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Para-Normal? Demystifying MS Word paragraph settings and styles

Join PEG for our webinar series where you will have the opportunity to upgrade your knowledge and skills as editors and proofreaders in a variety of ways: linguistic, stylistic, business, digital, technical and more. Curious about mastering MS Word’s Styles tools? Interesting in how doing so can save you time and help you impose consistency, reliability and predictability on the format of documents? Why not hear it from someone who’s been there, fathomed and mastered it!

Focus: We’ll share with you the lowdown on working with paragraph settings and styles in MS Word to ensure you are able to take control of them to make them take the shape and form you want. You’ll also be shown how to get documents to behave more reliably and predictably – and ultimately present professionally. This webinar will cater to the paragraphing needs of both PC and Apple Mac users.

Date: Thursday, 15 February 2024

The necessary preparatory documents will be emailed upon registration.

Time: 18:00 to 20:30

Place: Online (Zoom meeting)

Facilitator: Kevin Walker

CPD hours: You’ll earn 2,5 CPD hours by attending this webinar, 0,5 hours by listening to the recording.

About our facilitator

Kevin Walker started his long and happy relationship with the Microsoft Office suite during a ‘misspent youth’, messing about on the family computer while his friends were probably playing outside in the sunshine. Most of his MS Word learning has been guided by curiosity (‘What does this button do?!’), necessity and the belief that ‘there must be a (better) way to do that’, and the joy in finding solutions to and workarounds for tricky issues. He is passionate about sharing these skills with others and helping them to resolve their own prickly problems.

Kevin worked for many years in administrative support at an independent school in Johannesburg, during which time he was responsible for producing a wide range of communication and marketing materials. He now works as a freelancer (rather, ‘independent consultant’, as was suggested at a recent PEG Gauteng meeting!), editing mostly academic work in the humanities/social sciences. He holds a BA Honours degree in Linguistics from Wits and qualified as a PEG ATE in the 2022 sitting of the Accreditation Test.

About the webinar

One of the basic building blocks of text in MS Word is the paragraph (which includes bulleted points,
numbered lists, single lines as headings, and even images in certain cases). In this webinar, we will take a peek ‘under the hood’ at Word’s many and varied paragraph settings and their effects. Some you can see in action immediately (text formatting, spacing, indentation, alignment and tabs, for example). Others aren’t as readily apparent, but they affect the behaviour of the text (such as stopping a heading from becoming separated from its following paragraph over a page break, determining whether and at what level a heading appears in the table of contents).

Furthermore, we will learn how to combine these settings and save them as paragraph style definitions, so that you can apply them consistently with only a couple of clicks. And once you have applied these paragraph styles to your text (headings, lists, captions, etc.), you may update the style throughout the document by updating only its definition. No more reformatting each paragraph individually! Not only will this save you time, but your documents will behave more reliably and predictably.


Affiliation Early-bird registration fee
(by 9 February latest)
Registration fee
(between 10 and 13 February)
PEG members R295** R380
LAMP members* R495 R580
Non-affiliated members R695 R780

*LAMP members: Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB), ProJourn, Southern African Freelancers’ Association (SAFREA), South African Science Journalists’ Association (SASJA) and the South African Translators’ Institute (SATI).

** Should you book for the three related webinars at the Early-bird rate for this webinar, the fee will be discounted as follows:

A special discount of R175 will apply if you register and pay for the Para-Normal webinar presented by Kevin Walker + Part 1 and Part 2 of the Word Styles webinars presented by Monica Bosman in advance in one transaction: you pay R710 instead of R885 (effectively R236 for each webinar). This discount applies only to PEG members and only to an early-bird registration, NOT to the full webinar fee.

Please register by completing and emailing the registration form to Sharon Rose.

Deadline for registrations: 12:00 on 14 February.

Cancellation policy

If members are unable to attend this webinar after having registered and paid for it, a full refund is possible if cancellations are received by Sharon Rose by no later than 12 noon on 14 February. Once the final number of attendees has been confirmed on the eve of the webinar, no refunds are possible.

In addition, should you be prevented from participating in full or in part on the day of the webinar owing to Eskom loadshedding, you will be entitled to take either the same webinar or another on the 2024 webinar programme. When this occurs, the onus will be on you to inform the webinar coordinator of your disqualification on this ground and to specify which alternative webinar you would like to transfer your registration to.

Remember, though, that as a would-be or part-participant on the day, you will in any event receive the audio recording of the entire event plus PDFs of the PPT slides.

Use the early-bird special: save money and secure your spot at this webinar by registering early!

15 February, 2024 @ 18:00 - 20:30 Africa/Johannesburg at Online (Zoom) by PEG | First Quarter Webinar Zoom

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