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Correct mistakes using Print Preview Edit Mode in Word 2010
If you find you spend a lot of time switching between editing and the default print preview in the Print pane, Word 2010 has a hidden Print Preview Edit Mode you should try. First, you'll need to add it to the Quick Access Toolbar so you can find it quickly when you need it. Click the down arrow next...
18 Apr 2011
Casual Friday: Make your own postcards in Word
If you want to design your own postcard, there's no need to start from scratch. You can find some great templates on Office.com, which you can access from inside of Microsoft Word. Here's an example of how to modify a picture postcard template to make it your own. First, if working with high resolution...
15 Apr 2011
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 page design you like...
22 Mar 2011
Print an entire workbook quickly and efficiently in Excel 2010
A coworker approached me recently with a problem. Her stakeholder was resisting the move to a new Excel template - preferring an out-of-date Word version - because it was proving tricky to print everything out quickly, a step he liked to use to review before submitting requests. I helped her streamline...
21 Mar 2011
Hide highlighter marks in Word
If you use highlighter marks in Word to indicate sections that need work or for some other purpose, you may feel obliged to wipe them all out before printing the document. But there's no need to go to all of that trouble - unless you're really done with them or want to share the file without them being...
4 Mar 2011
Print just one page in Outlook 2010
Have you ever wanted to print just the first page of an email message? Most of the time, right? You may not realize it, but there is a place to select this in Outlook 2010. Just go to File , Print (or press Ctrl-P) and then click Print Options : Directly below the Print style box, about halfway down...
14 Feb 2011
Hey! How come this won’t print???
Jeff at MSFT
According to my informal survey around the office, the number-one nightmare suffered by modern workers includes three things. First, a deadline—rapidly approaching, or already past. Next, a document—presentation handouts, a budget summary, a performance review—that needs printing. And, finally, a printer...
5 Jan 2011
Casual Friday: Make your own holiday cards
You probably think of PowerPoint as simply a tool for presentations. But with its powerful layout and design capabilities, you could use it for a lot of different things - from wallpaper and Twitter backgrounds to holiday cards. Even if you have no design sense, you can easily create custom cards from...
19 Nov 2010
Print Excel table headers on every page
If you're printing a long spreadsheet in Excel and want to have the same header row across the top of each page, you're in luck. There's a little-known feature tucked away in Excel 2007 and Excel 2010 to do just that. If you're using Excel 2007, go to File , Page Setup and then open the last tab. In...
10 Nov 2010
Add a watermark to your Word documents
If you have documents that you want to mark as DRAFT or CONFIDENTIAL before printing, you can quickly add a watermark in Word 2007 or Word 2010. Just go to the Page Layout tab and click the Watermark button: This offers an array of default choices such as DO NOT COPY and, if you scroll down, you'll find...
2 Nov 2010
Embed the file path in your Word documents
This next tip is for you if you've ever looked at a printed Word document and wondered, "Where is the file for this?" It's a simple task to embed the file path directly into your Word files so you can tell at a glance where you saved them - whether it's on your hard drive or a remote file share...
29 Oct 2010
Make room for wide objects in Word
You've probably printed wide Word documents in landscape mode, and you may have even changed a whole document to Landscape using the Page Layout tab's Orientation button. But did you know that you can selectively create individual pages in landscape mode for that really wide chart, table, or image? By...
28 Oct 2010
Let your devices take center stage with Windows 7
If you've ever plugged a printer, music player, camera, phone, or other device into your PC and wondered what to do next, you're going to like Device Stage . This clever but unassuming tool works with your devices to give each its own "device home page," complete with a customized status and...
12 May 2010
Print long documents faster
By default, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint print your documents in the background, and most of the time this is fine. Background printing frees you up to do other work while your documents spool. But what if you have a really long document and a deadline to get it all printed? You might be willing to...
2 Apr 2010
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