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...]

Spell Checker Issue in Word [Mac versions of Office 2011]

There seems to be a spell checker issue in Word where the following error is reported. On my Mac, this happens most often when I open a file that did not originate from MS Word 2011. If I create a document in MS Word 2011, and leave spell and grammar checks enabled for "as you type" (see below on how to disable this), then I do not get an error. If you do not disable the options below, … [Read more...]

Open OpenOffice Files in MS Office [the Dark Side]

Sometimes we need to do it -  sometimes we've sent that file from home in ODP format and we have Microsoft PowerPoint installed on our office computer. It's time sensitive and we need to open it NOW! You can install OpenOffice.org, but that pesky systems admin person won't let you. Another option is to install the OpenXML/ODF Translator Add-in for Office. Systems admin is probably going to … [Read more...]

Customising OpenOffice to play with Word

This is some reading that I found recently that makes it easier for OpenOffice and Word to exchange files a little more seamlessly. This has become more important as I am consulting in an environment that is a strict MS user - and being able to have documents that open seamlessly in the MS Word applications is probably the trickiest aspect of being an OpenOffice user. It suggests that you … [Read more...]