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This method clearly calls out the fact that these are options, not a
series of steps, even if the reader is skimming the document. I don't
think that Brian's original sentence or Steve Evanina's suggestion
does that effectively.
To create a new file do one of the following:
* Select New from the File menu
* click the New icon in the toolbar
* press Ctrl+N
Using an economy of words and keeping the readability index low, the user
is instructed to "do one of the following." How could this be possibly
misconstrued as a series of steps?
If I wanted the user to perform a series of steps, I would have used a