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How to Repeat Actions in FrameMaker

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Wouldn’t it be great if there was an F5 button in FrameMaker like the Redo action in MS Word? Yes, I prefer Word to Frame but we’ll get back to that later.

So, if there a way to repeat actions in frame? Kinda.

Here’s how it works.

Let’s say you change some text to bold and want to do the same on the same page. Instead of manually do it – or hitting F5 if such as thing existed – you can

  1. Press Esc.
  2. Press C
  3. Press C again.

That’s it. After a while you get used to it and can redo lots of text superfast.

Actually, there are three different Redos in frame.
  • Esc c c = repeat last font-related (i.e. character tag) command
  • Esc e e = repeat last element command
  • Esc j j = repeat last paragraph related command
Know any other framemaker tips?
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Does your technical writing have an accent?

Maybe you don’t hear your accent, but others do. When you read their documents, does the accent come through? Continue reading Does your technical writing have an accent?

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How to Write a Target Audience Questionnaire

Creating a training plan? Before you do this, you need to step a step back and work out what your colleagues need to learn. Continue reading How to Write a Target Audience Questionnaire

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Can Outsourcing Help Your Technical Writing Career?

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Most technical writers see outsourcing as a real threat. But, if you look at it from another angle, it’s one huge business opportunity.

Continue reading Can Outsourcing Help Your Technical Writing Career?

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5 Reasons Why Women Are Better Technical Writers Than Men?

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Technical Writing attracts women. They’re very good at it and make great team leads.

Maybe I’ve been very lucky but I believe women are far better as technical writers than men.

Here are five areas where I think they have the edge of the guys.

1. Communication

When in entered technical writing, I assumed my days would be spent cranking out user guides on Adobe FrameMaker. Little did I know that a large part of my day would be spend chasing developers for specs, calling testers for bug reports, and working with customers (often non-English) to update the release notes.

Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Women Are Better Technical Writers Than Men?

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Favorite 10 Technical Writing Tools

drinking sheepI’ve used the same technical writing tools for the last 5 years. A few products have come across my desk but nothing that really blown me away.

Here’s a run-down of what I use to write my technical documents. No order of preference. Which should I keep? Which should I replace?

Continue reading Favorite 10 Technical Writing Tools

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Why use Master Templates in Adobe FrameMaker?

Master templates let you control the format and positioning of every component in your FrameMaker documents. They are very powerful when they work correctly, but be careful. If you make a mistake, it will take many an hour to clean the documents. Continue reading Why use Master Templates in Adobe FrameMaker?

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3 Tricks to Sharpen Your Screenshots

Diagrams, charts, and images all serve to enhance academic, business and technical documents. Without them the reader’s attention would flag and their interest wane. Continue reading 3 Tricks to Sharpen Your Screenshots

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How much can I make as a Tech Writer?

The median expected salary for a typical Technical Writing Supervisor 1 in the United States is $57,580.

The Salary Wizard at salary.com has some terrific interactive tools for finding the base salaries, average salaries, and top paying roles in this field.

They also offer the “Basic Salary Report based on broad national data, reported exclusively by HR depts of thousands of employers from all sizes, industries and locations.”

Although these numbers are based on national data, the results are most similar to the data from companies with approximately 1,000 employees. If your company is bigger, smaller or in a unique industry, we strongly recommend using a premium report to ensure the most accurate answer.”

Based on their calculations, your Estimated Paycheck Results would be:

Bi-weekly Gross Pay $ 2,214.62
Federal Withholding $ 400.23
Social Security $ 137.31
Medicare $ 32.11
State $ 0.00

Net Paycheck Estimate $ 1,644.97

Take a look at the charts over at: http://swz.salary.com/salarywizard/

Ivan


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