[Checklist] 10 Points When Selecting Technical Writing Tools

Technical writing is simple but the tools can be difficult. If you're new to technical writing, it can be difficult to know which software to buy for your Tech Docs dept. In this checklist, we look at some of the criteria you need to consider. 10 Points When Selecting Technical Writing Tools Some … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Generate Better Leads

Running a small business involves many balancing acts, few of which are more important than generating new leads. You have to work at creating leads. It’s naïve to expect that lucrative business leads will walk up to your front door or passing strangers will throw checks in your letter box. It … [Read more...]

How to prepare for Interviews

Make an appointment with the person. It’s rude to show up and expect them to give you their time. Confirm the person’s availability. Forward the agenda in advance. Tip: don’t assume that the Line Manager has briefed the interviewee in advance. Confirm this with them, preferable by phone. Try … [Read more...]

How to Create an Index in MS Word

For technical writers, a well-crafted index helps organize your material, in particular when you get to the production stage. By creating an index, you can manage the overall document more easily, retrieve topics faster, and update sections more accurately. In contrast, if you did not create … [Read more...]

How to Update Microsoft Word Templates

In Microsoft Word, you get a free set of templates for many everyday business situations. You can modify these templates in a few simple steps. In this exercise, we will change the Memo template’s font type and size. On my PC, the Microsoft templates are located in C:Program filesMicrosoft … [Read more...]

How to Improve Word Templates

In certain situations, you might want to extend an existing Word template, and add on new styles. For example, your Proposal team might use a standard RFP template which you want to modify for the Sales team, who also contribute to your proposals. Rather than create an RFP template from … [Read more...]

[How To] Create ‘Draft’ Watermarks in MS Word

Have you ever wanted the word "DRAFT" to appear as a light background on the pages of your printed documents? Microsoft refers to this use of words and images as "watermarks".A Watermark lets you place an image (or text) 'behind' the main text. How to Create Watermarks in MS Word To place a … [Read more...]

How to Reduce MS Word File Size – Tip 4

How to Quickly Reduce Microsoft Word File Size - Secret #4 Before we go, here are some final tips that may help reduce the size of your Microsoft Word files. Compress graphics – Crop you images (where possible) and reduce the image resolution to reduce the graphic’s overall file size. Turn … [Read more...]

How to Reduce MS Word File Size – Tip 3

In the final article in this series, we look at the role graphics play in determining the file size. In many respects, the ease in which you can create a Microsoft Word file is its own undoing. Both Adobe FrameMaker and MS Word have similar approaches to importing graphics. But after almost … [Read more...]

How to Reduce MS Word File Size – Tip 2

In the last article, we discussed how multiple bullet lists can corrupt your Microsoft Word files. We outlined some techniques to reduce the file size, mostly by creating pre-formatted bullet lists in advance. But what happens if you’re given a file that’s already bloated to massive proportions. … [Read more...]