Monday, November 15th, 2004 by adam
Basically, the term “open source” is used to describe a program or app where the author(s) gives the public access to the source code. Continue reading
MS Excel: A Quick AutoFit Solution.
Have you ever been working in MS Excel and found yourself spending all kinds of extra time trying to manually adjust column width or row heights? Or are you one of the many people who simply skip a column whenever text gets too long?
Well, here’s one of the many solutions to these time-consuming problems.
What’s AutoFit, you ask?
Well, it’s exactly what… Continue reading
You are always telling us to “drag & drop” files and stuff. This probably sounds stupid, but what does that mean?
Dragging and dropping is easy. It’s a procedure where you grab something (selected text, a file, a picture, or whatever) and drop it into a new location.
To drag and drop, click the item you want to drag to… Continue reading
Brrrr… It’s Cold in the Freeze Pane Zone
OK, so it’s not really that cold here, but the real question is, “What’s Freeze Pane?”
Well, to answer a question with questions, have you ever been frustrated while working in an MS Excel worksheet because you were so far down the columns that you no longer could see the column titles? Did you find yourself constantly scrolling up to make sure… Continue reading
Tear It Up
Have you ever been working in an MS Office application and realized that you kept accessing the same menu or palette of choices over and over and over again?
Ever wonder if there was a way to keep the choices open for a while (or maybe permanently)?
One quick way to tell is by taking a good look at the menu or palette when you open it.… Continue reading
Have you ever needed a quick way to really make a statement stand out on a flyer, presentation, worksheet or some other document? (You know, a way to really catch their attention.) Are you tired of the plain old text boxes in MS Excel? Want a way to make text more interesting?
Do you want to turn this…
(Sorry, beginning to sound like an infomercial… Continue reading
What is a Wizard?
When you hear someone refer to a wizard, they aren’t talking about Merlin, Oz, Gandalf, or Dumbledore, although, in a way, there might be a similarity in function.
A Wizard is a tool to guide you through the steps of a process or task by asking a series of questions or presenting options. A Wizard might… Continue reading
Since Windows ME we’ve had the option of having folders in thumbnail view. This creates a little picture preview in the folder. Very handy if you have gigs of pictures on your hard drive. Have you ever wished that they were bigger? Well then, you’re in luck today because I’m gonna tell you how.
This will require going into your registry, so proceed with caution.
To start the… Continue reading
Ever find yourself squinting at the buttons on the toolbars? Wish they were bigger?
Your wish is my command… Relief is just a few clicks away.
To begin you need to go to the Tools menu, Customize choice. (Or right click over any toolbar and choose Customize from the toolbar list.)
On the Options tab you should see the Large Icons choice. Check this box. Instantly you should see the… Continue reading
Taking Control of Your Menus
Here’s the scenario:
You’re cruising through the menus in an MS Office program (version 2000 or newer). Maybe you’ve even upgraded recently. Anyway, you’re looking for that really cool thing you did a few months ago. Unfortunately, you can’t seem to find the right menu choice and you can’t remember exactly what you did the last time.
Suddenly you realize that your menus seem to… Continue reading
Pull the Arrows Out of Your Shortcuts
Many of you keep asking me how to remove those little arrows you see on your desktop shortcuts. They sure can take away from the visual aesthetics of the icons.
OK, there are actually two easy ways to get rid of the little arrows that attach themselves to shortcuts. The easiest of the two is to select a size of 30 for your… Continue reading
Just “Cruising” Through The Day
Have you ever heard anyone refer to “cruising” when working in a program?
Were you wondering what in the world they were talking about? (I’m sure you figured it out that it had nothing to do with cars.)
Well, for many people, “cruising” on the computer means to slide through the menus in a program looking at the choices listed.
There are some people who… Continue reading
What’s the difference between “Favorites” and “Bookmarks”?
They’re the same thing, actually. “Bookmarks” is the Mozilla Firefox (amongst others) term for what are essentially internet shortcuts. Internet Explorer calls these”Favorites”.
They both work the same way. When you’re on a page you want to get back to, you click the Favorites or Bookmarks menu (depending on the browser) and usually… Continue reading
Give Me A Break!
Since we’re all here for the same reason—to find out all about MS Word’s section breaks—I’ll get right to the “how to”.
The most obvious step is to have a Word file open that would benefit from having different sections.
Once your file is open you’ll need to place your cursor at the point where you want to create a section break.
Now use the Insert… Continue reading
Paragraphs, Pages And Now There’s Sections?
OK, so we all have experience with paragraphs and pages in MS Word… but did you know you have further options for sub-dividing your documents?
Well, let me fill you in.
According to Word’s online help, Sections are “a portion of a document in which you set certain page formatting options. You create a new section when you want to change such properties… Continue reading
Breaking the Connection of Word’s Headers and Footers
Here’s the scenario: you’re working in MS Word and it’s time to set up your header or footer information.
Everything is going well except there’s one small catch. (Isn’t there just always “one small catch”?)
Anyway… the document you’re working on requires different header or footer information at different locations. (Maybe you need the first few pages numbered with Roman Numerals and… Continue reading
Here’s the deal. You open up My Computer and start browsing for a particular file or folder. About five minutes into it, you realize you would have been better off doing this with Windows Explorer. What to do? Is it time to start over? Is all hope lost? Am I being too dramatic?
Anyhow, when faced with the situation above, most of us would close My Computer, open Explorer, and… Continue reading
White Space Be Gone In Word XP
If you’re like me then you like to work in MS Word using the Print Layout view.
I simply like to be able to see my whole page—margins and all. I like to keep an eye on the layout of the document without always jumping to Print Preview.
Anyway, once in a while I find myself working on documents that have a lot… Continue reading
What’s the difference between Windows Explorer and Internet Explorer?
Actually, nothing. It’s a program with a split-personality. The Internet Explorer side of the program is for surfing the web. The Windows Explorer side is used for exploring the files, folders, drives, and directories on your computer.
What’s cool about it is they work very much the same manner. For example, click the Back button on Internet… Continue reading
Stop the Open/Close Madness
You’re working in, oh, let’s say, MS Word and you need to switch to a new document.
Tell me. Do you close MS Word, saving the current file, and then open Word all over again? Are you one of the many people I see everyday who spends an unbelievable amount of time opening and closing the same files and programs over and over again?
Hopefully that’s… Continue reading
Landscaping in October?
Ever have a file that you wanted to print on the paper sideways or “landscape”? Not sure how to set landscape printing? Would you like to know? (Not a bad idea to to find out because even if you don’t need it now, it could come in handy in the future.)
If you’re in an MS Office Suite program, then you’re going to need to go to… Continue reading
Working With Multiple Files In MS Word Simultaneously
So, here you are feverishly working on several different MS Word files trying to read, copy / paste and type all at once.
You’re in file A, read a few lines, flip over to file B and type. Now over to file C, copy a paragraph, back to file B and now paste. Back to file A for another copy. Return to… Continue reading
Are you one of the many people who find it easier to read light printing on a dark background?
Would you like to see the “light” in MS Word?
Word has the option of setting your screen to display a blue background with white lettering!
And I don’t mean actually changing text to white and the background to blue. No, this setting in Word that makes the color… Continue reading
My mouse is acting funny. Yes, it’s one of those ancient roller-ball mouses and sometimes I have to move it a few inches before the cursor starts to move. Is it time for a new mouse?
I’m guessing the problem is that your mouse guts are dirty. Don’t worry, you don’t need to get in touch with some sort of computer vet to fix the little… Continue reading
Save vs. Save As… Is There A Difference?
Ever find yourself thinking that exact question when you were trying to save your work? Is there a difference?
Yes, there is, but I think you knew that. I mean, why else would they both be listed in the File menu?
Well, to put it simply, Save will save the current file under the same name in the same location. (Meaning it… Continue reading
What is POP3 Email?
POP3 means “post office protocol, version 3″. It is a protocol for getting e-mail off of a web server. If you use Outlook Express, Outlook, Netscape Mail, or Eudora you’re using POP3.
Some web-based e-mail accounts use this protocol as well. I know that Hotmail and Yahoo (for a price) allow you to get your mail via POP3. AOL does not.
Improve the Quality of Graphics in AOL
If you browse the web with AOL, you know that sometimes graphics just don’t look so purdy. Never fear! I’m here to show you how to turn off the built in image compression.
AOL says this image compression helps images download faster. Blah! This may be, but a typical human can’t see any significant difference in speed between having compression on vs off… Continue reading