Friday, July 24, 2009

MS Word's hidden assets

If you are assembling a book with Microsoft Word, you should spend some time investigating the symbols section (within the “Insert” tab).

It has lots of useful decorations that can be used to dress up boring-looking text, as well as fractions, scientific and mathematical symbols and foreign punctuation marks to make your book more accurate and professional.

You’ll also find subscripts, superscripts, lots of arrows, little cartoons and much more. Make sure you look in the Wingdings collections.

This is also the place to find ligatures.

They’re combinations of consecutive letters that improve appearance and save a little bit of space. In normal text you can get away with “find” and “floor.” But in large type sizes, such as for a book cover or title page, the ligatures will provide much more attractive type.

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