An American Editor

July 16, 2015

Worth Noting: New Macros, New Version — EditTools 6.2 Released

EditTools 6.2 has been released.

The new release has a much speedier Journals macro (thanks to a suggestion from Shmuel Gerber). Recall that in The Business of Editing: Cite Work Can Be Profitable, I mentioned how I had just finished working on a reference list of 1,827 that took the Journals macro, with my then dataset of 78,000 entries, not quite 4 hours to complete. With the improvement suggested by Mr. Gerber, it took less than 2 hours with a dataset of 98,000 entries. A more typical reference list of about 75 references takes a little less than a minute to check against the dataset.

Version 6.2 also has several new macros and one significantly improved macro.

The new macros are Bookmarks, Click List, Comment Editor, and Reference # Order Check. The Insert Query macro has received a great new addition called Categories. Categories lets you organize your standard comments for quicker access. Each macro is described at the EditTools website and will be the subject of an upcoming in-depth essay here at AAE. The AAE essays will discuss not only how the macros work but how they can increase your profitability.

The Bookmarks macro has one additional feature aimed at PerfectIt users. It provide a quick-and-easy way to insert special bookmarks in a Word document that tell PerfectIt what text you want checked.

EditTools 6.2 is a free upgrade for registered users. Go to the downloads page to obtain your copy. If you aren’t using EditTools, try it. Go to the downloads page and download the trial version.

(NOTE: EditTools 6.2 requires 32-bit Word 2007 or newer. If you are currently running EditTools 6.x, you can run version 6.2.)

Rich Adin, An American Editor



  1. Thanks, Rich! I recently bought the bundle that included EditTools along with Editor’s Toolkit and PerfectIt because I decided I couldn’t live without the latter and I would probably eventually find uses for the former two. As a fiction editor I hadn’t yet figured out how I could use EditTools to increase efficiency; however, I will definitely be using the Comment Editor and Insert Query features in the very near future.


    Comment by Eliza Dee — July 16, 2015 @ 10:02 pm | Reply

    • Thanks for buying EditTools, Eliza. Here is one way you can use EditTools for fiction editing. If you can get a list of character names from the author, enter them in Never Spell Word. Then run NSW before editing. It will mark as correct those names that are correctly spelled (i.e., that are spelled as entered into NSW) so when you see a nonhighlighted name, you know you need to check it. Also, in this new release there is the Bookmarks macro. That can be very useful in fiction editing (and I’ll mention how when I discuss the Bookmarks macro in an upcoming essay). I am not a fountain of tips for fiction editing as I am focused on nonfiction, but there are a number of fiction editors who read AAE and who use EditTools. Perhaps one or more will chime in with some tips.


      Comment by americaneditor — July 17, 2015 @ 2:58 am | Reply

  2. Got the upgrade–thanks, Rich! I appreciate the tips for ways to use EditTools for fiction editing, and I hope others will post tips.


    Comment by Camille DeSalme — July 19, 2015 @ 9:41 am | Reply

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