Category: Editing Tools

Top 10 Changes in Chicago’s 17th Edition

November 16, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

Clocking in at 1,145 pages, this is not a book meant to be read cover to cover (thank God), so Chicago has a handy guide to the edition’s updates. The problem is, the handy guide is itself somewhat daunting. So I’m going to cover the top ten changes,


Recovering Lost Documents

October 28, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

However it happens, we all learn to fear the aftermath, the moment when we click open the folder where we save our work and see that the file we were editing only moments ago is just . . . gone. Here's a quick-and-dirty guide to getting it back.


Compare Versions in Microsoft Word

October 5, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

MS Word's Compare function looks at any two documents and lists all the differences paragraph by paragraph.


How to Use Word References Tool

September 22, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

In this post, I’ll give specific instructions on how to use Word to add reference citations to a document. One word of caution about this function: you need to know your style guide extremely well to use this function effectively.


Guide to Word’s Table of Contents

July 25, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

Word’s Table of Contents function updates numbers and names with just a few clicks as you write and edit. But you have to do the work to set it up.


Harvard Citation Style Explained

April 28, 2017 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

Harvard is just another parenthetical author-date citation style. If you can learn a few key points, you can successfully cope with Harvard referencing.


How to Edit PDFs

November 9, 2016 by admin in Editing Tools

PDFs can be scary for an editor. After all, you can’t just turn on Track Changes as in Word and go to town. The entire point of a PDF is that it always looks the same. So how do you make changes or suggestions?


Lie vs. Lay vs. Lied vs. Laid vs. Lain

October 27, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

One of the hardest irregular verbs in English to use properly is “to lie,” and another is “to lay.” The verbs have a multitude of overlapping meanings, and then they’re conjugated differently while being spelled the same. However, you can become an expert if we take it one step at a time. And we’ll start with the hardest one.


2 More Great Tips for Self-Editing

September 6, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

Another way to get your brain to take a fresh look at what you’ve written is to print it out and read it on actual paper. These days, most of us do our writing on the computer; we type and the words appear on the screen. By printing out your document and reading it with a pen in hand, you may notice problems, errors, and quirks that you didn’t see on the screen.


How Reliable Is Spell Check?

July 8, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

The first time I saw Office Suite’s spell check function, I just about cried with joy. (Shut up. I’m a nerd.) Gone forever would be the days of having words like “metaphore” and “ocurrance” litter my papers and irritate my professors, dragging down my grades and self-esteme . . . uh, esteem.


Guide to Using Hyphens in Compound Words

July 7, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools, Writing Guides

Recently I’ve gotten a little obsessed with compounds words and the hyphen, that little punctuation mark that can cause so much confusion. My interest in this started when I was looking into the spelling of the word “healthcare.” Oops! I mean “health care”… or “health-care”?


2 Great Tips for Self-Editing

July 7, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

Whether you’re a writer, professional editor, or client for a professional editor, you can always benefit from a little self-editing. However, we’re all too close to our own work; we know what we meant to say, and this can get scrambled up with what is actually on the page.


4 Fixes for Comment Boxes in MS Word

May 28, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools

Whether you’re an editor orworking with an editor, you’re going to deal with comment boxes, which can bring up a whole new realm of issues, which can lead to a whole new range of curse words. But here’s a quick guide to fixing the four most common problems:


MS Word Formatting Errors

May 26, 2016 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools, Uncategorized

When it comes to the controlling the flow of text across lines and pages, many MS Word users treat this sophisticated, responsive software as if it were an old IBM Selectric. Here are some of the formatting errors we see multiple times a week, errors that can actually keep Word from functioning properly.


ESL/EFL Guide to English Writing Pt 2

July 16, 2015 by ProofreadingPal in Editing Tools, Writing Guides

Three common challenges non-native speakers encounter when writing in English and offer some suggestions for dealing with them.


How Best to Use Editing Services

The more work you put in before you submit your document, the better your document will look after the professionals finish with it.


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