Man vs. Artificial Intelligence The new "Dictate" feature is FREE and surprisingly accurate. Watch a quick, live test in this session, then download and try it out for yourself. The other recent addition of "Read Aloud" might be a game-changer for your revision process... just click play and MS Word turns your text into an audiobook so (after you've stared at the computer screen for 6 months) you can finally HEAR your words in a fresh new way.
If you take away only ONE new skill from this course, make this one yours. Quickly and easily label new chapters and sub-heads, then format their font and size and characteristics (and drop-down height and line-spacing, and a bazillion other things) in just ONE place... but have it applied THROUGHOUT YOUR BOOK! Oh, and did I mention you can do this for your main body text as well? No more click-and-drag to highlight whole chapters every time you decide to try a new font. (You can thank me later!)
As if the simplicity of the Styles settings above wasn't enough to evoke praise, here you'll learn how to move between chapters with a single click (bye bye, endless scrolling)... AND if you need to re-order chapters, just drag-and-drop them on the Navigation Panel to test it out without suffering through headache inducing cut-and-paste sessions.
The Sprint phone tech never once asked, "Are you able to discern that of which I am presently speaking?" Turn on this little hidden gem in the Proofing Options, and let the Flesch Kincaid Readability and Ease scores help you understand whether your audience has a clue what you're writing about. "Can you hear me now?"
More love for the Styles settings... Once you've enabled your chapter headings and sub-heads, just pop to the beginning of your document and add a full Table of Contents with one click -- with auto-formatted page numbers... or even hyperlinks if you're creating an eBook!
No more cursing and ranting when it's time to add a footnote or endnote, because you don't know how to get the text to flow around at the bottom of the page. Just click the "Insert Footnote" button and MS Word will automatically number and format your notes (and update those numbers automatically if you later add more notes!). Change your mind about whether you need footnotes or endnotes? That's no problem, either. Easily convert ALL your notes with just one more click.
Citations and bibliographies were the bane of our existence in the old days. I remember stacks of index cards alongside my dog-eared Chicago Style Manual (later abandoned for Kate Turabian, soon to be followed by MLA)... and still, I struggled with where to put the punctuation. Now... just fill in an intuitive form, and click a button. MS Word will automatically format your citation or bibliographic entry to the whims of your industry's favorite style manual. Even better? Just one more click will convert it between style manuals if you need to submit to another publisher with different preferences.
Like window dressing for your book, just seeing these drop-caps applied to the opening line of your chapters will motivate you to want to share it with your fans!
I used to quake in my leather boots when an author wanted to add an Index to their book. Now, MS Word's indexing makes it easy to mark entries, add the index itself, and even update the page numbers if revisions are needed.
Believe it or not, MS Word recognizes 18 unique English dialects... and even more foreign languages... so why shouldn't your spell-check?
The days of the red pen are long gone, but my first-time author friends who receive their first edit back in Track Changes often wish they could teleport back to high school days. However, once you really get the hang of MS Word's most powerful editing tool, you'll never want to go back. Easily accept and reject suggested changes, scroll through (and resolve or delete) editing comments, or integrate suggestions from multiple beta-readers, all without shuffling hundreds of loose sheets of paper, or losing your mind. Ready for your close up, my dear author friend? It's time to make every word choice in your manuscript sparkle!