Sometimes “if it works, don’t fix it” I am advised. Nevertheless some texts in LibreOffice Help still makes me scratch some itches…
Reading @jeanweber “Writing style” on using the imperative:
- When appropriate (as in instructions), use the imperative. For example, instead of you should not use slang, say do not use slang.
I counted 299 occurences of the term “If you want” mostly in 2 situations
“If you want to + action”, for example, “If you want to count only some text of your document, select the text”.
“If you want, you can + action”. For example “If you want, you can associate a page break…”
In both cases “If you want” seems in excess. The first by following the Imperative rule quoted above and the second because of the verb can, which IMHO infer your decision/wish.
Keep the “don’t fix it” rule?