Easy Proofreading Wins with Microsoft Word

This post was originally added to Learnhigher on: 28th Oct, 2016
Activity time: 30 minutes
Types of media: Handout/s, Webpage, Helpsheet, Word document, PDF file, Quiz
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By completing these learning resources, students will be able to: Appreciate the limits and uses of Microsoft Word in aiding proofreading beyond built-in spelling and grammar checks. Use A-Z sort, Find, and Find and Replace to eliminate common proofreading errors efficiently. Find further free sources of developmental support for proofreading skills.
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This package of documents will help to make student proofreading more systematic, allow them to get the most out of Microsoft Word, eliminate simple errors and , ultimately, work to improve writing standards.

It will prompt the student to look at existing practices but also learn some easy wins using Microsoft Word – searching for citations, years, acronyms and sorting reference lists alphabetically in seconds.

  • Contributor’s comments on the use of this resource:
    It is hoped that these resources will be usable by both students and staff as the functions highlighted in this piece are not widely understood. This is not to replace the larger, holistic process of proofreading for structure, but rather aid in fixing easy errors quickly.


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