I am a neat freak. There I said it.
I’m not talking about physical neatness, my room is an absolute mess most of the time, and my handwriting is absolutely horrid, I’m talking about keeping a neat computer. To do this, you need to: (1) make good notes/pretty assignments, (2) use a proper referencing system, (3) organise your notes well, (4) set up a proper backup system and (5) organise mobile access. This may sound like a bit much, but trust me, it’s not too hard, and the time it saves you will definately make up for it.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be going over the above. This week, I’ll start with some MS Word basics.
Be a Microsoft Word Ninja
Word is giant and awesome and powerful, I don’t pretend to know even a quarter of what Word can do, but I know some basics that really make your life a bit easier. For the purpose of this walk-through, I’ll assume that you are using Windows 7 and Word 2007, though I’m sure it will translate to the other versions as well.
Using Headings and Making a Table of Contents:
Don’t do your headings manually (i.e. don’t change your font to change text to headings), use the headings in the style-sheet. Use Title for your title, Heading 1 for your first level of subheadings, etc.
So now you know how to use styles, outline numbering and create a table of contents. Next week I’ll be going over some more advanced Word techniques, including EndNote integration and creating your own shortcuts.