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Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 technology  research  practice

A Technology Tip

  • Technology

Few things are more finicky than typing case citations in various legal documents. Most people use toolbar buttons to turn italics and underling on and off. Reach for mouse, reach back, reach for mouse again, reach back… There is a better and must faster way.

With these three simple keyboard shortcuts case typing case citations will be a breeze:

  • Press Ctrl+I to turn italics on/off
  • Press Ctrl+U to turn underline on/off
  • Press Ctrl+B to turn bold on/off

A side note for those that are not familiar with the syntax for describing keyboard shortcuts. Simply remember that a plus sign (+) between two or more keys means that you press those keys, in the order they are listed, almost simultaneously, moving from left to right. For example, a capital B would be described as Shift+b. You release them in the opposite order.

There are two important things to remember when using the above shortcuts: You can use them together and they are all toggles. That is, repeatedly pressing the noted key combination cycles between on and off. If you want to type a case name in the middle of a sentence with bold and underline do the following: When you get to the point the case name starts, simply press Ctrl+B, then Ctrl+I, then type the case name. To turn bold and underline off, press Ctrl+B and then Ctrl+I again, and continue with the sentence.

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