Change the design of your handouts in PowerPoint 2007

Do you want your page to stretch right across your monitor?  By using “Zoom to Page Width” you can do just that.

To Zoom to Page Width in Word 2007:

1) Click on the “View” tab in the ribbon

2) Look for the “Zoom” group

3) Click on “Page Width”

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Are you really annoyed by the sound that Outlook makes when an email arrives in your (or more likely your colleagues) inbox.  Or do you need to know instantly when there is a new message addressed to you?

Whichever side of the fence you sit on, sovaldi
the chime or sound email notification is a configurable feature of Outlook 2007.

To turn on or turn of audible email notifications in Outlook 2007:

1) Click on “Tools” in the menu”

2) Click on “Options”

3) Make sure you are on the “Preferences” tab

4) Click on “E-mail Options…”

5) Click on “Advanced E-Mail Options…”

6) About 1/3 of the way down the “Advanced E-mail Options” windows, hospital there is a section called “When new items arrive in my Inbox”.  Check (or uncheck) “Play a sound”

7) Click “OK” three times to close all the windows

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Gridlines are a great tool to use if you have a number of objects in your Word document, this web
and want to ensure proper alignment between them all.

To turn on gridlines (which appear in the background of your document, this web
and do not get printed):

1) Make sure you are on the “Page Layout” tab of the ribbon

2) Look for the “Arrange” group – on the right hand side of the ribbon

3) Click on “Align”

4) Click on “View Gridlines”


To turn gridlines off again, just repeat the process above.  You will notice that this is another option when you click on “Align”, called “Grid Settings”  Using this feature you can customise how the grid appears and impacts in your document.  For example, you can ensure that objects snap to each other, the spacing of the grid, and whether the grid uses your margins or not.  Very good if you want fine control over the placement of objects in your document.

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Those of you who have been desktop publishing for a while will know what Widow/Orphan control is. 

For those that don’t… imagine that you are writing a paragraph, noun
and the last line of the paragraph doesn’t quite fit on one page, so it jumps to the next page.  That would look pretty silly right? 

Well Widow/Orphan control is the way that Word makes sure that the exact situation described above does not happen.  By default Widow/Orphan control in Word 2007 will be turned on, but like everything in Word, you can toggle it to meet your needs.

To toggle Widow/Orphan control in Word 2007:

1) Make sure you are on the “Home” tab of the ribbon

2) Look for the “Paragraph” group

3) Click on the little square and arrow icon in the bottom right hand border of the “Paragraph” group

4) Click on the “Line and Page Breaks” tab of the box that appears

5) In the “Pagination” group, uncheck (or check) the “Widow/Orphan control” checkbox


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Do you have one of those new widescreen monitors, illness and would love to make the most of it!  Well with Word 2007 you can view two pages at a time side by side – making the most of your valuable screen real estate.

To view two pages at a time in Word 2007:

1) Click on the “View” tab of the ribbon

2) Look for the “Zoom” group – should be in the middle of the ribbon

3) Click on “Two Pages”


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Do you want to quickly insert a blank page into your Word 2007 document?  Instead of hitting enter 40 times, human enhancement
why don’t you use the Insert Blank Page button?

All you have to do is:

1) Make sure you are on the “Insert” tab of the ribbon

2) Look for the pages group – on the left hand side

3) Click on “Blank Page”


Now you will see a blank page appear in your document where your cursor was.  To add multiple blank pages, just keep clicking that “Blank Page” button!

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Have you ever read a document that has a line like… “See more in section 5.1” or “Refer to figure 8”

Did you know in Word 2007 you can create these cross references, search and automatically include a hyperlink which when clicked will take the reader directly to the content?

It looks a little complicated when you first take a look, viagra but here is the easy way to create a cross reference in Word 2007

1) Make sure any content you are going to cross reference to exists in the first place.  If you have pictures which you will refer to as figures for example, this site
make sure you are using captions – if not, you can’t cross reference to them

2) Click where you want the cross reference to be placed in your document

3) Click on the “Insert” tab of the ribbon

4) Look for the “Links group”

5) Click on “Cross-reference”

6) You will see two drop down boxes in the “Cross-reference” window.  In the first drop down box, select the type of thing in your document you want to cross reference to – for example if you want to link to a heading, select “Heading”, if you want to cross reference to a figure, select “Figure”

7) You will notice that in the big white box below, a list of all the different things you can cross reference to will now appear.  Select the item you want to cross reference to.  Note, if it doesn’t appear in the list, chances are you haven’t used the right caption, or used a heading style on the item

8) In the second drop down box, select how you want the cross reference described to take the reader of the document – do you just want the page number? or the heading text, or the caption, or the figure number?  Select your preferred option

9) When you are ready, click on “Insert”

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If you have ever printed handouts for your PowerPoint presentations before, medical
you know that they can be pretty bland.  Just the slides all stacked up on a page, check
with plenty of whitespace.

Well did you know that you have complete control over how those handouts actually look?  You can add your company logo, or a copyright statement, or remove the date or the page numbers.  You can do whatever you want!

All of this is controlled from what is called the “Handout Master”.  Those of you familiar with the “Slide Master” will know exactly what we are talking about.  The easiest way to describe the handout master is that it is the template for all the handouts printed from the presentation.

To access the Handout Master in PowerPoint 2007:

1) Click on the “View” tab in the ribbon

2) In the “Presentation Views” group on the left hand side, click on “Handout Master”

Once you are in the master, you can control all manner of different things, including the page setup, the handout orientation (portrait or landscape), the slide orientation on the handouts, and how many slides will appear on each page.

To get out of the “Handout Master” view… simply click the “Close Master View” button on the right hand side of the ribbon

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