Add comments in PowerPoint 2007

If you regularly collaborate with others creating Word documents, medicine or Excel spreadsheets – I am sure that you are very familiar with the commenting feature.

Basically it allows you to add comments throughout the document or spreadsheet for others to see when they are reviewing the work.

Well you will be happy to know that you can also add comments to the slides in your PowerPoint 2007 presentations.

Here is how:

1) Go to the “Review” tab in PowerPoint 2007

2) Look for the “Comments” group

3) Click on “New Comment”

4) Write your comment

5) Click on the comment and drag it to where you want it to appear on your slide


… but how do I change the name associated with the comment?

Good question!  PowerPoint takes that information from the information that has been entered in the PowerPoint options menu.

1) Click on the “Office Orb” – that is the old file menu in the top left hand corner of the screen

2) Click on “PowerPoint Options”

3) Look for “Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office”.  You will find the User Name and Initials there.  Simply change them to the right details and your comments will now be attributed to the right person.

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Insert a “Date Picker” into your Word 2007 document

Are you lazy like me and hate typing dates?  Well did you know you can add one of those cool calendar style date pickers to your Word 2007 document?

It is pretty easy:

1) Make sure you can see the “Developer” tab in the Ribbon.  If you can’t, link click on the Office menu (you know… the old file menu) in the top left hand corner of Word 2007, doctor then click on “Word Options”.  Then simply check the third checkbox “Show Developer tab in the Ribbon”

2) Click on the “Developer” tab in the Ribbon

3) Look for the “Controls Group”

4) Click on the icon that looks like a tiny calendar (should be the second icon on the second row)

5) Click on the control that now has been added to your document, and select your favourite date!

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Browse by Headings, Tables, Endnotes, Sections and more in Word 2007

Page up and page down are great tools to quickly move through your Word 2007 document.  But they are not that precise.  Wouldn’t it be good if you could browse by things that matter in your document – like all the headings, hospital or the tables, or the graphics?

Well you can!

In fact you can browse by all of the following:

  • Fields
  • Endnotes
  • Footnotes
  • Edits
  • Headings
  • Comments
  • Sections
  • Graphics
  • Tables
  • and of course, the default – Pages

… simply by using CTRL + PgUP (Page Up), and CTRL + PgDn (Page Down) – or the up and down arrows in the bottom right hand corner of your Word 2007 window

So how do you set which thing you want to browse by?  There are two ways:

1) Click on the “dot” in the bottom right hand corner of your Word 2007 window (the dot in between the two up and down arrows) – and then select what you want to browse by


2) Use the shortcut “ALT + CTRL + HOME” and then select your preference

So for example, say you select “Browse by Heading”, every time you press CTRL + PgDn, the cursor will move to the next heading.  Likewise if you selected “Browse by Table”, every time you press CTRL + PgUp, the cursor will move to the previous table.

This can be a very powerful tool to use, especially if you are editing or reviewing your document!

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Fine grained Leading/Line Spacing control in Word 2007

Are the normal line spacing (or “Leading”) options in Word 2007 just not enough?  Not very many people know it, sovaldi but you can have some very fine grained control over the space between your lines.

In fact, stuff you can say how many “Pts” space there is – for example, drugs 12pts, or you can get really precise and give a spacing in cm, mm, or inches.

Here is how to do it!

1) Select the text you want to change the leading/line spacing of

2) Make sure you are on the “Home” tab in the Ribbon

3) Look for the “Paragraph” group, and click on the little square with an arrow pointing out of it in the bottom right hand corner of that group

4) Look down the box that appears until you get to the “Spacing” options.  In the right hand column you will see a “Line Spacing:” drop down box.  Select “Exactly”

5) Beside that dropdown box, there is a dropdown box called “At:”.  Type in your desired line spacing or leading in pts, cm, mm, or "

6) Click “OK”


Now you have precise control over exactly how far apart your lines appear in Word 2007!  How good is that!

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Show a PowerPoint 2007 slide show in a window

Did you ever notice that when you show your PowerPoint 2007 deck that it always shows it as a full screen?

Have you ever wondered if it was possible to show a PowerPoint presentation in a window that you can resize to meet the needs of your presentation?  For example, case you might want to demonstrate a product, and have your presentation on the screen at the same time!

Well there is a well hidden command in PowerPoint 2007 which means you can show your deck in a window!  Here is how to do it:

1) Beside the quick access toolbar (in the top left hand corner of the screen – it is the one what has the save, and undo buttons) you will see a little arrow that points down.  Click on that

2) From the menu that appears, click “More Commands…”

3) In the “Choose commands from:” dropdown box, select “All Commands”

4) You will see literally hundreds of commands listed.  Luckily they are all in alphabetical order!  Scroll down until you find one that says “Slide Show in a Window”.  Click on that.

5) Click on the “Add > >” button to add that command to your quick access toolbar

6) Click “OK”


You will notice that there is a brand new button in your quick access toolbar in PowerPoint 2007.  It looks like a presentation screen, with a window in front of it.

Simply click on that button, and your presentation is now delivered through a window instead of full screen!

How easy is that!

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Combine your revisions in different documents in Word 2007

Has this ever happened to you?  You start working on your masterpiece in Word 2007, prescription and then you send the document out to a number of people for their feedback.

They all add their two cents (some add twenty!) and then email the document back to you.

But now you are stuck in a dilemma… how do you quickly merge all those changes together into one document, ask without having to read each line and try to understand what they changed.

Well there is a great feature in Word 2007 called “Combine”.  You can use it to simply combine to documents, for sale and see all the differences between the two documents.  You can track what has been inserted, what has been deleted, what has been moved, any formatting changes, and see any comments they made.

But that isn’t the best part.  It also creates a new combined document without losing the original and revised document.

So how do you do it?

1) Make sure you are on the “Review” tab in the Ribbon

2) Look for the “Compare” group

3) Click on the little arrow below the “Compare” button

4) Click “Combine”

5) Select your “Original Document” and your “Revised Document”

6) Click OK

7) Check out your brand new combined Word 2007 document!


How easy is that!

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Add-ins and Articles for Visio 2007 – Microsoft Visio Toolbox

For all those Visio lovers out there, find then you should already know about the Microsoft Visio Toolbox.  If not, you seriously can’t call yourself a Visio lover!

The Visio Toolbox is a collection of articles, case studies, and most importantly add-ins for Visio 2007.

So if you are looking for justification for your boss to upgrade to Visio 2007, articles on interesting topics such as “Silverlight and Visio”, or add-ins such as the Rack Server Virtualization Add-In, the Disk Space Monitoring Add-in, or the Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Visio Add-in… then you need to check out the Microsoft Visio Toolbox!

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How to do Old School “Classic Mode” Text Based Editing with Word 2007

Are you a traditionalist who hates Graphical Interfaces.  Do you love WordPerfect classic mode, view or run Vim at home, salve but have to use Word 2007 in the office?

Or do you just want to focus on writing, and none of that formatting stuff that an editor can deal with for you?

Well you might be surprised to know that you can very quickly set up Word 2007 to get rid of the Ribbon, get rid of the status bar, and change the colours to a classic monochrome green with a black background!

Bet you didn’t know that!

Well our friends over at the Microsoft Office Word Team Blog have described exactly how to set up Word 2007 in a quasi-classic mode!  You can read more about it in their post called Word Throwback “Just Write” Edition… which was coincidentally inspired by one of my favourite authors and bloggers, Tim Ferriss.

How cool is that!  Takes me back to 1989!

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Cell Styles in Excel

Do you spend hours making your cells in Excel look pretty?  Well maybe not pretty, health but do you use colors, healing font sizes, find borders etc etc to make certain cells in your spreadsheet stick out?

Well instead of spending all your time trying to be one of those creative folk in Marketing, you can focus on doing what you do best… driving those formulas!

All you need to do is use Cell Styles in Excel 2007, Excel 2010 and Excel 2013!

1) Select the cell you want to highlight!

2) Make sure you are on the “Home” tab in the “Ribbon”

3) Look for the “Styles” Group

4) Click on “Cell Styles”

5) Select your favorite cell style!

It is as simple as that!

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Protect your Word 2007 Document

Don’t you hate how you put lots of effort into a Word 2007 document, search and then you see one of your colleagues play around with the formatting, look or accidentally delete an important section.

Or maybe you want to force users of your document to only edit certain parts – for example if you have built a form that you want people to fill in.

Well in Word 2007 there is a great feature which can literally protect the important parts of your document, and restrict them from being changed, edited or deleted.  Funnily enough, it is called “Protect Document”

So how do you protect a Word 2007 document?

1) Create your document

2) Make sure you can see the “Developer” tab in the Ribbon.  If you can, move to step three!  If not, you need to click on the “Office Orb” in the top left hand corner, then click on “Word Options”, and finally whilst in the “Popular” section, make sure you check “Show Developer tab in the Ribbon”

3) Click on the “Developer” tab in the Ribbon

4) Look for the “Protect” group, and click on “Protect Document”

5) Click on “Restrict Formatting and Editing”

6) Look at the right hand side.  You will now see a task pane which will talk you through all the different formatting and editing restrictions you can put in place.  Select your favourite settings, and when you are ready…

7) Click on “Yes, Start Enforcing Protection”


Now if your employer has gone to the lengths of implementing an Information Rights Management system, there are a few other extra restrictions you can put in place, which you will find when you click on the “Protect Document” button in the Ribbon.  They are out of the scope of this article and I am sure I will write about them in the future as more and more organisations implement IRM.

So there you have it – now you can sleep at night knowing that no one is messing with your document!

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