Scientific writing: Easily change all the “degree signs” you wrote to a proper degree sign

So you wrote all your degree signs as a superscript small letter o, or a superscript zero or some other rubbish, and now you need to change all several hundred instances to a proper degree sign: °, also known as unicode character U+00B0.

Here’s how to easily use Word’s find and replace function to accomplish this task.

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Scientific writing: Easily change multiple instances of subscript and superscript formatting in Word

Scientific writing: Easily change multiple instances of subscript and superscript formatting in Word

So you just finished the first draft of your report / thesis / paper in Word, but neglected to use the correct subscript and superscript formatting in your chemical formulae or your units. Now you need to change them all before sending the manuscript to your tutor / supervisor / journal editor. Oh, and there are several hundred instances scattered throughout the manuscript.

You probably already guessed that find and replace is the answer. Less obvious, perhaps, is the fast way to replace “13CH4” to something with mixed formatting using normal in-line text, superscripts, and subscripts, like “13CH4“. Here’s how to do it using Word’s option to replace text with the clipboard contents, including formatting. Continue reading

A summary of… Windows 7 and Office keyboard shortcuts

This post was inspired by the excellent Ask Jack article about how to be more productive when using a computer, and is dedicated to my Mum, who wanted me to write down all the “magic buttons” I use to control her computer annoyingly quickly.

Why are keyboard shortcuts useful as a dyslexia coping strategy?

First, dyslexics need to work out how to save time when working, and using keyboard shortcuts is faster than using the mouse. For example pressing Ctrl+S is several seconds faster than clicking on the file ribbon and then clicking on save, and those seconds add up over the course of the working week. Continue reading