Using the Format Painter
One of the best discoveries I've ever made in Microsoft Word is the Format Painter tool. If you don't already use this you should start now. I guarantee it will save you a lot of time spent faffing around trying to fix formatting - time which would be much better spent concentrating on the translation itself, I'm sure you will agree! So here's how it works:
The Format Painter basically enables you to copy formatting from one part of the document's text to text in another part of the document, in just three easy steps:
- Select the text whose format you want to copy.
- Click on the Format Painter button in your toolbar. It looks like this in case you were wondering,(You will see that the mouse pointer becomes a paintbrush with an I-beam)
- Click and drag the 'paintbrush' over the text you want to change and, when you release the mouse button, hey presto, the selected text takes on the new formatting!
I use this handy tool all the time. I find it particularly useful in heavily formatted documents that contain headings, styles, an automatic table of contents, etc. It saves a lot of time spent searching through styles and applying them.
Inserting special characters using keyboard shortcuts
I'm sure many of you out there use ALT codes when typing foreign language characters and symbols, but did you know you can do the same thing using a series of special keystrokes? I personally prefer these to ALT codes as I find them much easier to remember and quicker to use. And let's face it, anything that saves time when translating is a bonus!
So here is a list of handy keyboard shortcuts. (NB: This applies to PCs only. I'll cover Mac shortcuts in another post)
Oh and by the way, the comma (,) indicates that you should release the previous key combinations before pressing the next.
The results of the Top 100 Language Lovers 2011 competition, organised by Lexiophiles and Bab.la, finally came in today and I am chuffed to have been voted one of the Top 25 Language Twitterers, coming in in 12th place! (28th overall in the Top 100 Language Lovers)
It looks like my battle for linguistic perfection and comprehension is well underway! I'm sure my fellow language lovers back on planet Multilingo would be very proud.
Of course, this wouldn't have been possible without all of you out there who nominated and voted so THANK YOU!