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Writer's Workbench

Before Analysis Can Be Run

  • Your paper must be saved on a disk in Word.
  • On page one of your paper, you must type your first name on line one and your last name on line two.

Now You Can Use Writer's Workbench

  1. Insert your disk into the A drive.
  2. Open the Writer's Workbench program by double-clicking on the icon on the desktop.
  3. Open your file by opening the File menu and choosing Open. Make sure you are looking in the 3.5 Floppy (A drive). Double click on the name of your paper to open it.
  4. In the top left corner of the screen, click on the "Analysis Programs" section of the toolbar.
  5. Select the topic you would like to review in terms of your writing assignments. For example, click on the gray box "Words - Capitalization."
  6. A window will appear; click "OK" to analyze your document.
  7. In a few seconds, your paper will reappear on the screen with a separate window on top of it explaining the topic you selected and any inconsistencies in that area.
  8. You can read this and then close the window, save this information to your disk, or print the information. To save it, open the File menu and choose "Save As" save in "Floppy (A:)," name your file and choose "Save." To print, open the file menu, select "Print," click "OK."
  9. When you are ready to move on to the next topic, click on "Analysis Programs" and repeat the process.
  10. Keep in mind that computers are not perfect (nor are they human); the program can explore some of your content, but it mainly focuses on grammar/proofreading/editing instead of revision (yes, there is a difference.) Writer's Workbench can offer suggestions, but you are ultimately responsible for making sure any changes that you make based on its recommendations are correct.
    1. The red boxes indicate topics that content.
    2. Yellow boxes analyze your whole paper in terms of sentence structure and variety.
    3. Blue boxes indicate verb-related issues.
    4. Light gray boxes involve subjects that deal with clarity.
    5. Light gray boxes involve subjects that deal with clarity.
    6. Navy boxes focus on punctuation.
  11. You can make changes to your paper while Writer's Workbench; make sure to save any new information to your disk. (Open the File menu and choose "Save.")
  12. If you would like to study the areas in general (not based on your specific paper), choose "Steps" from the toolbar for instruction and practice.
  13. If you have questions about using the program, first use the "help" function (the yellow question mark on the toolbar). If you still need help operating the program of understanding the program's suggestions, ask a tutor.
  14. The Writer's Workbench software is found on the computers in the dorm labs, library, and other computer labs on campus.