Compare and merge slides in PowerPoint 2010

One of the little trumpeted but extremely valuable features in PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to compare and merge slides from separate decks. To use this feature, first open your main presentation file and go to the Review tab. Click the Compare button: Select the file you wish to compare it with and click Merge:…

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Automatically close mails when responding in Outlook

If you find Outlook getting cluttered with windows when you’re replying to mails, there’s an easy way to clean things up. This works in both Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. Just go to File, Options and select the Mail tab. (For Office 2007, use the Office button.) Now scroll down to Replies and forwards and…

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Manage templates in OneNote 2010

If you struggle with creating and applying templates in OneNote, the Template Manager add-in has been updated to work with OneNote 2010. This unsupported tool from OneNote team member Jeff Cardon lets you create and apply templates with relative ease. Once you install the appropriate version (32-bit or 64-bit depending on the version of Office…

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With Internet Explorer 9, sites take center stage

The web has always been about the browser, yes? Browsers are our windows on the online world. And what everybody truly admires in a good window is… cleanliness. Clean is good on its own merit, but there’s another view here. With Internet Explorer 9, being clean means delivering a truly unobstructed view of the virtual…


Restrict data input in Excel

We all enter bad data into Excel from time to time. Maybe you’re rushing, or someone distracts you, or you’ve just been doing it too long without a break. And when you open a document up to colleagues to help maintain, your data is only as good as their level of training and attention to…

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Automatically download images from trusted senders in Outlook 2010

When receiving HTML emails, you know doubt have noticed that Outlook 2010 blocks images by default, like so: The reason is to protect you from identifying your account is active when opening messages from unscrupulous spammers, who will detect when you open the message and increase the assault on your mail account. Loading an image…

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Change the default width of your Excel cells

If you’re always expanding the width of your cells in Excel, perhaps the default width isn’t working for you. Here’s a quick fix that works in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010. On the Home tab, click the Format button in the Cells section and then select Default Width: Now enter a number that represents the…

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Restrict style changes in Word

If you want to limit the use of styles and themes in a Word document that you and your teammates are collaborating on, there’s a tucked away feature that does just that – and it works in both Word 2007 and Word 2010. First, click the tiny launcher button below the Change Styles button on…

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A candid conversation with the Windows Action Center

Feature Interview: Want some action? Talk to this guy. He was walking so fast and keeping such a low profile I might have missed him, except for that unmistakable pennant fluttering over his head. "Action Center?" I called. "Got a second?" He accelerated—so I did, too, finally catching up just as he pulled on a…


Set your own default reminder alert time in Outlook

If you’re like me, you like to be prepared for your meetings. This can mean extra time for reviewing documents, brainstorming ideas, and printing handouts – not to mention travel time. If you’re frequently late or unprepared for your appointments, simply change the default reminder. Go into File, Options, Calendar and select the amount of…

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