Friday, October 21, 2016

Stuck in the Outbox

Steps to try

Some suggestions about how to empty your outbox and speed your greatest thoughts on their way.

How to troubleshoot messages stuck in your Outbox

Outlook Troubleshooting Tips

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Google Searches II


Here's a link to a PDF file that shows how to maximize Google searches.

Parameters Cheat Sheet

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Selection Address

What's the count

". . . know what range is selected at any given time. You can look at the Name Box, but that only show the active cell."

Display number of Rows and Columns

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Navigate Navigation Pane


Here's the Microsoft tutorial:

Meet the Navigation Pane

"We have heard a few of you have missed the ALT D shortcut to open an object in design. As you know, ALT in ribbon apps now allows you to access ribbon shortcuts. Next time you want to open an object in design view, try Control Enter."
Navigation pane tip

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Custom QAT

Access additions

Applications put most of the most-used commands on the Home tab's Ribbon, not everything is there. You may want to add Close, Close All, or Print commands, for example.

In the upper Left corner is the Quick Access Tool bar.

To update the QAT:
Click the down-pointing arrow to the right of the QAT.
Choose any common commands (New, Close, Print, etc.) by checking the option.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Temp Files

Where they live and breathe

Ed Bott discusses temp files; care, feeding, and cleaning.

Ed Bott

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Flip Text

This text is right side up

uʍop ǝpısdn sı sıɥʇ

This site accepts your perfect prose and turns it around.
(with Unicode)

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Display Order

What’s on top

Outlook allows you to rearrange how information is displayed in your email list.

(Outlook 2010)

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Historical Documents

Remember good old paper?

"Fold3 helps you find and share historic documents. We are able to bring you many never-before-seen historic documents through our unique partnerships with The National Archives, the Library of Congress and other institutions.

Our patented digitization process is helping bring other collections to life on the web everyday.

But Fold3 is more than just a dusty, digital archive online. We provide you the tools to share your historical passions and connect with others."

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Access Communities

It takes a village

Here are some links the Access groups. Someone has probably asked your question before.
Access Communities

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Merge Formatting Extended


When you merge data into Word, it takes on the formatting of the target document.
This tip allows you the dictate the appearance of merged data.


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Monday, October 10, 2016

Onscreen Keyboard

Tap or Click?

If you would like to have a keyboard on your screen that can be activated with your mouse you're in luck

Type osk in Start Run

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Sunday, October 09, 2016


a stupid, worthless, or unattractive person

"(Jerry is) an all-American schlub . . . He has turned these degradations into an animated Web site appropriately named, on which he battles a cast of tormentors that includes the Meal Moth, his landlord and an alleged telephone conspiracy perpetrated by a duo of old ladies" Wall Street Journal

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Home for PPT Ideas

A covey of notions

"PowerPoint Heaven is a PowerPoint entertainment portal for PowerPoint animations, games, artworks, showcases, animation templates and tutorials. The focus of this site is to maximize the use of Microsoft PowerPoint and go beyond its capability. Our goal is to show users that PowerPoint is not simply a presentation tool, but is also capable on leveraging into other areas such as creating games, artworks and animations."


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Friday, October 07, 2016

Order on the Right

Context Menu

Eric Leauglt shares the VBA code that can be used when "Organizing Your E-mail Using Custom Item Context Menus in Outlook 2007".

May appear to be daunting, but if you have had some exposure to VBA, it's not that bad.

Eric Leauglt

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Thursday, October 06, 2016

Command Reference


Those of you that are just now making the switch to the Ribbon world, will find this valuable.

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Wednesday, October 05, 2016

My One and Only Thrill

Melody Gardot

Gentle. Almost from another time.
"The story of vocalist Melody Gardot is as remarkable as any who perseveres against abject adversity. Born in New Jersey in 1985, she took up piano and played as a youngster on the nightclub scene of Philadelphia, influenced by jazz, folk, rock and pop musics. At age 19 she was a fashion student at the Community College of Philadelphia. But, on a fateful day, while riding her bicycle, the driver of a Jeep made an illegal turn, hurdling into Gardot and leaving her in the street for dead. Hospitalized for months with multiple head injuries and pelvic fractures, her love for music was the best therapy she could receive.
Her music could be described as a cross between Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Shania Twain, but goes deeper than mere pop convention. ~ Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide"

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Tips for Office


TechRepublic lists a number of areas that you might explore when training is needed for a new Office version.

Here are a few:
    "Instead of telling your users to go out to and do a search, put hyperlinks to the printer-friendly version of tip sheets and articles on your company's main portal page. Providing links to information you know they need will help you cover the training bases. And presenting the links on an internal web site they already use will show your users that it's okay to go outside of their four firewalls to learn something new. Include your favorite hyperlink in your signature line so it goes out in every e-mail you send."
10 ways to train your users on Office for free

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Monday, October 03, 2016

Context Clutter

Registry mop

When you Right-click the desktop, a “Context” menu appears. Some programs like to sneak in and add shortcuts to their very important applications.
If your context menu has been cluttered up, here are some instructions and tips to clean it up.

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Sunday, October 02, 2016

Classroom PP

A few tips

Here is a tutorial on ways to use PowerPoint in the classroom.
They also talk about how to use the 2007-2010 ribbon.

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Saturday, October 01, 2016

Stop Reply To All

Macro magic

Scott Hanselman (who is ". . . an old fat guy with a Black Belt that used to fit") has a tutorial on how to disable "Reply to All".

How To Easily Disable Reply To All And Forward In Outlook

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Friday, September 30, 2016

Fast Interchange

7 day URL

Go to and then:

Enter a URL that starts with

Paste in anything you want.
Some text, links, etc. Click 'Save' when done.

On any other computer open a browser to the same URL.
You will find the information you entered in step 2.

Do more with Just open any URL that starts with and you can...
  • Create a notebook
  • Have a conversation
  • Create a community

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Color Scales

Conditional colors

Here is some information on Conditional color scales in Office 2010.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Where's the Template?

Find and/change storage spots

Describes the different template categories and the locations of templates in 2007 & 2010 Office programs. Also describes the registry settings that control where to find your custom templates.

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Character Codes


Here's another table with the codes needed to insert characters that do not appear on the keyboard:

Keyboard Shortcuts

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Clean PC

Wash and dry

"Your computer could fry if you don't keep it clean," says Jonathon Millman, chief technology officer for Hooplah Interactive.
Dust clogs the vents behind your computer, which causes your CPU to heat up—and heat is the biggest cause of component failure in computers. Regular cleaning could save you costly maintenance fees down the road.
Here are some suggestions for Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall cleaning:

PC Gamer

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Presentation Tips

Start with the end in mind

"Before you even open up PowerPoint, sit down and really think about the day of your presentation. What is the real purpose of your talk? Why is it that you were ask to speak? What does the audience expect? In your opinion, what are the most important parts of your topic for the audience to take away from your, say, 50-minute presentation?

Remember, even if you've been asked to share information, rarely is the mere transfer of information a satisfactory objective from the point of view of the audience. After all, the audience could always just read your book (or article, handout, etc.) if information transfer were the only purpose of the meeting, seminar, or formal presentation."

Garr Reynolds has more tips on presentations, delivery, and slide design:

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Outlook Tips

Suggestions was put together by Diane Poremsky

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Friday, September 23, 2016

CSS Coding

Put by the keyboard

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is a simple way to define styles (e.g. fonts, colors, spacing) on Web pages.
Of course there is coding involved. Here is a printable cheat sheet you can keep close at hand.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Help IDs

VBA code

When you build a macro, you can call up information from the Excel Help file.
Ron DeBruin has the information needed through 2007-2013.

Right clicking the Helpfile and choosing Properties will show the HP####### number in 2010+.

Help Context IDs for Excel

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Dryer Sheet Uses

Not just for machines

Use Dryer Sheets to:
  1. Freshen smelly shoes.
  2. Remove static from clothing, hair, TV screens, and computer monitors.
  3. Clean pet hair from the floor or furniture.
  4. Replace a sachet.
  5. Loosen caked-on food from a pan.
  6. Tackle suitcase and gym-bag odors.
  7. Prevent old books from smelling musty when in storage.
  8. Wipe up sawdust after working in the garage.
  9. Prevent thread from tangling when sewing.
  10. Dust venetian blinds.

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