Don’t Dismiss that Dialog Box!

Dialog boxes often feel disruptive, but sometimes we’re so quick to dismiss dialog boxes that we miss key information. Some hidden gems are tucked away in WordRake’s dialog boxes.

1. Rake a Portion of Your Document

If you write and edit in segments or collaborate with others, you’ll probably want to edit one section of a document at a time. You don’t have to wait until your document is complete to run WordRake. You can edit any portion at any time with the “partial rake” feature. Simply select the section you’d like to analyze and click the “Rake” button.

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2. Set Timing Expectations

After WordRake analyzes your document, you’ll receive a summary dialog box showing the number of suggested edits. That number will help you estimate how much time you’ll need to devote to reviewing and accepting edits.

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3. Rake Your Document Twice

Did you know that you can “rake” your document twice? The first “rake” will look at your current document and make it clearer and better. The second “rake” will look at the updated words and improve upon those. As shown below, the summary dialog box will update each time you “rake.” There should be fewer suggestions upon your second “rake.”

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4. Count Your Accepted Edits

Have you ever wondered how much WordRake has helped you? In “About WordRake,” you can see how many times you’ve accepted WordRake edits! You can find this dialog box under “Help” in the WordRake menu.

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If you have a new license under a new email address, or if you’ve reinstalled the program or reformatted your computer, your count may not be accurate. I’ve had licenses under a few different email addresses, so I know my accepted edits number should be at least five digits. Still, I love quantifying how much WordRake has helped improve my writing.

Conclusion

WordRake engineers are devoted to a streamlined and uncluttered interface, so we use dialog boxes sparingly. But these three dialog boxes deliver helpful information that will improve your user experience.

You can have a more customized WordRake experience by narrowing your focus with partial rake; manage your timing expectations with the summary box; and unlock deeper edits by raking twice. And you can see just how much value WordRake brings with the edit counter—clients are amazed how quickly WordRake pays for itself!

Next time you edit for clarity and brevity, discover the additional information available in your WordRake dialog boxes.

If you’re not yet a WordRake user, try it for free for seven days now. Since the WordRake trial is a fully-functioning temporary license, these helpful dialog boxes are available to trial users, too.

About the Author

Ivy B. Grey is the Director of Business Strategy for WordRake. Prior to joining the team, she practiced bankruptcy law for ten years. In 2018, Ivy was recognized as a Fastcase 50 Honoree and included in the Women of Legal Tech list by the ABA Legal Technology Resource Center. Follow Ivy on Twitter @IvyBGrey or connect with her on LinkedIn.

Our Story

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WordRake founder Gary Kinder has taught over 1,000 writing programs for AMLAW 100 firms, Fortune 500 companies, and government agencies. He’s also a New York Times bestselling author. As a writing expert and coach, Gary was inspired to create WordRake when he noticed a pattern in writing errors that he thought he could address with technology.

In 2012, Gary and his team of engineers created WordRake editing software to help writers produce clear, concise, and effective prose. It runs in Microsoft Word and Outlook, and its suggested changes appear in the familiar track-changes style. It saves time and gives confidence. Writing and editing has never been easier.