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Track Changes in Word

You can easily make and view tracked changes and comments while you work in a document. By default, Microsoft Office Word uses balloons to display deletions, comments, formatting changes, and content that has moved. If you want to see all of your changes inline, you can change settings so that tracked changes and comments display the way you want.

Here are some links for tutorials on how to use track changes.

Track changes while you edit – Word 2007 – Can be used for 2010, very similar

Review, accept, reject and hide tracked changes – Word 2007

Review, accept, reject and hide tracked changes – Word 2010

Part 1 – Tracking Changes in Word 2010 – Document Reviewing Tools

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Part 2 – Tracking Changes in Word 2010 – Document Reviewing Tools

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Setting up Maltese fonts

I’ve been asked many times how to enter Maltese characters on a computer – i.e. ċĊ, ġĠ, ħĦ and żŻ.

It turns out there’s a lot of misconceptions out there, and many people think that typing Maltese and other non-Latin characters requires a special keyboard and/or specially installed fonts. This is completely not true, and all users with a moderately modern computer are able to enter such characters by simply adding a selecting a different keyboard layout from their OS.

If you just want to see the steps for setting up and/or selecting a different keyboard layout on your device, click here.

“Maltese Fonts” and why they’re such a bad idea

A few years ago, everyone thought these so-called “Maltese Fonts” were the solution to entering Maltese characters into your computer. These fonts are just copies of the usual fonts we all know (Arial, Times etc) but with certain characters redrawn, such that when you type a [ it is displayed as a ġ, } becomes Ħ and so on. Now if all you’re doing is typing into a word processor and printing directly from the same computer, the solution seems to work.

But what happens if you want to send a Maltese document to someone who doesn’t have these fonts installed? Well, they will still be able to open the document, but in place of the proper Maltese characters they would see different punctuation symbols. So the phrase Għażiż Ċali would become something like:

G]ai `ali

People just accepted this, and would say to each other “you need to install the Maltese fonts in order to read the document”. But, it gets worse. What if you’re entering text somewhere which doesn’t allow you to change fonts? I you were filling in a form on  a web page or even writing an email, you would just forget the use of Maltese characters altogether.

To summarise, “Maltese Fonts” are a very short-sighted and inelegant solution. Thankfully, due to a little something called Unicode, all modern computers today will allow you to enter (and read) Maltese and other non-Latin characters, simply by changing your keyboard layout settings (see below).

“Maltese Keyboards” and why you don’t need one (but might still want one)

Another misconception I’ve heard is that in order to enter Maltese characters, you require special hardware — i.e. a “Maltese Keyboard”. This is not true, because all a Maltese keyboard really is is a standard US/UK keyboard with different symbols printed on the keys. Circuitry-wise, everything else is identical. In fact any keyboard can be used to enter any type of character, simply by changing your computer settings.

However, that being said, users may find that having a Maltese keyboard is helpful since they don’t need to remember that they need to press the [ button to produce a ġ and so on.

You can view original article by John J. Camilleri here.

If, on the other hand, you’d like to keep your keyboard, you can also get stickers with the letters Ċ, Ħ, Ġ, Ż that you can stick to your current keyboard. To acquire these stickers you may write to the National Maltese Language Council on kunsilltalmalti@gov.mt and they will be sent to you for free.

Marking up PDFs

You can mark up an Adobe PDF in Adobe Reader. Below screen shot shows you a quick step through to start commenting PDF files. You can also watch the video below for a more step-by-step guide and exxample.

BDL Books - Marking up PDFsCommenting in Adobe Reader

This video shows you how to gather feedback from virtually anyone by enabling the commenting tools in Adobe Reader.

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Download

To download the latest version of Acrobat Reader, click here.