Thursday, June 29, 2017

Word Calendar Template

Take control


"Customizable Word template for generating and printing Outlook weekly and monthly calendars.
  • Print any Outlook calendar that you have access to, including calendars from other users' mailboxes and Public Folders.
  • Add color coding by category or by type of item (one-day event, multiple-day event, etc.)
  • Specify time and date formats and the title for the calendar.
  • Freeware.
Outlook 365



See more at Slipstick.com



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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Getting 2010-13 Reference Guides

Where'd they hide that thing?


Wondering where your favorite Word 2003 commands are located in the new Word 2010-13 interface? Or just want to explore the rich, new design with a little guidance?

... rest the mouse pointer over a Word 2003 menu or button to learn its new location in Word 2010-13. To see an animation of the location of the command or button in Word 2010-13, just click it.


Command reference guides for:

Office 2010

Office 2013





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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Face New Fonts

The free type


UrbanFonts offers over 8,000 free typefaces and dingbats.



The winner is the person who dies with the most ampersands.

UrbanFonts.com



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Monday, June 26, 2017

Share Your Show

Kinda' tube it


Let's say you spend all your time in PowerPoint. You don't have a video to post somewhere, and you want others to see your work.

Take heart! The solution is here.

You can save your PowerPoint show on the web in "U-Tube"y fashion.





Slideshare.net



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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Comment code

Edit toolbar



You'll many times want to change blocks of code to comments in VBA modules; temporarily convert a block of VBA code to comments so that it's ignored during a trial run. Inserting an apostrophe before each line of code is a bother. Office 2000+ simplifies this task by letting you convert a block of code to comments with a click of a button.

Open any module in the Visual Basic Editor (VBE), and then choose View>Toolbars and choose Edit from the menu bar to display the Edit toolbar.

Select the lines of code that you want to turn into comments. Then, click the Comment Block button on the Edit toolbar (it's the sixth button in from the RIGHT end of the toolbar).
Each line of the selected code is now preceded with an apostrophe.



To convert the comments back to executable code, select the appropriate lines and click the Uncomment Block button, which is immediately to the right of the Comment Block button.
This, of course, works in any application that uses the VBE.

It's been suggested that two or three apostrophes (sometimes called inverted commas) be placed around existing comments. When the Comment Block is used, the original comments will not be removed.



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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Data Security Charts

Ways to look closer



Professional statisticians typically have powerful software at their disposal to perform advanced analyses and create slick graphs. But many professionals in the quality field don't enjoy that luxury.

Faced with a limited budget, they must be resourceful with the software they already have. Besides, not everyone needs the capability to perform nonlinear regression with custom loss functions for maximum likelihood!

Fortunately, many occasional data analysts already own a versatile software capable of providing most basic quality analyses -- Microsoft Excel.

  • Shewhart control charts

  • Pareto charts

  • Simple box-and-whisker plots


Excel for Data Analysis



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Friday, June 23, 2017

Google Searches

Some hints


Google still rules the search engine world. Here are a few tips on how to refine your info-hunt.

Tip #1: Use the Correct Methodology

Tip #2: Conduct an "Either/Or" Search

Tip #3: Include or Exclude Words in Your Search

Tip #4: Search for Similar Words

Tip #5: Search for an Exact Phrase

Tip #6: List Similar Pages

Tip #7: Fine-Tune Your Search with Other Operators

Tip #8: Search for Specific Facts

Tip #9: Search the Google Directory

Tip #10: Use Googles Other Specialized Searches

Ten Tips for Smarter Google Searches



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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Shortcut Controls

Switch them into shape


There are four ways that Explorer uses to display folders and file.


  1. It will open a single pane window (no Explorer bar).

  2. It will allow the user to navigate out of the folder (i.e. to the folder’s parent and beyond).

  3. The default is for none of the items in a folder to yet be selected.

  4. If there is already an open Explorer window displaying that folder, then the operating system will switch to that existing view, as opposed to opening a new one.


You can display the alternatives by usinf=g switches.
  • /n forces it to open a new window, even if it duplicates a window that is already open.

  • /e uses Windows Explorer view (multi-paned).

  • /root,X restricts Explorer to showing only the contents of file folder X (and its sub-folders).

  • /select,Y automatically selects Y (either a file or folder).


For a complete explanation, go to:
CodeJacked.com



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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Airplanes

modèles de papie



Model Templates for paper airplanes


Also:

Collection of paper airplanes

Build the best paper airplane in the world

Record winning paper airplanes


More sites

Fiddler's Green paper airplane models, some free some for sale



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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Use Access or Excel

When to use one or the other


Use Access when you:
  • Require a relational database (multiple tables) to store your data.

  • Might need to add more tables, in the future, to an originally flat or nonrelational data set.

  • Keep a very large amount of data (thousands of entries).

  • Keep data that is mostly text.

  • Rely on multiple external databases to derive and analyze the data that you need.

  • Need to maintain constant connectivity to a large external database, such as one built by using Microsoft SQL Server.

  • Want to run complex queries.

  • Need many people working in the database and you want robust options that expose that data for updating.
Use Excel when you:
  • Require a flat or nonrelational view of your data (that is, you do not need a relational database with multiple tables).

  • This is especially true if that data is mostly numeric - for example, if you want to maintain a financial budget for a given year.

  • Want to run primarily calculations and statistical comparisons on your data - for example, if you want to show a cost/benefit analysis in your company's budget.

Use Access or Excel to manage your data



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Monday, June 19, 2017

Changes in 2013

Ribbon plus

There were a number of changes in Outlook 2010-13. For one, it now uses the Ribbon rather than the toolbar.

Changes in Outlook 2013

Here are some suggestions if you need to migrate from '07:

Migration considerations for Outlook 2007



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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Citations and Bibliography

2007+ feature


"What if you write a paper for your literature class, but an educational journal wants to publish it? You used MLA style for formatting the citations and bibliography, but the journal uses APA style. It would be tedious to edit every citation and revise the bibliography to switch them from one style to the other. Fortunately, Office Word 2007 can switch bibliography styles. Choose a different style, and Word automatically reformats all the citations and the bibliography.

What about the next time that you write a paper on a related subject? If your specialty is Mark Twain, you will probably cite many of his same works in more than one paper. Word stores your master list of sources for you. Whenever you start a new paper, you can choose from your list of sources for the citations that you make in that paper."


Academic features: citation & bibliography tools

Previous versions
Footnote, Endnote, and Bibliography Questions



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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Menus via CSS

Code and directions


"The core of any Web site is the navigation mechanism, the menu. If Web sites are primarily about organizing and presenting content, a site's menu provides the means of traversing this information set.
In designing a Web navigation system, it is often difficult to balance the competing objectives of simplicity, flexibility, usability, and maintainability. Often very simple designs are not flexible; flexible designs trade off with usable ones; and easily maintainable designs are rarely even considered."

Build a Flexible CSS Web Navigation Architecture



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Friday, June 16, 2017

How Access Grew

History



A history of Microsoft Access, including key features and milestones from the release of Access 1.0 to Access 2010.

20 years of Access

Also:



Old Access Versions



In Access 1.0, if you found the "Easter egg" list of developers, at the very end there was a pond with two birds floating around.

A large foot then comes down and crushes the pair of ducks. (Paradox was Microsoft's rival at the time.)



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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Shortcuts

A few good ones


Here are some keyboard shortcuts that can be used when running a show:

N, ENTER, PAGE DOWN, RIGHT ARROW, DOWN ARROW, or the SPACEBAR (or click the mouse)
Perform the next animation or advance to the next slide

P, PAGE UP, LEFT ARROW, UP ARROW, or BACKSPACE
Perform the previous animation or return to the previous slide

number+ENTER
Go to slide number



  • B or PERIOD
    Display a black screen, or return to the slide show from a black screen

    W or COMMA
    Display a white screen, or return to the slide show from a white screen

    S or PLUS SIGN
    Stop or restart an automatic slide show

    ESC, CTRL+BREAK, or HYPHEN
    End a slide show

    E
    Erase on-screen annotations

    H
    Go to the next hidden slide

    CTRL+P
    Redisplay hidden pointer and/or change the pointer to a pen

    CTRL+A
    Redisplay hidden pointer and/or change the pointer to an arrow

    CTRL+H
    Hide the pointer and navigation button immediately; prevent the pointer from appearing if your mouse is moved.

    CTRL+U
    Hide the pointer and navigation button in 15 seconds

    SHIFT+F10 (or right-click)
    Display the shortcut menu

    TAB
    Go to the first or next hyperlink on a slide

    SHIFT+TAB
    Go to the last or previous hyperlink on a slide

    ENTER while a hyperlink is selected
    Perform the “mouse click” behavior of the selected hyperlink

    SHIFT+ENTER while a hyperlink is selected
    Perform the “mouse over” behavior of the selected hyperlink


    • Ctrl-M: New slide
    • Ctrl-D: Duplicate the current slide
    • Ctrl-Shift-C: Copy Autoshape style
    • Ctrl-Shift-V: Paste Autoshape style
    • Ctrl-Shift G: Group objects
    • Ctrl-Shift H: Ungroup objects
    • Shift-F9: Toggle the grid on and off
    • Alt-F9: Toggle the guides on and off
    • F5: Start presentation
    • Right arrow: Next slide or build
    • Left arrow: Previous slide or build
    • Home: First slide
    • End: Last slide


    Also see: Support.Microsoft




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  • Wednesday, June 14, 2017

    Carophile

    All things auto


    "Jalopnik loves cars.

    Secret cars, concept cars, flying cars, vintage cars, tricked-out cars, red cars, black cars, blonde cars
    sometimes, cars just because of the curve of a hood."
    Jalopnik.com



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    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    SQL Statements Automatically

    Hidden code


    If you're having trouble figuring out a complex SQL statement for use in code, you may be able to simplify the process by first setting it up the query you want in the query design grid.

    Once you've got it configured correctly, choose View >SQL view to reveal the underlying SQL statement, which you can copy and paste into your code.

    You may have to make minor modifications, but this technique often eliminates much of the hassle of manually constructing SQL statements.

    You can also tweak the underlying SQL code to adjust your Query. This code can also be copied and reused in other Queries after a little customizing.



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    Sunday, June 11, 2017

    VCard

    Pick a card



    If you wish to share information about yourself and your company when networking with others a handy solution is electronic business cards, called vCards (virtual business cards), which can be sent using Outlook 2000+.

    To send a vCard to an individual, open the contact and on the Actions menu, click "Forward as vCard". Outlook attaches the contact information in a vCard file called .vcf

    Note You can automatically include a vCard every time you send a message. Just add the vCard to your signature!

    If you want to be able to insert a vCard in a message that you have already started, save the file for that vCard to a convenient location where you can access it.

    Open the contact, on the File menu, click "Export to vCard". Specify the location where you want to save the file, and then click Save. When you want to insert the file in an item that you have opened, on the Insert menu in the item, click File, and then select the .vcf file.

    In the message that contains the vCard you received, double-click the vCard attachment.
    Add any other information you want about the contact, and then on the File menu, click "Save and Close".

    How to Use vCard in Outlook

    Signed, Sealed, and Delivered: Outlook's Signature and vCard Features

    Sharing Microsoft Outlook Calendar and Contacts



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    Easy Reading

    Clean up the screen


    Word 2003 introduced a view of documents that eliminates a lot of the distractions of Task Panes and toolbars.

    It's called Reading Layout.

    Office.Microsoft.com:
    Word Reading Layout View



    In 2007-16 it's View>Full Screen Reading



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    Saturday, June 10, 2017

    Color Safe Not

    The other side of the wheel



    Death of the Websafe Color Palette?
    One of the givens of Web design, the holiest of holy truths, is the sanctity of the 216 websafe color palette. It's a rite of initiation for every Web designer or developer: Use only these colors, we were told, and don't question why.

    By David Lehn and Hadley Stern. David is a senior information architect and interface developer in the Milan office of Razorfish. Hadley is a senior designer in Razorfish's Boston office.



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    Friday, June 09, 2017

    Before Windows

    The old days



    Here's Guidebook, a website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces.

    Remember GeoWorks?

    GeoWorks



    How about HP's NewWave.

    I bought NewWave when it came out, because surely HP would be beat out those new guys at MS.



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    Thursday, June 08, 2017

    Random Slides

    Vary the show


    Here is the code that can be used to mix up the order of your slides.


    Sub sort_rand()
    
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim myvalue As Integer
    Dim islides As Integer
    islides = ActivePresentation.Slides.Count
    For i = 1 To ActivePresentation.Slides.Count
    myvalue = Int((i * Rnd) + 1)
    ActiveWindow.ViewType = ppViewSlideSorter
    ActivePresentation.Slides(myvalue).Select
    ActiveWindow.Selection.Cut
    ActivePresentation.Slides(islides - 1).Select
    ActiveWindow.View.Paste
    Next
    
    End Sub

    PowerPoint Tools:
    Randomize the order of a PowerPoint presentation



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    Wednesday, June 07, 2017

    Legal Understanding

    See what they mean


    Through precise definitions, an act can be compared to what's allowed and what is prohibited.

    This very process of clarification can make the statutes difficult for the layman to understand.

    " Welcome to Nolo's Legal Glossary, your life-raft in the sea of legal jargon. Do you need to know the meaning of sprinkling trust, toxic tort or some equally puzzling legal term? Look it up here. Our glossary contains plain-English definitions for hundreds of legal terms, from the common to the bizarre."

    Toxic tort
    A personal injury caused by exposure to a toxic substance, such as asbestos or hazardous waste. Victims can sue for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering.
    Willful tort
    A harmful act that is committed in an intentional and conscious way. For example, if your neighbor builds an ugly new fence and you intentionally run it down with your truck, that's a willful tort. But accidentally backing into the fence as you pull out of your driveway is not willful, though it's still a tort.


    Everybody's Legal Glossary



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    Tuesday, June 06, 2017

    View Multiple Page of an Access Report

    More than one at a time


    When you preview an Access report, you may want to see several pages at one time to examine the layout of the report.
    You may know that you can do so by choosing View >Pages from the menu bar. However, this technique limits how you view the pages -- you can only view 1, 2, 4, 8, or 12 at a time.

    For more control over how the pages are displayed, right-click on the report preview itself, and choose Multiple Pages from the shortcut menu.

    The default layout grid is 2 x 3 pages. However, if you click and drag with your mouse, you can select a range of up to 4 x 5 pages.



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    Monday, June 05, 2017

    Click to Type

    MacroButton



    When you open a template for a Memo, Letter, or Fax, you will see a field like this:

    [Click here and type Name]


    When you click and type the field goes away.

    Here's how to create on of your own.

    1. Place the Insertion point in the document where you want the field.

    2. Hit Ctrl+F9 to create field brackets {}.
      (they can not be just typed in)

    3. Between the brackets type:

      {MACROBUTTON NoMacro [Click here and type junk]}


    4. Press Alt+F9 and the field code will disappear.


    For more information see The Word MVP site:
     Using MacroButton fields.



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    Sunday, June 04, 2017

    Automatically Renumber Records

    Been looking for this


    What happens to a list when one record is deleted?

    If you need to correct the numbering, see these instructions.

    Automatically renumber the records in an Access table when one is deleted

    from Martin Green - FontStuff.com



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    Saturday, June 03, 2017

    Bricks as Pets

    Is it right?


    Tired of picking up after your pet?
    "Red Bricks (Brickus vermillius) are found around the world. Their association with humans is a long one, for bricks have been found in archaeological sites from the very ancient to the modern.

    The vast majority of bricks are working bricks, used mainly in construction of human houses and other buildings. A tiny minority of bricks, however, are unfortunately kept for human consumption, a use that is thankfully dwindling under the force of anti-brick-cruelty laws."


    Pet Brick FAQ


    The site also has more than enough information about rats.
    Rat Behavior and Biology



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    Thursday, June 01, 2017

    Grandma Knew Best

    Advice from the past



    History does repeat itself, so we might learn from advice from the past.

    "Take a step back in time as I share words of wisdom from my collection of about 1,000 classic advice books in a quest to solve modern-day dilemmas.

    The books span from 1822 to 1978 and cover the age-old topics of dating, love, living together, marriage, health, beauty, puberty, sex, etiquette, housekeeping, home economics, and home repairs. I've spent years scouting out used bookstores and thrift shops to locate these treasures of self help. "

    MissAbigail.com



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    Wednesday, May 31, 2017

    Send E-Mail with Access

    Automate the drill


    You can use Access as a data source and use Word to merge to Outlook. Here, however, is a way to do it from Access itself.
    "You can use the SendObject method to send a MAPI mail message programmatically in Microsoft Access. However, the SendObject method does not give you access to complete mail functionality, such as the ability to attach an external file or set message importance.

    The example that follows uses Automation to create and send a mail message that you can use to take advantage of many features in Microsoft Outlook that are not available with the SendObject method.

    There are six main steps to sending a Microsoft Outlook mail message by using Automation, as follows:

    1. Initialize the Outlook session.
    2. Create a new message.
    3. Add the recipients (To, CC, and BCC) and resolve their names.
    4. Set valid properties, such as the Subject, Body, and Importance.
    5. Add attachments (if any).
    6. Display/Send the message.

    Use Automation to send a Microsoft Outlook message using Access

    Access to E-Mail



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    Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Categories

    Organization



    Create a new Contact, or edit an existing entry.

    At the bottom right corner of the dialog box is a button labeled
    Categories.

    You can assign your contact to multiple categories. You can add new ones to the Master Categories list.

    Now you can use Categories to sort entries and use them for Mail Merges.




    Tips::
    Five tips for organizing your Outlook Inbox

    Getting Started With Outlook 2010

    Basic Tasks in Outlook 2013



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    Monday, May 29, 2017

    A Way Cool Paint-Picker

    Just slap it on



    If you have decided to paint your home, or just this inside of the downstairs coat closet, the Behr paint people have a neat tool.

    Color Smart

    You still have to slop the paint on yourself, though.

    Here are other color generators:

    Top 8 Color Tools

    EasyRGB matches generated RGB values to paints, inks, etc.



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