WestlawNext Q&A: Reviewing and downloading folder contents

October 14, 2010

Q&A - Westlaw Research Expert WebinarsAttendees at a recent WestlawNext webinar had some insightful questions about reviewing the contents of their folders and downloading their contents. These answers come courtesy of Dinyar Mehta, a director in West’s product development group.

Q: When I review my folder contents, will I be able to tell which ones I’ve added notes to?

A: Yes. When you view lists of documents in any of your folders, look for the icon that resembles a sticky note, as shown below (on the right side).

WestlawNext folder title listing

Q: If something changes in a statute or a similar live document that I’ve placed into a folder, will there be an identifier in that folder that tells me something has been changed?

A: If the update triggers a KeyCite status change, the new KeyCite flag would be visible at the folder level, without requiring you to open the document. So if the statute had been repealed after you placed the document in one of your folders, they KeyCite flag would be updated to a red one. However, there is no indicator for letting you that the specific language of a statute has changed; you would need to open the document and review it to find any changes.

Q: When I’m done researching and it’s time to download the folder, what format will it have?

A: Your choice. You can choose to download your files in rich-text format, Word, WordPerfect, or PDF.  The Export feature on WestlawNext provides many options for exporting the content from your folders.

Q: When I download a folder, will each item in the folder download as a separate document, or will the entire folder download as a single merged file?

A: Again, your choice. You can download the folder as a single merged file or as multiple files in a zipped folder.

Q: When I download a case from a folder, will it still have any highlighting or notes I added when it was in the folder?

A: Yes, optionally. You can choose have your “annotations” (highlights and notes) delivered via print, e-mail and download. Annotations are sticky, but you can decide whether or not you want to append them.