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A Microsoft Word feature you will love!

Discover lesser-known features that really improve productivity

We all use it! Microsoft Word. The number 1 software tool used for proposal preparation. In time, we all discover those lesser-known features that really improve productivity. The Style Separator is one of my favorites. Style Separator This feature was revolutionary for me. It enables you to use multiple styles in a paragraph. For example, the Style Separator enables you to define figure or table action captions using a Caption style for the figure name (e.g., Figure 1-1. Organization Chart) and a different style for the descriptive portion of the action caption. The trick is to first create the Caption using References > Insert Caption. After creating the figure name or title, hit Enter and create the description/narrative language about the figure as a second paragraph, using another style. Now you have these two paragraphs: Figure 1-1. Organization Chart. Our Organization is flat, with direct lines of communication to the … Continue reading A Microsoft Word feature you will love!

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AppMaven’s MS Word tips and tricks for non-desktop publishers – Nov. 21, 2014

MS Word has become the industry standard tool for developing proposals—are you getting the most out of the tool to make your proposals look professional? Beth Wingate, aka AppMaven, revealed desktop publishers’ best-kept secrets for maximizing MS Word 2010/2013’s proposal formatting capabilities at the 2014 APMP-NCA Mid-Atlantic Conference. She demonstrated her favorite tools, shortcuts, and tips live for the audience (e.g., formatting tricks to get within page count) and provided a take-home reference guide. Beth also prepared a 15-page cheat sheet with step-by-step instructions for her top 10 must-know functions in MS Word 2010/2013 if you’re in charge of creating proposal documents for your company – and you haven’t had a lot of MS Word experience. Click to download AppMaven’s MS Word Tips & Tricks for Non-desktop Publishers 2014 cheat sheet. Click to download AppMaven MS Word Placemat.

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AppMaven's MS Word tips and tricks for non-desktop publishers

MS Word has become the industry standard tool for developing proposals—are you getting the most out of the tool to make your proposals look professional? Beth Wingate, aka AppMaven, revealed desktop publishers’ best-kept secrets for maximizing MS Word 2010/2013’s proposal formatting capabilities at the 2013 APMP Nor’easters Fall Symposium. She demonstrated her favorite tools, shortcuts, and tips live for the audience (e.g., formatting tricks to get within page count) and provided a take-home reference guide. Beth also prepared a 15-page cheat sheet with step-by-step instructions for her top 10 must-know functions in MS Word 2010/2013 if you’re in charge of creating proposal documents for your company – and you haven’t had a lot of MS Word experience. Click to download AppMaven’s MS Word Tips & Tricks for Non-desktop Publishers 2013 cheat sheet. Click to download AppMaven MS Word Placemat.

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Confessions of a proposal production expert – desktop publishing (Part 1 of 5)

In a previous series on our Insights blog (search “Proposal production across the business development life cycle”), Briana Coleman, PPM.APMP explained the production best practices all companies should perform during each phase of the business development (BD) life cycle. In this series, she’ll dive deeper into production elements and share war stories and her favorite tips. These production elements include: Desktop publishing Graphic design Editing Printing and assembly Delivery Let’s begin with desktop publishing, the art of formatting a document to help communicate a message and for ease of reading. Tip 1: Start early Desktop publishing is not a race at the end. Think about the risks for page limits! As a desktop publisher, I’ve received documents 24 hours before they were due, with the instructions to “work my magic and cut five pages…” Don’t put that kind of pressure on your desktop publisher. Instead, begin desktop publishing and editing … Continue reading Confessions of a proposal production expert – desktop publishing (Part 1 of 5)

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