Thursday, November 23, 2017

Zoom Box Fonts

Customize



Change the appearance of text in Access' Zoom box

Access' Zoom box, allows you to display the contents of a text box in a dialog box for easier editing and viewing. Although viewing long expressions is more convenient in the Zoom box, it is still sometimes difficult to follow what is displayed due to the font Access uses by default.

Access 20xx allows you to change the font that the Zoom box uses. To display the Zoom box, select the text box you want to expand and press Shift+F2. Then, just click the Font button, set the options you want, and click OK. The settings you select are used whenever you display the Zoom box during your current instance of Access. However, the next time you start Access the Zoom box font settings will revert to their defaults



Zoom Box Font



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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

IE Shortcuts

Finger flicks


A selection of keyboard shortcuts for IE.

Here are a few:


  • F11 Toggle between full-screen and regular views of the browser window in Internet Explorer

  • ALT + HOME Go to your home page

  • ALT + RIGHT ARROW Go to the next page

  • ALT + LEFT ARROW or BACKSPACE Go to the previous page

  • CTRL+ F Find on this page

  • CTRL + TAB or CTRL + SHFT + TAB Switch between tabs
More:

Browser shortcuts



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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Clippy's Revenge

Roll your own OA



The Office Assistant has taken a lot of hits, but it is missing in 2007, but still around in earlier versions.
If you want to play with it, see John Walkenbach's:

Create A Fake Clippy



Here is a creature you could use to replace Clippy:

Nerd Bird

There are other articles in the MS library about Agents and Assistants:

Animating Office Applications with Microsoft Agent



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Monday, November 20, 2017

Numbers in Perspective

Visual concepts


"This new series looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on.

This project visually examines these vast and bizarre measures of our society, in large intricately detailed prints assembled from thousands of smaller photographs.

As with any large artwork, their scale carries a vital part of their substance which is lost in these little web images. Hopefully the JPEGs displayed here might be enough to arouse your curiosity to attend an exhibition, or to arrange one if you are in a position to do so.

The series is a work in progress, and new images will be posted as they are completed, so please stay tuned."






Building Blocks, 2007
16 feet tall x 32 feet wide in eighteen square panels, each sized 62x62".

Depicts nine million wooden ABC blocks, equal to the number of American children with no health insurance coverage in 2007.

chris jordan, Seattle



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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Runtime and PDF

Add-in's complete


Great news, you can now redistribute and use the PDF and XPS add-in with your Runtime solution.
The Runtime's code has not been changed. Your existing runtime solutions can now officially be distributed with the PDF and XPS add-in by chaining the .msi for PDF and XPS into your install process for your app (after the Runtime).

You may copy and distribute the object code form of the add-in listed below together and for use only with the Microsoft Office Access Runtime software, subject to the license terms accompanying the Microsoft Office Access 2007 Runtime software download:
2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF or XPS (located at PDF add-in download)

Runtime for Access



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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Task Panes

VBA at your own risk



From the MVPS.org site:

Word's Task Panes VBA Reference
The Mother of All Task Pane articles
By Steve Hudson

"Task Panes display within a Work Pane's area. A Work Pane is created by the combination of two objects. These objects are shrouded in misery and thwart most attempts to play with them. The whole area is hidden away from the Kill Cursor invoked with CTRL+ALT+-, which changes to a hand when waved over a Work Pane.
Functions are hidden away from the macro recorder. To make it easier, if it is not in this reference, it is hidden. It is like when a spy is caught and the government disavows all knowledge of their actions.
The Task Panes are spies from Microsoft that are known to only a few objects, in these versions of Office anyway.

Warning
The author gleefully notes at this point that the human race has enough intelligence to get itself into cauldrons of boiling water that it cannot climb out of and that means you and me both!
If you like to be ultra-safe, stay away from this reference and wait for MS to hand over full functionality. You will end up crashing Word many times and you can really damage your user interface."

(Ctrl+Alt+-, can be used to remove an item from a menu. Type the shortcut and then click on a menu item)



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Friday, November 17, 2017

W3C Validation

Standards



Web pages are written in a language called Hyper Text Markup Language; HTML
The latest version of HTML is 4.01.

There is a move to upgrade the code to Extensible Hyper Text Markup Language.

XHTML is compatible with XML (EXtensible Markup Language) allowing applications to more easily exchange data.

In preparation for making the change, edit your web pages so that element and attribute names are in lower case. XHTML is case-sensitive.

Use <p> rather than <P>.

Also end tags are required. Make sure that <p> is followed by </p>.

<br> should be written <br /> and <hr> as <hr />.

For more information see:

The W3C validation site



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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Annoying Hypertext Warnings

How to disable hyperlink warning messages in 2007+ Office programs


When you include links in PowerPoint, or other '07 applications, you may get this admonition:

Opening "path/filename".
Hyperlinks can be harmful to your computer and data. To protect your computer, click only those hyperlinks from trusted sources.
Do you want to continue?


To disable the hyperlink warnings in 2007+ Office programs when an http:// address or an ftp:// address is used, you must create a new registry subkey.

To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.

  2. In the Open dialog box, type regedit, and then click OK.

  3. In Registry Editor, locate one of the following registry subkeys:

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common 

    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Office\12.0\Common

    Note You only have to modify one of these registry subkeys. You do not have to modify both of them.

  4. Click the registry subkey, point to New on the Edit menu, and then click Key.

  5. Type Security, and then press ENTER to name the key.

  6. On the Edit menu, point to New, and then click DWORD Value.

  7. Type DisableHyperlinkWarning, and then press ENTER to name the entry.

  8. In the right pane, right-click DisableHyperlinkWarning, and then click Modify.

  9. In the Edit DWORD Value dialog box, click Decimal, and then type 1 under Value data.

    Note A value of 0 enables the hyperlink warning message. A value of 1 disables the hyperlink warning message.

  10. Click OK.

  11. Exit Registry Editor.
  12. 
    
How to disable hyperlink warning messages
Security warning message  



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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Scrub DVD Scratches

Methods tested


Which is better toothpaste or Brasso when it comes to cleaning that DVD?

Or



Paul Michael has done the testing for you and provides videos of the results.


Removing scratches



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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Some Issues in Word

A collection of hows


Here are a few:





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Monday, November 13, 2017

Prevent Users from Copying Field Text

Copy or select


As you know, you can set a form field's Locked property to Yes to prevent users from changing the underlying data. However, users are still able to select and copy data from the field, and you may not always want this to be the case. The solution is to also set the field's Enabled property to No.

Ordinarily, setting the Enabled property this way causes the field and its associated label to be difficult to read. However, when you set the Enabled property to No and the Locked property to Yes, the fields and labels look exactly as they do when they're enabled for normal entry. The difference is that users will be unable to select or copy any of the displayed data.



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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Instant Search

Search all your mail


"If you're buried in e-mail (and who isn't?), Instant Search in Outlook 2007+ can save the day for you - every day.
The new Instant Search helps you quickly find e-mail messages, appointments, contacts, or any Outlook item. You don't even need to know which folder the item is in.
Watch the demo to see how to use this fast search feature, and start finding what you want instantly."


Instant Search Demo

More Instant Search



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Saturday, November 11, 2017

New Line

Shift Enter



When you hit the Enter key, the FrontPage/Expression Web editor inserts an HTML <p> (paragraph) tag. This appears as a double line space in a Web browser.

To insert a single line space (or line break) via an HTML <br> tag, just hold down the Shift key and hit Enter.

This happens when you use the

Enter key

Here's what happens with
Shift +Enter

You could also use Insert>Break... Normal Line Break, but that takes too long.

By the way, if you want your code to be XHTML compliant, use lower case for the elements and pair every <p> with a closing </p>

Differences with HTML

Single elements can be used with a built in closer such as:
<hr /> or <br />



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Friday, November 10, 2017

Noodling for Flatheads

By Burkhard Bilger


ISBN 0-684-85010-9
Scribner 2000



About the Author

Has written for all the usual suspects: The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper's, and the New York Times.



Book Description
"Bilger kicks off the tour from his hometown in Oklahoma, where he 'noodles'--thrashes a limb around in catfish-thick waters--hoping to land a fabled 80-pound monster with his bare hands. In Louisiana, he challenges the misgivings any nonenthusiast might have about cockfighting.
Even though it's illegal in most of the country, the bloodsport is thriving in the Bayou State, replete with trade magazines, well-produced venues, and American Kennel Club-worthy breeding strategies. The same passion for efficiency goes into the moonshining business, where Bilger is taken under the wing of one of the few shiners willing to lead him through his sourmash operation. A few nights later, however, Bilger is on the other side, on a raid with the local sheriff.
Squirrel-brain consumption is still popular in hamlets throughout Kentucky, even after a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine blamed a neurological disease on the dish. Bilger treats each eccentric character with a distant respect and hints at the melancholy of losing tradition, no matter how bizarre."



Quote
"tick tick tick

I'm nostril-deep in murky water, sunk to the calves in gelatinous muck.

Noodling, I know, is the fishing equivalent of a shot in the dark. For his master's thesis at Mississippi State University, a fisheries biologist named Jay Francis spent three years noodling two rivers.

All told, he caught 35 fish in 1,362 tries: 1 fish for every 39 noodles."

To "noodle" is to dangle your arm in the water until a catfish swallows your hand. The fish record catch includes one at 111 pounds.
"When clamped on your arm, catfish also have an unfortunate tendency to bear down and spin , like a sharpener on a pencil."

... "once that thing gets to flouncin' and that sandpaper gets to rubbin', it can peel your hide plumb off."

Here's the trailer for the movie
Okie Noodling



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Thursday, November 09, 2017

Compare — Combine

Changes in '07


For a number of reasons, including collaboration, documents need to be reconciled. A resultant or master document must be distilled from different versions.

Here are some directions:

Compare - Combine

Comparing and Combining Documents

Back in the old days of 2003, you could save "versions" of documents. That's gone:
Bye-Bye Versions



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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

World Countdown or Up

Time to die


Here's a clock that shows what is happening second by second.

How many are being born and how many are dying and by what means.


PoodWaddle.com:

World Clock

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Monday, November 06, 2017

VVe have a few Phakes

VVorrisome URLs


If there weren't enough things to look out for, Paul Ferguson warns us of the use of a double "V" in web addresses:

VVINDOWS.COM NS NS1.MYDOMAIN.COM
VVINDOWS.COM NS NS2.MYDOMAIN.COM
VVINDOWS.COM NS NS3.MYDOMAIN.COM
VVINDOWSVISTA.COM NS DNS1.MALKM.COM
VVINDOWSVISTA.COM NS DNS2.MALKM.COM

Here are a few of the domains that have been registered:

VVindows



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Sunday, November 05, 2017

Enlarge and Shrink Picture

Get a close up


"Often when doing a presentation, you may want to enlarge an image using Emphasis: Grow.

You probably want to show a clearer view of a photograph. But enlarging with the Grow effect often ends up getting the image blurry/jagged.

Now it looks ugly, you wouldn't want to show others an enlarged but poor quality picture, do you?


PPTHeaven.mvps.org:
Enlarge Image



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Saturday, November 04, 2017

Euro to Lira

Pint's a pound



This application allows you to complete many different types of conversions; it includes all the mathematical functions offered in Microsoft Calculator.

It will also do currency conversions.

Microsoft Calculator Plus

Exchange rates are downloaded from the European Central Bank.
You can enter non-European rates by hand.

A more extensive currency conversion tool can be found at:
The Full Universal Currency Converter®



None of them verify that a pint's a pound the world around.
How much does a gallon weigh?



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Friday, November 03, 2017

Total Footer

Sum() it up



If you would like to show a total in the footer or each page of a report, you may have a problem. Access does not allow the SUM() function in the footer.

The way around this is to put a SUM() function in an unbound text box in another part of the report.

Choose Properties and set the visible property of the control to No.

In the footer, create another control using the "calculation" text box as the ControlSource.

The Sum() function, as well as the other aggregate (totals) functions can reference only a field and not a control.

From the Microsoft Knowledge base:

How to Sum a Calculation in a Report

How to Display and Total Subtotals from Subreports




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Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Task Manager-Big Boy Style

In depth system examination



Here's a free gadget from Microsoft:


"Ever wondered which program has a particular file or directory open? Now you can find out. Process Explorer shows you information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded.

The unique capabilities of Process Explorer make it useful for tracking down DLL-version problems or handle leaks, and provide insight into the way Windows and applications work. "



"Process Explorer works on Windows XP +, Server 2003, and 64-bit versions of Windows for x64 and IA64 processors"


Process Explorer



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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Calculate Running Total

Using the OFFSET function


Adding up a running balance can be frustrating when new data is added or old transactions are removed.
"How to create a data list to manage transactions, add and delete rows from the list, and accurately calculate a running balance using the OFFSET function."
Cash flow using OFFSET.PDF

Office.Microsoft.com:
Calculate a running total



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Monday, October 30, 2017

Define URL Parts

More than dot com


Google engineer and blogger Matt Cutts has defined the pieces that make up a Uniform Resource Locator.

At least as Google refers to them when they're sitting around in their backrooms
Domain

Dynamic URL
Fragment or a Named anchor



The Googlers I've talked to are split right down the middle on which way to refer it. Disputes on what to call it can be settled with arm wrestling, dance-offs, or drinking contests. Typically the fragment is used to refer to an internal section within a web document. In this case, the named anchor means "skip to 2 minutes and 30 seconds into the video."






Host





Parameters





Path





Port





Protocol





Second-level domain





Static url





Subdomain





Top-level domain



Parts of a URL



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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Annotation Preservation

Hold that note



Remember the old days. You did your John Madden thing. You've scribbled notes all over the slide and would like to keep them. That old-fashioned 2002 version of PowerPoint couldn't help, but 2003+ will!

Not only can you save your highlights and underscores, but you can turn them on and off when you re-run the show.

Carefully mark up the slide and then at presentation time make it look like you do this sort of thing all the time on ESPN.

When you close the presentation you are asked if you want to save the changes.
You can't highlight text in PowerPoint like you can in Word, but you can do it with screen annotations




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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Full Moon Stuff

50 things about the moon


The an article on moon detritus:

3 -Lunar eclipses - caused by the passage of the earth's shadow across the illuminated hemisphere - only occur during a full moon. However, because of the angle of tilt of both bodies the moon normally passes either north or south of the earth's shadow.

4 -The chances of being bitten by a dog are twice as high during a full moon, according to a study at Bradford Royal Infirmary, which reviewed 1,621 cases of dog bite between 1997 and 1999. However, a study at the University of Sydney in Australia concluded there was no identifiable relationship between the state of the moon and dog bites.

16 -In October 1939 in Springfield, Missouri, the full moon appeared to fall from the sky. The event was reported in the local newspaper but was later revealed to be a plunging weather balloon.

26 -The full moon may appear round, but is actually shaped like an egg with the pointed end facing earth.

33 -The full moon is the brightest object in the night sky. It has an apparent magnitude of -12.6 compared with the Sun's of -26.8.

50 -In a study of 1,000 tonsillectomy operations, 82 per cent of post-operative bleeding crises occurred nearer the full moon than the new moon, according to the Journal of the Florida Medical Association.

The sky at night



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Friday, October 27, 2017

Google Guide

Get a Job



There are a number of templates installed in Word that will help in creating a good looking resume.
Get started on your job hunt with Word templates

Here are some suggestions about what a resume should look like:

About.com
Resume and Cover Letter Guide

The Riley Guide:
Prepare Your Resume for Emailing or Posting on the Internet


Want to work for Microsoft?

Microsoft's Zoe Goldring and Gretchen Ledgard:
What is it like to interview at Microsoft?

Chris Sells:
Interviewing at Microsoft

Blog:
Technical Careers@Microsoft



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Resume Writing

Get a Job



There are a number of templates installed in Word that will help in creating a good looking resume.
Get started on your job hunt with Word templates

Here are some suggestions about what a resume should look like:

About.com
Resume and Cover Letter Guide

The Riley Guide:
Prepare Your Resume for Emailing or Posting on the Internet


Want to work for Microsoft?

Microsoft's Zoe Goldring and Gretchen Ledgard:
What is it like to interview at Microsoft?

Chris Sells:
Interviewing at Microsoft

Blog:
Technical Careers@Microsoft



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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Insert Line Breaks With Code

Label Captions


If you've ever needed to insert line breaks in a message box prompt, you most likely built a string that incorporated a line feed or carriage return character. Unfortunately, label objects aren't as forgiving when it comes to using these characters.

If you're setting a label's Caption property with code, you'll find that the special control characters are interpreted as squares, since they're otherwise un-displayable.
To successfully insert a line break in a label caption, you need to include both a line feed character and a carriage return character, entered consecutively.

To do so, you can use the Chr() function, such as:

Me.Label1.Caption = "Line 1" & _
Chr(13) & Chr(10) & "Line 2"

However, you can also simplify your code using an built-in constant:
Me.Label1.Caption = "Line 1" & vbCrLf & "Line 2"




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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Zoom Box

Better view


Access does not provide much room to enter long expressions in queries, forms, or reports.
You can drag the column wider, but there is a neater, quicker method.

With the insertion point in the field, hit: SHIFT+F2.
A Zoom box opens. Enter the formula and hit OK.

New Folders


BTW: If you enter Field names in the Zoom box without square brackets, if the fields are recognized, Access will add the brackets.



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Print Calendars

Good looking printouts


The standard calendar print out is dull:



The new free Calendar Assistant makes it more fun.



The Calendar Printing Assistant for Office Outlook 2007-13



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Monday, October 23, 2017

Office Art

2007+ choices


Office 2007+ uses OfficeArt to format text boxes, graphics and pictures.

It's available in Word, Excel , and PowerPoint, but it is most active in PowerPoint and Excel.

Here's a description:

Office PPT Art




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