Tag Archives: Microsoft Word

When Microsoft Word is best for the job

In the past Macademic wrote about misuses of and alternatives to Microsoft Word. But we also believe sometimes Word is the best tool for the job. In such cases it should be used to its full capacity including captions and cross-referencing, custom keyboard … Continue reading

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Custom keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Word for Mac

Despite alternatives to Microsoft Word it is not possible to completely avoid using it in academic work on a Mac. If you have to edit texts in MS Word you might as well do it smoothly and efficiently, save time and … Continue reading

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Simple tables on Mac

After our entry on figures someone asked for tips on dealing with tables. I write academic articles and my needs are pretty basic, so I have a simple workflow for tables. Design shack has a great entry on designing nice tables … Continue reading

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Collaboration in academic writing: software and beyond

Unfortunately, collaboration in academic writing often causes frustration. Academics are used to think that co-authoring a manuscripts means emailing back and forth Microsoft Word documents with endless “Track Changes” and “Comments” layered on top of each other. Whereas writing is … Continue reading

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Mountain Lion’s mini-revolution: renaming and moving without closing files

A nightmare had followed me for decades on both PCs and Mac. I am working on a file and decide that it should be called differently or be placed in a different folder. So I switch to Finder/Explorer, look for … Continue reading

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Collaborative writing with Papers

Preparing manuscripts with Papers in collaboration with other co-authors can go very well if you observe a couple of simple rules.  When I am the only contributor and use my standard writing workflow (OmniOutliner → Byword → Scrivener → Word) … Continue reading

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Captions, cross-references, and lists in Miscrosoft Word

Microsoft Word is often used where other software would do much better. However, there are situations when Word’s unique functionalities are necessary for an academic workflow. Among the most important of such features is the ability to automatically number, cross-refer, … Continue reading

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