Taking active vs. passive voice too far

Subject: Taking active vs. passive voice too far
From: M -dot- Vina-Baltsas -at- mindray -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 9 Jul 2013 10:45:01 -0400

I'm working with a manual that was primarily written in the passive voice.
I'm struggling with how far I should go with my edits. No, there is no
style guide, and as a result, there are many inconsistencies throughout
the manual. Please see the examples below and tell me if you think I'm
going too far with active vs. passive voice.

Topic heading:
List Trends
List Trends can be accessed by selecting the History button from the Main
Screen.

or

Topic heading:
List Trends
Access List Trends by selecting the History button from the Main Screen.

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