Create drop down lookup lists in Excel 2007

Are you a small business person who wants to create a great looking business card?  It is really easy with Microsoft Office Publisher 2007.

Here is how you do it!

1) Open Publisher 2007

2) On the “Getting Started with Microsoft Office Publisher 2007” page, this more about look on the left hand side.  You will see a column with the heading “Publication Types” at the top.  Look down the list and about 6 down you will see “Business Cards”.  Click on it

3) In the main part of the window you will now see a variety of designs for your business card.  There are newer, cialis 40mg more contemporary designs at the top, more info and more classical designs down the bottom.  Take a good look at each, and pick your favourite.

4) In the right hand column, there are a number of options for your business card.  You can customise it with a different colour scheme, and a different font scheme.

5) Still in the right hand column, look for the “Business information” drop down box.  If this is the first time you have created a business card, your only option will be “Create new…”.  Select “Create new…” and a box will appear for you to enter your business card information.  Once you are happy with all your details, click save.

6) If you are happy with all your decisions, click the “Create” button in the bottom right hand corner of the screen.

7) Once your card is created… check all the details, and then hit print!

Now you have a business card you can be proud of!

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

You may have read about it a few weeks ago, recipe but last weekend yours truly had the opportunity to present at an event called OfficeDevCon08, viagra in Sydney Australia.

I delivered two presentations – and because I am such a nice guy I have decided to share them with you all ๐Ÿ™‚

The first presentation I delivered was about comparing all the different business productivity suites that are out there in the market.  I called it the “Office Suite Smackdown!”

The second presentation I delivered was all about the frustrations that we all face when we first move to Office 2007, and how to avoid them.  I called it (funnily enough) “The 10 Most Common Office 2007 User Frustrations, and how to avoid them”.

Make sure you check the presentations out (thanks to SlideShare.net!) – however due to my presentation style they might seem a little confusing without your old friend The New Paperclip jumping around in front of a projector!

So… you like what you see and want to see one of the presentations delivered at your next conference / training day / birthday party?  Make sure you get in touch with TNP’s alter ego (Paul Woods) via email – paul@paul-woods.com

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS. A big hello to Microsoft MVPs Lucy Thomson and Glen Millar, as well as Microsoftie Alistair Speirs for their sparkling repartee over beers on Saturday night ๐Ÿ™‚

Ever wanted the users of your spreadsheets to fill in cells using only a certain number of options.  Say you had a list of States… maybe numbers from your General Ledger… or Product Categories.  Wouldn’t it be fantastic, website instead of making people remember the correct names (and spelling) of each… that we could just give them a nice little list of options to pick from to populate the cell?

Well in Excel 2007, this site that is really easy!  Here is how to go about it.

Using Data Validation to create look up lists in Excel 2007

There are two ways to go about this… the simple way, erectile if you only have a few options… or the less simple way ๐Ÿ™‚

 

The Simple Way 

1) Click on the cell you want the look up / drop down list to appear in

2) Go to the “Data” tab in the Excel 2007 ribbon

3) Look for the “Data Tools” group

4) Click on “Data Validation”

5) In the box that appears, on the “Settings” tab, set the Validation criteria to allow “List”

6) In the “Source” text box, type in the options you want to make available (and remember to separate them with a comma!)

7) Click ok

8) Check out how unreal your drop down box in Excel 2007 looks!  And go tell your friends how easy it was!!!!

 

The Less Simple Way

I call this less simple simply because it is still pretty simple.  This method is best if you will have a long list of options that might already exist in your spreadsheet, or a list that you would want to regularly update.

Basically all you need to do is follow “The Simple Way”, and when you get to step 6, instead of typing in the options you want to make available, simply select the cells in your spreadsheet that contain the values.

So there you have it – drop down boxes… look up lists… whatever you call them… made easy in Excel 2007.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

The New Paperclip LIVE! at OfficeDevCon 08

I was surfing the net tonight, neurologist buy and totally out of left field I found an article on OfficeLabs.com that I thought you would love to read.

Did you know that you can use your Nintentdo Wii Controller to control your PowerPoint 2007 presentations?

It is a little tricky to set up, but once it is you simply need to flick your Wiimote to the left or to the right to control your slides.  HOW COOL IS THAT!

You can read more about it on OffliceLabs.com

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you going to be somewhere near Sydney, emergency Australia in mid November?

If you are, and are interested in all things Office, make sure you get to OfficeDevCon08!

From the blurb… “OfficeDevCon is the first Australian community-driven event aimed squarely at Microsoft Office developers and power-users.  It allows people with interests across the Microsoft Office platform come together in one place to network and hear expert presenters speak on a wide range of advanced Office-related topics”

Well guess what… one of those expert presenters will be your’s truly… The New Paperclip.

In fact, in reality it will be my alter-ego… the guy behind The New Paperclip… Paul Woods

Paul will be presenting TWO sessions that should not be missed – especially if you work in Corporate IT.  Here is a quick outline of each presentation…

“The Office Suite Smackdown”
Saturday 15 November – 3:00-3:50PM

Office might seem like the obvious choice… but recently the competition has heated up for desktop productivity suites.  Your manager might be asking about alternatives like Google Docs, Open Office, Corel Wordperfect or Zoho Office.  In this session we compare the alternatives to Office 2007 from a users point of view – to help you pick the right tool for your organisation.

“The 10 most common Office 2007 user frustrations… and how to avoid them”
Sunday 16 November – 9:00-9:50AM

Don’t want your whole organisation angry with you because you forced them to use this horrible steaming pile of Office 2007 software?  It is a lot easier than you think to ensure a smooth and pain free transition to Office 2007 – it isn’t about buying 400 page dummies books, or just pointing people to the help button.  Simply by making sure you anticipate the most common questions up front you can win most of your potential battles.  In this session we will look at the most searched for answers by hundreds of thousands of frustrated Office 2007 users at http://www.thenewpaperclip.com… and see how you can ensure your people don’t end up asking YOU those questions.

So what do I need to do to attend these presentations?

Simple.  Go to http://www.officedevcon.com.au/ and register your spot.  Tell them that TNP sent you!  And make sure you catch up with me at the bar on Saturday afternoon!

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

How to encrypt your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 files

There have been dozens of comments recently on my previous post about Changing the default reminder time in Outlook 2007.  The comments are not about the default reminder time for appointments… but rather the default reminder time for follow up flags.  The concern being that it is really strange that the default is 4pm and it seems there is no easy way to change that to something more acceptable (like 8am).

I would like to discuss this a little to hopefully help everyone out. Whilst on the surface it might look annoying (especially for those how have just moved to Outlook 2007)โ€ฆ there is actually a good reason why the default reminder is 4pm.

First lets talk about Outlook 2003

In Outlook 2003, medications a follow up flag is a follow up flag. You set a time and a date for the reminder and that is that.

In Outlook 2007 however, price there are different types of follow up flags. There is a โ€œTodayโ€ follow up flag, urticaria a โ€œTomorrowโ€ follow up flag, a โ€œThis Weekโ€, a โ€œNext Weekโ€ and a โ€œCustomโ€. Obviously, if you use a โ€œTodayโ€ follow up flag (which is the default), it will remind you today. If you set a โ€œTomorrowโ€ follow up flag, it will remind you tomorrow.

The โ€œTodayโ€ flag is designed to remind you about things that you need to finish before you go home from work todayโ€ฆ hence why it the default is for it to remind you 1 hour before the end of your work day (which would be 4pm in most cases).

As the โ€œTomorrowโ€ flag is designed to remind you about things to do tomorrow, it will remind you by default at the start of the next work day (8am in most cases).

So say you want to have your default reminder first thing tomorrow morning? Then it is easy to change the default flag that is set. Simply right click on where you currently set your flag, and then in the pop up menu click on โ€œSet Quick Clickโ€. Change the default to โ€œTomorrowโ€ and your default reminders will now be 8am on the next business day.

Hope that helps clear up some of the confusion around follow up flags. I can understand why it would be confusion coming from Outlook 2003, however with the new flexibility to set different types of flags, Outlook 2007 gives you a lot more control over when you get your reminders.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS. If you want to learn more about the default times, you can look at this Office Online help page – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA012317831033.aspx

Are you an Office freak from down-under?

On the weekend of the 15th and 16th of November, try a group of Aussie Office fanatics are putting together a conference called Office DevCon2008.  From what is on the agenda it looks like a great event for anyone involved in managing Office products in their workplace, seek or for those interested in getting a little more intimate with the Office 2007 suite, patient SharePoint and more.

Registration is free… and there might be sneak previews of Office 14 as well!

If you are in Sydney in mid November, make sure you check it out.  You never know, you might bump into yours truly there as well ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find out more by visiting the Office DevCon 2008 website

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

So… you areย sneaky.ย  You have some precious data you want to keep hidden.ย  Or your not so sneaky and just have some word documents that no one else should really see – for privacy or security or other reasons.ย  Well it might be a good idea to use the encryption built into Office 2007.

The encryption in Word, sickness Excel, viagra buy and PowerPoint 2007 basically turns your files into a mess that no one can read… unless they have the password.ย  In fact unless you get the password right, visit this there is no chance you can even open the file.

Before I let you know how to do it, I will quickly let you know about how strong this encryption really is.ย  In Office 2007 they use something called AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) with a 128-bit key and SHA-1 hashing.ย  That probably sounds like a mouthful for most people, but let me put it into perspective.ย  This level of protection can be used to encrypt classified information up to the SECRET level in the US Government.ย  If it is that good, chances are your data will be safe (that is if you remember the password!)

To encrypt your document in Word 2007, Excel 2007, or PowerPoint 2007, it is really easy!

1) Click on the Office Orb
2) Go to the “Prepare” section
3) Click on “Encrypt Document”
4) Type in your secret password and click OK
5) Retype your secret password and click OK

I can not stress enough that you need to remember what that password is… because if you forget it, there is no chance you will ever open that document again – it is strong encryption!

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS – if you want to read more about the level of encryption, check out this article on Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Advanced_Encryption_Standard.ย  And if you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of Cryptography in Office 2007… visit David LeBlanc’s weblog, and in particular this article – http://blogs.msdn.com/david_leblanc/archive/2008/07/03/office-crypto-follies.aspx

Office DevCon 2008 – Sydney, Australia

There have been dozens of comments recently on my previous post about Changing the default reminder time in Outlook 2007.  The comments are not about the default reminder time for appointments… but rather the default reminder time for follow up flags.  The concern being that it is really strange that the default is 4pm and it seems there is no easy way to change that to something more acceptable (like 8am).

I would like to discuss this a little to hopefully help everyone out. Whilst on the surface it might look annoying (especially for those how have just moved to Outlook 2007)โ€ฆ there is actually a good reason why the default reminder is 4pm.

First lets talk about Outlook 2003

In Outlook 2003, medications a follow up flag is a follow up flag. You set a time and a date for the reminder and that is that.

In Outlook 2007 however, price there are different types of follow up flags. There is a โ€œTodayโ€ follow up flag, urticaria a โ€œTomorrowโ€ follow up flag, a โ€œThis Weekโ€, a โ€œNext Weekโ€ and a โ€œCustomโ€. Obviously, if you use a โ€œTodayโ€ follow up flag (which is the default), it will remind you today. If you set a โ€œTomorrowโ€ follow up flag, it will remind you tomorrow.

The โ€œTodayโ€ flag is designed to remind you about things that you need to finish before you go home from work todayโ€ฆ hence why it the default is for it to remind you 1 hour before the end of your work day (which would be 4pm in most cases).

As the โ€œTomorrowโ€ flag is designed to remind you about things to do tomorrow, it will remind you by default at the start of the next work day (8am in most cases).

So say you want to have your default reminder first thing tomorrow morning? Then it is easy to change the default flag that is set. Simply right click on where you currently set your flag, and then in the pop up menu click on โ€œSet Quick Clickโ€. Change the default to โ€œTomorrowโ€ and your default reminders will now be 8am on the next business day.

Hope that helps clear up some of the confusion around follow up flags. I can understand why it would be confusion coming from Outlook 2003, however with the new flexibility to set different types of flags, Outlook 2007 gives you a lot more control over when you get your reminders.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS. If you want to learn more about the default times, you can look at this Office Online help page – http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook/HA012317831033.aspx

Are you an Office freak from down-under?

On the weekend of the 15th and 16th of November, try a group of Aussie Office fanatics are putting together a conference called Office DevCon2008.  From what is on the agenda it looks like a great event for anyone involved in managing Office products in their workplace, seek or for those interested in getting a little more intimate with the Office 2007 suite, patient SharePoint and more.

Registration is free… and there might be sneak previews of Office 14 as well!

If you are in Sydney in mid November, make sure you check it out.  You never know, you might bump into yours truly there as well ๐Ÿ™‚

You can find out more by visiting the Office DevCon 2008 website

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Become Certified on Office 2007 – impress your boss!

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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How many times have you lost everything in your document?  Word crashed?  Maybe the power went out?  Whatever it was that happened… I bet it happened just before you were going to save, pharm right?

By default, medicine Word 2007 makes an Auto Recover save every 10 minutes.  But if you are clumsy like me, or don’t trust your computer… you can set Word to autosave your document a lot more than normal.  Here is how:

  1. Click on the old file menu (the office orb)
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on the "Save" option in the left hand menu
  4. In the first section "Save Documents", look for the second line which reads something like "Save AutoRecover information every XX minutes
  5. Set your preferred time.  Mine is now every 1 minute ๐Ÿ™‚

Just remember when increasing the AutoRecover frequency… that you do see a slight performance hit every time it saves.  Not really noticeable every 10 minutes, but when it happens every 60 seconds it could be annoying!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever poured your heart and soul into absolutely awesome background in your word doc?  Maybe you coloured it bright yellow, therapist or purple, what is ed or ‘mother of pearl’? 

It looks great on the screen, but when you print it… you can’t see it!

Did you know by default Microsoft Word 2007 that background colors and images are not printed?

It is easy to print them out though.  Here is how:

  1. Open the file menu (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on "Display" in the left hand menu
  4. Look in the "Printing options" section"
  5. Tick the "Print background colors and images" check box
  6. Click ok

How easy!  Just a word of warning though… printing a bright yellow background on every page will not only cost you an arm and a leg in ink and toner, but will also require you and your colleagues to invest in sunglasses.

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Excel 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, advice it lets you change the font, what is ed the font size, see the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Excel Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Excel
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Excel 2007

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Are you a little worried by some of the names of the documents you have recently opened in Word 2007?  Scared your boss might catch you out updating your resume, therapist working on your next novel or simply working on things that you shouldn’t?  Well this little trick will help you out!  Basically, cough how to get rid of all those recent documents that Word 2007 lists for you.

  1. Open "Word Options" by clicking on the Office Button, and then looking for the "Word Options" button
  2. Click on the Advanced Section
  3. Scroll down to the "Display" Section
  4. The first option in the "Display" Section is "Show This Number of Recent Documents" – set that to "0"
  5. Click "Ok"

There you have it – no more recent documents means no more strife from your boss! 

But just in case you have a change of heart in the future, you can turn on recent documents again simply by changing the "0" to something like "5" or "17", depending on how many you want to see.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Want to be a desktop publishing great, diagnosis spreadsheeting wiz or PowerPoint guru and help the environment at the same time?

Guess what – you might be already!

Microsoft have released an extra section on Microsoft Office Online called Lighten up: Reduce your carbon footprint and workplace costs.

Obviously they left one tip for reducing your impact on the environment… instead of investing in all those Office 2007 self help books, artificial why not just bookmark your favourite Office 2007 help, tips, tricks and tutorial site!

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Wonder how your favourite accountant/analyst/spreadsheet guru makes those cool looking headings that go across a number of columns and rows?

Chances are they are using a great feature of Excel 2007 called "Merge and Center".  What does merge and center do?  Exactly that – it merges all the cells you have selected, bronchi and then centres the text!

So how do you do it?

  1. Select the cells you want to merge
  2. In the ribbon menu (the one at the top) make sure you are on the "Home" tab, noun and then look in the "Alignment" section
  3. Select "Merge & Center"

Simple as that!

Have you selected multiple rows?  Well you will notice that whilst the text will be horizontally centered… it will not be vertically centered.  How do you fix that?  Just near the "Merge & Center" button in the menu there are three buttons.  One that has lines at the top, patient one that has lines in the middle, and one that has lines at the bottom (the one with lines at the bottom will be selected).  Select the one with the lines in the middle – that will center the vertical alignment of your selection.

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Yesterday I told you all about how you can use Merge and Center to get some text to run across a number of columns, healthful rows, caries or both.

Well Jon Peltier quickly got onto the comments box and let us know about an alternative to Merge and Center in Excel 2007 called "Center Across Selection".  It’s just like merge and centre, but without all the hassles that merging cells cause.

Center Across Selection is a little harder to find than Merge and Center, but in true The New Paperclip tradition… I am going to show you how!

  1. Select your text and the cells you want to centre your text over.
  2. On the ribbon, make sure you are on the "Home" tab, and then look for the "Alignment" group.
  3. Click on the little square with the arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the "Alignment" group.
  4. In the "Format Cells" box that appears, look for the "Horizontal" drop down box
  5. Select "Center Across Selection"
  6. Click "ok"
  7. Look in amazement at your perfectly centered text ๐Ÿ™‚

How easy is that!  Thanks again Jon for the heads up!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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It has happened to the best of us.ย  Your day is going along great, rubella and then all of a sudden you get an Outlook reminder… a reminder for that meeting you totally forgot about.

Now you just have 15 minutes to salvage something out of nothing and impress the boss/wife/colleague/all of the above.

Don’t want to get caught out again?ย  Apart from memorising your entire calendar every morning and keeping an eagle eye on you watch (unlikely)… why don’t we just increase the default reminder time.

Its quite simple actually!ย  In Outlook 2007, apoplectic all you need to do is:

  1. Click on “Tools”
  2. Click on “Options”
  3. Look on the “Preferences” tab, in the “Calendar” section (second from the top)
  4. Select your preferred reminder time from the drop down box.
  5. Click ok

If you think you are a hotshot… set the reminder to 0 minutes.ย  If you are a lost cause, maybe 2 weeks is more appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Are you like me and need more than 15 minutes to prepare for those meetings you ALWAYS forget about?

Did you know that Microsoft have released an update to Office 2007?  They call it Service Pack 1 (or SP1 for the nerds out there!) and basically it is a big file that you can download that contains lots of updates and bug fixes.

So what you say?  Well it is a good idea to install the Service Pack for a couple of reasons – but the main one is security.

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1 fixes some holes in Word, view Excel and the rest of the Office suite – holes that could make your computer vulnerable to attack.

What is this PaperClip’s advice?  Simple.  If you haven’t installed it yet – download or get a CD containing the Service Pack, order and make sure you install it!

For more information on the service pack, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936982, or if you want to download it already (note it is 218 MB!) go directly to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EC51594-992C-4165-A997-25DA01F388F5&displaylang=en

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you like me and tend to write lots and lots in your cells in Excel 2007?  It might be a good idea to make the text wrap.

What does wrapping text mean?  Basically it is where you take one long line of text, therapy and make it "wrap" around onto a number of lines instead.  That way you have a nice readable block of text, instead of the line that goes on forever.

How to you wrap cell text in Excel 2007?  Simple!

  1. Select the cell with all the text
  2. In the ribbon menu, on the "Home" tab, look for the "Alignment" group
  3. Click on the "Wrap Text" button.

 

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Do you want to pretty up your spreadsheets just a little?ย  Why not add a picture in the background!ย  It could be a company logo, sales a nice relaxing beach landscape or a picture of your kids… whatever it is… it is really simple to add a background image to your spreadsheets in Excel 2007

  1. Open up your spreadsheet
  2. Click on the “Page Layout” tab on the ribbon menu
  3. In the “Page Setup” group, and click on the “Background” button
  4. Select your image

Simple as that!ย  Now you have a nice background to complement your hard Excel work!

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Is there a feature of Office that you KNOW exists… but can’t for the life of you find it?

Maybe it was an old feature you remember from Word 2003, information pills or Excel, or PowerPoint.  They didn’t cover it in the course that work sent you to, you can’t find it in the help file, and Google hasn’t returned any results!

Panic?  Not quite yet!

Here is a neat little trick that I learnt from Tim Anderson over at ITWriting.

  1. Go to the Quick Access Toolbar (you know the one beside the big Office button (the old file menu!))
  2. You will see a little arrow that points down – click on it and then “Customize Quick Access Toolbar”
  3. Click on “More Commands”
  4. In the “Choose commands from” dropdown box, select “All Commands”
  5. Scroll through the list to find your long lost friend!

Simple as that! Kudos to Tim @ IT Writing for a fantastic find!

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

I was surfing over at Simply-Basic.com today and stumbled across a great trick that you will find really handy!

In the post John Kolbert explains how Word 2007 interprets dashes, price dots, sale asterisks and more and turns them into different horizontal lines – very cool indeed.

Do you want a simple horizontal line? Type 3 dashes in a row (“—“) and hit enter

What about a thicker line?  Type 3 underscore lines in a row (“___”) and hit enter

So what you say!  What about something trickier like a double line?  Type 3 equals signs in a row (“===”) and hit enter.

There are a few other types of lines that you can create using this great trick – check out the rest of the post for more information.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hi there loyal TheNewPaperclip.com readers!

Over the last few months, order your fearless paperclip has been busy writing his very first e-book!  And now it is at a stage ready for public consumption… well almost!

I am looking for 10 people from around the world to be ‘beta testers’ for my new e-book.

All I ask from you is to answer a few questions over email, viagra maybe a IM conversation, or even a quick read of my draft.  In return I will give you a free copy of the e-book when it is published in a few weeks.

You want in?  Simply email my friend Paul Woods (by clicking on this address – paul@paul-woods.com) with a little bit about you, where you are from and why you want to be one of the beta readers!

I look forward to hearing from you.  Get in quick!  I can only accept nominations up until Friday 13 June 2008 (spooky!) and my favourite 10 will be part of the program.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Have you ever wanted to open a PowerPoint deck that a friend of co-worker has sent you (you know the files – the ones with .ppt, phthisiatrician or .pptx on the end)… but you don’t have PowerPoint 2007 on your computer?

Well there are two options – you can go out and by PowerPoint 2007(and all the other parts of Office 2007)… or you can simply download the FREE PowerPoint Viewer 2007.

PowerPoint Viewer 2007 doesn’t let you edit a PowerPoint file, page but it lets you look at the presentation!  How cool is that (and seriously… what do you get for free these days!  NOT MUCH!)

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Did you think you have great Word 2007 skills?  Does everyone in the office come to you for help with Excel 2007 or PowerPoint?  Are you the Access 2007 database guru at work?

Well – instead of helping everyone else all the time, approved how about you take some time to invest in yourself – and get a credential that proves your worth to your organisation!

You want to become a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist (or MCAS).

What is a Microsoft Certified Application Specialist?  Someone who knows their stuff – that’s what!  Basically it means that possess the right skills and expertise to shine when using one of the Microsoft Office 2007 programs.

There is a different exam for each program (Word, order Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access).. and you don’t have to do all of them! – Say you are just the best at PowerPoint and want to show that on your resume… then just do the PowerPoint 2007 exam.  Simple!

If you are interested, here is a quick list of the exams that you could take:

  • 77-601: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Word 2007
  • 77-602: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Excel 2007
  • 77-603: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007
  • 77-604: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Outlook 2007
  • 77-605: MCAS: Using Microsoft Office Access 2007

What kind of things do you need to know?

Here is a quick look at the topics covered in the Word 2007 exam:

  • Creating and customising documents
  • Formatting content
  • Working with visual content
  • Organising content
  • Reviewing documents
  • Sharing and securing content

To learn more about the Microsoft Certified Application Specialist, and what could be on the other Office 2007 exams – visit http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/msbc/requirements/default.mspx

And if you are studying for any of the exams – make sure you take a look through the rest of this site (www.TheNewPaperclip.com – just in case you didn’t know)… as you might learn a thing or two that will be handy in your exam!

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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How many times have you lost everything in your document?  Word crashed?  Maybe the power went out?  Whatever it was that happened… I bet it happened just before you were going to save, pharm right?

By default, medicine Word 2007 makes an Auto Recover save every 10 minutes.  But if you are clumsy like me, or don’t trust your computer… you can set Word to autosave your document a lot more than normal.  Here is how:

  1. Click on the old file menu (the office orb)
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on the "Save" option in the left hand menu
  4. In the first section "Save Documents", look for the second line which reads something like "Save AutoRecover information every XX minutes
  5. Set your preferred time.  Mine is now every 1 minute ๐Ÿ™‚

Just remember when increasing the AutoRecover frequency… that you do see a slight performance hit every time it saves.  Not really noticeable every 10 minutes, but when it happens every 60 seconds it could be annoying!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever poured your heart and soul into absolutely awesome background in your word doc?  Maybe you coloured it bright yellow, therapist or purple, what is ed or ‘mother of pearl’? 

It looks great on the screen, but when you print it… you can’t see it!

Did you know by default Microsoft Word 2007 that background colors and images are not printed?

It is easy to print them out though.  Here is how:

  1. Open the file menu (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on "Display" in the left hand menu
  4. Look in the "Printing options" section"
  5. Tick the "Print background colors and images" check box
  6. Click ok

How easy!  Just a word of warning though… printing a bright yellow background on every page will not only cost you an arm and a leg in ink and toner, but will also require you and your colleagues to invest in sunglasses.

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Excel 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, advice it lets you change the font, what is ed the font size, see the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Excel Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Excel
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Excel 2007

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย 

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Are you a little worried by some of the names of the documents you have recently opened in Word 2007?  Scared your boss might catch you out updating your resume, therapist working on your next novel or simply working on things that you shouldn’t?  Well this little trick will help you out!  Basically, cough how to get rid of all those recent documents that Word 2007 lists for you.

  1. Open "Word Options" by clicking on the Office Button, and then looking for the "Word Options" button
  2. Click on the Advanced Section
  3. Scroll down to the "Display" Section
  4. The first option in the "Display" Section is "Show This Number of Recent Documents" – set that to "0"
  5. Click "Ok"

There you have it – no more recent documents means no more strife from your boss! 

But just in case you have a change of heart in the future, you can turn on recent documents again simply by changing the "0" to something like "5" or "17", depending on how many you want to see.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Want to be a desktop publishing great, diagnosis spreadsheeting wiz or PowerPoint guru and help the environment at the same time?

Guess what – you might be already!

Microsoft have released an extra section on Microsoft Office Online called Lighten up: Reduce your carbon footprint and workplace costs.

Obviously they left one tip for reducing your impact on the environment… instead of investing in all those Office 2007 self help books, artificial why not just bookmark your favourite Office 2007 help, tips, tricks and tutorial site!

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Wonder how your favourite accountant/analyst/spreadsheet guru makes those cool looking headings that go across a number of columns and rows?

Chances are they are using a great feature of Excel 2007 called "Merge and Center".  What does merge and center do?  Exactly that – it merges all the cells you have selected, bronchi and then centres the text!

So how do you do it?

  1. Select the cells you want to merge
  2. In the ribbon menu (the one at the top) make sure you are on the "Home" tab, noun and then look in the "Alignment" section
  3. Select "Merge & Center"

Simple as that!

Have you selected multiple rows?  Well you will notice that whilst the text will be horizontally centered… it will not be vertically centered.  How do you fix that?  Just near the "Merge & Center" button in the menu there are three buttons.  One that has lines at the top, patient one that has lines in the middle, and one that has lines at the bottom (the one with lines at the bottom will be selected).  Select the one with the lines in the middle – that will center the vertical alignment of your selection.

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Yesterday I told you all about how you can use Merge and Center to get some text to run across a number of columns, healthful rows, caries or both.

Well Jon Peltier quickly got onto the comments box and let us know about an alternative to Merge and Center in Excel 2007 called "Center Across Selection".  It’s just like merge and centre, but without all the hassles that merging cells cause.

Center Across Selection is a little harder to find than Merge and Center, but in true The New Paperclip tradition… I am going to show you how!

  1. Select your text and the cells you want to centre your text over.
  2. On the ribbon, make sure you are on the "Home" tab, and then look for the "Alignment" group.
  3. Click on the little square with the arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the "Alignment" group.
  4. In the "Format Cells" box that appears, look for the "Horizontal" drop down box
  5. Select "Center Across Selection"
  6. Click "ok"
  7. Look in amazement at your perfectly centered text ๐Ÿ™‚

How easy is that!  Thanks again Jon for the heads up!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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It has happened to the best of us.ย  Your day is going along great, rubella and then all of a sudden you get an Outlook reminder… a reminder for that meeting you totally forgot about.

Now you just have 15 minutes to salvage something out of nothing and impress the boss/wife/colleague/all of the above.

Don’t want to get caught out again?ย  Apart from memorising your entire calendar every morning and keeping an eagle eye on you watch (unlikely)… why don’t we just increase the default reminder time.

Its quite simple actually!ย  In Outlook 2007, apoplectic all you need to do is:

  1. Click on “Tools”
  2. Click on “Options”
  3. Look on the “Preferences” tab, in the “Calendar” section (second from the top)
  4. Select your preferred reminder time from the drop down box.
  5. Click ok

If you think you are a hotshot… set the reminder to 0 minutes.ย  If you are a lost cause, maybe 2 weeks is more appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย 

ย 

ย 

ย 

Are you like me and need more than 15 minutes to prepare for those meetings you ALWAYS forget about?

Did you know that Microsoft have released an update to Office 2007?  They call it Service Pack 1 (or SP1 for the nerds out there!) and basically it is a big file that you can download that contains lots of updates and bug fixes.

So what you say?  Well it is a good idea to install the Service Pack for a couple of reasons – but the main one is security.

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1 fixes some holes in Word, view Excel and the rest of the Office suite – holes that could make your computer vulnerable to attack.

What is this PaperClip’s advice?  Simple.  If you haven’t installed it yet – download or get a CD containing the Service Pack, order and make sure you install it!

For more information on the service pack, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936982, or if you want to download it already (note it is 218 MB!) go directly to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EC51594-992C-4165-A997-25DA01F388F5&displaylang=en

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

How to find ANY Office 2007 command you want!

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย 

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How many times have you lost everything in your document?  Word crashed?  Maybe the power went out?  Whatever it was that happened… I bet it happened just before you were going to save, pharm right?

By default, medicine Word 2007 makes an Auto Recover save every 10 minutes.  But if you are clumsy like me, or don’t trust your computer… you can set Word to autosave your document a lot more than normal.  Here is how:

  1. Click on the old file menu (the office orb)
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on the "Save" option in the left hand menu
  4. In the first section "Save Documents", look for the second line which reads something like "Save AutoRecover information every XX minutes
  5. Set your preferred time.  Mine is now every 1 minute ๐Ÿ™‚

Just remember when increasing the AutoRecover frequency… that you do see a slight performance hit every time it saves.  Not really noticeable every 10 minutes, but when it happens every 60 seconds it could be annoying!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever poured your heart and soul into absolutely awesome background in your word doc?  Maybe you coloured it bright yellow, therapist or purple, what is ed or ‘mother of pearl’? 

It looks great on the screen, but when you print it… you can’t see it!

Did you know by default Microsoft Word 2007 that background colors and images are not printed?

It is easy to print them out though.  Here is how:

  1. Open the file menu (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on "Display" in the left hand menu
  4. Look in the "Printing options" section"
  5. Tick the "Print background colors and images" check box
  6. Click ok

How easy!  Just a word of warning though… printing a bright yellow background on every page will not only cost you an arm and a leg in ink and toner, but will also require you and your colleagues to invest in sunglasses.

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Excel 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, advice it lets you change the font, what is ed the font size, see the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Excel Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Excel
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Excel 2007

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย 

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Are you a little worried by some of the names of the documents you have recently opened in Word 2007?  Scared your boss might catch you out updating your resume, therapist working on your next novel or simply working on things that you shouldn’t?  Well this little trick will help you out!  Basically, cough how to get rid of all those recent documents that Word 2007 lists for you.

  1. Open "Word Options" by clicking on the Office Button, and then looking for the "Word Options" button
  2. Click on the Advanced Section
  3. Scroll down to the "Display" Section
  4. The first option in the "Display" Section is "Show This Number of Recent Documents" – set that to "0"
  5. Click "Ok"

There you have it – no more recent documents means no more strife from your boss! 

But just in case you have a change of heart in the future, you can turn on recent documents again simply by changing the "0" to something like "5" or "17", depending on how many you want to see.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Technorati Tags:

Want to be a desktop publishing great, diagnosis spreadsheeting wiz or PowerPoint guru and help the environment at the same time?

Guess what – you might be already!

Microsoft have released an extra section on Microsoft Office Online called Lighten up: Reduce your carbon footprint and workplace costs.

Obviously they left one tip for reducing your impact on the environment… instead of investing in all those Office 2007 self help books, artificial why not just bookmark your favourite Office 2007 help, tips, tricks and tutorial site!

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Technorati Tags: ,

Wonder how your favourite accountant/analyst/spreadsheet guru makes those cool looking headings that go across a number of columns and rows?

Chances are they are using a great feature of Excel 2007 called "Merge and Center".  What does merge and center do?  Exactly that – it merges all the cells you have selected, bronchi and then centres the text!

So how do you do it?

  1. Select the cells you want to merge
  2. In the ribbon menu (the one at the top) make sure you are on the "Home" tab, noun and then look in the "Alignment" section
  3. Select "Merge & Center"

Simple as that!

Have you selected multiple rows?  Well you will notice that whilst the text will be horizontally centered… it will not be vertically centered.  How do you fix that?  Just near the "Merge & Center" button in the menu there are three buttons.  One that has lines at the top, patient one that has lines in the middle, and one that has lines at the bottom (the one with lines at the bottom will be selected).  Select the one with the lines in the middle – that will center the vertical alignment of your selection.

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Technorati Tags: ,,

Yesterday I told you all about how you can use Merge and Center to get some text to run across a number of columns, healthful rows, caries or both.

Well Jon Peltier quickly got onto the comments box and let us know about an alternative to Merge and Center in Excel 2007 called "Center Across Selection".  It’s just like merge and centre, but without all the hassles that merging cells cause.

Center Across Selection is a little harder to find than Merge and Center, but in true The New Paperclip tradition… I am going to show you how!

  1. Select your text and the cells you want to centre your text over.
  2. On the ribbon, make sure you are on the "Home" tab, and then look for the "Alignment" group.
  3. Click on the little square with the arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the "Alignment" group.
  4. In the "Format Cells" box that appears, look for the "Horizontal" drop down box
  5. Select "Center Across Selection"
  6. Click "ok"
  7. Look in amazement at your perfectly centered text ๐Ÿ™‚

How easy is that!  Thanks again Jon for the heads up!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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It has happened to the best of us.ย  Your day is going along great, rubella and then all of a sudden you get an Outlook reminder… a reminder for that meeting you totally forgot about.

Now you just have 15 minutes to salvage something out of nothing and impress the boss/wife/colleague/all of the above.

Don’t want to get caught out again?ย  Apart from memorising your entire calendar every morning and keeping an eagle eye on you watch (unlikely)… why don’t we just increase the default reminder time.

Its quite simple actually!ย  In Outlook 2007, apoplectic all you need to do is:

  1. Click on “Tools”
  2. Click on “Options”
  3. Look on the “Preferences” tab, in the “Calendar” section (second from the top)
  4. Select your preferred reminder time from the drop down box.
  5. Click ok

If you think you are a hotshot… set the reminder to 0 minutes.ย  If you are a lost cause, maybe 2 weeks is more appropriate ๐Ÿ™‚

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย 

ย 

ย 

ย 

Are you like me and need more than 15 minutes to prepare for those meetings you ALWAYS forget about?

Did you know that Microsoft have released an update to Office 2007?  They call it Service Pack 1 (or SP1 for the nerds out there!) and basically it is a big file that you can download that contains lots of updates and bug fixes.

So what you say?  Well it is a good idea to install the Service Pack for a couple of reasons – but the main one is security.

Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1 fixes some holes in Word, view Excel and the rest of the Office suite – holes that could make your computer vulnerable to attack.

What is this PaperClip’s advice?  Simple.  If you haven’t installed it yet – download or get a CD containing the Service Pack, order and make sure you install it!

For more information on the service pack, visit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/936982, or if you want to download it already (note it is 218 MB!) go directly to http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9EC51594-992C-4165-A997-25DA01F388F5&displaylang=en

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Are you like me and tend to write lots and lots in your cells in Excel 2007?  It might be a good idea to make the text wrap.

What does wrapping text mean?  Basically it is where you take one long line of text, therapy and make it "wrap" around onto a number of lines instead.  That way you have a nice readable block of text, instead of the line that goes on forever.

How to you wrap cell text in Excel 2007?  Simple!

  1. Select the cell with all the text
  2. In the ribbon menu, on the "Home" tab, look for the "Alignment" group
  3. Click on the "Wrap Text" button.

 

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Do you want to pretty up your spreadsheets just a little?ย  Why not add a picture in the background!ย  It could be a company logo, sales a nice relaxing beach landscape or a picture of your kids… whatever it is… it is really simple to add a background image to your spreadsheets in Excel 2007

  1. Open up your spreadsheet
  2. Click on the “Page Layout” tab on the ribbon menu
  3. In the “Page Setup” group, and click on the “Background” button
  4. Select your image

Simple as that!ย  Now you have a nice background to complement your hard Excel work!

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Is there a feature of Office that you KNOW exists… but can’t for the life of you find it?

Maybe it was an old feature you remember from Word 2003, information pills or Excel, or PowerPoint.  They didn’t cover it in the course that work sent you to, you can’t find it in the help file, and Google hasn’t returned any results!

Panic?  Not quite yet!

Here is a neat little trick that I learnt from Tim Anderson over at ITWriting.

  1. Go to the Quick Access Toolbar (you know the one beside the big Office button (the old file menu!))
  2. You will see a little arrow that points down – click on it and then “Customize Quick Access Toolbar”
  3. Click on “More Commands”
  4. In the “Choose commands from” dropdown box, select “All Commands”
  5. Scroll through the list to find your long lost friend!

Simple as that! Kudos to Tim @ IT Writing for a fantastic find!

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

Remove recent documents from Word 2007

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย 

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How many times have you lost everything in your document?  Word crashed?  Maybe the power went out?  Whatever it was that happened… I bet it happened just before you were going to save, pharm right?

By default, medicine Word 2007 makes an Auto Recover save every 10 minutes.  But if you are clumsy like me, or don’t trust your computer… you can set Word to autosave your document a lot more than normal.  Here is how:

  1. Click on the old file menu (the office orb)
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on the "Save" option in the left hand menu
  4. In the first section "Save Documents", look for the second line which reads something like "Save AutoRecover information every XX minutes
  5. Set your preferred time.  Mine is now every 1 minute ๐Ÿ™‚

Just remember when increasing the AutoRecover frequency… that you do see a slight performance hit every time it saves.  Not really noticeable every 10 minutes, but when it happens every 60 seconds it could be annoying!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever poured your heart and soul into absolutely awesome background in your word doc?  Maybe you coloured it bright yellow, therapist or purple, what is ed or ‘mother of pearl’? 

It looks great on the screen, but when you print it… you can’t see it!

Did you know by default Microsoft Word 2007 that background colors and images are not printed?

It is easy to print them out though.  Here is how:

  1. Open the file menu (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on "Display" in the left hand menu
  4. Look in the "Printing options" section"
  5. Tick the "Print background colors and images" check box
  6. Click ok

How easy!  Just a word of warning though… printing a bright yellow background on every page will not only cost you an arm and a leg in ink and toner, but will also require you and your colleagues to invest in sunglasses.

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Technorati Tags: ,

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Excel 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, advice it lets you change the font, what is ed the font size, see the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Excel Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Excel
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Excel 2007

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย 

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Are you a little worried by some of the names of the documents you have recently opened in Word 2007?  Scared your boss might catch you out updating your resume, therapist working on your next novel or simply working on things that you shouldn’t?  Well this little trick will help you out!  Basically, cough how to get rid of all those recent documents that Word 2007 lists for you.

  1. Open "Word Options" by clicking on the Office Button, and then looking for the "Word Options" button
  2. Click on the Advanced Section
  3. Scroll down to the "Display" Section
  4. The first option in the "Display" Section is "Show This Number of Recent Documents" – set that to "0"
  5. Click "Ok"

There you have it – no more recent documents means no more strife from your boss! 

But just in case you have a change of heart in the future, you can turn on recent documents again simply by changing the "0" to something like "5" or "17", depending on how many you want to see.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Center Across Selection – the Merge and Center alternative in Excel 2007

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

ย 

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How many times have you lost everything in your document?  Word crashed?  Maybe the power went out?  Whatever it was that happened… I bet it happened just before you were going to save, pharm right?

By default, medicine Word 2007 makes an Auto Recover save every 10 minutes.  But if you are clumsy like me, or don’t trust your computer… you can set Word to autosave your document a lot more than normal.  Here is how:

  1. Click on the old file menu (the office orb)
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on the "Save" option in the left hand menu
  4. In the first section "Save Documents", look for the second line which reads something like "Save AutoRecover information every XX minutes
  5. Set your preferred time.  Mine is now every 1 minute ๐Ÿ™‚

Just remember when increasing the AutoRecover frequency… that you do see a slight performance hit every time it saves.  Not really noticeable every 10 minutes, but when it happens every 60 seconds it could be annoying!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever poured your heart and soul into absolutely awesome background in your word doc?  Maybe you coloured it bright yellow, therapist or purple, what is ed or ‘mother of pearl’? 

It looks great on the screen, but when you print it… you can’t see it!

Did you know by default Microsoft Word 2007 that background colors and images are not printed?

It is easy to print them out though.  Here is how:

  1. Open the file menu (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on "Display" in the left hand menu
  4. Look in the "Printing options" section"
  5. Tick the "Print background colors and images" check box
  6. Click ok

How easy!  Just a word of warning though… printing a bright yellow background on every page will not only cost you an arm and a leg in ink and toner, but will also require you and your colleagues to invest in sunglasses.

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Excel 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, advice it lets you change the font, what is ed the font size, see the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Excel Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Excel
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Excel 2007

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Are you a little worried by some of the names of the documents you have recently opened in Word 2007?  Scared your boss might catch you out updating your resume, therapist working on your next novel or simply working on things that you shouldn’t?  Well this little trick will help you out!  Basically, cough how to get rid of all those recent documents that Word 2007 lists for you.

  1. Open "Word Options" by clicking on the Office Button, and then looking for the "Word Options" button
  2. Click on the Advanced Section
  3. Scroll down to the "Display" Section
  4. The first option in the "Display" Section is "Show This Number of Recent Documents" – set that to "0"
  5. Click "Ok"

There you have it – no more recent documents means no more strife from your boss! 

But just in case you have a change of heart in the future, you can turn on recent documents again simply by changing the "0" to something like "5" or "17", depending on how many you want to see.

’till next time!
TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Want to be a desktop publishing great, diagnosis spreadsheeting wiz or PowerPoint guru and help the environment at the same time?

Guess what – you might be already!

Microsoft have released an extra section on Microsoft Office Online called Lighten up: Reduce your carbon footprint and workplace costs.

Obviously they left one tip for reducing your impact on the environment… instead of investing in all those Office 2007 self help books, artificial why not just bookmark your favourite Office 2007 help, tips, tricks and tutorial site!

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Wonder how your favourite accountant/analyst/spreadsheet guru makes those cool looking headings that go across a number of columns and rows?

Chances are they are using a great feature of Excel 2007 called "Merge and Center".  What does merge and center do?  Exactly that – it merges all the cells you have selected, bronchi and then centres the text!

So how do you do it?

  1. Select the cells you want to merge
  2. In the ribbon menu (the one at the top) make sure you are on the "Home" tab, noun and then look in the "Alignment" section
  3. Select "Merge & Center"

Simple as that!

Have you selected multiple rows?  Well you will notice that whilst the text will be horizontally centered… it will not be vertically centered.  How do you fix that?  Just near the "Merge & Center" button in the menu there are three buttons.  One that has lines at the top, patient one that has lines in the middle, and one that has lines at the bottom (the one with lines at the bottom will be selected).  Select the one with the lines in the middle – that will center the vertical alignment of your selection.

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Yesterday I told you all about how you can use Merge and Center to get some text to run across a number of columns, healthful rows, caries or both.

Well Jon Peltier quickly got onto the comments box and let us know about an alternative to Merge and Center in Excel 2007 called "Center Across Selection".  It’s just like merge and centre, but without all the hassles that merging cells cause.

Center Across Selection is a little harder to find than Merge and Center, but in true The New Paperclip tradition… I am going to show you how!

  1. Select your text and the cells you want to centre your text over.
  2. On the ribbon, make sure you are on the "Home" tab, and then look for the "Alignment" group.
  3. Click on the little square with the arrow in the bottom right hand corner of the "Alignment" group.
  4. In the "Format Cells" box that appears, look for the "Horizontal" drop down box
  5. Select "Center Across Selection"
  6. Click "ok"
  7. Look in amazement at your perfectly centered text ๐Ÿ™‚

How easy is that!  Thanks again Jon for the heads up!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Turn off the mini toolbar in Excel 2007

Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Word 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, physician it lets you change the font, apoplectic the font size, anabolics the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Word Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Word
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Word 2007

’till next time

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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How many times have you lost everything in your document?  Word crashed?  Maybe the power went out?  Whatever it was that happened… I bet it happened just before you were going to save, pharm right?

By default, medicine Word 2007 makes an Auto Recover save every 10 minutes.  But if you are clumsy like me, or don’t trust your computer… you can set Word to autosave your document a lot more than normal.  Here is how:

  1. Click on the old file menu (the office orb)
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on the "Save" option in the left hand menu
  4. In the first section "Save Documents", look for the second line which reads something like "Save AutoRecover information every XX minutes
  5. Set your preferred time.  Mine is now every 1 minute ๐Ÿ™‚

Just remember when increasing the AutoRecover frequency… that you do see a slight performance hit every time it saves.  Not really noticeable every 10 minutes, but when it happens every 60 seconds it could be annoying!

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever poured your heart and soul into absolutely awesome background in your word doc?  Maybe you coloured it bright yellow, therapist or purple, what is ed or ‘mother of pearl’? 

It looks great on the screen, but when you print it… you can’t see it!

Did you know by default Microsoft Word 2007 that background colors and images are not printed?

It is easy to print them out though.  Here is how:

  1. Open the file menu (the circle in the top left hand corner of the screen
  2. Click on "Word Options"
  3. Click on "Display" in the left hand menu
  4. Look in the "Printing options" section"
  5. Tick the "Print background colors and images" check box
  6. Click ok

How easy!  Just a word of warning though… printing a bright yellow background on every page will not only cost you an arm and a leg in ink and toner, but will also require you and your colleagues to invest in sunglasses.

 

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

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Have you ever noticed if you select some text in Microsoft Excel 2007 you get a little pop-up menu.ย  You know the one, advice it lets you change the font, what is ed the font size, see the font colour and a lot more.

Some people think it is great.ย  Some people think it is annoying.

I think it is great, but as a service to you, I will let you know how to turn it off, and stop it from popping up!

  1. Click on the menu – the “Office Orb” (that circle in the top left hand corner which used to be the file menu!)
  2. Click on “Excel Options”
  3. Look in the “Popular section”, under “Top options for working with Excel
  4. Untick the “Show Mini Toolbar on selection” checkbox
  5. Hit ok

There you go – no more annoying (not) popup mini menu in Excel 2007

’till next time!

TNP ๐Ÿ˜‰

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