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Another Way to Make It Big

Kathy Frederick, author of The Junk Drawer blog, wrote me about my post on increasing type size to proofread more successfully. She wrote:

"My husband and I made a great discovery the other day. You can enlarge screen text by pressing the CTRL key while scrolling up or down. This goes for both Windows and Mac. I prefer this method because it requires less clicking or searching around a screen for a button or menu item that does the resizing. This trick works the same across most programs, so it’s more efficient for me."

We tested Kathy’s tip, and it works. My ergonomic keyboard has a one-finger zoom feature in the center, so I will opt for that. But if you don’t have an easy zoom, you will like Kathy’s discovery–well, it was actually her cat Shadow’s discovery. Read about it here.

Thanks, Kathy–and Shadow!


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By Lynn Gaertner-Johnston

Lynn Gaertner-Johnston has helped thousands of employees and managers improve their business writing skills and confidence through her company, Syntax Training. In her corporate training career of more than 20 years, she has worked with executives, engineers, scientists, sales staff, and many other professionals, helping them get their messages across with clarity and tact.

A gifted teacher, Lynn has led writing classes at more than 100 companies and organizations such as MasterCard, Microsoft, Boeing, Nintendo, REI, AARP, Ledcor, and Kaiser Permanente. Near her home in Seattle, Washington, she has taught managerial communications in the MBA programs of the University of Washington and UW Bothell. She has created a communications course, Business Writing That Builds Relationships, and provides the curriculum at no cost to college instructors.

A recognized expert in business writing etiquette, Lynn has been quoted in "The Wall Street Journal," "The Atlantic," "Vanity Fair," and other media.

Lynn sharpened her business writing skills at the University of Notre Dame, where she earned a master's degree in communication, and at Bradley University, with a bachelor's degree in English.

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