Now *that's* a user scenario...

Try this. Open up word, make sure automatic spellchecking is on, and type in the names of some star wars characters:       I love it. They’re in the dictionary… except, for some reason, for Leia. For the ones it does know, it even capitalizes the first letter for you if you type it…

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Get text pasted into Word/Outlook to format properly

If you’re like me and do a lot of copying content from other applications into Word and Outlook, you’re probably very accustomed to using the paste smarttag to choose whether or not to use the source or destination formatting on paste. If you’re tired of constantly switching it and want it to use the right defaults,…

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Cheat Sheets

While ego surfing I just ran across this handy list of cheat sheets that I wanted to share. Covers topics from HTML to networking to office apps to keyboard shortcuts to SCSI to math. Handy.

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Pressing backspace in Microsoft Word doesn't delete the text

This has happened to me a couple of times, and I don’t know how, but I got into a state where when in Word, when I selected text and pressed the backspace key, it would move the cursor to the front of the word instead of deleting the text. The delete key still worked. To…

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How to stop IE from opening up Office docs inline

By default, when you click on a link to an Office doc (such as on a sharepoint site), IE will open the doc in-frame. For just viewing docs this is usually OK, but it can get annoying as not all features work in this manner. So if you’d rather have IE just open the doc…

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Use the unicode smiley emoticon in email

When you type “:-)” in Word, it automatically corrects it into a smiley (J)[1], which is the letter J in the Wingdings font. If you look at the HTML, you’ll see: <span style=’font-size:10.0pt;font-family:Wingdings;color:maroon’>J</span> If you would rather that it use the unicode smiley emoticon instead, do this in Word: 1. Insert | Symbol2. Type in…

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Change the default fonts in Outlook, Word, Excel and IE

We recently had a debate on the internal bloggers distribution list about how MSDN bloggers need to play nice and not hard-code their font faces, colors and sizes. I admit that I’d been guilty of this myself, so I’ve since resolved to stop doing that, and I figured it was worth a blog post to…

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Turn off "auto-hide menus" in Office

This is one of those features that a lot of people love to hate, where you have to wait a few seconds or go to the little chevron on the bottom of the menu to expand it: It doesn’t bug me too much – except when it hides the MRU (most recently used) list in…

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Explore the different formats in which you can save data from Office applications

A few months ago I posted about [what I think is] a neat way of using Outlook’s ability to save as HTML. Today when compiling a powerpoint presentation, it occurred to me that there are a lot of formats that Office applications can save into that I find useful, and it’s worth highlighting a few…

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Keyboard shortcuts to go to the Font & Font Size drop-downs in some Office applications

In certain Office apps that support it, such as Word & Outlook, I have “Show shortcut keys in screentips” enabled (right click on a toolbar, choose customize, and it’s on the Options tab in certain of the apps). Normally, this displays the keyboard shortcut combinations (like Ctrl+Shift+B to bring up the address book in Outlook) when…

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