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How to Find Out What a Character Is in Word
Monday, July 21, 2014, by Adrienne Montgomerie

Is that a dash or a minus sign? (– or −) A superscript o or a true degree symbol? (o or °) Can you tell? Sometimes the font is revealing because the characters can look drastically different; usually they do not. (You may see a clear difference here, depending on your browser's font settings.) Sometimes, it matters which character is being used. Word's "reveal formatting" function will tell you what font the character is in and about the line formatting, but not much else (see the screen shot below). In this post, I present a couple of macros that will tell you what a character is: one reveals the ASCII code and the other reveals the Unicode. To use the macros, copy the code (from “sub” to “end sub”) and...

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April/May 2014

With the arrival of this issue, I hope you are experiencing the first glories of spring and can shout, “We made it through the winter!”

Our April–May issue offers you lots of opportunity for new growth, as well. I tackle the thorny subject of fine-tuning an author’s writing style in the In Depth feature, and you can cross-pollinate with our Currents, In Style, and Word Resource Roundup columns.

Our Technically Speaking feature offers you another way to grow: by learning HTML. It’s a great skill to add to your resumé—as is membership in a professional group. Katherine O’Moore-Klopf gives you several reasons to join at least one professional group this season.

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February/March 2014

By now, many of our well-intentioned New Year’s resolutions have fallen away. But if one of yours was to learn more about copyediting, we’re here to save your resolution!

In the February–March issue I look at zombie rules, those usage rules that have no foundation in reality but we seem to follow them anyway. My article talks about ways to identify zombie rules and how to combat them.

Also in this issue, Jonathon Owen redefines grammar and usage, Mark Farrell identifies Random Capitalization Syndrome, and Dawn McIlvain Stahl reviews the best word-processing software for tablet computers.

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