Table Properties – Did they disappear? [Irritating MS Word]

I'm not sure if it's just me, however I found this very irritating and was using the Table >> Table Properties... menu for a few days before I rediscovered the button in the ribbon. In case you missed it, in one of the updates the "Table Properties" button has been relabelled "Properties". :-) Probably obvious to a lot of people - I just had a brain-fart moment.   … [Read more...]

Can’t make Powerpoint Text Transparent

Recently I was dealing with Powerpoint and reopened an old presentation to find that the text in the presentation which had once been transparent was now no longer so. Turns out there is a trick to this (isn't there always :-)), which requires you to add a solid line border to the text and change the transparency of this as well. Seems it is something new in one of the recent updates - … [Read more...]

Alternate upgrade software location for Office 2016 for Mac

Recently I was hit with a repeated bar across the top of Microsoft Word saying that one of the advantages of having an Office 365 subscription is that I can get free upgrades to my software. Awesome, fantastic, just click here. So I did... I'm a Mac user, so these instructions are relevant to other Mac users. Sorry Windows guys - I'll post an update if DH ever asks me to upgrade his … [Read more...]

How to Add a Tick Symbol ✓ to Writer documents [LibreOffice, OpenOffice]

To insert the tick (✓) symbol into a Writer document, follow these instructions. From the menu (in Windows and Mac) click on Insert --> Special Character. From the Font dropdown, you need to select a font that will include the tick symbol. Times New Roman does NOT include this symbol. One font to use is OpenSymbol. Select OpenSymbol and then scroll down until you see the tick … [Read more...]

Reader Question: Showing and Hiding Themes [OpenOffice & LibreOffice]

Jerry left a comment saying that he had trouble with the following: "cannot find how to show/hide themes in calc" Thanks, Jerry. I'm not sure if this is exactly what you mean, but some refer to the Gallery in OpenOffice as 'themes'. (Please leave a comment below if this is not what you meant.) To show and hide the Gallery (in Calc, Writer or Impress) simply select the following in the … [Read more...]

Spell check does not work for Mac 2011

If you are having difficulties with spell check Mac in the new Office 365 suite, then it's probably no surprise - especially if you're not using Windows and not in the US. However I find that the advice provided on the MS website is actually working for me, so I'd suggest running through the first three steps below. And sometimes it has to be done on documents as you open them (every one). I was … [Read more...]

Making Search Relevant and Recent (Getting Help that Helps!)

Often, when people search for information on the web, they put search terms into Google and click search. This is especially relevant to searching for solutions to software problems as you want the solution to apply to the version of software that you currently have (if you have the most up-to-date version). Unfortunately, this general search method gives you a very large selection of web pages … [Read more...]

Integrating Google Maps in your documents (taking screenshots)

A friend of mine recently asked how can he integrate a Google Map into his document. The easiest way to do this is using a screen shot, however it is important to note that if you are going to use a map from Google, you need to attribute it. According to my reading of this page on Google Permissions, and this page on Attribution the easiest way to do this is to: Take a screenshot that includes … [Read more...]

FAQ: How to I change the default language in Word for Mac? [Word 2011]

With Office 2011 for Mac, you can check spelling and grammar in languages other than English. Word 2011 for Mac comes with foreign-language dictionaries such as Czech, French, Russian, and you can also change the 'brand' of English (UK, US, Australian). The default dictionary determines which language’s proofing tools Word uses for spelling and grammar. You can change Word’s default … [Read more...]

FAQ: How to Show Column A in LibreOffice Calc

I recently had a comment in response to FAQ: How to hide columns in OpenOffice.org Calc [Show / Hide] and decided to answer it with a video. It details two methods: A method in which you can show (unhide) all columns (this can be applied to rows), and  A method for unhiding column A alone   … [Read more...]