Remove skipped lines from your Word documents

When authoring in Microsoft Word, the default template automatically skips a line between paragraphs – which is visually pleasing and does make it easier to read. But what if you’re authoring in Word for another destination, such as a blog or social media site? When you cut and paste your text into your publishing tool,…


An Interview with the Windows 7 Start Menu

Another candid encounter with a Windows 7 feature. I can’t believe my good luck: last minute reservations at the hottest place in town—and I even get a Window table. My lunchtime interview with a genuine power broker in the Windows world—Start menu—gets the setting it deserved. He shows up right on time, checking his watch…


Formula Watch: Convert to and from ASCII codes in Excel

If you ever need to look up an ASCII code, say for an HTML entity such as a © or ® symbol, you can simply use the CODE command in Excel: =CODE("©") This returns a value of 169, so your HTML code would be: © It’s easy to make your own ASCII chart in Excel….


Create a PST file in Outlook 2010

Even if you’ve created Outlook personal data files before to archive, filter, or otherwise store mail on your local drive, you may not know where to find this feature in Outlook 2010. It’s actually pretty quick and easy to do, once you know where to look. On the Home tab, click New Items, select More…


Toggle PowerPoint animations on and off

If you and your team are reviewing a slide presentation, one way to speed up the process is to temporarily disable animations. In PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010, go to the Slide Show tab and click Set Up Slide Show: Now check the Show without animation box and then click OK: While you’re in there,…


Save all open Word documents at once

The Save All command used to be a hidden feature of Microsoft Word, unlocked by holding the Shift key while selecting the File menu. But this won’t work in recent versions of Word. Fortunately, it’s easy to add to your Quick Access Toolbar. Go to Word Options (under the File menu in Word 2010 and…


Internet Explorer 8 Toolbars: It’s wise to customize

What kind of world would we have if everyone browsed the same way? No spice. No verve. Less joy. Luckily, Internet Explorer presents us all with an array of modern, tasteful, and—most importantly—customizable toolbars, designed to let each of us create an Internet workspace that fits like a glove. Just so we’re clear. Those toolbars…


Quickly add a cover page in Word

If you’re working on a report and want to add a cover page before printing or sharing it, just go to the Insert tab in Word 2007 or Word 2010 and click the Cover Page button: There are a number of designs built in, or you can download more from Once you’ve selected a…


Print an entire workbook quickly and efficiently in Excel 2010

A coworker approached me recently with a problem. Her stakeholder was resisting the move to a new Excel template – preferring an out-of-date Word version – because it was proving tricky to print everything out quickly, a step he liked to use to review before submitting requests. I helped her streamline the template so that…


Reserve travel time in Outlook

Here’s a helpful tip if you frequently book appointments that require a significant amount of travel to and from the meeting place. The quickest solution is to include time before and after the meeting for travel in the Outlook appointment. The problem with this is that if you’re the only one who is traveling, it…