Manuscript Preparation, Copyediting, and Proofreading

Q. I am writing a book about home health remedies. I want to sort by the first bold word of the paragraph, which would be the name of the ailment. Do I need a special program to do this? My writing has come to a standstill and will stay that way until I can resolve this problem! Help, please.

A. If the bold word is always the first word of the paragraph, and if you are writing in MS Word, you can use the Sort Text function. (Called Table Sort in some versions. In spite of the name, you don’t have to put your text into a table to use it.)