Posts Tagged document

Troubleshooting by TOC

Sometimes a table of contents (TOC) indicates problems elsewhere in a document. For instance, a heading style might be applied to body text and that text appears in the TOC. Check out this example:

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Layout tips for legal documents

Last month, I read a document produced by a law firm, then one produced by Adobe Systems Incorporated. The Adobe document? Attractive. The legal document? Not so much. Could legal documents use an Adobe-inspired layout makeover?

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Using nonprinting characters (formatting symbols) in a document

Non-printing characters (NPCs) show formatting in your document. When you first see these symbols, you might think they’re cluttering up your screen. In fact, they’re designed to be both easily perceptible when you want to see them and easy to ignore when you don’t. And the headaches

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Great document layout tips

I recently wrote a yet-to-be-published article that sprouted from an observation: legal documents, when compared to documents from Adobe, Inc., often look horrid. There’s no good reason for any document to be difficult to read, so I wrote about how important it is for lawyers to improve

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Save multiple open documents with one click

(and one button press) Picture the following scenario: you’re working on two or more open documents at the same time. Instead of saving each document individually, you want your software to save them all for you with one command. Here’s how you make that happen.

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Applying a word processing style

Styles are neat things. They let you minimize the amount of time you spend fiddling with the formatting in documents. This rarely matters if you only write two- or three-page memos, but try making a 185-page book look consistent – all fonts, headings, margins, graphical elements and

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Evaluating productivity software training options – a white paper

Companies hand technology to employees every day, but they rarely pause to consider how effective said technology will be, or what they can do to ensure that it does help them get the ROI they seek from it. Sometimes the problem is simply this: not enough communication

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Switching between open applications and documents

My friend Mara emailed me last week asking how to switch between documents on her computer using the keyboard.

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E-trials save money and time, say proponents

originally published in Lawyers Weekly Magazine Do you have what it takes to work in an electronically enhanced courtroom? Wonder no more — just take “Tom’s test.” Can you: Turn on a computer and monitor? Use a mouse? Use the scroll wheel on your mouse? Open a

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Guide to Courtroom Technology in Canada

originally published on CBA PracticeLink Certain high-profile trials have proven the value of technology usage in courtrooms. Yet most trials in Canada still do without even common technologies, like video conferencing, document management systems and document displays. And this absence spawns dissatisfaction. “Clients complain that the process

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