How to Format Documents While Barely Lifting a Finger – not really


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A recent New York Times article about Microsoft Word has good information but the headline is quite wrong.

The article is called “How to Format Documents While Barely Lifting a Finger” so we expected a piece about how to reformat a document using themes or styles.

Instead it’s about dictation in Google Docs, Windows, Office and Mac.

While there’s improved Dictation in modern Office it doesn’t help much with formatting.  You can use words like ‘period’, ‘comma’ and ‘new paragraph’.  There’s no options for bold or italic let alone indents, lists or styles.

In other words, use Dictation to get words on the page, but then you have to use a mouse and keyboard to format the dictated text.

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