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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Editor Extraordinaire Yvonne Perry Shares Curly Quote Secrets

I am in the throes of editing my next book, A Retailer's Guide to Frugal In-Store Promotions and, like a very good editor, know I need an editor. Yvonne Perry of Writers in The Sky Creative Writing Services is the one! She hadn't been at it two minutes before she caught what I should have remembered--that "curly quotes" thing for books. I was so busy with, you know, the book thing that I forgot! She shares how to fix them in Word for you here!

As you type text, some Microsoft Office programs automatically change straight quotation marks ( ' or " ) to curly quotation marks (also known as “smart quotes” or typographer’s quotes). You can turn on or off this feature. This from MS Word's help feature:

If you are using MS Word 2003:

1. On the menu bar, select Tools

2. In the AutoCorrect tab, do the following:

§ Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab, and under Replace as you type, select or clear the "Straight quotes" with “smart quotes” check box.

§ Click the AutoFormat tab, and under Replace, select or clear the "Straight quotes" with “smart quotes” check box.



In 2007:

1. Click the Microsoft Office Button , and then click Word Options.

2. Click Proofing, and then click AutoCorrect Options.

3. In the AutoCorrect dialog box, do the following:

§ Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab, and under Replace as you type, select or clear the "Straight quotes" with “smart quotes” check box.

§ Click the AutoFormat tab, and under Replace, select or clear the "Straight quotes" with “smart quotes” check box.

Yvonne Perry says, "Social networking is a great way to connect with others and create an online presence. Follow Writers in the Sky to success on Twitter. I say, Yvonne is an editor's editor. No higher praise than that!


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Carolyn Howard-Johnson edits, consults and speaks on issues of publishing. Find her The Frugal Editor: Put Your Best Book Forward to Avoid Humiliation and Ensure Success at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0978515870. Learn more about her other authors' aids at www.howtodoitfrugally.com, where writes will find lists and other helps on the Resources for Writers page. She blogs on all things publishing (not just editing!) at her Sharing with Writers blog.

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