Friday, November 19th, 2004 by Andrew
What is the Windows Registry, anyways? Steve explains. Continue reading
Quick MS Tabs And “Stuff”
A couple of weeks ago (back on October 2nd ) we discussed using the MS Word ruler to set indents—but, as you may or may not know, there are other uses for the Word ruler.
One major, easy to do, item on the ruler is the ability to set tabs with just a click.
Yep, that’s right—you can set a tab stop with just a… Continue reading
We all know that Ctrl + A in MS Word selects the entire document—works great, and for everyone who likes to keep their hands on the keyboard, it’s a necessary tool.
But what about people who are more “mouse oriented”?
You know, people who have duties that require regular or constant mouse contact? It’s a bit annoying to keep removing their hand from the mouse to the keyboard and back… Continue reading
You know how when you right-click inside a folder or on your Desktop , you get a menu with an item labeled ” New “? If you highlight it, you’ll get a sub menu that lets you create all kinds of new documents.
Well, it seems that every piece of software you install wants to stick an item on that
Get There & Work Now!
So, you’ve read all about MS Word 2000’s Click and Type and you’re ready to give it a try. Let’s get right to business.
The first thing you need to do is to double check that the Click and Type feature is enabled. To check go to the Tools menu, Options choice. On the Edit tab you’re looking for the “Enable click and type” check… Continue reading
How do I use newsgroups?
In my opinion, the best program to use for using newsgroups is Outlook Express. Below I’ll show you how to set up newsgroups in Outlook Express and provide you with some screen shots to lessen the surprise factor.
1) Open Outlook Express. On the Tools Menu, select Accounts . Click the Add button to your right and choose the News option.… Continue reading
Click And Type
So, you’re working in MS Word 2000 and you’re trying to make a title page for your latest masterpiece. What do you do?
Do you adjust the top margin to about 5 inches to get the title in the middle of the page?
Well… you could, but then you have to go back into the page settings and change the margins back for the rest of the… Continue reading
Need to print a recently used document? Don’t waste the next 2 minutes of your life opening up Word, Excel, Notepad etc, then digging around for the document, finally opening it up, hitting the print button, and dealing with any dialog boxes that may pop up. I have a faster way you’re gonna love! Try this:
Click the Start button, My Recent Documents. Right-click the
Want to have a little fun with your sounds?!
XP users will once again go to Start , then Control Panel . Click on the Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices link.
On the next screen, you’ll see an icon for Sounds and Audio Devices under “or pick a Control Panel Icon”, click there.
A screen should pop up that lets you change your sound scheme or create… Continue reading
In Windows XP I’ve seen pointers that turn into cute little dinosaurs, musical instruments- all sorts of things. How do you do that?
It’s really not hard at all. Plus it’s a fun way to make waiting for things to load more bearable.
In Win XP, you’ll first go to the Start menu, then the Control Panel … Continue reading
Clearly We’ve Got Some Options
So… you’re working in MS Excel with some data and you’ve got some changes to make.
If you need to delete data you would simply highlight the cells and hit the Delete key.
But, let’s suppose that you don’t want the data deleted but instead want the formatting removed. What do you do then?
You could spend time reformatting the cells or undoing whatever formatting… Continue reading
What does SSL mean?
SSL, or Secure Socket Layers, is what makes secure sites secure.
Here’s how it works:
When you log onto a secure server it communicates with your browser for a few seconds. During this communication, it sends your browser encryption information that only it and your browser can read.
Once this encryption… Continue reading
Undo / Redo Many Steps At Once
Many of us know about the Undo and Redo buttons located on the Standard toolbar. (Left arrow is “Undo” and right arrow is “Redo”.)
What do you do if you’ve got a lot of steps to undo?
Do you click the button again and again until you are finally returned to the place you’re looking for—or, do you hit Ctrl + Z
Dates Done Your Way
OK, so you’re frustrated with the standard Excel date formats and you’re looking for a way to meet your needs.
Well, be frustrated no more!
Today we’ve got just the information you need to make Excel to do things your way.
First you need is to select the cells that should be in the date format.
Now go to the Format menu, Cells choice. (Ctrl +… Continue reading
Dates In Excel
I’m sure by now you’ve realized that when you type a date into MS Excel the program seems to magically know what it is and treats it as such.
Cool—less work for us.
But have you ever wished the date was in a different format?
I mean, maybe you want just the month and day—10/15 for example. Or maybe you’re looking to have something like 15-Oct-03.
Well… Continue reading
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Ok, so we know that Excel can graph (also known as charting) our data for us and I’m assuming you’re interested in the “how to”. So, let’s dive right in:
The first thing you need to do is to select the data range you want to chart. You need to highlight all data and along with the column and row labels.
With the… Continue reading
Instead of several emails with ideas, you’re looking to get back the presentation with everyone’s comments right on the slides. So, you email it to one person and as they finish their ideas it goes to the next person then eventually lands back in your mailbox.
Makes sense, but where are the ideas?
Well, in the file, of course.
Now all you need is the “know how” for… Continue reading
Input, Input — Too Much Input
It seems to me that more often than not PowerPoint presentations are created and / or presented by many people. While one person may have done most of the actual computer time, the content and presentation are often a shared responsibility.
So what’s the process?
Let’s see… there might be a discussion about content (maybe not) and then someone goes back to their computer… Continue reading
Lost In Worksheets
Have you ever found yourself feeling lost while trying to move a worksheet inside a huge workbook?
I mean, you’ve got 20 or 30 worksheets and you’re trying to click on the sheet tab and drag it to its new home. So now you’re patiently waiting for the tabs to scroll by while you continue to hold that mouse button.
Oops—you just flew by the location you… Continue reading
Moving Right Next Door
As I’m sure we all know, you can re-arrange worksheets in an MS Excel file with a simple click-hold-and-drag of the sheet tab.
But, did you know that you can also move worksheets from one workbook to another using the same method?
Well, good news—you can, and it’s really as easy as it sounds.
First, open both workbooks. (The one with the worksheet and… Continue reading
MS Excel Charts Done Your Way
OK, so you’ve made an absolutely beautiful Excel chart but you’re seeing a few things that you’d like to change.
Maybe you’d prefer a different font for the text.
Maybe you need a smaller font on some of the labeling so Excel will display all the category names.
Maybe you have money amounts graphed and all the “.00″ on the end are just too… Continue reading
Fix It With A Click, Click
Last week (back on Tuesday, November 4) we discussed charting—often called graphing—data in MS Excel.
We covered the basics of using the Chart Wizard and by the end we were in a position to quickly create some pretty slick looking stuff from our raw data.
What if you had gone completely through the charting process, had a beautiful… Continue reading
Zig or Zag—Which Way?
So, you’ve got this huge worksheet in MS Excel you’re trying to print and it seems that the pages are coming out completely scrambled.
Now what’s wrong with this stubborn machine that’s causing this to happen?
It’s all in the Page Setup choices you make.
What was that I heard you say?
You didn’t make any choices in Page Setup that would cause this chaos?… Continue reading
Here’s a good tip that comes from a reader’s question regarding those pesky vanishing gridlines.
We all know that in MS Excel you can go into the Page Setup window (File menu, Page Setup choice) on the Sheet tab and check the box to have Excel print the gridlines with your data.
But what’s going on when those gridlines just aren’t showing up?
Another computer glitch?
Probably not.… Continue reading
Custom Shows In MS PowerPoint
Well, if you’ve come this far than you’ve decided that MS PowerPoint’s custom shows might be the thing for you and I bet you’re ready to dig right in.
So let’s get to it.
The first thing you need to do is to open your presentation.
Now you’re looking for the Slide Show menu, Custom Shows choice. (Alt then D then C will get you… Continue reading
One Slide Show—Many Uses
What do you do when you have to take an MS PowerPoint presentation tailored for one audience and alter it for a slightly different audience?
I mean, the bulk of the presentation material will be the same but you’ve got to accommodate some differences.
Maybe the presentation is two hours long and you’ve got to do the job in just one hour.
Or… maybe you’ve got… Continue reading
Link It Up
So, it seems that we’re all ready for our adventure into the land of MS PowerPoint hyperlinks, so I’ll get the ride underway.
Besides having the presentation open, you need to decide where you need to make a jump.
“Jump where?” you ask.
Well, just about anywhere you might need to go—another slide in the show, a custom show, a URL on the web, a different presentation… Continue reading