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How to Make Writing appear longer.

This is a neat little trick to make text in a word document appear to be longer. This is great if you don't have a lot of time to make something look longer. What we are doing is replacing the periods in the paper to a bigger text size. This makes it look as if you wrote more than you actually did.
 
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Step 1: Find And Replace

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After you have your paper open, with out selecting anything push "control + F".

Step 2: Click Replace Tab

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Click The Replace Tab on the window.
PKTraceur5 years ago
Wow! My one page zombie essay was extened a quarter page, and It had exactly 100 periods. Schweet! -RoAr
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Great tip. I was taught in several of my lit classes that you are supposed to add two spaces after every period. For three years I had that drilled into me. Some of the handbooks also say that that is proper form. Using these tips in conjunction with one another works wonders... unless your teacher grades the papers on her computer... then you can be caught and it go on your permanent record that you cheated...
Cool! Nice Tip! :)
eat_squids5 years ago
One thing that I find that is quick and easy to do is, if you only need it to be a bit longer, increase the font by .5. This lengthens your writing, but won't be noticeable if you are given a certain size to use.
moleyscioly5 years ago
The only thing the period trick does is change inner line spacing from whatever the original period font was to the new period font. If you are going to do this trick, you might as well just increase the between lines spacing.
jeasterl6 years ago
a tip from someone who worked in a English writing lab for over thirteen years first never write on a teachers 'pet' subject find out if the instructor is into poetry don't write on poetry if you can at all help it if they are into Shakespeare avoid that ect second look for a wider then normal font or bump up the character spacing by five or ten percent
It wasn't you that worked in an English lab, was it? There are over 10 mistakes in grammar and/or spelling in your short 'paragraph'.
this is not a paragraph. this is a pair of informal tips,written in a spare moment. if my grammar errors offend you feel free not to use my tips, write on a professors "pet"subject, since you are smarter then me and have time to write smarmy comments instead of useful input two new tips (written in an informal style) read shrunk and white (sp) a simplified english handbook, it is one of the simplest most understandable grammer texts i have found read Sun tsu "The Art of War" this small text will teach you stratigies and methods of dealing with all sorts of difficulties.
You just topped your previous best with over 16 mistakes. Sorry, it's just that your boasts about working in an English lab for thirteen years seemed strangely at odds with your poor command of the English language. Yes, Art of War is a good read, but I haven't read 'Shrunk and White'. Thanks for the tip. :)
maybe I should have been a little more specific my expertise is in computers, hardware and software, I have years of experience training instructors and students in the use of word processors and page layout applications, I also helped students with research. my tips in the first post only pertained to subject selection and font selection, things I am well able to do, not grammar if my tips were about grammar your comments might have weight but since they have nothing to do with grammar your post is without value tips in word under format-font-character spacing click spacing- expand and slowly bump up the spacing of all the text just a little 1.2 or 1.4 don't get carried away or it will be obvious as little as 1.1 can make a half page or more in a document without looking off and if found you can blame the word processor "but professor that is the way my program defaults" proper citation of referenced materials can 'bulk up' a short paper one good long quote can add a third of a page or more but remember to set it up according to the standards for your class a paper well written,on a unique subject, or with an unusual angle, and a bit short will almost always get a good grade where as a paper full of errors or a tired subject that is a chore to read will almost always get a lower grade. Note this is only true for instructors that read and grade by content some teachers grade by weight if you find a teacher that grades by weight run do not walk away they are mostly tired and will not really teach you anything. writing tip when writing a paper always always write an outline even if it is only a scratch outline if your word processor highlights errors do not go back and fix them as they appear wait till you come to a natural break in your thought process if you stop at every error you will lose your train of thought
joejoerowley (author)  jeasterl5 years ago
Thanks for the tips. Looks like a great addition.
Fair enough. Your tips are good ;)
I need to write an essay for a roller coaster i needed to build FOR 6TH GRADE!!!!!!!! i think thats a really stupid project. but this will help with the essay. thatnks!!!!
joejoerowley (author)  lunchboxslayer275 years ago
What is the essay about, How to build a roller coaster or just general info about roller coasters?
just describing like g's and ur roller coaster, and like wut its name is. teach wanted full page. well i gave it 2 her. with this!! thx!!
awkrin5 years ago
that could of been done by increasing the space between lines by selecting all the text, righrclicking and going to font, and increase the space either after a line, or before it. saves more time!
you can also you a larger font like comic sans or arial black
Ugh. I hate comic sans. Just bothers me. Too many people use it. I just use arial
joejoerowley (author)  Sgt.Waffles6 years ago
Same. I die a little inside every time I see comic sans.
Comic sans has been voted consistently by designers and typographers as the worst font. Everyone, delete it!
lol thats cool, I don't like to use comic sans but its big and I don't really care
Yeah, and have your teacher laugh at you for using Comic Sans.
jraregris5 years ago
Why wouldn't you just change the line height? You're text will look inconsistent if you've got a setence that spans more than one line.
__-_-_-__5 years ago
old stuff. that's why long time ago in my college all works must be formatted with specific letter size etc etc etc
bobbyk8816 years ago
easy way double-space. ps. nice instructable. bobbyk881
joejoerowley (author)  bobbyk8815 years ago
Thanks
sman176 years ago
now a daays teacher scan spot this easy.
joejoerowley (author)  sman176 years ago
Not really. I still use it all of the time.
Pumpkin$6 years ago
o.k so let's say you have a teacher who has tought in a middleschool, and highschool, AND COLLEGE will they notice it? I looked at it and it looked fine
joejoerowley (author)  Pumpkin$6 years ago
Cool!
Pumpkin$6 years ago
sorry for double posting but how do you make it normal again?
Notbob6 years ago
All I do is if my teacher saya size 12 font I put size 13. No one can tell the difference!
devilwyrm6 years ago
seen this before on another site a while ago
add length to papers
joejoerowley (author)  devilwyrm6 years ago
Cool! I did not know there was done before. Thanks
aniketpatil6 years ago
I have a better method my friend, increase the spacings between the two lines or simply increase the font size. Hehe. But still thanks a lot, i wasn't aware of this possibility. Thanks again... :)
joejoerowley (author)  aniketpatil6 years ago
Sure Any time!
Brennn106 years ago
Haha, this is a great idea, but risky!
joejoerowley (author)  Brennn106 years ago
Still doing it and never been caught!! All right! Giggity Giggity goo! (Family Guy) :)
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