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  Tips for Writers by Brad Hyde (September 6, 2005)

Learning to Use Microsoft Word

Many writers use Microsoft's Word for writing. Although it is quite easy to use, there are many tips and tricks to making it easier. To find them, and to sign up for a free newsletter go to WordTips.

One way I've learned to use Word more effectively is to use what are called "shortcut" keys. See the examples for formatting paragraphs at WordTips. I use the centre shortcut and the double spacing shortcut the most often.

One of the best effects of shortcut keys is speed. Using the mouse is slow (and hard on my shoulder and wrist). Before I learned the keys, I had frequent pain in my wrist. Now, I almost never do, even after working on the computer all day!

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