Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Steps to Take

Keep it up

Erik Eckel presents 10 things you can do to keep Outlook running.

10 Things to Do

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Monday, December 30, 2013

The Internet Knows

Where have you been?

"This page checks your browser history and determines which of the 5000 most popular Internet websites you've recently visited."

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Sunday, December 29, 2013



If you have a task with an app that you find yourself repeating, make a template.
Here are some suggestions.
Bottom line: don't do it twice if you can template it once.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Dynamic Charts

Keep on changing

Instructions and examples of charts that change as the data changes.


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Friday, December 27, 2013

PPT from Access


"Create a PowerPoint slide presentation from scratch using Access data. In addition, display and control a slide show from within an Access form. Walk through the solution and explore ways to extend the sample for your own applications."

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Word 5.5 for DOS

A way back ap

Microsoft is giving away Word for DOS. This is the version that came out pre-Windows.


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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Macro Meaning

Wha's a macro?

"The purpose of this column is simply to provide information to anyone interested in how to make their work life more efficient through the use of macros. When your average computer user finds out that macros are all about little bits of code, the fear in their hearts becomes palpable, all the way from here. And so today I want to ease those fears and invite those of you who've been curious about macros to take the plunge and finally learn about them."


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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Countdown Timers

Please sit down

To get your audience to settle down before you start or for breaks, you can create a timer slide that counts down the seconds or minutes before you begin.
Here are step by step instructions and links to other timers.


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Monday, December 23, 2013

Moving Day

Transfer Outlook

A new machine and old Outlook data; how to combine the two.

Step 1: Get Files from Old Computer
Step 2: Put Files on New Computer
Step 3: Create a Profile
Step 4: More Settings
Step 5: Add Old Data File (*.PST)
Step 6: Finishing Touches
Step 7: Signatures & Stationery (and custom dictionary)


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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Bullets and HTML

Some code

Bullets aren’t too difficult to create using HTML.







Here’s an article that goes into more detail:


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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Why Pie Charts

Why Pie?

"The popularity of pie charts is a bit of a mystery. The data visualization goals of a pie chart can easily and more effectively be shown with a bar chart or even a simple table. In the worst of cases, a whole pie chart is used to show a single number."


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Friday, December 20, 2013

Long Bets

Take a chance

The purpose of Long Bets is to improve long–term thinking. Long Bets is a public arena for enjoyably competitive predictions, of interest to society, with philanthropic money at stake. The Long Now Foundation furnishes the continuity to see even the longest bets through to public resolution. This website provides a forum for discussion about what may be learned from the bets and their eventual outcomes.
  • By 2060 the total population of humans on earth will be less than it is today.
  • By 2020, bioterror or bioerror will lead to one million casualties in a single event.
  • Music CDs compatible with current (2002) CD players will still be sold regularly in 2015.
  • By the year 2020 solar electricity will be as cheap or cheaper than that produced by fossil fuels.

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Access Forum II

Answers and samples

"The premier Microsoft Access help forum with Visual Basic, SQL Server, Office and more! Members are able to post questions and help others with problem solutions. UtterAccess has been seen in over 160 countries, recording over 825,000,000 hits to date. Microsoft Access Tables, Queries, Forms, Reports, Pages, Macros, Modules...you'll find all the free samples and answers here!"
Utter Access

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Click and Type

Custom fields

It’s often useful to create “click-and-type” text placeholders. The idea is that you click the placeholder, and then you type the required text.


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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Simple-Safe Passwords

Memorable and protective

A new approach does away with the need for long strings of letters and numbers.


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Monday, December 16, 2013

How to Prepare

Steps to a show

Microsoft has provided a roadmap to building a PowerPoint presentation.


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Find Features

Hidden, but not forgotten

Take a look here if you can’t find your favorite feature.


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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Low Down Footer

CSS code

How to create a CSS footer that remains at the bottom of the page, regardless of content.


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Friday, December 13, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Odd Stuff


GhostTraveler. Com contains a lot of weird stuff including
a number of recipes.

  • Oyster Toast (1800's)
  • Ramequins(1960's)
  • Sirnichky(1960's)
  • Shrimp Toast (1970's)

  • Poke Sallet with Potlikker(1800's)
  • Beef Heart Soup(1800's)
  • Turtle Soup(1920's)
  • Head Cheese(1800's)

  • Deviled Lamb Chops(1930's)
  • The Chinese Recipe for Chop Suey(1930's)
  • Cheesy Pups (1960's)
  • Mackerel SoufflĂ© (1940's)
  • Roast Pigeon (1879)

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Getting Started With Access

2007, but still good

A new look and new features designed to help you get your work done more easily than ever. You'll see differences right away, starting with the Getting Started with Microsoft Office Access.


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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Limit MRU

choose a number

Click on the "Office" button (File in 2010).
Choose "PowerPoint Options".
Click the "Advanced" entry in the left column.
Under "Display" enter "0"
Click "OK"
The list will be erased. No entries will be displayed under MRU
If you go back you can re-enter a number and PP will start list files
from that point on.

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Monday, December 09, 2013

Second Sort

Different criteria

Add a secondary sort column to an Outlook sort.


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Sunday, December 08, 2013

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Friday, December 06, 2013

Snow Flakes


Your online guide to snowflakes, snow crystals, and other ice phenomena ...


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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Count Unique

Distinct entries

A common query is needed to determine the number of different items in a data base. Here is the code:


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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Charts and Tables


Word 2007-13 handles charts in a different manner than previously. The Excel Charting program is used instead of MSGraph.


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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Reliability Monitor

Track the behavior of your system

"This utility provides you with a canned set of preconfigured counters that you can easily use to monitor the reliability of your system over time. An overview of Windows Reliability Monitor and show you how to use its System Stability Chart to track the behavior of your system over its lifetime."

Windows 8

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Monday, December 02, 2013

Sliding Slide Show


  • The Push Left slide transition
  • A background with no vertical borders
  • One or two continuous horizontal lines
  • Other optional horizontal elements


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Sunday, December 01, 2013

Resolve Names

CC search

”When you have more than one Contacts folder or address list enabled as an address book Outlook will use the folder when it resolves names provided it's on the check names list.

When you type a name in the To, CC or BCC fields, Outlook begins searching in the address list at the top of this list and works its way down the folders on the list, until it finds a match. For example: if you type Bill in the To field and have Bill Smith in the first contacts folder and Bill Jones is in the second folder on the list, typing just Bill will resolve to Bill Smith. You'll need to type Bill J to resolve to Bill Jones, or reorder the list.

If names in the address book are not resolving, open the address book
(Ctrl+Shft+B) and look on its Tools, Options menu. If the contacts folder is not listed in the 'When sending mail, check names using these addresses in the following order:' dialog, you'll need to click Add to add it to the list.”
Diane Poremsky


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