Save time when reviewing tracked changes in Word

If you review and Accept/Reject changes regularly, here’s a quick tip to add some time back to your week and reduce wear and tear on your clicking finger. Don’t accept any changes as you read through the feedback from your stakeholders, just reject the ones you don’t want. Then click the arrow under the Accept…

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Make vertical selections in Word

Have you ever wanted to quickly delete unneeded symbols in front of a bulleted list, or select text in a column in Microsoft Word? There’s actually an easy way to make vertical selections. Simply hold down the Alt key and then drag across the area you want to select. This works in both Word 2007…

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Top-secret Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts unmasked

Simply because I can, I herewith expose little-known but potentially powerful forces at work—in this case, five keyboard shortcuts that could simplify or enrich all our lives. I leave it to the world to decide what to do with this declassified intelligence. + Tab: Desktop Cirque de Soleil. Hold down the key and begin tapping…

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Internet Explorer 9: Wow, the Web is New Again

Some of us have been around long enough to remember the Web in its infancy. It was an amazing time—and I’m experiencing some serious deja vu with the introduction of Internet Explorer 9. Have you seen Internet Explorer 9? You really must! Here’s a little of what you’ll find. True speed, realized. Internet Explorer 9…

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Create wiki links in OneNote

If you’ve ever worked on a wiki, you’ll appreciate this next tip. And if you haven’t, this brief intro will make you a faster linker in OneNote 2010 and ready to start authoring collaboratively should you ever find a wiki in need of tending. Sure, you can link sections in OneNote the traditional way. But…

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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…

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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…

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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 Office.com. Once you’ve selected a…

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Fast forward to a happy ending with Windows 7 Search

Living in the moment has its joys – but for most of us, that doesn’t apply to searching for documents, folders, and other computer inhabitants. Mostly, we just want to get to the finding part as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Windows 7 uses its powerful indexing capability and some handy tools to help us reach…

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Formula Watch: COUNT your cells the easy way

If you want to get a quick count of your cells, you probably use the Excel status bar. But if you want to include the results in a report or summary, there’s an even better way: the COUNT function. There are all sorts of applications for this. You can use it to count how many…

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