Expanding Your Toolbox to Make Yourself a More Productive Editor


Kelly Schrank
Technical Editor, Bookworm Editing Services, LLC


July 10, 2019 - 2:00 PM


July 10, 2019 - 3:00 PM

Expanding Your Toolbox to Make Yourself a More Productive Editor

If you use Microsoft Word to edit other people’s work, whether as an editor or as a peer reviewer or manager, you probably have your own bag of tricks to get the job done. In this session, I will share my tips and tricks, gathered from many years of experience editing different types of documents in the hopes that you will learn something new to make you a more productive editor. My goal is to cover a broad array of technical solutions and send you home with a handout to make sure you can put it into action. For the technical solutions, I will remind you of some shortcuts you may have learned and forgotten; cover some time savers like making an Editing Tools tab in Word and customizing the Spell Check to work harder for you; and automating some of your editing tasks using find and replace with wild cards and simple macros. Examples shown will be in O365 version of Word, but most should work in earlier versions. I’ll also introduce you to my favorite non-technical solution to be a more productive editor: checklists.


  1. You’ll learn how to use shortcuts and time savers in Word to make yourself more efficient.
  2. You’ll learn about how to automate some of your editing tasks with advanced functions.
  3. You’ll learn how a personalized checklist can make you more productive and consistent in your editing.

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