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Monday, January 30, 2012

Word problem after uninstalling Office 2010

I did a clean install of Windows 7, and Office 2010. Then I realized I hate the ribbons, uninstalled Office, and installed Office 2003.

Now, this seems to have left some problem. As when I try to reply to an Outlook e-mail. I get one of the following errors below. I tried "detect and repair", but issue remains. Any ideas what I can do to fix..?

1)Microsoft Word is set to be your e-mail editor. However, Word is unavailable, not installed, or is not the same version as Outlook. The Outlook e-mail editor will be used instead.

or 2) a popup:

    Problem signature:
  Problem Event Name:   APPCRASH
  Application Name: WINWORD.EXE
  Application Version:  11.0.5604.0
  Application Timestamp:    3f314a2f
  Fault Module Name:    mso.dll
  Fault Module Version: 11.0.5606.0
  Fault Module Timestamp:   3f334cce
  Exception Code:   c0000005
  Exception Offset: 00073fe5
  OS Version:   6.1.7600.
  Locale ID:    1033

Additional information about the problem:
  LCID: 1033
  Brand:    Office11Crash
  skulcid:  1033

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Problems creating documents with Office 2010

When trying to create new documents for a case in TurboLaw, you receive an error message similar to the one shown below:


If you are using TurboLaw version 2.75 or earlier, the message will be different and it will say:

Error 429 - ActiveX Component can't create object

You may also receive a message saying that TurboLaw could not open a file of type "doc." After receiving these messages, your document will not open.

This problem is caused by having either the trial version of Microsoft Office 2010, or by having installed the Click-to-Run edition of Microsoft Office 2010.

Both of these versions of Microsoft Office use a new "Click-to-Run" technology which runs the program in a virtual environment, completely separate from the rest of your computer. Because of this, no 3rd party programs can communicate with Office programs (such as Word and Excel).

Microsoft has a knowledge base article regarding this known issue of "Click-to-Run" technology, as well as a list of other known issues with "Click-to-Run".

If you have purchased Microsoft Office 2010 and used the "Click-to-Run" install option, you will have to remove the "Click-to-Run" install and replace it with the full (or "classic") install. (Note: you do not need to re-install TurboLaw.)

The only ways you might end up with the "Click-to-Run" edition of Microsoft Office 2010 on your computer are if:

You purchased the Home & Student, Home & Business, or Starter edition online and downloaded it using the "Click-to-Run" install option, or;
You had a free trial of Office 2010 on your computer and you bought a license key online to "upgrade" it to the full version of Home & Student or Home & Business.
How to switch to the "full" (or "classic") install of Office 2010 instead of Click-to-Run
There is no additional cost involved if you switch to the “full” retail version of the Office Product that you purchased – only additional work on your part – and the Product Key is exactly the same. If you have any questions, contact Microsoft Support here.

You can also read these same instructions directly from Microsoft by clicking here.

Save all work, and then close all programs.
In Control Panel, open Programs and Features to see a list of installed programs.
Click Microsoft Office Click-To-Run 2010, and then click Uninstall.
To remove Microsoft Office Click-to-Run, click Yes.
Go to the Microsoft Office alternative fulfillment page.
Click My account.
Click Download, and then click Advanced options.
Follow the instructions.
To install the MSI-based Microsoft Office edition, run SingleImage.exe.
When prompted, type your Product Key to continue.
Once you have installed the full classic (non Click-to-Run) version of Microsoft Office 2010, you will be able to create documents with TurboLaw normally. You do not need to re-install TurboLaw.

How to tell if you have Microsoft Office 2010 Click-to-Run
If you are not sure if you have Microsoft Office 2010 Click-to-Run, here is how you can check:

Click your Start menu and then click on Control Panel.
In Control Panel, open Programs and Features to see a list of installed programs.
Scroll down the list of installed programs. If you see Microsoft Office Click-To-Run 2010 then you have the Click-to-Run edition of Microsoft Office 2010. If you see Microsoft Office listed, but it does not explicitly say "Click-to-Run," then you do not have the Click-to-Run edition.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Errors From Microsoft Office 2010 Install

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Errors From Microsoft Office 2010 Install

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It did not take long after the Office 2010 deployment to receive the first reported error. Although the deployment has been fine on 99% of the installs, during one of them the Windows Installer Service decided to take the day off. It gave this error:

    Error 1719: Windows Installer Service could not be accessed.

Normally, this wouldn’t be too terrible, you just start the installation process over again. The problem was that Microsoft Office 2010 thought it had been fully installed but it actually hadn’t trying to launch an executable would result in a long string of errors. The first one was this:

    Microsoft Word requires the file msointl.dll to run. Run setup again to assure proper installation.

Well, troubleshooting 101 tells us to follow the error’s advice and uninstall and reinstall the software. Of course, that can’t be pain free, so upon trying to uninstall the program through Add/Remove Programs or run the setup again, we receive this error:

    The language of this installation package is not supported by your system

So the software isn’t installed enough to operate correctly but it’s too installed to be able to reinstall the software. Great…

Fortunately, there is a Microsoft Fix it for this issue with the Office 2003, Office 2007, and Office 2010 suites. Just download the Fix It file, which comes as a .msi, and run through it. This will go through the uninstallation process and get us out of this situation.

After I ran this Microsoft Fix it on the computer, all traces of Office 2010 were completely removed. I then ran through the deployment process again and this time it completed without any issue. I was happy to find the Microsoft Fix It solution since I felt trapped between a rock and a hard place by not being able to uninstall the corrupted Office installation.

How to Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu Linux

How to Install Microsoft Office on Ubuntu Linux: I've shown you the steps in installing Adobe Photoshop on Ubuntu Linux. This time, allow me teach you how to install Microsoft Word on Ubuntu. As some of you may know, I still use MS Word in favor of Writer. So if you are like me or if you have other reasons not to ditch Microsoft Office completely, perhaps you should follow this guide of installing MS Office on Ubuntu or on just about any other Linux distributions.

Note: I was using MS Office 2003 inside Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" but this guide may also work if you are using other MS Office versions or other Ubuntu versions.

1. Install Wine via Software Center, Synaptic Package Manager or via the command line:

$ sudo apt-get install wine

2. Download winetricks:

$ wget

3. Now install winetricks and other packages:

$ sh winetricks msxml6 gdiplus gecko vcrun2005 ie6

4. Configure Wine by navigating to Applications --> Wine --> Configure Wine, and then set "Windows Version" to Windows Vista inside the Applications tab.

5. From the “Libraries” tab, look for rpcrt4.dll and msxml3.dll and add them to “Existing overrides”. Edit Existing overrides and make sure the load order is set to “Native (Windows)”.

6. Download rpcrt4.dll (.zip) from HERE, and then extract it.

7. From the Wine menu, browse C:\ drive and navigate to windows/system32 directory. Copy the downloaded rpcrt4.dll inside system32 to overwrite or replace the existing rpcrt4.dll.

8. Put Microsoft Office installer, click on setup, and just follow the normal installation process.

9. After installing MS Office, configure Wine again and set Windows version back to Windows XP.

10. You can now use MS Office inside Ubuntu Linux by navigating to Applications --> Programs --> Microsoft Office.

Running MS Office Word 2003 inside Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”

installing and upgrading from Office 2007 to Office 2010.

I got the invitation for the Technical Preview of next Office from Microsoft, Office 2010. The new Office as usual comes in both 32 bit and 64 bit versions. And the best of all it can be easily upgraded from Office 2007 to Office 2010.

But when you upgrade just make sure you use the same versions that you have been previously using as in bit wise. If you are trying to install 64-bit version of Office 2010 while you have 32-bit version of Office 2007, then you would have a warning message like this.

    If you want to install 64-bit Office 2010, you must uninstall all 32-bit Office products first, and then run setup.exe in the x64 folder. If you want to install 32-bit Office 2010, close this setup. Then navigate to the x86 folder at the root of your CD/DVD and run setup.exe.

In short, you can upgrade from 32-bit Office 2007 to 32-bit Office 2010 and the same with 64-bit but not interchangeably.

Here are the screenshots flow of the installing and upgrading from Office 2007 to Office 2010.

Accept the license.


Enter the product key.


If you want to upgrade from previous versions click Upgrade or else use Customize.

Shows the flow of upgrade and installation of Office 2010.
Initial opening screen for the new Office applications, this is for Outlook 2010.
I am loving Office 2010 so far and soon we’ll be discussing and writing about new and exciting features in Office 2010 applications.

Microsoft Office Blue Edition x86/x64/2010 Pre Activated

System requirements:
Processor: 2.5 GHz.
RAM: 2 GB recommended (minimum 1 GB).
Hard drive: depends on the parameters set
Year: 2010
OS: Windows All
Developer: Microsoft
Interface: English / Multilanguage
Tablet: Is present

Microsoft ® Office 2010 offers powerful new ways to deliver the best work - whether you're at work, at home or in school - the computer's web browser, or smartphone.
Engage your audience's attention and provide them with their ideas with enhanced tools

The structure includes:

- Microsoft Word 2010
- Microsoft Excel 2010
- Microsoft Outlook 2010
- Microsoft PowerPoint 2010
- Microsoft OneNote 2010
- Microsoft Access 2010
- Microsoft InfoPath 2010
- Microsoft Publisher 2010
- Microsoft Project 2010
- Microsoft SharePoint Designer 2010
- Microsoft SharePoint Workspace 2010
- Microsoft Visio 2010

Microsoft intends to release Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview to invited guests who register to sign up for Office 2010 CTP Program only by July 2009.
Office 2010 was previously known by codename Office 14 (taken cue from its version), and wrongly assume to be Office 2009.
The setup installer of both 32bit (x86) and 64bit (x64) Office 2010 Technical Preview 1 (TP 1) has been leaked to BT network.
The leaked Office 2010 Technical Preview 1 has the version of 14.0.4006.1010, a pre-trial version provided to premium Microsoft partners.

It?s unclear whether it is the leaked Office 2010 TP1 build will be the version that is going to be released officially by Microsoft in July.
And it?s still unclear yet whether Microsoft will make available publicly for Office 2010 Beta downloads, which is said to be will be having 2 betas - Beta 1 in July 2009 and another Beta 2 in November 2009.
The betas is said to be different from Technical Preview, where TP is just meant as an engineering milestone for the development ofOffice 2010 and related products that leading to RTM that will reach in July 2009, according to Office 2010 IT Blog.
Office 2010 is expected to RTM and released as final product in March 2010, with the exception of Exchange Server 2010, where Exchange Server 2010 beta already available from official download links.

The setup installer of the leaked download will install Microsoft Office Plus 2010 edition, with Access 2010, Excel 2010, InfoPath 2010, OneNote 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Publisher 2010, and Word 2010.
Project Professional 2010,SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visio Professional 2010 are also included in the leaked RAR archive download.
Office 2010 supports Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.

Important note is that Office 2010 TP 1 is still in early stage of development, and may contain bugs, although most individual programs such as Word 2010 and Excel 2010 are usable in everyday life.
It?s also interesting to know that Office 2007, the predecessor ofOffice 2010, is version 12. Office 2010 will be version 14, skipping version 13, the number that Microsoft assumes may be not so lucky.

Microsoft Office 2010 Blue Edition (Fully Activated)
Microsoft intends to release Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview to invited guests who register to sign up for Office 2010 CTP Program only by July 2009.
Office 2010 was previously known by codename Office 14 (taken cue from its version), and wrongly assume to be Office 2009.
The setup installer of both 32bit (x86) and 64bit (x64)Office 2010 Technical Preview 1 (TP 1) has been leaked to BT network.
The leaked Office 2010 Technical Preview 1 has the version of 14.0.4006.1010, a pre-trial version provided to premium Microsoft partners.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

PowerPoint Shortcut Menu Options

When a slide show is in progress, you can right click anywhere on the screen and a shortcut menu will appear. Options such as Next, Go to Slide and End Show appear.

Right click during PowerPoint slide show to see shortcut menu

To exit a slide show at any time, press the Esc key on the keyboard.

Used Keyboard Shortcuts in PowerPoint

How to Use the Keyboard Shortcut List

When the instructions show the keystroke combination Ctrl + C for example, it means to hold down the Ctrl key and then press the letter C, holding both at the same time. The plus sign (+) indicates that you need both of these two keys. You do not press the + key on the keyboard.

Letter case does not matter when using shortcut keys. You can use either capital letters or lower case letters. Both will work.

Certain key combinations are specific to PowerPoint, such as the F5 key playing a slide show. Many other shortcut combinations however, such as Ctrl + C or Ctrl + Z are common to a number of programs. Once you know these common ones, you will be surprised at how often you can use them.

Here are just a few examples of shortcuts that can be used for most programs
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The Most Commonly Used Keyboard Shortcuts

Ctrl + A - Select all items on the page or the active text box
Ctrl + C - Copy
Ctrl + P - Opens the Print dialog box
Ctrl + S - Save
Ctrl + V - Paste
Ctrl + X - Cut
Ctrl + Z - Undo last change
F5 - View the complete slide show
Shift + F5 - View the slide show from the current slide forward.
Shift + Ctrl + Home - Selects all text from the cursor to the start of the active text box
Shift + Ctrl + End - Selects all text from the cursor to the end of the active text box
Spacebar or Click the mouse - Move to next slide or next animation
S - Stop the show. Press S again to restart the show
Esc- End the slide show

How to Use PowerPoint Effectively

Used in support of clearly articulated pedagogical goals, PowerPoint can enhance student learning in several ways. First, it can substitute for more cumbersome technologies like the overhead projector or a slide projector. A CD ROM loaded with images is a lot simpler and more portable than a collection of slide trays—even if the picture resolution is considerably diminished. Similarly, complex mathematical and scientific drawings or formulas can be clearly and simply presented. PowerPoint can also vividly show processes: animated slides, for example can illustrate a chemical reaction, or reveal how a poet edited and changed a poem. Still the effective presentation of information does not ensure that learning has actually taken place.

PowerPoint slides can provide starting points for interactive processes that promote learning, but they are only a small part of that process. For example, prompts for writing or discussion, instructions for in-class activities, lists of talking points, or student comments can be clearly displayed to an entire class in large and easily legible type. In addition PowerPoint can enhance a discussion or lecture by providing supplemental materials for a variety of learning styles, including photographs, illustrations and graphs in color, and charts that reveal relationships.

Many teachers believe that students using PowerPoint presentations is a productive learning activity (Alster, 2002; Mason & Hylnka, 1998); yet detractors believe that its rigid format stifles not only students’ creativity, but also their ability to understand and convey information (Tufte, 2003; Keller, 2003). Consequently, teachers need to make as clear as possible what the use of a tool like PowerPoint is supposed to accomplish, both in terms of skills and learning.

Outside of the classroom PowerPoint can be used to provide review and supplementary materials to students: for example, notes with references to important passages discussed in class can be posted to a website and downloaded by students after class. For the disorganized teacher or student, PowerPoint can support preliminary organization of data. However, it does not support the processes of analysis and interpretation of data equally well, especially the complicated and extensive interrelationships among them.

SharePoint 2010 Create, Edit, and Delete Permission Levels

In SharePoint 2010 permission levels are managed at the site collection level.

1-Login to SharePoint as the administrative account
2-Select Site Actions > Site Permissions

3-Click Permission Levels on the Edit tab

Create a Permission Level
1-Click Add a Permission Level on the Permission Levels page

2-Enter a name and description for the permission level

3-Check the boxes for each permission you wish to grant for this permission level
4-Click Create
Edit a Permission Level
1-Click the name of the permission level that you want to edit on the Permission Levels page

2-You can make the following changes from the Edit Permission Level page
Change the description of the permission level
Check the boxes for each permission you wish to grant for this permission level
Uncheck the boxes for each permission you wish to deny for this permission level

3-When finished Click Submit
Delete a Permission Level
1-Select the check boxes for the permission levels you want to delete on the Permission Levels page

2-Click Delete Selected Permission Levels

3-Click OK


SharePoint Custom Permission Level: How to add a contributor with no delete access.

This post is to show you how to use the out-of-the-box SharePoint (WSS) to allow a certain group of users to add items to a site, a document library, or a list, but not be able to edit or delete the items once added.

Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) includes 33 permissions, which are used in the five default permission levels. Site administrators are allowed to create new permission levels to contain a specific set of permissions based on their needs. In this case we are going to create a new custom level by copying permissions from the “Read” permission only since our custom permission level that we want to create is similar to an existing “read” permission level. All we need to do is copy the default permission level, and then modify the copy and save it as a new permission level.
To copy the existing permission level
Verify that you have one of the following administrative credentials:
You are a member of the Administrators group for the site collection.
You are a member of the Owners group for the site.

You have the Manage Permissions permission.
1-On the Site Settings page, under Users and Permissions, click Site permissions.
2-In the Manage section of the ribbon, click Permission Levels.

1-In the list of permission levels, click on the “Read” permission level.
1-At the bottom of the page, click Copy Permission Level.
1-On the Copy Permission Level page, in the Name field, type a name for the new permission level.
2-In the Description field, type a description for the new permission level.
3-In the list of permissions, select the “Add Items” checkbox.
1-Click Create.
2-Create a new group and you should be able to see the new permission level available for you to select.

SharePoint XML Editor

For development teams using SharePoint Server as a document repository or content management system (CMS), the XMLSpy XML editor supports full file read/write functionality using WebDAV. In addition to functioning as a WebDAV client for SharePoint Server, XMLSpy supports check-in/checkout/undo checkout versioning functionality for seamless access to XML, XSLT, XML Schema, and other files stored in the CMS.

To open a file from a SharePoint Server, use the File / Open command and select the Switch to URL button. This allows you to enter the SharePoint Server URL and your authentication credentials. The directory structure will be displayed in the Available Files pane, where you can right click the desired file to view its check in / check out options.
XMLSpy XML editor for SharePoint

Icons next to each file name indicate the file's status as shown below:
SharePoint XML check out

After checking a file out from the SharePoint Server, you can edit it as usual in XMLSpy and save it back to the server. Then, you can check the file back in using the same File / Open dialog, or by right clicking the file name at the bottom of the editing window. XMLSpy also supports the Undo Checkout command, which is used to return a file to the SharePoint Server unchanged.

SharePoint XML check in

How to convert equations from Openoffice to MS-Word

1. First, convert your OO document to MSWord (in OO, don't forget to check that in the menu Tools/Options/Load Save/Microsoft Office, the Mathtype options are both checked)

2. Then open your document into MS-Word and apply one of the macros given below

3. Equations should be well converted and you can edit them with Mathtype or Equation Editor. However, if you changed the default equations fonts, greek letters may be not displayed correctly inside the Mathtype editor. But this is not a problem since they appear correctly in the document.

Please tell me if this solution worked for you!
Best regards,

Here are the macros.

If you have Mathtype, use the following macros :

Sub OOEquationConvertDocument()
' Convert all equations of the document
For Each iShape In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
If iShape.Type = wdInlineShapeEmbeddedOLEObject Then
'MsgBox (iShape.OLEFormat.ClassType)
If iShape.OLEFormat.ClassType = "Microsoft" Then
iShape.OLEFormat.ConvertTo ClassType:="Equation.DSMT4", DisplayAsIcon:=False
End If
End If
Next iShape
End Sub
Sub OOEquationConvertSelection()
' Convert all equations of the current selection
' Caution! Doesn't work (why?) if the entire document is selected
For Each iShape In Selection.InlineShapes
If iShape.Type = wdInlineShapeEmbeddedOLEObject Then
'MsgBox (iShape.OLEFormat.ClassType)
If iShape.OLEFormat.ClassType = "Microsoft" Then
iShape.OLEFormat.ConvertTo ClassType:="Equation.DSMT4", DisplayAsIcon:=False
End If
End If
Next iShape
End Sub

If you don't have Mathtype (then you should have Equation Editor), use the following macros :

Sub OOEquationConvertDocument()
' Convert all equations of the document
For Each iShape In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
If iShape.Type = wdInlineShapeEmbeddedOLEObject Then
'MsgBox (iShape.OLEFormat.ClassType)
If iShape.OLEFormat.ClassType = "Microsoft" Then
iShape.OLEFormat.ConvertTo ClassType:="Equation.3", DisplayAsIcon:=False
End If
End If
Next iShape
End Sub
Sub OOEquationConvertSelection()
' Convert all equations of the current selection
' Caution! Doesn't work (why?) if the entire document is selected
For Each iShape In Selection.InlineShapes
If iShape.Type = wdInlineShapeEmbeddedOLEObject Then
'MsgBox (iShape.OLEFormat.ClassType)
If iShape.OLEFormat.ClassType = "Microsoft" Then
iShape.OLEFormat.ConvertTo ClassType:="Equation.3", DisplayAsIcon:=False
End If
End If
Next iShape
End Sub

How to import documents to Pages on your iPad

how to import documents from your Mac or PC to Pages for the iPad.

Creating a new document in Pages for the iPad is easy enough – but what if you want to work on an existing document that you created on your Mac or PC? Using iTunes you can quickly import (copy) it to Pages for the iPad.

1- First things first – make sure your iPad is connected to your Mac or PC and then select it in iTunes.
an ipad in itunes

2- Now select the Apps tab from the top.
apps tab in itunes

3-Scroll down to the File Sharing section. From the Apps list in the File Sharing section, select Pages. In the Pages Documents section you’ll now see a list of all the documents that Pages for the iPad currently has “saved”. By default, you should see one document – Getting Started.doc. This is the document that Pages for the iPad comes with.
To upload a file to your iPad so you can edit it with Pages, click the Add… button.
file sharing section of itunes with Pages selected

4-Navigate to the document you wanted to transfer to your iPad, select it and click the Choose button. Note: Pages for the iPad currently allows you to edit Pages ’09 for Mac documents, Microsoft Word – Office Open XML and Office 97 (or later) documents.

open file dialog box

5-Now the document you selected will be listed in the Pages Documents column.

a list of pages documents in the apps section of itunes

6-To export, or download documents from your iPad to your Mac or PC – select the file from the Pages Documents column and click the Save to… button.

save to button in the pages section of itunes

7-Navigate to the folder you want to save it in and click the Choose button.

save as dialog box

8-That file will now be in the folder you opted to save it in. That’s it!

Using the Word Completion feature of

how to save documents that you have created in Apple’s Pages application as Microsoft Word (.doc) files

1-Word Completion, which is enabled by default, allows you to hit one key to complete a word (rather than type the entire thing out).
word completion in openoffice

2-To access the Word Completion settings, click Tools and then AutoCorrect….
word completion in openoffice

3-Select the Word Completion tab.

word completion in openoffice

4-From here you can disable Word Completion entirely if it’s a feature that gets in your way more than it helps. To do so, just remove the check from the Enable word completion box and click OK

word completion in openoffice

5-Another default is that Word Completion won’t “work” unless the word to be completed is 10 characters or longer. If you are a fan of Word Completion, you may want to lower the number of characters required in a word before offers to complete it. To do so, just choose the number of characters from the Min. word length drop-down list.

word completion in openoffice

6-Another helpful feature to save on keystrokes is to have OpenOffice append a ’space’ each time you use Word Completion. To enable this feature, just place a check in the box labeled Append space.
word completion in openoffice

How to save documents created in Pages as Microsoft Word (.doc) files

1-Create a (or open an existing) document as you normally would in Pages.

2-When you’re ready to save it as a .doc file, select Share from the Pages menu bar, and then Export… from the drop-down list.

3-Select the Word section in the Export window. Click the Next… button to continue.

4-In the Save As: space, give your document a name. Then navigate to the folder you want to save your document (as a Microsoft Word .doc file) in. Click the Export button.

5-Pages will now ‘convert’ your Pages document (which is a .pages file by default) into a .doc file – which Microsoft Office users can open and edit. Navigate to the folder that you opted to save the file in (from the previous step). There’s your newly-created .doc file! Note the Kind section of the Preview window indicates that this is a Microsoft Word 97 – 2004 document. That doesn’t mean that people using newer version of Microsoft Office will be unable to open it – they will.

How to compare two documents in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word is an excellent program to manage your documents. With Microsoft Word, not only can you create and edit documents, but you can even compare two documents for differences. For example, if you are a student and have two versions of the same essay, you can easily view and compare the two docs.

If you are unaware of this feature, follow this tutorial and you’ll be able to compare and determine the differences between your documents within minutes.

1-Open Microsoft Word and go to Review > Compare.

2-It will open the Compare Document dialog box where you can browse the documents you want to compare. In the Original document field, select the original document and from the Revised document field, select the document in which you made changes.

3-Click on More to view more comparison settings and check what data in the documents you want to compare. Check the fields and once you are satisfied, click OK.

4- This will open a window that displays the comparison results. It will have a series of columns and panes. The ones to focus on are Compared Document, Original Document and Revised Document.

5-In the Compared Document field, the changes between the two documents will be highlighted for you.

6-This way you can compare two documents and can find all of the differences.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Add Line Numbers In Microsoft Word Margins

All geeks love line numbers… you can even add line numbers in your Word 2007 documents with just a few steps.

Open your Word 2007 document and click the Page Layout tab on the ribbon.  Click on Line Numbers and then Line Numbering Options…

You will now get The Page Setup dialog window.  At the bottom of the page click on Line Numbers.

In the Line Numbers dialog box place a check in the Add line numbering box.  Here you can select spacing between the text and line numbers what number to start at and the counting sequence.   When you’re done choosing your settings click OK.  Then Click OK again in the Page Setup dialog window.

That’s it!  You now have numbering added to the margins in your document.

Add Emphasis to Paragraphs with Drop Caps in Ms Word

You can add emphasis to your Word 2007 documents by using Drop Caps… you know, those big letters at the beginning of a document or paragraph that make your document look really professional.

Click the beginning of the paragraph you want to emphasize. Then click the Insert tab on the Ribbon and choose Drop Cap. You can scroll to any of the three preset Drop Caps and the document will change with your choice.  By default it will drop by three lines.

However, us geeks are never satisfied with default settings.  You will notice in the screen above there is a choice for Drop Cap Options.  In the options screen you can change the font, the number of lines to drop, and position.

Here is the result after choosing the stylish Old English font. (You might want to change the regular font to match)

This is a nice tip for adding 37 pieces of flair to your TPS reports, although using Drop Caps for every paragraph is probably overkill. Used sparingly however, I think it’s a nice creative touch!

Add Artistic Effects to Your Pictures in Office 2010

Do you ever wish you could add cool effects to images in your Office document pictures, but don’t have access to a graphics editor? Today we take a look at the Artistic Effects featire which is a new feature in Office 2010.

Note: We will show you examples in Excel, but the Artistic Effect are available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

To insert a picture into your Office document, click the Picture button on the Insert tab.

Once you import your picture, the Picture Tools format ribbon should be active. If not, click on the image.


In the Adjust group, click on Artistic Effects. You will see a selection of effects previews images in the dropdown list.

Hover your cursor over the effects to use Live Preview to see what your picture will look like if that effect is applied.

When you find an effect you like, just click to apply it to the image.

There are also some additional Artistic Effect Options.

Each effect will have a it’s own set of available options that can be adjusted by moving the sliders left or right.

If you find you want to undo an effect after it has been applied, simply select the None option from the previews under Artistic Effects.


Artistic Effects provides a really easy way to add professional looking effects to images in Office 2010 without the need to access graphics editing software.

Office 2003 Menus Back to Ms office 2010

Are you having trouble getting used to the Ribbon interface in Office 2010?  Here’s how you can roll back the clock a bit and bring back the familiar menus and toolbars from 2003.

The Office 2007 Ribbon was both praised and criticized.  While many users felt they were more productive with the new interface, others felt frustrated searching for commands they had memorized in older versions of Office.  Now, with Office 2010, the ribbon interface has been brought to every app in the Office suite, and is integrated into many newer programs from Microsoft.

If you’re moving from Office 2003, using UBitMenu allows you to add the old familiar menus back along with the new Ribbon interface for an easier learning curve. Also, with the customizability of Office 2010, we can strip away the extra Ribbon tabs to make it more like 2003.

Get the 2003 Menus and Toolbars Back in Office 2010

Download UBitMenu (link below), and install as normal.  Make sure all of your Office programs are closed during the installation.  This handy utility is very small, and installed amazingly quick.

Open Word, Excel, or PowerPoint and there’s now a new Menu tab beside Home in the Ribbon.  Now you can access all of your favorite old Office commands in the familiar menus, and access many of the newer Office features such as SmartArt.

Here’s a close-up of the toolbar.  Notice that the layout is very similar to that of Word 2003.

You can access all of the new Transitions in PowerPoint 2010 from the menu bar.

The menu in Excel even included support for the new PivotTable and PivotCharts Wizard.

One problem we noticed was that the toolbars were condensed to a drop-down menu if the Office window was less than 870px wide.  This may be a frustration to users with low-resolution displays, and you might want to use the Office Apps maximized.

Get Rid of the Ribbon

Now that you’ve got the old menus back, you can get rid of the extra ribbon tabs if you’d like.  Office 2010 lets you customize your ribbon and remove tabs, so let’s get rid of all the other tabs except for our new Menu tab.

In our example we’re using Word, but you can do it in Excel or PowerPoint the same way. Click the File tab and select Options.

Alternately, in the Menu tab, select Tools and then Word Options.

Select Customize Ribbon on the left sidebar, then uncheck the boxes beside all the ribbon tabs you want to hide on the right.  Click Ok when you’re finished.

While you’re at it, you can change the default color scheme as well.

Note: The color change will automatically change the color scheme in all of the Office apps, so you’ll only need to do that once.

Now the ribbon only has 2 tabs…the File tab for the new Backstage View, and the UBitMenu tab we just installed.  It almost has the appearance Word 2003, but with the new features of Word 2010!  You’ll need to repeat these steps in Excel and PowerPoint if you want to customize their ribbon the same.


If you’ve been having a hard time getting used to Office 2010, UBitMenu is a great way to get familiar with the new interface, or simply stay productive with your old tricks.  We do wish it supported the other Office applications like OneNote and Outlook. That doesn’t make it a deal breaker though, it can make the learning curve easier in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

Using Templates in MS Office 2010 & 2007

Sometimes your boss might want you to create a spreadsheet or PowerPoint presentation and it’s on a deadline. This is where Templates in Office apps can be your best friend.

The process is relatively simple, but finding a Template that works with what the boss wants might be the hardest part. The good thing there are several available for almost any situation you need.

Templates in Excel

Open Excel and click the File tab to access backstage view then click on New to display the available templates. There are several categories from you can choose from.

Browse through the large selection of categories and choose the one you need for your situation.

Click on a Template and you can see a thumbnail view of it on the right pane, and also its popularity. If you want to go with it, just click Download.

Once it downloads, you can simply go through and fill in the fields, like in this invoice we selected for Excel 2010.

Word Templates
Sometimes you might need to create a Word document in a flash for the company. No worries, we can use a Template in Word as well. If you need to make a calendar quickly, there are plenty of Templates for it. You can print out blank calendars or use them on your SharePoint site.

There are a lot of Templates to choose from in Word 2010 from a simple calendar to brochures, resumes, holiday cards and more.

Custom Outlook Templates
We’ve previously shown you how to make basic templates in Outlook 2003, which makes it easy to send specific information and forms to user groups in the office. Of course you can also make them in Outlook 2007 & 2010.

Open Outlook and start a new email. Here we made an easy custom template showing user stats for the day and inserted a simple table. This will allow a user to easily enter in pertinent information for employees. Make sure to include the email addresses of the people who need to see it each day.

After creating the custom template, click on File then Save As.

Make sure to save it with the .oft extension.

Then each time you open the template, it will have your customizations and users who need to see it, and just the relevant fields need to be filled out.

Another cool trick is to print out blank calendars in Outlook 2007.

Templates in PowerPoint
Sometimes you need to create a quick presentation for the meeting. Once again Templates to the rescue by going to File \ New and then choosing the design you want to use.

Keep in mind that there might not be a Template for everything you might need to do, but you can often customize them. Once they’re saved, you can continue to build them over time. Or if you’re in a pinch and the boss is freaking out for no good reason, Templates can make you look like a hero.

Templates are nothing new in Office, but if you’re a beginner, using them can save a lot of time and give you some good ideas for presentations, spreadsheets, and unique Word documents.
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