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Numbering Tables in MS Word

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

MS Word: Stop Numbering Table Rows Manually, Word Can Do That for You

It’s not that uncommon… you’ve got a table in MS Word where you need the rows numbered, so you find yourself manually keying them in.

…1 – down arrow – 2 – down arrow – 3 – down arrow – 4 

OpenOffice.org Writer: Creating Duplicates of Selected Text With a Simple Drag and Drop

When you’re looking to duplicate something in an OpenOffice.org Writer document how, do you accomplish the task?

Let me guess… you select it, copy it then move to the new location and paste it… am I right?

MS Excel: Format Cells Dialog Box

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

MS Excel: Finding a Long Lost Friend… the Format Cells Dialog Box

Let’s be honest, there are times when faced with the Ribbon and all its tabs, groups and buttons, that we miss our old friend the Format Cells dialog box.

It was our “one-stop”

Retain Text Formatting in MS Word

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

MS Word: How To Ensure That Your Formatting Is Kept When You Copy And Paste Text

When you copy and paste text, do you ever find yourself wondering why sometimes certain formatting traits were pasted with the text and at others aren’t?

It can seem sort of random to most people… and random is

Browse the Web with OpenOffice

Monday, March 7th, 2011

OpenOffice.org : Start Your Online Search Without Starting Your Browser

We’ve all done it… when working on some sort of document, we decide that we need to verify our information before we actually include it in our document.

It’s a very good idea, since we wouldn’t want to give false information…

Pictures and Shapes in MS Office

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

MS Office: A Picture of a Different Shape

Today I want to point out a very simple and quick way to change the way pictures and graphics are displayed in your documents, presentations, worksheets, etc…

We’re going to take a look at how the fill of a shape can really make a difference in

Using Character Spacing in PowerPoint

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Powerpoint: Making the Difficult Fonts More Readable

When putting together a document and using some more interesting fonts, I’m sure that you’ve run into the same thing that I have… the font is cool, what you want, but not very readable for some people.

The design of the font just makes it feel “squished” together.

For you and me, not

OpenOffice.org Calc: Why Are My Formulas Behaving So Badly?

If you’ve used Excel in the past with any regularity, you may find yourself experiencing some difficulty with formulas – whether creating them in Calc or trying to open an Excel file in Calc.

While I can’t guarantee that I’ve got the answer to your

MS Word: Manually Move Table Rows or Columns Without Copy and Paste

Let’s face it, there are just times when the table you’ve set up now seems to be “out of order”. You find yourself wishing that the 3rd row was now the 5th row and that the 4th column should have actually have been the 2nd.

Preventing File Overwrite in MS Office

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

We’ve all done it at one time or another… you need to create a new file that’s pretty much identical to another one, so you open the file that you have, make the changes and then save it.

In that very, very short time while you watch the file being saved you are struck speechless with the horrible realization that you just made a

As many of us know, you can use different keys along with the mouse to complete different types of text selection.

For example, holding down the Alt key while dragging the mouse will select text in a rectangular shape – called block selection.

If you place your cursor in the document and then hold down the

Using the F2 Key in PowerPoint

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

MS PowerPoint: Who Knew That the F2 Key Has a Use Here Too?

As I’m sure you already know, the F2 key when used in MS Excel will put you into the editing mode for the contents of a selected cell.

It’s a really handy little tool, since you can navigate through the sheet

While I can’t speak for anyone else, I find it extremely useful to know how to create a sheet of blank labels in a word processing program like Writer.

I’m forever wanting something that isn’t actually for a mailing… I’m just looking to have a document that is set up as a sheet of labels that are already broken into the

When setting up a worksheet where we need to separate one section of information from another, and present that separation clearly, we often use cell borders to accomplish the job.

Obviously that option is a great way to get the job done, but we tend to use those for everything… so making that visual break between data sections requires a bit of finesse with those borders.

MS Excel: Copy / Paste Only a Cell Comment

When reviewing the contents of a worksheet, do you find that you’ve got the same comment to make over and over again? (The least of which being “Where the heck did that come from?”)

I know that when I go through and start getting into

Selecting Blocks of Text in OpenOffice Writer

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

OpenOffice.org Writer: Not Your Usual Selection Shape

When we select text in OpenOffice.org Writer, we’re used to the selection starting at one point and then proceeding down (or up, depending upon the way you drag your mouse) across entire lines… like this:

But what if

How much time have you spent customizing the Quick Access Toolbar in your MS Office 2007 programs?

If you’re anything like me then it’s quite a lot…

When you move to a new computer – or maybe decide that you want the one at home to match the one at work – what do you do?

OpenOffice.org Writer: Hyphens and Spaces Can Be Non-Breaking or Optional?

When you’re writing a document and you see the program split something like a date between two lines, do you ever wonder how to prevent that from happening?

Let’s face it… this looks just plain weird

……………………………………………. Monday, July

4, 2011 ……………………………………………………

You could play with

Drop Caps in MS Word

Friday, February 11th, 2011

It’s called a Drop Cap and, while this may not be something that we would use every day, it is a quick and very easy way to add a little something extra to your documents, making it something that would be a good addition to our “Hey, I know how to do that” list.

If you’ve recently given up your Microsoft Office 2003 for the “latest, greatest” version, Office 2010, you may be a bit disoriented.

You’ve heard the hype about the new Ribbon User Interface but now you’re faced with actually having to use it…

If it’s not something you’re taking to easily or just feel like you need more guidance, I have a suggestion or two

While many people I work with like the “red squiggly lines” underneath misspelled words, I also know quite a few who hate them.

I like them because I just fix my mistakes as I go, whenever possible, however I’ve watched many people totally ignore them and run the Spelling and Grammar check at intervals throughout the writing process.

The other day we talked about a method to copy and paste the OFFICEUI files (which contain all the custom User Interface information for one of the Office 2010 programs). It’s a good method, but it requires you to know where to look for the files.

It’s a great way to save your customizations, in case something happens to your system

Default Formatting in OpenOffice Writer

Monday, February 7th, 2011

OpenOffice.org Writer: Back to the Beginning with the Formatting

While I can’t speak for everyone, I know that there are times when I sit back, take a good look at my document and think… What was I thinking when I did that, and that, and that????

If you’re a person who likes to use transition effects when moving your presentation from one slide to the next and favor consistency in your choice of transition, then you’ve probably found yourself looking at something like this, while you select a slide, apply the transition effect, move to the next slide, apply effect, move to the next slide… Continue reading

OpenOffice.org Writer: Just Add It to My Tab



If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a thousand times… When someone wants to tab let’s say 3 inches into a document they use the default half-inch tabs and hit the Tab key 6 times!

Don’t get me wrong, it works

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