Appendix 2: Save time at yourIt's thought that 80 per cent of computer users understand only 20 per cent
of their software capability. In some cases this may well be a blessing–
messing about with finer features can waste a lot of time. (The temptation
is to spend ages fiddling with coursework presentation even though this is
rarely worth very many marks.)However, it's worth knowing about features that really do ease your
workload. Assuming that you are among the majority who use Microsoft
Word as a word-processing package and Windows as an operating system,
here are some basic functions you might want to get acquainted with if
you're not using them already. Most of these are on your toolbar; for more
information on these or other time-saving functions, press F1 to get the
'Help' menu and type in your search.Whatever system you use, look for the equivalent of the features listed
|• ||Word count|
|• ||Cut and paste|
|• ||Draft printing|
|• ||Mouse features (e.g. triple-click to select a paragraph; right-click for
dropdown options; select and drag to cut and paste)|
|• ||Keyboard functions ('Home'; 'End'; F7 = spell check)|
|• ||Word keyboard shortcuts (Ctrl + S = save a document; Ctrl + N = create
a new document; Ctrl + C/X/V = Copy/Cut/Paste)|
|• ||Windows keyboard shortcut (Alt + F4 = close program; Microsoft Key
+ D = minimise all windows)|
|• ||Fields (formulae by which your computer makes calculations with
figures you enter in a table)|
|• ||Styles (e.g. change all heading styles in one go)|
|• ||Document map (lists a menu of your headings as you work–useful for
long pieces of work)|
|• ||Headers and footers; making footnotes|
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Book title: The Student's Guide to Exam Success.
Contributors: Eileen Tracy - Author.
Publisher: Open University Press.
Place of publication: Maidenhead, England.
Publication year: 2006.
Page number: 197.
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