I spent two weeks bussing tables at my mom’s work one summer and realized very quickly two things:
- All toddlers think Cheerios® are projectiles; and
- I needed to learn another trade.
In addition to the required typing class (is that still required or am I really dating myself?), I took two years of “Office Careers” and tutored it the third. We learned everything from how to manually center text to how many hard returns should be between a date and the address on a letter from alphabetization rules for filing and how to use WordPerfect (now I know I’m dating myself).
The truth is, I have been doing this work since I was fourteen and, in 24 years’ worth of office experience, you pick up a few things including pet peeves. Chalk it up to an occupational hazard.
#OMTip ~ The Hard Return and Tab exist for a reason. Don't use the spacebar to format documents.
— Riggins Construction (@RigginsConst) October 5, 2011
I can’t even begin to recount how many documents I’ve had to edit or rewrite over the years where a seemingly simple task became daunting because of one culprit: The Space Bar.
Seriously. If you use the space bar to format documents in your word processing software, then I implore you to stop. If setting tabs seems overwhelming to you, then may I suggest developing your skills at a computer learning center? To this day, I am happy a former employer purchased blocks of classes for all of the staff to attend a few years back.
Once a few words are replaced the whole document becomes wonkey very quickly. What was supposed to take five minutes now takes two hours and it seems that little green men from space have invaded your document and are holding it hostage to suck out your brain. Okay, you can remove your tin hats now.