'How To' with Crafty Counsel - Microsoft Office Hacks

This is a series that was born on Twitter and LinkedIn. A few friends of Crafty Counsel started chatting about how they’d taken years to learn what felt like some fundamental tools within the Microsoft Office suite - despite using Word, Excel and Powerpoint almost every day. The consensus was that there might be more to be gained by lawyers learning how to get the most out of Word, than getting up to speed on the latest in AI and other funky technologies.

So, here’s the result. The opening episodes in what we hope will be a long-running series of Microsoft Office tips for lawyers.

We are actively looking for volunteers to share more tips! If this is you - email craftycounseluk@gmail.com to let us know, and we’ll get you involved. It’s super quick and easy to join in.

The series thus far features:

  • Rosie Burbidge, Partner at gunnercooke (h/t Rosie for the original idea!)
  • Adam Curphey, Innovation Engagement Manager at Reed Smith
  • Alistair Wells, Partner at Woodfords
  • Jack Shepherd, Legal Tech Associate at Freshfields
00:59Split View
Adam CurpheyReed Smith

Split View

We all know that working in a long document can be unwieldy - especially if...

01:04Moving Rows in Word tables
Jack ShepherdFreshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Moving Rows in Word tables

Hands up if you’re a lawyer who loves using tables in a Word document, instead...

00:52Undo + Redo
Alistair WellsWoodfords

Undo + Redo

We all make mistakes. Perhaps that’s why Bill Gates and co invented the undo and...

01:28Navigating your document by keyboard
Alistair WellsWoodfords

Navigating your document by keyboard

What’s a pro tip that will save you time on your Word document? Navigating around...

01:35Get your game on with these shortcuts
Rosie Burbidgegunnercooke

Get your game on with these shortcuts

Alright, folks - for many of you, these will be basic shortcuts. But, others of...

03:24Formatting Page Breaks - Obsessional Stuff
Rosie Burbidgegunnercooke

Formatting Page Breaks - Obsessional Stuff

“One my minor obsessions.” Why does Rosie care so much about formatting? Well, what kind...

01:35Customisation - "It's magical"
Rosie Burbidgegunnercooke

Customisation - "It's magical"

Rosie says that customisation is only one her favourite things in Microsoft Word, ever -...

02:36Automatic numbering - be frustrated no more
Rosie Burbidgegunnercooke

Automatic numbering - be frustrated no more

“Automatic numbering - one of the most frustrating things lawyers face in their day to...

01:23Track Changes - Boom!
Rosie Burbidgegunnercooke

Track Changes - Boom!

Don’t you just hate it when you’re marking up a document in track changes and...

01:20Format Painter (ta-da!)
Rosie Burbidgegunnercooke

Format Painter (ta-da!)

Isn’t it annoying when you have blocks of text that don’t look alike - particularly...