The Student's Guide to Exam Success

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Appendix 2: Save time at your
computer
It'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 below.
Spellcheck
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)
Pagination
Tables
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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