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Microsoft. Word.

16th September 2017 @ 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Because Jeff cancelled his trip and the three events that were scheduled, 10 days beforehand… WFSC president Amanda Dalziel is left both furious and in a bind with no presenter for September. Because it is incredibly hard to plan a workshop in just a week, the only person Amanda can ask to fill in on such short notice… is herself.

It was recently recommended to run through the basics of Microsoft Word.

Bring your laptops!!!

I will have a few spares, but you’ll be better off on your own computer.


  • The life-cycle of indenting: Why the spacebar was replaced by the tab character which was replaced by paragraph formatting which was replaced by styles which were replaced by templates that included styles that use paragraph formatting. Confused? Good. So am I. Let’s fix that.
  • How to move an image and then fix everything Microsoft Word buggered up.
  • Convincing the spell-checker you know how to spell color, I mean colour… switching to an Australian dictionary and adding your own “betterer” idioms, like Pambula or Merimbula…
  • Grammarly: a free spellcheck/grammar check for your Facebook posts that has a Microsoft Word extra feature ($$$).
  • How to find and replace those extra spaces (or exclamation points!!!), then make a button to fix them automagically via macros.
  • After getting everything just how you like it – turn it into a style.
  • Headers, footers, margins and how to add page numbering correctly.
  • Table of Contents – Create one in 10 seconds plus update it in 5 seconds after adding tonnes of writing to your chapters and buggering up the numbering.
  • Starting a new document with all your stuff just how you like it. No fuss. Defaults vs templates.
  • Templates for everyone! One for poetry, one for playwriting, one for your novel.

Let’s make a deal, you and I. If I try and remember that not everyone has a degree in Computer Science, I’d like you to remember that there’s no such thing as a silly question. Ask the silly questions. Don’t allow a misunderstanding to solidify as a habit that wastes your time.

Download “The Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde


16th September 2017
1:00pm - 3:30pm
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