
|Be specific. You cant possibly write about the entire book,
or everything that happened at the computer store, so write about the highlights and
describe what you learned or found particularly interesting.
|Use there for position "It is there". Use their
for possessive "it is their house". |
|Its for "it is" and its (no apostrophe) for
"it belongs to it".|
(No ' in his, no ' in hers, no ' in yours, no ' in ours and
NO ' in its).
|Prove you know this -
take the quiz. (Want to improve your English writing
a few fun tests)?|
|You're is "you are", while your
is possessive, it belongs to you. |
Copyright, not copywrite (it is the
right to copy granted only to the author) |
|Use Spelling Checker to Spell check. Remember "I red the
brook" will not be flagged as an error, so you must proof your work!
|Use the thesaurus feature (MS Word keyboard shortcut is Shift
F7) and make your writing more fun to read. |
Type one space before and NO space after an open parenthesis;
one space after but no space before a
close parenthesis or brace or bracket.
Type one space before and NO space after a the begin quote (")
There is no space before a end quote (").
Type 1 space after a word, a comma and a close parenthesis ).
Type 2 spaces after an end of sentence terminator (. (period), ? and !)
Have a friend proof read your work and then proof theirs, you'll both learn something.
cite words and pictures that are not
yours, especially from the
lets you make what would otherwise be dull and boring into documents
that are inviting to read with clip art, watermarks, borders and