Using – and Clearing – Jump Lists in Windows 10

A great Windows 10 tip from Jan Berinstein at CompuSavvy:

“Jump lists,” first introduced in Windows 7, are the right-click menus of options for the applications that appear in the Windows Taskbar (the horizontal bar that typically runs across the bottom of the screen).  Most people probably are unaware that they even exist.  In fact, they’re quite handy.  They provide quick access to commonly used programs – […]

Pleading Paper Woes?

Jan Berinstein at CompuSavvy is on fire again.  Check out her post:  Restoring the pleading paper if it disappears when you use “Different First Page” (Word):

In order to “suppress” the page number on the caption page of a pleading, people commonly open the footer editing screen and apply the “Different First Page” option from the Header & Footer Too…

Source: Restoring the pleading paper if it disappears when you use “Different First Page” (Word)

Microsoft Word Tips and Tricks

Last Friday I spoke at a technology CLE for the Legal Staff Section of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.  The group was engaged and enthusiastic.  We covered a lot of ground, but my contributions centered on tips and tricks for using Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat.  Today I’d like to share some of my favorite pointers and resources for Word.  I promise to dish on Acrobat in a future post.

Best Blogs and Web Sites for Word Users

If you are tussling with Word, search these blogs or sites for an answer.  To receive tips on a regular basis, subscribe to the RSS Feeds:

Best Books for Word Users

The best overall reference books for using Word 2007 and 2010 in the law office are those by Jan Berinstein.  I’ve blogged about Jan’s books before.  I think they’re terrific.  She also offers a number of inexpensive ebooks.  If you’re looking for the authoritative ABA publication, then Ben Schorr is your guy:

  • Creating Labels with Mail Merge in Word 2007 by Jan Berinstein ($3.75) (ebook)
  • Dressing Up Your Word Documents with Styles by Jan Berinstein ($7.25) (ebook)
  • Formatting Legal Documents with Microsoft Word 2007 by Jan Berinstein ($35.95)
  • Formatting Legal Documents with Microsoft Word 2010 by Jan Berinstein ($41.95)
  • The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Word 2007 by Ben Schorr ($69.95/$49.95 ABA LPM Member)

Jan’s books are available at Amazon or Lulu.  Visit Jan’s blog for discounts or coupons first.  The Lawyer’s Guide to Microsoft Word 2007 is an ABA publication.  Oregon lawyers can order ABA publications at a discount through the Professional Liability Fund Web site.  From the home page, select ABA Products.

Best Third Party Software

When it comes to third party software, the Payne Group is heads above the rest.  Primarily a resource for training, consulting, project management, and migration, Payne also sells a number of retail products for Word:

  • Metadata Assistant
  • Numbering Assistant
  • Forms Assistant (including Pleading)
  • Agreement Assistant
  • Address Assistant
  • Bates Labeling
  • File New Assistant
  • Redaction & Scramble Assistant
  • Style Assistant

All with features you won’t find elsewhere.  Payne also offers a few free products that may meet your needs:

  • Bates Label Assistant
  • Scramble Assistant
  • PCG Next (sequential numbering)

If you visit the Payne Group Web site, take the time to check out the Word Tips and Answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Top Microsoft Resources

In my opinion, Microsoft frequently gets a bad rap.  Help within Word is excellent if you give it a chance.  Click the blue button with the ? in the upper right hand corner of your screen, or use the keyboard shortcut F1.  Browse, if that’s your preference, but I usually search.  And honestly, you don’t need to be very precise.  Don’t knock it til you’ve tried it.  Microsoft also offers some truly useful resources and downloads:

Struggling With Word

As you might have concluded, I am a fan of Word.  With that said, I appreciate that people struggle with it.  The migration to the ribbon and loss of “File, Edit, View, Insert” and other familiar menus was traumatic for me too. I also appreciate that many former WordPerfect users have never quite gotten past Word’s lack of “reveal codes.”  If this is you, and you are a bit confused by the ribbon, wish you had Word’s classic menus back, want to read more about coding in Word (yes, it’s sort of there), and also want to know what to do if something weird happens in your document, read my complete Microsoft Word Tips and Tricks handout here.

Copyright 2010 Beverly Michaelis

It’s Here! Formatting Legal Documents With Microsoft Word 2010

Jan Berinstein’s new book, Formatting Legal Documents with Microsoft Word 2010, is now available on Lulu and Amazon

You may know Jan from her blog, CompuSavvy’s Word & WordPerfect Tips or her computer classes for the legal profession.  She is a well-respected Word and WordPerfect expert. 

If you purchase Formatting Legal Documents with Microsoft Word 2010 here’s what you can expect:

“This book helps legal staff use Microsoft Word 2010 to prepare pleadings, contracts, and other complex documents.  The author, an expert legal word processor and computer trainer, starts by describing what’s new and different in this version of Word.  She then examines Word’s “logic,” the key to mastering the program.  She offers tips for making Word 2010 work more like older versions, customizing the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar, and using keyboard shortcuts.  She explains everyday features such as headers and footers, automatic numbering, indents, and footnotes and gives step-by-step instructions for working with case captions, inserting a pleading footer, aligning text with pleading line numbers, setting up a style for indented quotes, creating and generating a Table of Contents and a Table of Authorities, tracking changes, and comparing documents.  In addition, she touches on the issues of metadata removal and document corruption.  The book is filled with pragmatic tips, tricks, and workarounds.” (Lulu excerpt.)

At $41.95 this book is a bargain.  I’ve already ordered my copy from Lulu (Summer shipping is free.)

Still using Word 2007 with no immediate plans to upgrade?  Don’t fret.  Jan’s Formatting Legal Documents With Microsoft Word 2007 can still be found on Lulu and Amazon for $35.95.

Copyright 2010 Beverly Michaelis