View It Your Way
Have you ever found yourself wishing that you had different information displayed in MS Outlook for email?
Yeah, me too.
There are just certain things I’m interested in seeing and some stuff I don’t care about at all.
If only it could be all my way.
Oh… but wait.
It can be my way!
With a few quick clicks I can set Outlook to give me… Continue reading
Saving The View
We discussed how to make the changes to your views—which is really good—but do you find you’re making a lot of changes all the time?
Are you looking for a way to save a few of these View set-ups so you can quickly switch back and forth as needed?
If you’re thinking that it’s a good idea then I have to agree.
And… I’d bet you’re ready… Continue reading
See Them All At Once
Are you an MS Outlook user who loves to sort your information down into many folders and likes to keep them all on the Outlook bar?
You’ve got to love the way the Outlook bar makes it so easy to jump between functions—but—I must say that I hate it when I get so many items in there that I’ve got to use the scrolling arrows… Continue reading
Ever notice how some people always seem to have documents that are a little more eye-catching?
You know what I mean; the people who always seem to have a little something extra on the page that gives it the perfect touch.
There’s a whole bag of tricks you can use to make your document look just right. One of the best is called WordArt. This little feature of MS… Continue reading
Cell References in MS Excel
Ever notice that when you’re copying a formula in MS Excel the cell references in the formula will change?
I’m sure you have. They do this because a formula uses the cell addresses as relative cell references. The cell names are “directions” for the cells to use in the formula. The cell containing the formula is the starting point for the “directions”.
This is awesome… Continue reading
Excel Cells Into MS Word
Have you ever tried to copy and paste cells from Excel to Word?
I bet you went to Excel, highlighted the cells, copied the cells, went to Word, pasted the cells and poof! There they were.
Sounds great, doesn’t’ it?
Yeah, and it can be, but, if you’re using version 97 then there are some slight problems.
You might notice that you can’t… Continue reading
One After Another
Do you use the Drawing Tools in the MS Office programs frequently?
Have you ever used the same drawing tool repeatedly and found yourself aggravated with the need to turn the tool back on after each new shape?
Sure would be nice to be able to turn the drawing tool on and leave it on…
(Sorry, daydreaming again.)
Oh, but maybe not.
Did you know that it’s… Continue reading
Moving Toolbars in MS Office Applications
Have you ever noticed that when you use the View menu, Toolbars choice to display various toolbars that some of them “float” in the document?
That is, some of them open in a position around the edge of the file and others seem to open on top of the document.
The question that may occur to you is, “what do I do with these… Continue reading
How do you know when the document you’re working on is perfect and ready for printing? Have you ever used the scroll bars to navigate through a large file in the hopes of trying to see if everything is proportioned properly? This can be nearly impossible in a large Excel file. Or are you the person who prints a document over and over, making small adjustments each time, until an… Continue reading
Did you notice in MS Word the Replace tab just behind the Find tab? Or in Excel and PowerPoint, did you notice the Replace button?
I bet you’re wondering what it’s all about?
It’s a great function to use in conjunction with the Find.
Let’s suppose that you finished a huge paper and just figured out that you spelled a name wrong, through the entire document, ugh…
What… Continue reading
Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
Does it bring to mind the childhood game of searching for someone hiding? Or perhaps it brings to mind a common problem…
A file so massive that you pretty much felt like you were playing hide and seek every time you needed to find a particular part of the file.
Unfortunately, “come out, come out, wherever you are” doesn’t really do… Continue reading
Many Changes With One Key
So, you’re in the process of text formatting in MS Word and you’re getting frustrated.
You need to jump from place to place highlighting text, changing font type, size, bolding, underlining etc.
And, when you’re done with one highlighted section you can move on to the next and start all over again.
Aggravated and bored yet?
Yep, me too.
So, is there a way to… Continue reading
Excess Spaces Be Gone!
We all know about the infamous “lead foot” and the speeding tickets the condition can cause… but have you heard of the “lead thumb”?
What’s that you ask?
Well, it’s the unfortunate condition some of us have that makes our thumb stay on the space bar a little too long. The result of the condition is all of those annoying extra spaces in our text.
Are there any good spam filters out there?
If you search our software store, you will notice that we do not sell any spam filters. Is this because we want your inbox to be flooded with porn and scams? Is it just an oversight on our behalf?
Well, no. I’m sure I’ll be bombarded with recommendations from y’all, but so far the anti-spam tools available are… Continue reading
What is spam ?
Most people are familiar with the canned luncheon meat product called SPAM . It became associated with the act of sending unsolicited commercial email (UCE), “spamming”, or in reference to the UCE itself, “spam”. Internet legend says that this association was inspired by the Monty Python skit in which SPAM was part of every menu item at a restaurant—similarly… Continue reading
MS Word Table Mania – Part 1 – Inserting Tables
Well, with the introduction of tables complete let’s get down to business.
To begin with we need to look at ways, and there are several, to insert a table into a document.
One way is to use the Insert Table button on the Standard toolbar.
When you click on the button a drop-down screen will appear. This allows you… Continue reading
MS Word Tables – What are they and why do you need them?
Remember the tables you made in math or science class? The ones full of data you collected? (And for those of you who groaned at the mention of a math class – I, the math teacher, heard that.)
Anyway, this is the same idea, except it’s better.
An MS Word table is an organizational tool that lets… Continue reading
MS Word Table Mania – Part 2 – Working With Tables
Now that we’ve covered how to insert tables and how to navigate within them, let’s cover some of the other issues that arise while working with tables.
The last issue covered the options of evenly distributing rows or columns.
So… moving on, what about the situations where you want the columns different widths? Is there an easy way to… Continue reading
Make Your Own Toolbar
Wouldn’t it be nice to make your own toolbar to use just like the start menu? It’s really easy to do, and can be quite useful. For this tip I will show you how to make a new start menu with only the folders and shortcuts you want. This can also be used to make a menu of commonly used documents or any other… Continue reading
Move a table in MS Word without using the mouse!
Question: In MS Word, how do I move from cell to cell in a table without using the mouse? (A cell being each “box” within the table.)
Tuesday we discussed inserting tables. For those of you who tried you may have found that when you hit the Enter key the row height grew instead of… Continue reading
Help! It seems as if my taskbar has disappeared, Start button and all. How can I get it back?
Well, I bet that you accidentally shrunk it. See, if you hover your mouse over the top edge of your taskbar, the cursor becomes a double-sided arrow which allows you to adjust the height of the taskbar. The cursor looks like this:
So if you’ve inadvertently… Continue reading
Excel Worksheet Protection
So, we’re all looking to protect our worksheets from changes—changes others may make or changes we may accidentally make.
Since we’re all here for the same thing, let’s get right to it.
To protect your entire worksheet from changes you need to go to the Tools menu, Protection submenu, Protect Sheet choice.
The Protect Sheet window will open – giving you choices as to what to… Continue reading
Opera—more popular everyday
Want a cool alternative to Internet Explorer? And no, we’re not talking about Netscape Navigator. Check out the free version of an amazing browser called Opera. There are many reasons to love this one.
When you first run Opera, you’ll notice differences right away. At the bottom, a display pops up and shows you exactly how the page download is progressing. You run a new search in… Continue reading
No Touch My Cells!
OK, so maybe that’s the way my nephew would phrase it, but isn’t that what we mean when we’re looking to keep an Excel worksheet from being changed?
You know what I mean, the file that others have to see but shouldn’t touch.
Or… maybe it’s you who is the culprit!
Ever find that you’ve changed a worksheet that you never meant to alter?
Yeah, me… Continue reading
What is a browser?
A browser is what you use to surf the web.
There are all sorts of them out there. The most common is Microsoft Internet Explorer, but you also have Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari, Google Chrome and others. In addition, your Internet Service may have a built in browser, like America Online.… Continue reading
Many Objects Into One
OK, so your drawing is all done and you’re ready to turn many objects into one—let’s get started.
The first thing you need to do is to select all the items to be grouped.
One way is to hold down the Shift key while you click on each individual item.
You should notice that all items selected will have their little “grabbers” displayed.
Another way—possibly… Continue reading