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I Wish I Had Patented My Idea!

By December 13, 2012

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There is a little trick that I have been using for almost 2 decades now. I use it to make sure that my items are aligned perfectly in my documents (or presentations, publications, and even web sites). See, I am a stickler for having my images and graphics aligned just perfectly and I have wasted hours and hours trying to get things right.

My work around, instead of just guessing, was to draw a line using Shapes. I would hold down my Shift key to make sure my line was straight, and then I would nudge my objects so that they were touching the line.

Well, after previewing Microsoft Office 2013, I found out they stole my idea! Ok, maybe stealing is a harsh accusation - but there is my idea! My line! And I didn't even have to draw it. Things just snap right to it. It is called an Alignment Guide. Where, oh where have you been all my life?

Make sure to read my review of Word 2013 and share what your favorite new thing is!

December 20, 2012 at 6:58 am
(1) Emrys Rees says:

Hi Rebecca
I seem to remember that in learning to use MS Word I was shown how to drag a blue line from the horizontal/vertical margin area to aid alignment. Through time I have forgotten how this worked. maybe you know about this?

You say you are a “stickler” bu that does not seem to include proof reading! In your last sentence in paragraph 3 you state: “Were oh were have you been all my life?”

Happy Christmas

December 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm
(2) Jodie Carman says:

I really enjoy your tips, Rebecca. Thank you.

I had to laugh when the person commenting on your proof reading skills, and then included an error!

“You say you are a “stickler” bu that….

I don’t think they meant “bu.”

Merry Christmas All…..

December 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm
(3) wordprocessing says:

Thank you for pointing out my misuse of where versus were! I have since fixed it. As a stickler, I am picking about things lining up perfectly. As a writer, my spelling and grammar are meh..

But your comment has inspired me to write a post about upping your Word Grammar Checker – be on the look out!

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