About the course

Once you've gotten a handle on how our basic automation tools work, you can start to layer them to automate more elements of your editing workflow. This level of automation requires a little bit of a hacker mindset – so let's put our heads together!

In this course, we'll talk about customizing, optimizing, and layering basic automation tools to solve problems and speed up your editing. From keyboard remapping and bookmarking to SmartComments, Fast Spellcheck, and more, we’ve got some ideas to share.

We’d also love to learn from you: How have you automated solutions to time-consuming editing problems? We’re looking forward to having an inspiring conversation with you!

Here's what you can expect:

1. Get inspired! See examples of how Scribbr editors are automating their workflow.

2. Use the follow-up resources to try some of these techniques for yourself.

3. Join the discussion! Share your ideas and chat with us in #tech-tools-tips.

Let's help each other learn and grow as editors. We believe that innovating your workflow is how you stay sharp, whether you've been editing for one year or ten – and we're on a mission to promote knowledge exchange and best practice sharing among editors. Join us!  😊


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    • What's inside? 👀

  • 2

    Automation Discussion

    • Watch the recording (1 hour) 🎥

  • 3

    Follow-Up Resources

    • Search with your caps lock key 🔎

    • Set up fast spell check in Word

    • Navigation macros by Shane

    • Keyboard remapping diagram

    • Trigger macros with your mouse

    • Share feedback with us! 🙏

Scribbr automation series

With our automation series, our goal is to help editors build a strong foundation for understanding automation and its applications for editing. Once you've mastered the basic tools, we'll show you how to layer on new skills step by step. Before you know it, you'll be a calling yourself an automation maven!

Our love for automation runs deep. We've spent years exploring these tools and their power to change the way we edit. By sharing what we've learned – and helping you avoid some of the pitfalls we've encountered ourselves – we hope to strip away the intimidation surrounding the topic of automation and help you not only develop new skills, but also wield them confidently.

👉 Just starting your automation journey?

Ease your way in with our beginner-level automation courses, Optimize Word for Editing and Speed Up Your Editing With Autocorrect.

👉 Ready to see how automation can revolutionize your workflow?

In MultiSwitch: One Tool to Rule Them All we'll show you how you can make infinite substitutions by pressing one key on your keyboard.

In Expand Your Automation Fluency, Scribbr editors put their heads together and discuss how to adopt a "hacker" mindset and layer automation tools to solve practical problems.

👉 Do you have questions or suggestions for future courses?

You can always email me at samantha@scribbr.com or message me at @samantha on Slack. I'd love to hear your thoughts and ideas!