How to Create Better Worksheets: One Simple Shortcut

Please tell me I’m not the only one who has lived through this scenario while trying to create lines for writing on a worksheet:

I hold down shift and the underline key and watch that little line work its way across the page, trying to line it up as close to the margin as I can without going too far. Then, I hit enter to make the next line and my carefully crafted line jumps up and gets darker–What? Why? Sometimes I can fix it, sometimes I can’t–it happens every time, you’d think I’d know what I did, but I don’t.  I move on to the next lines, and even if I can manage to get them spaced equally, and they look like they’re lined up at the margin, when I print, the ends of my lines look like this:

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No more! Once I learned the trick I’m going to show you in these videos, I have saved myself countless hours of frustration. I hope you’ll find it just as helpful.  

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In the first video, I’m going to demonstrate how I use tables to create lined writing spaces using PowerPoint (because I usually use PowerPoint to create worksheets, as I explained in this blog post/video series): 

And, for those of you who still prefer Word, this video illustrates the differences between tables in PowerPoint and Word:

Over the last year I’ve been transitioning to Google for most of my work. For the most part, the Google versions of the Office software are very similar, but there are a few differences that have taken me a little while to figure out. Table borders was one of those, so this video shows you how to set up your table for writing using a Google Slide.

I do hope you’ll find this shortcut allows you to create more polished worksheets in less time. If you have any questions or comments, please leave a reply below! I’d love to hear your thoughts.  

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