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Chapter 1. Proofreading for Error-Free C... > Proofreading from a Computer Screen

Proofreading from a Computer Screen

When proofreading on-screen, slowly scroll your document down line by line on the first reading. Or use a straightedge against the screen to prevent your eyes from darting.

When proofreading hard copy produced on a word processor, keep your screen and hard copy at the same place in the document. Corrections and updates will be easier and faster.

Hold the original next to the computer screen and use the comparison method of proofreading.

When proofreading on-screen, enlarge the type you are reading. Errors are more likely to stand out in a larger type font.

Be sure to use a spell-checker and grammar checker to verify the accuracy of your writing. However, neither of these programs can take the place of proofreading.

To increase accuracy, print a double-spaced copy of the on-screen text, and proofread from the printout. It’s easier on your eyes, and you will be less distracted.

Proofreading Pointers

If you are proofreading a form letter, carefully read the first letter printed out. Then proofread just the changes in all future letters.

When you proofread copy transcribed from dictation equipment, return to the start of the tape and read the document as you listen to the tape.



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