There are lots of word processing techniques which can make life easier for writers, and “split view” falls into this category. In Microsoft Word, sometimes I need to view a different part of the same document when I’m editing a section. This was the case last night on my dissertation, when I needed to view the page numbers of different “tables” so I could manually update my “List of Tables” page. By choosing WINDOW – SPLIT VIEW, I created two different windows into the same document which had separate scrolling controls. I scrolled through the document in the lower window to identify page numbers for different tables, and then updated the table of contents in the upper window.
I am using (and LOVE) the automated table of contents feature of MS Word for my main TOC, but I was unsure how to create a second auto-updating page for my table list. Since mine is not TOO long, this wasn’t very laborious.
I thought I’d pass along the “split view” word processing technique in case you haven’t heard about it and/or need it at some point. It’s a much “greener” solution than printing out an entire document to refer to page numbers!
I’m guessing free word processing programs like Open Office and NeoOffice also support a split window view.
Consider sharing this tip with your students. This isn’t a technique they’ll likely need to use often, but when needed it can come in handy… and enable less printing!
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