APA 7th Edition Papers now include the ability to unlock your references & citations in a paper using Advanced Edit Mode.
What is Advanced Edit Mode?
By default, PERRLA for Word uses a Microsoft Word feature called Content Controls. These look like grey/blue boxes that lock down the content that is inside of them.
For students who are brand new to writing papers, this ensures that they follow the APA rules & don't lose any points for formatting. However, for students who are already familiar with the APA format or who need to deviate from it (per their instructor's orders), Advanced Edit Mode will allow them to more easily customize their references & citations (while still letting PERRLA keep track of the rest of the formatting).
Advanced Edit Mode removes the Content Controls from the references & citations in your current paper. It is enabled on a paper-by-paper basis.
You can still use PERRLA to add new references & citations to your paper, however they will only be added as plain text.
If you use Advanced Edit Mode, you will gain the ability to edit the citation and references directly in your paper. Editing your references & citations with PERRLA will no longer be possible for that paper.
Benefits of Advanced Edit Mode:
- Ability to directly edit references & citations in your paper's text
- Ability to better use Track Changes with your professor
Drawbacks of Advanced Edit Mode:
- PERRLA cannot automatically update your citations and references if you edit them
- Reference Annotations must be added manually (not through PERRLA)
How to turn on Advanced Edit Mode
Before turning on Advanced Edit Mode, it is important that any Track Changes markup is turned off (set to display No Markup in the Review ribbon tab in Word). If Track Changes are displayed, then PERRLA may not be able to remove the Content Controls already present in your paper.
- Open the navigation icon in any PERRLA panel
It's the hamburger looking icon in the top-left corner of the panel.
- Select Advanced Editing
- Click the green Use Advanced Editing Mode button
- Click Yes - Use Advanced Editing Mode
PERRLA will automatically remove the Content Controls from around your references and citations. Any future references or citations will be added as plain text.
Advanced Edit Mode only affects the paper you are currently working on. It does NOT affect any of your other papers. It must be turned on for each paper you want to use it with.
UPDATE: If you are looking for Advanced Edit Mode in the Settings panel, it has been moved to the bottom of the Settings panel.