My laptop and word processor have saved me from the horrors of my awful handwriting. Below are some Microsoft Word 2002/2003 keyboard shortcuts and my particular use of formatting in my lecture notes.
Heading 1/2/3: Ctrl+Alt+1/2/3
To identify key concepts.
Bulleted List: Ctrl+Shift+L
Numbered List: Ctrl+Alt+L
For emphasizing key terms (followed by a definition in plain text).
For noting exceptions (beginning with “HOWEVER:”).
For key phrases.
Double Underline: Ctrl+Shift+D
For conclusions to questions presented by the professor.
Useful for math courses with exponents and bases. Also handy for making footnotes in essays.
For a complete list see Microsoft’s list of keyboard shortcuts for Word 2002 and 2003.