Quick Tip: How To Use “Tell Me” In Microsoft Office 2016 and Microsoft Office 365

I captured this tidbit “quick tip” directly from Microsoft. It is a tip on how to use “Tell Me” in the suite of Microsoft Office 2016 (i.e. Word, Powerpoint, Excel) and Microsoft Office 365. Many folks fail to use this readily available feature that will save you time and help you get answers to specific features you want to use.

Do things quickly with Tell MeYou‘ll notice a text box on the ribbon in Office 2016 and Office 365 apps that says Tell me what you want to do. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases about what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform.

Shows the "tell me" search box on the ribbon in Word.

Source: Microsoft – Do things quickly with Tell Me

Google Docs will let you natively edit, collaborate on Microsoft Office files soon | The Verge

This is big news…

Editing Microsoft Office files in Google Docs is a pain. You can view them there, but you’ve previously had to convert them to Google’s format before you could edit, comment, and collaborate inside Docs. That’s about to change: Google just announced that it’s adding native support for Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats — like .docx, .xls, and .ppt — which will let you do real-time collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Source: Google Docs will let you natively edit, collaborate on Microsoft Office files soon – The Verge

Geek Squeaks (#2015-27) FEATURING — Manage Your Computers Easily With CCleaner In The Cloud — and MORE GREAT STUFF

Manage Your Computers Easily With CCleaner In The Cloud – I think everyone knows about CCleaner; even those who are technologically challenged. CCleaner has been around for years, and at one time was called Crap Cleaner. In summary, what this software does is clean out the crap to increase the operational speed of your computer. CCleaner is available as a full install or portable app; AND, NOW you can run CCleaner from the cloud. If you go to CCleaner Cloud, click on the “Signup” button you will receive an invitation via email that will give you access. CCleaner Cloud has been in beta testing for quite awhile and it is now ready for public use and testing. The beauty of the cloud version of CCleaner is that you can run it from any of your Windows based computers, anywhere (without needing to install the software). You can also defrag your drives and perform registry fixes, as well.  Again, go to CCleaner Cloud and signup for your invitation today…

CCleaner Cloud

Microsoft Office 2016 – Released Today – Picked this news up at BetaNews, that gives a good read about the release of Microsoft Office 2016. More about Office 2016 can be found at Microsoft’s Office web site HERE

Microsoft Office 2016

Selfies 12, Sharks 8 – That is the score so far between selfie kills and shark kills.  Read more on this at Pocket-Lint to find out how selfies are the cause to people’s demise (more so than sharks).

Sharks vs. Selfies @ Pocketlint

Want To Learn How To Take A Screenshot On Your Android Phone? – WonderHowTo has posted a great How To article, “Android Basics: How to Take a Screenshot” …  I actually knew how to do this on my Nexus Phone; but, there is a separate way of performing a screenshot on a Samsung phone. What I found out, on my Samsung Tablet, is that this process will work on that too. Taking a screenshot on your phone or tablet is a handy way to capture what you are seeing on the screen (for troubleshooting purposes, to send to someone else, etc…).

This Works On Samsung Devices (as depicted in image below). Other
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Screenshot - Samsung

On Friday, Amazon’s shopping club, Prime, will cost only $67, down $32 from its usual $99 price tag – The sale starts Friday, September 25th ( at 12:00 a.m. ET and ends at 11:59 p.m. PT), and you can sign up here. This is celebrate Transparent winning 5 Emmy Awards.

Transparent

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Are The Days Of The Traditional “Clamshell” Laptop Numbered? BetaNews has a good read on this. My gut is telling me that they may be right on predicting that the future of laptop computers will give away to the detachable keyboard format (with the digitized pen-enabled screen) of the Microsoft Surface device. The future may be now, due that every major hardware vendor is now embracing this technology. Initially, the Microsoft Surface device was largely ignored; but, after three tries (or versions) of Microsoft Surface the vendors (after their own awkward experimentation of multi-purpose notebooks) is now looking at the Microsoft Surface hardware model as a model template to accept and follow. An example of what the detachable 2-in-1 touchscreen laptops look like — CLICK HERE… I would wait awhile before jumping into one of these until the “Surface Like” models appear.

What do you think, will the traditional clamshell laptop give way to the 2-in-1 detachable keyboard format?

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Microsoft Buys A Top Android App Company – You may want to keep an eye on the Android App called Echo (by Double Labs). At the Google Play Store Echo is described as “…the fastest and coolest lockscreen for your notifications. Featured by Google as a top app, Echo Lockscreen is loved by users in 50+ countries”… What this means, if you are an Android phone or tablet user, you can personalize what appears on your phone or tablet when it’s in lock mode, with this app. I just discovered (according to Business Insider), that Microsoft has acquired Double Labs.  Read more about this to learn why Microsoft made this acquistion…

 Echo Notification Lockscreen

List Of Freeware AND Other Releases From The Windows Club – Just added The Windows Club Freeware List to the Downloads Page. This listing is unique in that it consists of many Windows utilities that will help make using Windows easier and/or fix a problem you may be experiencing. This lists consists of all the Freeware, eBook, Themes, Screensavers, Wallpaper and other releases from The Windows Club.

The Windows Club

Microsoft Office 2016 Will Be Broadly Available On September 22nd – One of the most innovative features to be included in this version of Office is the ability to co-author a document in real-time when both parties are online. You can read more about this at Maximum PC

Office 2016

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How To Get Microsoft Office For FREE?

Believe it or not you will soon be able to get and use Microsoft Office for FREE; but, there is a catch (as if you didn’t know).

Microsoft is planning to make the core viewing and editing features of Office FREE, but the catch is, this will only be available for FREE on devices with screens that are 10.1 inches or smaller. The thinking is that anything above that scale would most likely be used in a professional/office/school environment (thus cost is applied) and anything below that scale is mostly in a non-professional home/on the road environment (thus no cost is applied).

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HOT TECH NEWS – Microsoft Launches Technical Preview of Office 2016

From what I understand you can get a look at Office 2016 if you are a subscriber of its’ business-grade Office 365. While us at home may not be able to get a peek at Office 2016, this is a sign that Office 2016 is on the horizon.

You can read more about Office 2016 news by clicking on the screenshot below:

Office 2016

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Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Get A Great Deal On Microsoft Office 365 Personal– A year ago I would have told you that Microsoft was behind the eight ball and was not in tune with the current devices (such as tablets, smartphones, etc.) which are supported by cloud computing. A year later I am seeing a new Microsoft that is quickly rebounding and doing things that I never thought I would see them do.

One example (of late) is their pricing model changes and incentives with Microsoft Office 365.  If you do not know what Microsoft Office 365 is, let me break it down in one sentence. Microsoft Office 365 is an online subscription service to Microsoft Office where you pay an annual fee to keep Office on your computer (and other devices).

Microsoft Office 365

There are quite a few pricing models for Microsoft Office 365, but the latest deal that jumped out at me was Microsoft Office 365 Personal where Microsoft has thrown in a Terabyte of online storage and 60 Skype minutes for $6.99 a month (or $69.99 a year at a 16% savings).

Office 365 Personal enables you to install the latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, on 1 PC or Mac, in addition to 1 Windows tablet or iPad — so you can use all the features offline as well as online. You can also install Office on multiple smartphones.

What is making this sweet is the terabyte of online storage (and the Skype minutes); PLUS, the satisfaction of knowing that your version of Microsoft Office is always up to date.

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[ANDROID APP] The simplest possible way to create daily countdowns – Simply set a date and a label (or don’t, your call!) and let the magic happen. This date can be in the future or the past… @Google Play

Countdown


[WEB BROWSER] Slimjet – Get More Done In Less Time – Faster browser startup, faster page loading, highly responsive UI powered by industry-leading Blink engine… @Slimjet

Slimjet


[TECH NEWS] What 18 Popular Websites Used To Look Like – A comparison between then and now… @Business Insider

Websites Then And Now


[ANDROID SECURITY] 14 best antivirus Android apps and anti-malware Android apps – Antivirus Android apps have exploded over the last year. Despite Android’s mostly secure internal security, there are millions of people who just like having extra security around for those just-in-case scenarios… @Android Authority

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[WINDOWS 7] Windows 7 will be patched until 2020 – Microsoft plans to end mainstream support for Windows 7 in January, but security updates will continue for at least a further five years. Microsoft has previously announced that business PCs running Windows 7 will stop being offered for sale in early 2015… @PCAuthority

Windows 7 will be patched until 2020


[WINDOWS SOFTWARE] Extract Text from JPG with FREE JPG to Word Converter – JPG to Word is a free OCR software to convert JPG to Word document. This free OCR software extracts text from jpg images (scanned jpg images, online images, etc.) and lets you save that text as Word file (*.doc)… @I Love Free Software

FREE JPG to Word Converter


[HOW TO] How To Launch Chrome In Incognito Mode From A Desktop Shortcut – We all know that Chrome is one of the best web browsers out there that sports tons of great features. Among them is its handy Incognito ability which lets users browse websites without storing any history information… @Addictive Tips

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The Best Microsoft Office Alternative Out There (WPS Office–Formerly Kingsoft Office)

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] The Best Microsoft Office Alternative Out There (WPS Office–Formerly Kingsoft Office) – Many home-based computer users get in their minds, especially after a new computer install, that they have to install (and buy) Microsoft Office.

Well, I am here to tell you that you don’t. If you are a home based user, and even if you are still in the workforce using Microsoft Office products, I encourage you to take a look at WPS Office (formerly called Kingsoft Office). The difference between the two is this – COST.  Microsoft Office will cost you a considerable amount of money; whereas, WPS is FREE.

WPS Office

WPS Office

I currently have WPS Office installed on all of my Windows based computers, Android tablets, and Android Phone. If you are an Apple user or Linux user, you are in luck, as well.

WPS Office Highlights

  • Fully compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint, Word and Excel
  • Supports DOC, XLS, PPT, TXT and more
  • Easily switch between open documents using our Priority Tabs feature
  • Quickly share documents with built in emailing function
  • Keep your work safe with auto-save
  • Keep your work protected with document encryption
  • One small file includes Presentation, Writer and Spreadsheet
  • Optional spell check language packs available

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[USB FLASH DRIVE FOR SMART PHONES] Transfer files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using the dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections – Smartphone USB transfers files between your smartphone, computer or tablet using its dual micro USB and USB 2.0 connections. It is compatible with most Android devices1 for easy content transfer, no cords or network required… @Amazon

[WALLPAPERS] Check out Bing’s Homepage Gallery  – This gallery showcases images on the U.S. Bing Homepage during the past five years… @bing Homepage Gallery

Bing’s Homepage Gallery

[TECH NEWS] Touch version of Office expected to arrive for Android before Windows – Since Nadella has taken over as Microsoft’s CEO, he hasn’t been afraid to make it known that the company wants it software on every platform and will not wait to make sure that Windows gets an early advantage. This has already played out, as Office is currently available on the iPad and according to a new report, it will also arrive on Android tablets before it hits the Surface line and other Windows tablets… @Neowin

[SPRINGPAD ALTERNATIVES] SpringPad Is Shutting Down (so sad) – If you are a Springpad user, I am sure you heard the bad news that Springpad is shutting down. If you need an alternative, then check out this Google Docs Spreadsheet… @Google Docs

[CLOUD COMPUTING] A Map With All The Newspapers In The World – Providing a search interface, direct links, and one-click translating… @Newspaper Map

Newspaper Map

[CLOUD COMPUTING] A Web Based RSS Reader – Stories are pushed directly to you, so you can read news as it comes in… @Newsblur


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Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Next Version Of DuckDuckGo Focuses On Smarter Answers AND A More Refined Looks – Most of us, when performing a search on the internet, go with the big players such as Google, Bing and Yahoo (to name a few). A search engine option that I want you take a look at that actually is comparable or better in terms of search results is the search engine called DuckDuckGo.

DuckDuckGo

Where DuckDuckGo really excels, is that it is a search engine with privacy in mind. Unlike the big players, DuckDuckGo does not profile and track you.

Recently, through the DuckDuckGo Community Platform, I learned that the next version of DuckDuckGo is in beta and can be tested [here].

This version of DuckDuckGo focuses on smarter answers and a more refined look. New features like images, auto-suggest, places and more. Of course, your privacy is protected, with this version, as well!

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[GREAT DEAL – MICROSOFT OFFICE 2013] Get Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 for $104.99 – The 2013 Home and Business edition will run you $219.99. But there’s an unusually good deal to be had: Tech Supply King has Microsoft Office Home and Business 2013 (single license) for $104.99. It’s a download, so there’s no shipping charge. This version of the suite includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. It comes with both 32- and 64-bit files, with Service Pack 1 already rolled in. And you own the software; this isn’t a subscription version that requires you to pony up another $100 every year. (Barf)… @c|net

[MINI WINDOWS DESKTOP COMPUTER] CyberPowerPC Fang Mini joins the tiny desktop PC party – CyberPowerPC is offering a choice between Intel and AMD chips. The Intel version costs $889 and includes a Core i7-4770R quad-core processor and Intel Iris Pro 5200 graphics. The AMD model costs $799 and includes an AMD A8-5557M quad-core processor with Radeon R9 M275X graphics. The AMD model should have a slight edge on performance (and price), while the Intel model should sip less power… @PCWorld

[LAPTOP] HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop@Amazon

 HP Pavilion 10.1-Inch Touchscreen Laptop

[WINDOWS GOD MODE] Get Easy Access to Control Panel Settings with Windows God Mode – When most people hear the term “God Mode,” they think of video game cheat codes that give the player invincibility or other game-breaking attributes. But there’s also a Windows God Mode, at least sort of… @TekRevue

[NEED TO KNOW] The Facts About Defragmenting Your Computer Drives – Defragmenting your computer’s hard drive from time to time is necessary to help increase performance. Hard drives function by using spinning platters that store data in various areas. The data is written in blocks that are arranged in a sequenced order… @Computer How To Guide

[TECH NEWS] Microsoft’s late to the mini tablet market, but still has a shot at sales – According to several online reports, Microsoft will introduce a smaller-screen Surface on May 20 at an invite-only event in New York City. Dubbed “Surface Mini” in lieu of an official moniker, the device is expected to sport an 8-in. screen, come with a stylus, and be promoted primarily as a digital note taker… @ComputerWorld

[ANDROID] 5 Volume Booster Apps For Android – Here’s a list of 5 volume booster apps for Android which can be used to improve volume on your Android devices if they’re too quiet… @I Love Free Software

[COMPUTER SECURITY] Eusing Maze Lock lets you lock Windows computer using a pattern – Using the pattern lock is in trend these days and most of the Smartphone users today use the pattern lock instead of passwords. With Eusing Maze Lock you can safely lock and unlock your Windows PC, just by connecting some dots in a specific pattern… @The Windows Club

[WALLPAPERS] Say “Awwww” with These Baby Animal Wallpapers – @Lifehacker

Baby Animal Wallpapers


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Geek Squeaks – Featuring An Antivirus With Practically No Impact On Your PC’s Performance

[FEATURED GEEK SQUEAK] Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition – When it comes to the frontline protection of my PC at home (on the cheap), I personally depend on the FREE edition of Bitdefender.

Bitdefender Antivirus FREE Edition

What I especially like about Bitdefender is its’ reputation for providing ironclad security without slowing down your computer and that it is virtually maintenance free (built in autoscan that focuses virus detection efforts on risky areas).  I have been running the FREE edition for quite awhile and have installed it on other PC’s and have not one complaint… @Bitdefender

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[ANDROID] Antivirus FREE for Android – Bitdefender Antivirus Free utilizes high-detection engines, coupled with in-the-cloud scanning capabilities, to keep Android devices safe from attack – with minimal impact on resources. Malware Protection – Cloud Scanning – Low Battery Impact… @Bitdefender

[NETWORKING] Need a small wireless access point or wireless router? – Here’s one of the smallest, feature packed and powerful routers for under $30.  The NetShair Nano by iogear offers some of the most features money can buy.  Here’s how it works (interactive)… @TCAT Shelbyville – Technical Blog

[HOT NEWS] Amazon to Unveil Free TV and Movie Streaming Service: ReportThis new service, which could launch “in the coming months,” according to the Wall Street Journal, would offer original programming like its comedies “Alpha House” and “Betas,” as well as music videos. It could also include TV shows and movies licensed from other sources… @NBC News

[HOW TO] Send Email to OneNote – Another neat new OneNote capability – With last week’s expansion of OneNote as a platform, Microsoft has added a nice new capability: You can now send email messages from your inbox to your OneNote-based notebooks… @Paul Thurrott’s Supersite For Windows

[SOFTWARE] Recover Your Router Password (RouterPassView) – RouterPassView enables you to recover your router password and wireless network keys if you have a backup of your router configuration saved as local file. It can load and decrypt the configuration file, providing you with a list of all passwords and keys that are stored in the file… @SnapFiles

[HOT NEWS] It’s Official: Microsoft Releases Office for iPad (And yes, Hell has frozen over) – As expected, Microsoft today announced Office for iPad, which is really a set of new mobile productivity apps—Word, Excel and PowerPoint—plus an update to OneNote, which was previously available. These apps aren’t upscaled versions of the Office Mobile apps on iPhone, they’re all-new apps engineered for the unique iPad capabilities and screen size… @WindowsITPro

[TABLET COMPUTER] The sharpest 7″ tablet screen ever – Nexus 7 from Google – The world’s highest-resolution 7″ tablet puts over 2.3 million pixels in the palm of your hand. With 323 pixels packed into every inch, you can read text that’s sharper than the printed page, see images more vivid than the highest quality photo magazine, and watch videos come to life in vibrant 1080p HD… @AMAZON

[WALLPAPER] Blue Burst… @Microsoft

Blue Burst


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Today’s Geek Squeaks – October 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1 – (A Set Of Over 20 Software Utilities) – The number of optimization suites out there are numerous. Some you pay for; others are simply FREE. Today’s featured suite is Puran’s Utilities. You can download these FREE utilities individually or as a suite. Puran’s Utilities carries with it good ratings and reviews (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #2 – (Did you know that as PC Users we have a tendency to overlook the power supply?) –  Tips4PC has a great article up about choosing the right power supply. I know from my own personal experience that the power supply is a major component in our PC and is the most overlooked. The manufacturers, when they sell us a PC, often are guilty of this, as well; and, will sell us an underpowered unit (SEE BELOW);

Squeak #3 – (Google’s Good To Know Site): Many of us use the services and products that Google has developed. To help keep you safe and secure online, Google has created a “Good To Know” site that talks about security, privacy, identity theft, and how you can protect yourself (SEE BELOW); and,

Squeak #4 – (Microsoft Office As A Subscription): Many folks out there do not realize that you can purchase Microsoft Office as a yearly subscription (SEE BELOW)…

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Puran Utilities

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A set of more than 20 software utilities including but not limited to utilities that can help you get the best performance out of your computer. It also provides an automatic and a one click solution to keep your computer clean and error free… GET IT HERE


Choosing the Right Computer Power Supply

@ Tips4PC

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Power supply is one of the most ignored parts of computers. The average computer user will discuss configuration details of main memory, RAM, motherboard etc before purchasing a new or used PC, but ignore the importance of having a good power supply… READ MORE


Good To Know –
A Guide To Staying Safe and Security Online

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  • Explore quick tips and how-to’s that explain what you can do to stay safe and secure on the web.
  • Get advice from parents at Google and family safety experts on how to help your family safely surf the web.
  • Google works hard to protect you whenever you use the web.
  • What is a browser anyway? Find out how to chat online, search effectively and more.

MORE HERE


Microsoft Office 365 Home Premium 1yr Subscription

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Office 365 Home Premium has all the Microsoft applications, plus cloud services. Just sign in and you can get to your Office files, applications, and settings when you are not at home.

The 2013 versions of familiar Office applications such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint include new features that help you create, communicate and work efficiently from virtually anywhere… CHECK IT OUT HERE


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Upgrades To Two Of My Favorite FREE Productivity Software Packages

When you throw software and me (Rick) into the mix, it is all about productivity and efficiency. Today I was happy to see two of my favorite FREE productivity software packages get major version upgrades (not that they needed it).

The first one is WordWeb that has been upgraded to Version 7.0.  If you do not have WordWeb on your computer you are missing out on one of the best English thesaurus and dictionaries for Windows.

WordWeb

WordWeb is a one-click English thesaurus and dictionary for Windows that can look up words in almost any program. It works off-line, but can also look up words in web references such as the Wikipedia encyclopedia. Features of the free version include:

Definitions and synonyms
Related words
5000 audio pronunciations
65 000 text pronunciations

150 000 root words
120 000 synonym sets
Look up words in almost any program


The second one is Kingsoft Office Suite that has been upgraded to Kingsoft Office Suite 2013 (9.1.0.4056). I recently posted articles about Kingsoft, with the most recent being The Poor Man’s Microsoft Office. Save your money and try this out. It is very compatible with Microsoft Office.

Kingsoft Office Suite

Kingsoft Office Suite Free 2013 is perhaps the most versatile free office suite, which includes free word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker. These three programs help you deal with office tasks with ease:

Writer – Efficient word processor;
Presentation – Multimedia presentations creator;
Spreadsheets – Powerful tool for data processing and data analysis

Although it is a free suite, Kingsoft Office comes with many innovative features, including a paragraph adjustment tool, and multiple tabbed feature. It also has Office to PDF converter, automatic spell checking and word count features. In this latest version, new features such as watermark in document, and converting PowerPoint to Word documents are also supported.


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What’s In The Bag Today???

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CloudOn brings Microsoft Office® to your Tablet Computer and Phone for FREE

Appears in today’s world of computing we are definitely moving away from the desktop form of computing to the more mobile form of computing, such as tablets and smartphones. In the end, no matter which direction we go, we still need to use the computer, whether it be in the form of desktop or tablet, to get our work done.

Working on a Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint  file on a tablet vs. a desktop can be a real challenge. As we continue to move toward the tablet form of computing I am seeing more and more applications that are trying to emulate the desktop experience of using Word, Excel or Powerpoint on the tablet. As a matter of fact, I have many of these types of apps installed on my tablet and really in the end I am not using them to edit or create documents; instead, I use them more or less as a document viewers.

This past week I happened across another Android and iPad app, called CloudOn that really looks promising and is very close to emulating the desktop when it comes to creating, reviewing and editing your Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files. Not only that, CloudOn can connect directly to your Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and SkyDrive Accounts; AND, the real topper is that CloudOn’s file viewer can view virtually any type of file (including PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.).

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So far, what I am experiencing, is a pretty darn good app that seems to have the right fine tuning in place for working with my Microsoft Office files; PLUS, CloudOn with its’ powerful viewing capabilities will replace many of the separate apps I have installed for those purposes.

The CloudOn Workspace allows you to:

• Use Microsoft Word®, Excel® and PowerPoint® on your Android Tablet and Phone to create, review and edit documents.
• Rename, delete and manage documents with your Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive accounts.
• View virtually any type of file, including: PDF, JPG, PNG, GIF, etc.
• Share files as links or attachments via email directly from the workspace.
• Display, edit or create charts, change formatting, spell check, insert comments, etc into any Word, Excel or PowerPoint files.
• Use the FileSpace to see a log of all the activity on file including edits, notifications and notes.
• Track changes while reviewing Word documents.
• Use pivot tables and insert formulas in Excel workbooks.
• Display and edit transitions in PowerPoint slides and present in full presentation mode.
• Open files directly from your device email accounts as well as Dropbox, Box, Google Drive and SkyDrive.
• Automatically save documents to avoid losing changes.

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Different uses for Internet Telephony

Robotic Warfare

A Search Engine that shows devices on the web

Portable Fold-Up Stand for Apple iPad, Galaxy Tab, Kindle Fire, Playbook, Xoom, Toshiba, Acer, Nook and Other Tablets

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A FREE Alternative to Microsoft Office And Especially Microsoft Word

Most people at home think that when they buy a computer they have to throw the Microsoft Office Suite into the deal. Did you know that you can avoid the added expense and install other third party software that will get the job done for you and have the ability to read and write many of the Microsoft Office file formats?

Spending a lot of money on an Office Suite because you may write the occasional letter, does not make sense. If you are a student in school (or college) or a business person where Microsoft Office is a requirement, then it may make sense; and, even then (in most instances) people will only use the suite at home to view Office documents because they really don’t want to work from home.

Kingsoft Office SuiteRecently, I featured an Android Office Suite option for your phone and tablet called Kingsoft Office Suite for Android (see here).  I was so impressed with the Android version that I started to explore the Windows version that is available (for FREE) called Kingsoft Office Suite Free.

Kingsoft Office consists of a FREE word processor, spreadsheet program and presentation maker. You can download these components separately and in most instances you will only need the Word Processor (called Kingsoft Writer). To put this into perspective of how powerful (and compatible) the word processor is; Kingsoft Writer can open and edit all Microsoft Word files created with Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, and 2010.

Kingsoft Writer Free 2012 is a totally free word processor program with the qualities matching Microsoft Word and includes a wide range of easy to use features. It is the best Microsoft Word replacement supporting all the Word file formats including .docx. The easy to use user interface makes Kingsoft Writer an attractive choice of software for complete beginners and even the most advanced users. In addition, it introduced lots of useful functions including a built-in Word to PDF converter, automatic spell check, web layout view, etc.

So the next time you buy a computer, save yourself a considerable amount of money and give Kingsoft Office Suite FREE (especially Kingsoft Writer) a try…

Other Features of Writer Free 2012

Automatic Spell Check: Use the built-in spell checker to proofread your document. Any incorrect words are underlined in red.

Word Count: This feature helps to count the number of words in a document automatically. It can count pages, words, characters (with or without spaces) and paragraphs.

Word Document Encryption: Protect your privacy by preventing others from viewing or changing the files. Enter a read-only password to only allow document browsing and not modification. Enter read-write password to both browse and modify the document.

Mail Merge: A Mail Merging feature enables you to generate many documents at once that contain identical formatting, layout, text, graphics, and more in which only certain portions of each document vary.

Illustrations: A large range of clip arts, charts, shapes and pictures are available to choose from as well as several text effects, such as shadows, 3-D effects, wordart, outlines, emboss engrave, and more.

Cross-Reference: It offers cross-reference functions which refer to an item that appears in another location in a document. It can help you to find the content you are looking for as soon as possible and it also displays the structure of a book in a more systematical and compact way.

Equation and Symbol: A built-in equation editor is available for Writer which offers a number of often-used equations and operation symbols. You can easily insert and edit equations & symbols in your word document.

Various Document Viewing Methods: Diverse document viewing methods make it easy to edit your documents. These functions include the document map, gridlines, ruler, markup, and more.

One Click to Insert Blank Page and Page Break: It provides a useful function for inserting blank pages and page break that you can insert a blank pages or page break just by single-click.

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The Best Choice For Your Mobile Android Office

If you are an Android device owner (smartphone or tablet) and you are a Microsoft Office user it is important to have the ability to create, view and edit Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint files, while on the go.

The android app that I settled with, that is FREE, is the acclaimed Kingsoft Office for Android. I have tested nearly every android app out there that is capable of creating, viewing and editing Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint files, and Kingsoft Office is, in my opinion, the best choice and the most accurate.

Kingsoft Office for Android

Kingsoft Office for Android is the only Android mobile Office with full-features FREE. It is currently the No.1 FREE Business App in the Google Play Market. Over 12 million people worldwide are using this mobile office app to edit, share, and collaborate on the go. It is widely used in various popular mobile phones like Samsung and HTC. For Samsung Galaxy Note, we have a special installer, learn more.

Two of my favorite features are the ability to read Adobe PDF files and the ability to upload and download files on Box.net, Google Drive and Dropbox, directly from the file manager built into the app.

Feature List:

  • Desktop Widget
  • Writer for Android
  • Spreadsheets for Android
  • Presentation for Android
  • File manager
  • Input file formats: Support 23 kinds of files, including DOC/DOCX/TXT /XLS/XLSX/PPT/PPTX/PDF
  • Output file formats: Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint 97 to 2010 formats: .doc, .docx, .txt, .xls, .xlsx, .pptx and .pdf.
  • Share documents via Email
    and Cloud Storage.
  • Easily open, view and send
    Email attachments.
  • Upload and download files
    on Box.net, Google Drive and Dropbox.
  • The interface is simple and easy to navigate.
  • The thumbnail wall helps you to find the recently opened files quickly.
  • The Desktop Widget provides convenient document previewing and editing functions.

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Appears Microsoft Is Pushing Us Into An Online Leasing Option Starting With Microsoft Office 2013

Typically in the past, when you purchased the Microsoft Office Suite, you shelled out a one time allotment of money to purchase the suite, whether it be a standalone license or a multi-user license. Technically, in this purchasing scenario the end-user (or purchaser) became the sole owner of the license which enabled the owner to use the suite for as long as they desired. For example, I have a license for Microsoft Office 2003, that  I am still using. Since that release there has been Office 2007 and Office 2010. From the viewpoint of being a home based computer user it was too expensive for me to keep upgrading; plus, I figured I would continue to use it as long as Microsoft supported it. Oftentimes, people who cannot afford to purchase the newest versions of the Microsoft Office Suite will resort to using pirated (illegal) versions of the software.

image Well, this is all about to change…  With cloud computing being the current technology, Microsoft will be offering the home-based computer user a leasing option for Microsoft Office 2013 called Office 365 Home Premium. You will still have the option of purchasing the boxed standalone version of Office 2013, but the licensing options are being constrained in such a way that it is obvious which direction Microsoft wants us to go.

The leasing option for home-based computer users, in words you can understand, is simply this…  You will subscribe to the Microsoft Office 2013 – 365 Home Premium Program online by paying a annual fee of $99 for an account. That $99 will you give you access to Microsoft Office 2013 on up to 5 computers and or any other internet enabled device such as tablet PC. Windows 7 or 8 and an internet connection are required. Keep in mind, this is all playing into the upcoming release of Windows 8, which has been specifically engineered to run as a desktop OS or tablet OS.

To get us all onboard with this change, Microsoft is currently providing an opportunity where you can download (and try) a 60 day preview of the program. At (or near) the end of the 60 days you will be alerted (and prompted) to purchase the leasing option of the full-release version of Office 2013 – 365 Home Premium (which will or should be available).

The preview version gives you the opportunity to see what is coming with the full release, such as:

  • A personalized Office experience on up to 5 PCs or tablets.
  • Powerful new versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Publisher, and Access.
  • Streaming full versions of Office applications with Office on Demand (PC running Windows 7 or 8 and Internet connection required).
  • If you’re also trying Windows 8 Release Preview, be sure to check out the OneNote Preview in the Windows Store. Keep your notes, pictures, voice memos, and web pages in one easy to access place so you have them when you need them.
  • Coming soon, with the full release of Office 365 Home Premium:
  • Talk to anyone using Skype, including 60 minutes of free international calls every month to landlines in over 40 countries and to cell phones in 7 countries. (Skype account required. Excludes special, premium and non-geographic numbers.)
  • Get an additional 20 GB of SkyDrive online storage for easy access and sharing of your documents.
  • Office for Mac

I can see pro’s and con’s to this new purchasing (or leasing) model.  What is your thinking on this?  To get the full scoop visit Microsoft’s Office 365 Home Premium site [ HERE ] .

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FREE Microsoft Office Templates For Any Project Imaginable

The Microsoft Office suite has established itself as the benchmark standard for office (software) suites that is used in businesses, government entities, educational institutions and homes around the world.  If you are someone who uses Microsoft Office, then you have to know about the wide array of “Free” templates that is available for download from Microsoft.  If not, you do not know what you are missing. I have been following the template’s list, for years, and it continues to grow and improve.  I have personally used some of these templates and have found that they can save you a considerable amount of time, depending on what you are looking for. All of templates can be edited; meaning once you download a template, you can change whatever you desire, to meet your project needs.

Reflected below is a sampling of the template categories that are currently available at Microsoft Online. Click on any of the categories below and you will be delivered to that category at the Microsoft Online website.

All templates

Access databases
Agendas
Books
Brochures and booklets
Budgets
Business cards
Calendars
Cards
Certificates
Charts and diagrams
Contracts
Envelopes
Faxes
Flyers
Forms
Inventories
Invitations
Invoices
Job descriptions
Labels
Letterhead
Letters
Lists and to-do checklists
Memos
Minutes
Newsletters
Planners
Plans and proposals
PowerPoint presentations and slides
Projects
Receipts
Records
Reports
New resume samples
Resumes and CVs
Schedules
Statements
Stationery and specialty paper
Time sheets

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Download FREE Microsoft Office Training Manuals and Quick Reference Guides

I would venture to say if you are working in a business, government or educational environment you are using the Microsoft Office Suite of applications (such as Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint) to get the job done.

Microsoft Office

Most people only know the basics of this powerful Office Suite and only challenge themselves to learn more when the the environment they are working in demands its. Any edge you can get to make your job easier, with Microsoft Office, can pay dividends in the end; not only for you, but for those you are working for.

To gain an edge with Microsoft Office, it is like anything else; you have learn it.  If you are currently looking for a resource (for FREE) that may help you get that edge, then visit the The Mouse Training Company [CLICK HERE] and check out the FREE Microsoft Office Quick Reference Guides and Training Manuals you can download. When to get to the site, slightly scroll down the page until you see the guides and manuals.  The manuals and reference guides are in the PDF file format.

The Mouse Training Company is a London based compapny that specializes in customized training solutions for its’ clients.

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Geek Squeak #101: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office

Google is worthy of Geek Squeak #101 for the NEW Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office…  If you are a Microsoft Word, Excel or Powerpoint user (2003, 2007, 2010) and a Google Docs user, this plugin from Google will sync your Microsoft Documents, as indicated, with your online Google Docs account. The real power with this plugin is that you can share, backup, and simultaneously edit Microsoft Word, PowerPoint®, and Excel® documents with coworkers.

For home based users of Microsoft Office and Google Docs, this is a great way to sync (backup) your docs to your Google Docs account.

[Click Here] to watch video about Google Cloud Connect

Video - Google Cloud Connect

How does it work?

Syncing and sharing documents: Google Cloud Connect tracks, manages, and syncs all changes on your Microsoft Office documents into one updated version for each document. Each document that you sync through Google Cloud Connect gets a unique URL or web address that you can share with collaborators through IM or email. Depending on the privacy setting you’ve selected for the document, other people will be able to click this link and view the document in the browser.

Collaborating simultaneously on documents: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office lets you easily share documents with other people. When you add other people as editors to a document, they receive an email letting them know that you’ve shared a document with them. From there, they can open a link to view the document in the browser, or if they want to make edits, they can download the document and open it in Microsoft Office. When an editor makes changes to a document in Microsoft Office, all changes get synced and appear on your screen.

Revision history: Using Google Cloud Connect, you can edit a document online and offline. Every time you sync a document, the revisions of a document are stored so you can easily roll back to a previous version. You can go back to any prior revision of a document at any time.

To start using Google Cloud Connect in Microsoft Office, you’ll need to install it first. Here’s how:

  1. Download Google Cloud Connect.
  2. Open Microsoft Office.
  3. Click Login. A window opens, requesting permission to access your Google Account.
  4. Enter your email and password, then click Sign in.
  5. Click Grant access.

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Google Docs or Microsoft Web Apps?

Steve at Scoroncocolo has written a very good article on the comparisons between Google Docs and Microsoft Web Apps. As a matter of fact his article is perfect timing. I personally have been intensely exploring and using Google Docs.

Office Web Apps vs. Google Docs

Both of these online applications offer you the ability to create documents online inside your web browser; whether it be a letter, a spreadsheet, a presentation, etc… Why spend hundreds of dollars when all you may need is what is being offered (online for FREE) by Google and Microsoft.

My concerns in all of this is is the privacy factor; so, always keep that in mind when posting sensitive in nature documents. I realize our accounts to these online apps are password protected; however, I would like to see both entities offer password protection and encryption options for each file being stored online. Any files you store online, make sure you back them up at the PC level.

Read Steve’s Article: Microsoft Office Web Apps Versus Google Docs

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Coming Soon: Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office

Many of you may have heard of a company called DocVerse that was acquired earlier this year by Google. With this acquisition, Google had a vision, that has become a reality, where people could experience the benefits of web-based collaboration using traditional Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint desktop applications. Since that acquisition, the DocVerse team has been moving the product to the Google infrastructure and has given it the name Google Cloud Connect.

Google Cloud Connect

What Google Cloud Connect has to offer is this:

  • People can continue to use the familiar Microsoft Office interface, while reaping many of the benefits of web-based collaboration that Google Docs users already enjoy.
  • Users of Office 2003, 2007 and 2010 can sync their Office documents to the Google cloud, without ever leaving Office. Once synced, documents are backed-up, given a unique URL, and can be accessed from anywhere (including mobile devices) at any time through Google Docs.
  • Once in the Google cloud, documents can be easily shared and even simultaneously edited by multiple people, from right within their Microsoft Office product.

Google Cloud Connect will be available to everyone for FREE. If you would like to be notified when it is released you can complete the Google Cloud Connect for Microsoft Office Notification Form [HERE] .

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Computer Tutorial Site Based On Pictures

Have you ever heard that saying, “What do I have to do, draw you a picture?”.  Well, when it comes to computers, I say “YES”!

Years ago when I was managing a network where I was the jack of all trades, master of none, I was tasked with getting people onboard with Microsoft Office.  Keep in mind, this was a time when people had just mastered the learning curve for WordPefect, the defacto wordprocessing program at the time.  One thing I learned during this transition was to use good instructions and pictures. As they say, “a picture speaks a thousand words” and it is in those pictorial words that the end user can relate to.

I came across a website, called “In Pictures” tutorials, that does exactly what I liked to do and that was make computer tutorials (or instructions) based on pictures, not words.

In Pictures

The site currently offers up tutorials focused on the Microsoft Office products, Openoffice.org, Web Layout and Web Programming. I do not know if this is an ongoing project or not; but, it is a good “BASIC” resource, to get you started, if you need some assistance in the areas mentioned.

You can get to In Pictures Tutorials [ HERE ] .

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#50)

If we were measuring time with Geek Squeaks’, I would have to say that time has rapidly passed us by.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly production (links to other blogs) of articles that are produced by the members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are passionate about information technology and computers there is no better place to stay ahead of the curve than with this weekly collection.  There is something here for everyone!

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Tech-for Everyone
The Best CPU? Hardware Upgrade

thePC Security
Auto Lock / Unlock Computer With USB – Free Download

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 2

Lifehacker
What’s the Registry, Should I Clean It, and What’s the Point?

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Kongregate – free online games collection

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Many Microsoft Products Going Off Support Soon – Security Watch

Free PC Security
Threatfire Updated March 2010

AKS-Feel The Change
Luxand Blink!-Face Recognition Program for your PC

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Dr. Guard

Plato Press
Millions Stolen Due to Wrong Numbers

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Computer help in all languages

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Google Will Avoid the Desktop Operating System Market

Right On Technology
AT&T Fastest In 3G Wireless Tests

Snakebytez
Run Windows Commands Easily with Commands In Demand

TTC Shelbyville
Microsoft Office Cheatsheets

I Love Free Software
Ant Movie Catalog: Free Software to Catalog your Movies

Worthy Tips
Security Essentials 2010 is a fake anitivirus (Security Alert)

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with Windows Live Writer. 10

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Correcting the Slow Log on to Your Windows 7 System

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How To Add a Custom Header To Your WP.com Blog

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Free Software

What’s On My PC
PortableApps Suite

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Boost Your Microsoft Office Skills with Ribbon Hero

Many people, businesses and government agencies have not yet upgraded to Office 2007 or tried out the beta of Office 2010. If you are someone that is a Microsoft Office 2003 user (or earlier version), you most likely will be disconcerted when you upgrade (or use) Office 2007 or Office 2010 (currently in beta). Reason I say this is that the first time I experienced Office 2007, I was immediately thrown off by the new user interface called ribbons that replaces the the traditional menus and toolbars.  In reality, the new ribbon design is a tabbed interface that is more simplified and more fluent with a command structure that is grouped together in a more “common sense” order of relevancy.

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As with any major software upgrade there is a learning curve. Most of the time we conquer that curve through trial and many errors; OR, we take instruction to learn about the software changes. In an innovative (and different) approach, Microsoft decided to make learning about the ribbon interface a fun thing by teaching people through a game.  The game they came up with, is a prototype called Ribbon Hero. With Ribbon Hero you score points by doing the things you do everyday in Microsoft Office.

image Ribbon Hero is an add-in that you install if you are running Office 2007 or Office 2010.

Ribbon Hero is a game for Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 and 2010, designed to help you boost your Office skills and knowledge. Play games (aka “challenges”), score points, and compete with your friends while improving your productivity with Office.  As a concept test, this add-in is not supported, but is an opportunity for you to try out an idea we are working on and let us know what you think.  For additional challenges and the opportunity to earn more points, download Office 2010 Beta. – Microsoft Office Labs

If this has caught your attention and you are interested in learning more about the “Ribbon User Interface” in Office 2007 (or Office 2010), you can download “Ribbon Hero” from [ HERE ] . The “cool factor” with this game is that you become educated by having fun.

To grasp the concept on how to play Ribbon Hero, I encourage you to watch the video below.

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Recovering Your Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Product Keys

If you are someone that is in the spirit of helping others on their PC’s you will eventually will run into this scenario where the user does not have the Product ID and/or CD Key required to re-install either Windows or Microsoft Office. Many people do not know from the “get go” to keep these keys in safekeeping in the event a re-install is required. It is very important to keep these keys in safekeeping because you will eventually need them. Without these keys available the install process will not proceed.

If you are someone that has lost the keys to your Windows or Office installation you can easily retrieve those keys by using ProduKey (by Nirsoft).

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ProduKey is a small utility that displays the ProductID and the CD-Key of Microsoft Office (Microsoft Office 2003, Microsoft Office 2007), Windows (Including Windows 7 and Windows Vista), Exchange Server, and SQL Server installed on your computer. You can view this information for your current running operating system, or for another operating system/computer – by using command-line options. This utility can be useful if you lost the product key of your Windows/Office, and you want to reinstall it on your computer.

ProduKey doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLLs. In order to start using it, just run the executable file – produkey.exe The main window of ProduKey displays the list of Windows, Office, and SQL Server products installed on your system. For each product, the “Product ID” and “Product Key” are displayed.

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A FREE cloud based version of Microsoft Office is coming…

Microsoft is finally seeing the light (or cloud I should say) and will be making available (for FREE) a browser based (light weight) version of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and One Note to members of its free Windows Live online service. It is my understanding that if you have a Windows Live account (i.e. Hotmail account) you will be able to access these applications for FREE in your web browser (including Firefox). It is anticipated to be available sometime next year (2010) as Microsoft Office 2010 is rolled out.  It is currently unknown if these cloud apps will be ad supported or not.

This is a major step for Microsoft in an effort to compete with the likes of other cloud based services that already offer similar functionality, such as Google Docs. This may be an excellent solution for many people out there, such as the “Moms and Pops” who only need a “light weight” version of these apps to perform lightweight tasks (such as drafting a letter or simply as a means to open an Office document).

According to Microsoft, you will be able to
“View documents across PCs, mobile phones, and the Web without compromising document fidelity. Create new documents and do basic editing using the familiar Office interface”.

You can learn more about the upcoming web based version of Microsoft Office 2010 [ HERE ] and by watching the video below.

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Geek Squeaks of the Week (#19)

The “What’s On My PC…” blogroll community continues to produce tech articles that are comparable, in content, to commercial blog publications. It is an honor to be associated with such a great bunch of authors that produce and deliver information with the objective in mind of helping other people.  Reflected is a sampling of posts, created by these authors, from  the past week.

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TTC Shelbyville
U.K., not North Korea,
source of DDOS attacks, researcher says

The Abbey Rose
Remove the Search Box

Technize
Software Wars – Microsoft’s Battle Ground

AKS-Feel The Change
Fusion of Google, Bing and Yahoo

Tech-for Everyone
A Great Resource For The Traveler

AllThatsNew
Tumblr Launches Community Submissions

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Spam and Botnets – Who’s Responsible?

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove AntiVirusPro

The Spyware Biz Blog
How secure is your password nowadays?

Carol’s Vault
Surf safer, faster and smarter with OpenDNS and WOT

Snakebytez
Free Network Drive Mapper

Crazy World of G
The Yellow Gun Project

Rarst.net
Easily cut and trim MP3 files with mp3DirectCut

EvilFantasy’s Blog
Use Revo Uninstaller
to terminate unresponsive processes

Plato on-line
What Not to put on Plastic

Free PC Security
Advanced System Care from IOBit

Piyada’s World
Automatic transfer images from Camera
to Computer with WIA-Loader

Lifehacker
Microsoft Office 2010 in Videos

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Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats

Microsoft OfficeThe flavors of Microsoft Office, from the beginning of this century, thus far, for the Windows operating system, has been Office 2000, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007. There are also versions available for the Apple Macintosh operating system. The Microsoft Office software suite is a packaged deal of applications that are interrelated (or interconnected) to work seamlessly with each other; AND is the most popular (commonly used) worldwide software standard adopted by businesses, government agencies and educational institutions alike.  Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Access are the most commonly known (and used) applications in the Microsoft Office suite.

Hair PullingAs with any software that continually evolves, new features and options are added to make the software better; HOWEVER, these changes may not be backwards compatible to the previous versions. As a result, we end up pulling our hair out…

The most recent example of this is with the Office 2007 suite. The Office 2007 Suite has adopted an Open XML-based file format that cannot be read by the previous versions of Microsoft Office (such as Office 2000, Office XP and Office 2003). If you have Office 2007 and you save a file in Word, Excel or Powerpoint, it will (by default) save to the Open XML-base file format. As a result, previous versions of Microsoft Office (such as Office 2000, XP and 2003) cannot open the document. You can change the Office 2007 defaults to prevent backward compatibility issues; however, it is apparent that it is Microsoft’s vision to push this new file format and for good reason(s).  The Office XML Formats are designed to be more robust than the binary formats; and, therefore, helps reduce the risk of lost information due to damaged or corrupted files. If you are interested in reading the full scoop on the XML-base file format [ click here ] .

The introduction of the new file format is truly a good experience and will ultimately be of great benefit; HOWEVER, I have already experienced and seen problems where the people (including businesses, government agencies, educational institutions) are not adopting the file format standard and it is causing cross platform compatibility issues between Office 2007 and the previous versions of Microsoft Office. What this means is that the people, including the IT people, are not aware and educated about the new file format standard. For example, prior to my retirement, I worked at a government agency in IT.  I would not be adopting this file format standard until the top level IT managers in the government issued a statement about using the new standard and how to make the transition.

If you are using a mixed bag of Microsoft Office Suites (such as 2000, XP, 2003 and 2007) and are planning to adopt the Office XML file format in Office 2007, there is a solution to the compatibility issues.  Microsoft provides a downloadable compatibility pack that you install on your PC that will allow the previous versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint to open, edit and save XML files.  (Note:  If you are using Microsoft Office 2000, I strongly discourage future usage of that package – [ READ THIS ARTICLE ] .)

You can get the “Compatibility Pack” [ HERE ] ; however, I suggest you read the information provided and you consult with your IT Administrator before installing any software, such as this, at your workplace.

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FREE – Quick Reference Cheat Sheets for Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office

CustomguideCustomGuide, a company that specializes in customizable Online Learning, Courseware and Skills Assessments has available on their site, FREE (downloadable) “Quick Reference” (cheat sheets) for numerous software products that we use everyday [ click here ] . The “Quick Reference” sheets are in the Adobe PDF format that ultimately can be printed. There is a nice selection of Quick Reference Sheets for the Microsoft Windows and the Microsoft Office Products (see listing below). The Quick Reference sheets are excellent training and reference resource tools. I personally have printed and laminated these sheets to handout to users as a learning resource.

SAMPLE LISTING

[ CLICK HERE ]
to visit site and download.

CustomGuide

SAMPLE

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Free Microsoft Office Training Right Under Our Noses…

Many people entering the IT field have the illusion that the bulk of their work will be specifically managing the network, working on PC’s, or working a help desk. This may be true on a corporate level, but as a former IT specialist at a medium size State Government agency, I soon learned that I was all those functions and MORE wrapped up in one. You soon learn to become more of a business manager, than an IT Manager. The most difficult element to manage, as an IT Manager, is what I call the “people element”. You will have the person that claims to know everything or the person that claims to know nothing. One of the most important things I learned, and it truly worked, was ways to make my network smarter by educating the users. Educating them in bursts, (similar to a blog) by pumping out information on a consistent basis or by sending small groups to the local college for one day classes. These short bursts of training energized information sharing between users and took on a competitive characteristic of its’ own.  In the end, my job became easier.

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Most businesses and agencies today use the Microsoft Office products (e.g. Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Access, etc.). Learning to use Microsoft Office can be key in maintaining your business continuity plan AND will make your business more efficient (and smarter). An excellent, FREE, training resource for the Microsoft Office products is right under our noses.  Microsoft currently provides online:

“Free Self Paced Training Courses For Office”

The training is step-by-step and is in short bursts ranging from 30 minutes to 60 minutes, depending on the topic. Training topics are available for the following Microsoft Office products.  You can click any of the links below to preview a specific training topic.  The objective of this article is to point out that there are resources out there, that are FREE, to make us all smarter and more efficient at what we do.

Office 2007 Training

Office 2003 Training

Access 2007

Communicator 2007

Excel 2007

Live Meeting 2007

OneNote 2007

Outlook 2007

PerformancePoint Server 2007

PowerPoint 2007

Project 2007

Publisher 2007

SharePoint Server 2007

Visio 2007

Word 2007

Access 2003

Excel 2003

FrontPage 2003

InfoPath 2003

OneNote 2003

Outlook 2003

PowerPoint 2003

Project 2003

Publisher 2003

Visio 2003

Word 2003

AND MORE…


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Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007

A watermark is a recognizable background image or pattern that is embedded in a document at various shades of lightness or darkness. The standard placement of a watermark is done in such a way in the background (e.g. diagonal) to catch the reader’s eye and to convey a readily recognizable message that portrays the status of the document (e.g. confidential, draft, ASAP, etc.). Of course there are other non-standard methods of embedding a watermark, such as adding your own image. Today, I had a situation where I had to embed a watermark in a Microsoft Word document; which provided me with the idea of sharing this process with others.  Actually it is quite simple, and this tip may be helpful to others.

WatermarkMicrosoft Word 2003

The watermark commands are available only in normal, print layout, and outline views.

  1. On the Format menu, point to Background, and then click Printed Watermark.
  2. Do one of the following:  To insert a picture as a watermark (watermark: Any graphic or text, such as “Confidential,” that when printed appears either on top of or behind existing document text.), click Picture Watermark, and then click Select Picture. Select the picture you want, and then click Insert.To insert a text watermark, click Text Watermark, and then select or enter the text that you want.
  3. Select any additional options that you want, and then click Apply.
  4. To view a watermark as it will appear on the printed page, use print layout view

Microsoft Word 2007

You can insert a predesigned watermark from a gallery of watermark text, or you can insert a watermark with custom text.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Watermark.
  2. Do one of the following: Click a predesigned watermark, such as Confidential or Urgent, in the gallery of watermarks. Click Custom Watermark, click Text watermark and then select or type the text that you want. You can also format the text.
  3. To view a watermark as it will appear on the printed page, use Print Layout view.

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Microsoft Office Templates…

The Microsoft Office suite has established itself as the benchmark standard for office (software) suites that is used in businesses, government entities, educational institutions and homes around the world.  If you are someone who uses Microsoft Office, then you have to know about the wide array of “Free” templates that is available for download from Microsoft.  If not, you do not know what you are missing. I have been following the template’s list, for years, and it continues to grow and improve.  I have personally used some of these templates and have found that they can save you a considerable amount of time, depending on what you are looking for. All of templates can be edited, meaning once you download a template, you can change whatever you desire, to meet your project needs. Reflected below is a sampling of the template categories that are currently available at Microsoft Online. Click on any of the categories below and you will be delivered to that category at the Microsoft Online website.

Main Categories

Agendas Award certificates Brochures

Budgets Business cards Calendars

Content slides Contracts Databases

Design slides Diagrams Envelopes

Expense reports Faxes Flyers

Forms Gift certificates Greeting cards

Inventories Invitations Invoices

Labels Letters Lists

Memos Minutes Newsletters

Plans Planners Postcards

Presentations Purchase orders Receipts

Reports Resumes and CVs Schedules

Statements Stationery Time sheets

More categories

Address books Advertisements Analysis worksheets

Announcements Applications Balance sheets

Ballots Banners Bills of sale

Binder inserts Bookmarks Books

Bylaws, policies, and rules Calculators

Case inserts Catalogs Charts

Coupons Dividers E-mails

Estimates Evaluations Flash cards

Forecasts Games Identification cards

Instructions Itineraries Job descriptions

Journals Ledgers Logs

Maps Math and science tables Menus

Name and place cards Note cards

Notes Office document themes

OneNote notebooks OneNote pages

OneNote sections Outlines

Paper folding projects Papers

Petitions Photo albums Posters

Press releases Programs Proposals

Quizzes and tests Quotes

Recipes Records Reply cards

Scorecards Sign-in and sign-up sheets

Signs SmartArt Graphics Stickers

Surveys Tags Tickets

Tournament brackets Trackers

Web pages Wills With compliments cards

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