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Fix Office 2010 “Cannot Verify License” Error Message

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I’ve been running Office 2010 in a virtual machine on my Mac for over a year, but suddenly the other day when I tried to open Word, I got the following error message: Cannot verify license for this product Hmmm, of course I have a license! The product key was valid and it had activated […]

Configure Gmail in Outlook 2010

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In this article, I’ll walk you through the steps to get Gmail setup in Outlook 2010. I will also talk about how to get it to work if you have 2-step verification enabled on your Gmail account. Overall, it’s not a very complicated procedure, but it still helps to explain it sometimes. The first thing […]

Fix “Cannot Start Microsoft Office Outlook” Error

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I recently ran into a problem when using Microsoft Outlook on my laptop. It’s got Windows 7 and I am using Office 2007 at the moment. I went to open Outlook and I got the following error: Cannot start Microsoft Office Outlook. Cannot open the Outlook window. I hadn’t run into any problems with Office […]

Sharing Styles Among Word Documents and Restoring Styles to Word Documents

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We experienced this particular problem very recently with a Word document that several people were collaborating on. The document was returned to us from a review cycle, and it lost most of its very intricate formatting. In this case, the issue may have been the result of a .docx document being saved in compatibility mode […]

Use Office 2003 Menus in Office 2007 and 2010

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If you have upgraded to Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010, but you’re having trouble getting used to the new Ribbon interface, we have a solution for you. We found a tool, called UBitMenu, that allows you to go back in time and use the familiar menus and toolbars from Microsoft Office 2003, without having to […]

Create a List of Keyboard Shortcuts Available in Microsoft Word

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If you like to use the keyboard to accomplish tasks in Windows and in applications, we found a handy trick that allows you to find out what keyboard shortcuts are available in Microsoft Word. This trick works in Word 2003, 2007, and 2010. The trick involves running a macro, called ListCommands, that is built-in to […]

Show Field Shading in Word and Convert the Fields to Plain Text

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If you have a lot of fields in your Word document that you are not going to be updating, you may want to convert them to plain text. To do this, you will want to easily find your fields by turning on the field shading. This post shows you how to turn on and off […]

Free Templates for OpenOffice

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OpenOffice is a free, open source business and office software suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet program, a drawing program, a presentation creator and a database tool. Not only does OpenOffice have powerful free tools to rival expensive professionally designed software programs, it also has free templates for creating files quickly and easily. These […]

Check All Hyperlinks in a MS Word Document in Seconds

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In writing a long term paper, company manual, or other long document in Word, it is almost impossible to avoid inserting hyperlinks. Hyperlinks to relevant Web pages can make a document’s content more powerful. The problem is, the longer the document, the harder it is to do a final check of each hyperlink before submitting […]

How to Create and Run Macros in Word 2007/2010 the Easy Way

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One very neat feature that all recent versions of MS Word have had is the ability to record and play macros (recorded keystrokes or commands) so that things you find yourself doing over and over again can be done automatically, and Microsoft made it even easier to do so in Word 2007, and left it […]