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How to Customize the Ribbon in MS Word 2010

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One of the many gripes people have had about Microsoft products, at least in the past, has been the lack of customization regarding menus, which led to claims that Microsoft was out to tell us all what to do and how to do it all the time, rather than let us do what we want […]

Make OpenOffice Writer Look and Function More Like Microsoft Word

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Microsoft Word not only rules the roost when it comes to word processing, the software giant has pushed most of its competitors out of the market. OpenOffice Writer, however, is a free word processor from Oracle to which many home and office users have turned to get the functionality of a high-quality word processor without […]

Using Excel’s What-If Analysis Goal Seek Tool

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Although Excel’s long list of functions is one of the most enticing features of Microsoft’s spreadsheet application, there a few underutilized gems that enhance these functions. One often-overlooked tool is the What-If Analysis. Excel’s What-If Analysis tool is broken down into three main components. The part discussed here is the powerful Goal Seek feature that […]

Viewing and Inserting the Date a Document was Last Modified in a Word Document

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Each document you create in Word contains information about the document or Properties, such as the date the file was created, the author of the document, and the number of pages and words in the document. When you save the document, some of these properties are updates, such as the date on which the document […]

Insert a Bullet in the Middle of a Sentence in Word

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There may be times when you want to insert a bullet in the middle of a sentence or a line of text. For example, you might want to put bullets between parts of an address, as pictured below. The bullets above were inserted by holding down the Alt key and typing 0183. You can also […]

Change the Layout of a PowerPoint Slide with Just a Few Clicks

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In educational and business settings, PowerPoint reigns supreme as the number one electronic slide presentation application. In fact, the application from Microsoft’s Office suite is used so frequently by instructors, students, and business people that it is common to see the same layouts repeatedly from presentation to presentation. Luckily, you can easily change the layout […]

Group Rows and Columns in an Excel Worksheet

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Excel is one of the applications in the Office suite that is equally useful in the workplace and in a home or home office. Excel is capable of storing great amounts of information; sometimes that information becomes too unwieldy such that using the data stored in an Excel worksheet becomes more and more of a […]

Quickly Spell Out Numbers in Word and Excel

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If you use a lot of numbers in Word documents and want to be able to quickly spell them out, there is an add-in for Word that allows you to do this easily. There is a version of this add-in for Excel that installs and works the same way as the version for Word. This […]

How to Create PDF Documents in Microsoft Office

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Do you need to distribute your Microsoft Office files as PDF documents often? Depending on which version of Office you have, there are different ways to save your document as a PDF. For Office 2007, for example, you can save files to PDF using an add-in supplied by Microsoft, called Save As PDF or XPS. […]

Change the Default Margins Used in New Word Documents

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If you use the same margins in most of your Word documents, you can set default margins once to be used for every new Word document you create. This post shows you how to set your default margins for Word 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.   Word 2007 thru Word 2016 The procedure for […]