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7. How to Use Inelegant Systems Intelligently

You may not have the option of choosing your document processing tools. The company may have mandated the use of Microsoft Office as the "Standard Desktop Applications," and refusing to comply may represent an "offense" for which you might lose your job.

Or you may disagree with my belief that Microsoft Word is a horrible, terrible thing that has been unleashed on an insufficiently suspecting world; you may prefer it to the alternatives.

You may prefer WYSIWYG to the idea of completely separating editing from presentation.

In any case, it makes sense to at least use the software well. I regularly (if not usually) see spreadsheet and word processor software being used exceedingly badly.

Here are a few tips that are likely to help produce better documents more efficiently almost irrespective of what software you are using.


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