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Westlaw Preference Overrides “Link Viewer”

Do you have the impression that Westlaw is just “the man” or a big, faceless organization? Honestly, I did too. Until today.

I opened Gmail to find an email from a Westlaw employee. Actually, it’s from the VP for New Product Development. He read my blog. In particular, he saw my Greasemonkey scripts for Westlaw (kill the mini-window and rename windows).

Now, instead of using the mini-window Greasemonkey script, Westlaw actually provides a preference where you can officially disable the “link viewer.” My new VP-friend enlightened me to this point in his email.

Yes, I’m a bit bummed that my script is now obsolete. But the goal always was to share productivity tips with you. Thus, here is how to turn off the “link viewer,” if you’re so inclined:

  1. Click on “Preferences” in the upper right
  2. Click on “Document Display” in the list on the left
  3. De-select “Display Link Viewer”

If you’re a visual learner, here you go. Click on the image for a bigger version.

Westlaw Preference Link Viewer Small

Now, if only Westlaw will beef up its reward catalog, so we can get gift cards, iTunes credit, and stuff from Amazon.com. Maybe I’ll just go make some espresso with the free machine they got me!

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