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Fundamentals Technical Writing Presentation

  1. 1. How to Write a Technical Manual<br />(With Me, Mrs. Cannon) <br />
  2. 2. Technical manuals tell people how to do all sorts of things, from putting together a table to playing games. <br />
  3. 3. To see how a technical manual is written, I will write a technical manual about writing technical manuals. Let’s get started!<br />
  4. 4. How to Write a Technical Manual<br />1. Firstly, decide what your technical <br /> manual will be about. <br />2. Jot down each step for the activity you chose. <br />Be sure to include every step. <br />Be specific about how each step should be completed. <br />
  5. 5. How to Write a Technical Manual<br />3. Organize the steps into a logical order. <br /><ul><li>This way, readers will know what to do when.
  6. 6. If steps are out of order, readers will be unnecessarily confused. </li></li></ul><li>How to Write a Technical Manual<br />4. Rewrite the steps so each begins with a <br /> verb. <br />Notice that all but one of my steps (the numbered steps, not these side notes) begins with a verb. <br />If you include extra information (and you should), you can use other sentence openers. (Notice that the sentence before this one begins with an adverb clause, aka www.asia.buuba.) <br />
  7. 7. How to Write a Technical Manual<br />5. Use clear and concise words. <br />You want readers to understand each step quickly and easily. <br />Extra words clutter up the page. <br />
  8. 8. 6. Include pictures and graphics. <br /><ul><li>You might include a picture that illustrates a step.
  9. 9. You might include a graphic that illustrates a point. </li></ul>Now you have all the right tools to write a technical manual!<br />
  10. 10. 6. Include pictures and graphics. <br /><ul><li>You might include a picture that illustrates a step.
  11. 11. You might include a graphic that illustrates a point. </li></ul>Now you have all the right tools to write a technical manual!<br />My picture of a tool box illustrates this sentence. <br />
  12. 12. That’s all there is to writing a technical manual! <br />Have questions? Just let me know! <br />

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