Paper-Writing Tech Tip
I’m writing a dissertation in Turabian format, which means double-spaced lines (except in footnotes). That, in turn, means I can’t see very much of my work at once:
By Word’s count, I can see 299 words on that screen.
But my writing style involves a lot of re-reading, looking back and forth within my argument, and re-arranging. And that means a lot of scrolling and a big chance that I’ll lose my place.
So I’ve begun to write almost exclusively in another mode called “Outline” view (View tab > Outline button). Instead of 299 words, I can see 1,074. I can also see the basic structural outline of my argument, because each successive heading level is indented. It’s much easier to follow the flow with that typographic visual aid.
Admittedly, I’m not seeing my footnotes. But in Outline view they open up in a separate window when I want them (and Alt+Shift+C makes them go away):