At the risk of posting so many Microsoft Windows-related posts that I’m accused of being a fanboy, I will share this discovery I made today.
In Windows 10, Office 2013 integrates into File History (the sometimes confused default backup tool in Windows 8 and Windows 10) so you can view your backed up files without having to restore them.
I type out plenty of technical information. For equations I use Word’s equation editor that has replaced the old equation editor since Office 2007. I recently had to edit some old-style equations and realized how much of an improvement the new one was in usability and utility.
When I’m not using equations but typing information in sentences, such as “The temperature is 1155 °R” or “The mass flux is reported in g/s·m2“. In these, I have to use special (non-keyboard) characters such as the degree sign or middle dot. Looking these up by charmap (I’m on Windows) or the Insert > Symbol menu is slow.
To solve this, I use1 AutoCorrect as follows:
- Open a blank document in Microsoft Word.
- Using charmap or Insert > Symbol, type the degree sign. Beware of “º”, the “masculine ordinal indicator”! It’s wrong!
- Follow it with “C”, “R” or “F”.
- Highlight the two characters
- Go to File > Options. Select “Proofing”. Select “AutoCorrect Options…”
- At the bottom of the dialog box, enter “degR” in the “Replace:” field. (Click image thumbnail below to see this)
- OK out of the dialog box and Options window.
To test this out, start a new document and type “degR” and hit space. You should end up with “°R”!
I recommend the following AutoCorrect shortcuts for science and engineering:
degR -> °R (degrees Rankine)
degC -> °C (degrees centigrade)
degF -> °F (degrees Fahrenheit)
(x) -> × (multiplication sign)
(.) -> · (multiplication dot)
Note that kelvins are do not use the degree sign, so “°K” is incorrect.