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Using Word Macros to Improve Your Writing

It is often difficult for a writer to see words that are misused or used too frequently.  Many of us use "was" or "that" with so little thought that the words become almost invisible and nearly impossible to edit out.  Microsoft Word® has two features (Find/Replace and Macros) that, when used in conjunction, allow you to automate the process of finding and highlighting these words.

Utilities for Writers (MS Word)

Passive Word Highlighter (version 3) (Word 97-2003 Only)

This Zipped up MS Word document contains a program to highlight passive, misused, or over-used words in a document. (updated to allow font styles for non-color printers)

 

Preposition Highlighter (Word 97-2003 Only)

This Zipped up MS Word document contains a program to highlight excessive prepostions in both sentences and paragraphs.  It allows the user to select the threshold for and color of prepostions.

 

Adverb Highlighter (version 2) (Word 97-2003 Only)

This Zipped up MS Word document contains a program to highlight every "ly" word in your document.  Since most adverbs end in "ly", it catches most of them.  There is also an exception list for those word which end in "ly" and are not adverbs. (updated to allow strike-through font style for non-color printers)

 

Adverb Eliminator (Word 97-2003 Only)

This Zipped up MS Word document contains a program which is similar to the Adverb Highlighter, but goes one step further and uses the Track Changes feature of MS Word to mark all these words for deletion.

 

Word Frequency Counter (Word 97-2003 Only)
This Zipped up MS Word document contains a program to count the frequency of word usage in a document. It works with Word documents, Text documents, and Rich Text documents.

 

Phrase Frequency Counter (Word 97-2003 Only) 

This Zipped up MS Word document contains a program to count the frequency of phrases in a document. It works with Word documents, Text documents, and Rich Text documents.

 

Count Lines (Word 97-2003 Only)

This Zipped up MS Word document contains a program to accurately count the number of lines in a document. It works with Word documents, Text documents, and Rich Text documents.

 

 

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