I do a lot of recipe editing in Microsoft Word, both for individuals and publishers. The number one mistake I find is when ingredients are listed out of order, compared to how they’re used in the method.
Before I learned this tip, I drove myself nuts scrolling up and down in Word to check: Did she put the olive oil first? Scroll up, then scroll down. Does the garlic come before or after the Herbs de Provence? Scroll down, then scroll up.
Now I use Word’s Split feature so I can see both the ingredients list and the method on my screen. That way I can check the order of ingredients without scrolling like a maniac.
Here’s all you have to do:
1. Open an MS-Word file that has a recipe in it.
2. Under Window in the Toolbar, select Split. You’ll see two parts of one file on your screen. Each section scrolls independently.
3. Position your recipe’s list of ingredients in the top half of the file and the method in the bottom. Voila! Both are visible. Now check that you’ve listed the ingredients in the order you use them, of course.
Got any other tips you’d like to share about recipe editing or using MS-Word? I’d love to read them.
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