Thesaurus: One of the Greatest Tools Rarely Used

Written by Rafael Van Dyke

Anyone with experience in written communication has hadrepparttar experience of producing a document with typos and grammatical errors. The good writers never say a document is complete without running a spell check first. Those that use Microsoft Word can check spelling and grammar atrepparttar 107866 same time. Indeed, many documents have been saved byrepparttar 107867 spelling & grammar checks (I certainly use it on all of my articles).

But, to be a great writer, one must take it a step further than just making sure that a document is grammatically correct. To make your documents better than just error-proof, you must make use of a thesaurus – a tool that allows you to find synonyms (terms with same meaning) and antonyms (terms with opposite meaning) for a particular word or phrase. Inrepparttar 107868 old days, thesauruses were only available in book form; now, they are included in just about every word processing program – notrepparttar 107869 mention onrepparttar 107870 web (check out It’s a pity that they’re so rarely used that it’s not even inrepparttar 107871 Tools menu of Microsoft Word anymore when you install it (you have to either add it yourself or remember Shift + F7!)

However, it is very easy to abuse a thesaurus. Some writers have so much fun replacing words, but confuse their readers and never realy properly convey your thoughts. The question is simple - what isrepparttar 107872 correct way to use a thesaurus to make your documents great? As you considerrepparttar 107873 following thesaurus tips, keep in mind thatrepparttar 107874 main goal in using it is to make your document “flow” better.

Know When to Use It Using a thesaurus means that you’re reaching outside of your normal vocabulary to make yours thoughts sound better. The wrong time to do this is when you’re trying to convey a personal message or if you’re trying to make a simple statement. A good rule is to never use it on a one-page document. The exception is when you need to replace a catchword that you’ve already used in another sentence (orrepparttar 107875 same sentence); even then, you can usually re-phrase a sentence without having to reach forrepparttar 107876 thesaurus. Another guideline is to only replace one important word per page withrepparttar 107877 same exception as before. Don’t choke your reader.

If You Want to Tinker, Be a Thinker, or You'll Turn Your Puter into a Clinker

Written by Michael Smith

If You Want to Tinker, Be a Thinker - Or You'll Turn Your Puter into a Clinker by Mike Smith

We recently received a request for help atrepparttar Puter Tutor Message Board, and realized thatrepparttar 107865 answer torepparttar 107866 question was one that every computer user could benefit from. Atrepparttar 107867 very least, understandingrepparttar 107868 answer could save a LOT of unnecessary grief!

The question is below, butrepparttar 107869 details of allrepparttar 107870 registry editing have been left out for 2 reasons:

1) I do not encourage playing around inrepparttar 107871 registry if you are not experienced and do not know what you are doing.

2) The actual details of what was edited are not important torepparttar 107872 answers and most folks wouldn't understand them anyway. (If you want to seerepparttar 107873 details you can go torepparttar 107874 Puter Tutor Community Message Board and readrepparttar 107875 post. )

So, are you ready? The information below is absolutely critical to avoiding computer disasters!!



Hi, I'm Sara and I was trying to get rid of a sub7 virus but messed up things so I can't get into any of my applications. Here's what I did....

1.Click on Start>Run, type Regedit then hitrepparttar 107876 Enter key.


Now I can't get my freemem, zone alarm pro, or any ofrepparttar 107877 Windows stuff to work. I have Windows ME and when I try to get back intorepparttar 107878 regedit.exe to fix it I get an "the path to this application does not exist" pop-up. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.


Hi Sara,

First off,repparttar 107879 bad news. It looks like you are going to either have to reinstall your OS or go to Safe Mode and see if you can to a previous Restore Pint. You are saving Restore Points, aren't you?

You might try going into "regedit" from Safe Mode but ifrepparttar 107880 registry itself is damaged, you are stuck. One ofrepparttar 107881 most difficult things to get across to folks is thatrepparttar 107882 stupid tech people that write all these fixes think they are dealing with someone that knows what they do. The seem to think that there are no Newbies or inexperienced people onrepparttar 107883 Internet.

The following Rules should precede any instructions that tell you how to do something in "regedit" or before doing anything that will change your Operating System.


1. Do NOT go intorepparttar 107884 Registry unless you know exactly what you are doing. This can leave your Puter inoperable!

2. Before you start playing inrepparttar 107885 Registry, make a backup to a disk or another drive on your Puter so you can restore it if you make a mistake!

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