More Resources for the Technical Writer
The resources below used to be on a CD that I gave to course delegates. You can download them below.
Note: To download these resources, use Right-click > Save Link As.
MS Word Macros: I have used these for nearly 20 years. They are great time-savers.
Keywords: In a Manual of, say, 15 pages or more, the most useful thing you can do for your readers is to make an Index-at-the-back. This is your Search Engine for the manual. My clients tell me this is one of my most useful aids for their technical writers, because it saves the End User a lot of hunting through the pages to find the information they want. See page 105 in the Technical Writing Course Manual (download it from the Home Page).
- To tag keywords in an instant, you need this first essential Macro, so that the words then appear in the Index-at-the-back:
>> INSTRUCTIONS About the MarkTextForIndex Macro.txt and
>> Macro: MarkTextForIndexEntry. See page 105 in the Manual.
- Another helpful macro allows you to enter Today’s Date on correspondence in an instant by typing Ctrl+D: >> Macro: Insert Date in MS Word.txt
- Learn your Keyboard Shortcuts and SAVE TIME.zip – a collection of keyboard shortcuts for different versions of MS Word. See page 125 in the Manual.
- Punctuation Primer for Philip Tory’s Writing Course (pdf)
- Philip Tory’s Tips for Technical Writers – Page Numbering (pdf)
- Philip Tory’s Tips for Technical Writers – Do Not Assume (pdf)
- Philip Tory’s Equipment Photography Tips for Technical Writers (pdf)
- How to Add Comments to a PDF document in Adobe Reader XI (pdf)
- And finally – have a bit of fun with this lovely example of Gobbledegook:
“Not Plain English” – The Turbo Encabulator. (video – YouTube link)