Wednesday, November 17th, 2004 by adam
What are DLL files? Well you’re in luck, because the man himself (Steve) explores and defines in this tip! Continue reading
Merge vs. Split
Well, let’s get right to the “good stuff”, that is, how to accomplish a cell split or merge.
Let’s begin with cell merging.
How do you accomplish this magical wonder in MS Word? Believe it or not, with only 2 clicks of the mouse.
First you will need to highlight the cells to be merged. (Click, hold and drag until all cells to be merged are highlighted… Continue reading
More MS Word Table Talk
I think it might be time to expand our knowledge just a bit…
Have you ever wanted to take several cells of a table and turn it into one?
Yeah, me too.
That’s called a merge.
Or—have… Continue reading
I’m running Win 98 and every time I shut down my computer, it hangs on the “Windows is shutting down” screen. Is there a way to fix this?
This can happen for a variety of reasons with any version of Windows (well, I guess it doesn’t really happen that much with XP).
Usually it’s due to a program that’s not shutting down the way it’s supposed… Continue reading
Excel Drag & Drop Between Worksheets
So, you’ve got some data in an Excel worksheet that you need to move to a new location.
Within the same sheet—no problem.
I’m positive that we all know about highlighting the data to be moved and then using the mouse arrow on the very edge of the selected cell(s) to click and drag the data to a new location.
Quick, easy—what could be… Continue reading
Click, Click – Toolbar Docked
As I’m sure many of you know, in an MS Office Suite program you can choose to constantly display a “floating” toolbar by dragging it into the outer edges of the program window.
The toolbar then loses its window title bar, closing box X and is what we call “docked” on either the top, bottom, left or right of the window.
Handy little feature -… Continue reading
Hyperlink No More
Have you ever been frustrated with MS Word while putting together a document that contains email or web site addresses?
Tired of the way Word continues to automatically create hyperlinks of your addresses?
You know—the change of color and underlining. If you’re creating a document to be printed then this isn’t exactly what you’re looking for.
In fact, for printed documents, it can be downright annoying!
What… Continue reading
To Update Or Not To Update
Did you know that there’s a choice as to how you insert the date or time into an Excel worksheet?
Did you know that you could choose to have the date or time entered as a piece of data that doesn’t change or as a field that will be updated when you open the file or press the F9 key?
Well, as you can… Continue reading
Limit System Restore
If you have one of the newer versions of Windows (ME, 2000, XP) your system automatically makes system restore points. These are backups of your system configurations and windows settings. The restore points can be used to repair your system in the case of a system error. The default settings for the space reserved for these restore points is usually a bit high. Changing this is very… Continue reading
Flagging Messages In MS Outlook
So, we’ve all decided that flagging email messages is a good idea to keep organized and on time, and since we’re all here for the same reason, let’s get started.
The first step is to locate an email message that needs to be flagged for future attention.
If you’re using MS Outlook 97 then here’s the scoop for you:
To mark the email with a… Continue reading
Red Flag It
You’ve done this a hundred times.
You’ve got an email that requires a follow up action on your part and then a response but it’s not due for a couple of days.
Well… It can wait. You’ve got other things that are a higher priority right now.
You’ll leave the message in your Inbox – you’ll remember to get the job done and respond on time.
Move… Continue reading
Quick Copy Of Appointments
Do you use MS Outlook’s calendar feature to keep track of your appointments and other projects / deadlines?
Have you ever found yourself constantly entering the same or similar information over and over again?
If you’re thinking “that sounds like me” and you’re tired of all the repetition then have I got a time saver for you!
Next time, instead of retyping or even copy /… Continue reading
Need to print a recently used document? Don’t waste time opening up the application you created it in, I’ve got a faster way.
Click the Start button , Documents . Right-click the document you want and select Print from the resulting menu. The document’s application will run, open the document, then print it for you. All automatically.
If you don’t see the document you want to print listed… Continue reading
Extending Your Chart Data
So, you’ve got a beautiful Excel chart (known to some of you as a graph) and it’s the perfect thing to display your data.
It’s got all the labels, colors, titles and every other aspect any good chart would have… but of all the bad luck, now you’ve got to start over.
Why, you ask?
Well, unfortunately you’ve got more data to add to the chart.… Continue reading
Control Your Folders (and more)
Do you ever find yourself scrolling through a huge folder ? Well, if you need to get to the beginning or the end quickly, just press Ctrl+Home . If you want to get to the end, click Ctrl+End .
Hey, that’s not all!
This little trick works on more than just folders. If you use the Home key in a word… Continue reading
Remove & Copy Toolbar Buttons
Are you an Office Suite user who likes to customize your workspace?
Specifically, do you do a lot of toolbar customizing?
Well, here’s a couple of tricks for quick, anytime customizations that may help you along your way.
What does it mean when software is a “beta” version?
A beta version is basically a test version of a software program. The program has been written and the author(s) think that it is probably bug free, but they aren’t 100% sure. So they release a test version. Sometimes the test version is open to the public, sometimes just to a select group.… Continue reading
If you are running Windows XP or Vista, you’ll never have to worry about manually setting your computer’s clock again! Of course, you have to be online for this little trick to work, so keep that in mind.
For Windows XP: Just double-click the little clock in the System Tray and it will bring up the Time and Date Properties screen. Click the Internet Time tab and you’ll see a… Continue reading
How do I set my computer’s clock?
To set the time, just double-click the clock in your system tray (your system tray is located on your taskbar, opposite your Start button). A “clock screen” will be displayed.
You’ll see a box under an analog-looking clock where you can click on the hour, minute
I just got a new computer and I’m having a problem with my Favorites. Seems like if I don’t visit a site often enough, they disappear from the menu! Why is this?.
Newer versions of Internet Explorer use a Favorites menu that “remembers” the sites you visit the most. So, when you click your Favorites menu, you may only see 5 or 6 of your favorite sites… Continue reading
Shifty Little Tabs
Most people know if they hit the Tab key, they can hop from control to control in a program. What most don’t realize is that if they hold the Shift key while they Tab , they can go backwards through the controls.
Now, before you ask… Controls are the “objects” you interact (play) with in a program. Stuff like buttons, checkboxes, text boxes, lists, etc. are all… Continue reading
Limit System Restore in Windows ME
Last month Kyle told us how to limit the System Restore feature in Windows XP (see July 17, 2003 Computer Tips ). He mentioned that Windows ME also had System Restore, but it turns out that the process for adjusting it was different. But have no fear ME users—you too can limit your System Restore.
As you may know, your system… Continue reading
OK, I know there are several ways to view the contents of your hard drive (normally drive C), but here’s another one that I thought was kinda cool.
First, hit your Windows Key and the letter R (Win+R). (The Windows key is located between the Alt & Ctrl keys).
You should now have the Run dialog box sitting
Many of Worldstart’s tips will refer to the Windows Desktop at one point or another. If you don’t know what it is, that’s okay, because we’re here to help!
So here we go!
The Desktop, basically, is where all your icons live (stuff like the Recycle Bin sit on the Desktop).
It’s the “background” area you see when your computer first… Continue reading
Control Windows Explorer Focus
Ever wish you could control the folder or drive that Windows Explorer opens to? Well, you can and here’s how:
Right-click the Desktop and select New , Shortcut.
In the command line box, put in one of the commands below:
1. To have this shortcut open Explorer with focus on the My Documents folder, use this in the command line (probably a good… Continue reading
What does ASCII mean?
ASCII is short for “American Standard Code for Information Interchange.”
This is what an ASCII chart looks like:
ASCII is basically a non-formatted text document that can be read by any application that can read text, unlike say, a Word document. If you have a Word document, you have to open it… Continue reading