Microsoft Word’s five most useful hidden features

Here are five neat tricks in Word 2003 and 2007 that you may not know about.

1: Keep your paragraphs together
Too often Word breaks pages in exactly the wrong place, making printouts of your documents difficult to read. The Paragraph dialog box gives you more control over the appearance of your printouts. To open it in Word 2003, click anywhere in the paragraph and choose Format>Paragraph; in Word 2007, click the small arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Paragraph section under the ribbon’s Home tab. In both versions, check Keep with next (which is selected by default in Word 2003), and Keep lines together, which prevents a paragraph from being split between two pages. If you’d like a paragraph to begin a page, check Page break before.

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Control the appearance of your printed documents by selecting these options under the Line and Page Breaks tab in Microsoft Word’s Paragraph dialog box.

2: Change a document’s date automatically
I frequently reuse the same Word file, changing only the date and one or two other items. It’s simple enough to select the old date and start typing the new one until Word’s auto-fill feature kicks in to display the current date, which it adds when I press Enter. Now I save myself even those few keystrokes by using a Date and Time field set to the current date: Place the cursor where you want the date to appear, and in Word 2003, click Insert>Field. In Word 2007, choose the Insert tab and click Date & Time. In Word 2003, click Date in the Field names window. In both versions, choose your preferred date format. In Word 2007, check Update automatically. Finally, click OK.

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Add the current date to your documents in Word 2003 via the Date and Time options in the Field dialog box.

3: Fit more text on a single page
In addition to the file backups you create yourself, Word keeps backups of the files you’ve opened recently by default. Still, there may be times when you want to print an archival copy of a lengthy Word document. Save paper by reformatting the document to fit more text per page.

Start by pressing Ctrl-A to select the entire file, and then in Word 2003, click Format>Font. In Word 2007, click the small arrow in the bottom-right corner of the Font section under the Home tab. Choose a smaller font size, though keep in mind that anything smaller than 6 points will be difficult to read without a magnifying glass.

Next, make the margins smaller by clicking File>Page Setup in Word 2003, or Page Layout>Margins>Custom Margins in Word 2007. Change the Top, Bottom, Left, and Right settings in Word 2007 to .16″, and in Word 2003, set Outside to 0.07″, Inside to 0.5″, Left to 0.25″, and Right to 0.25″. These are the smallest you can have while fitting all text on the printout.

4: Print on two sides of the paper
You can print on both sides of the paper even if your printer doesn’t support duplex printing by default, though you may have to flip and collate the paper yourself. In Word 2003, click File>Print; in Word 2007, click the Office icon and choose Print. If you see a “Manual duplex” option, select it and click OK. After the first side prints, you’ll be prompted to place the paper back into the input bin, blank side up. Do so and click OK again to print the second side.

If you don’t have a Manual duplex option in your printer settings, you can achieve the same effect by choosing Odd pages in the Print drop-down menu, then flip and collate the pages, return them to the paper tray, and click Even pages. Your printer may also have an option to print more than one page per sheet, though this option may render the text unreadable, so test it on a sample page before using it to print a long file.

5: Place an object on its own page
Suppose you have an Excel worksheet you want to place on its own page in the middle of a Word document, and you want the page to print in landscape orientation while the rest of the document is in portrait mode. Piece of cake!

Place the cursor where you want the new page to begin, and click Insert>Break>Next page>OK in Word 2003, or Insert>Page Break in Word 2007. Copy and paste the worksheet into the Word file, and repeat the steps to create another page break at the end of it. Now select the page, and in Word 2003, click File>Page Setup>Margins>Landscape; in Word 2007, choose Page Layout>Orientation>Landscape.

Originally posted at Workers’ Edge.

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Software that’s ready for takeoff in 2008

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It’s hard to predict the next Twitter or Facebook, and that’s what makes massive overnight, now-we’re-worth-fifteen-billion-dollars success (or not) so gosh darn breathtaking. I mean, did Facebook know it was going to be Facebook?!

So my point is, we go on what we’ve got when predicting which software is going to turn heads. This list has been compiled partly by educated guesswork and partly by whimsy. Chances are, the software that ends up meaning something to people, we’ve never seen coming. It’s probably not even a glimmer in its developer’s eye.

If I turn out to be wildly off-base in my predictions, even better. Groaning at gross miscalculations from tech’s crystal ball is part of what makes making them so much fun. Without further ado, here’s the lineup.

Trillian Astra–The much longed-fotrillian_astrar next- generation of the cult classic multinetwork chat client has been clinging to its private alpha testing for over a year, but it can’t stay there forever. No, at some point in 2008, Trillian Astra will crawl out of its underground development lair to make its Web debut in a cool blue blaze of glory befitting its steely desktop and Web stature. You hear that, Cerulean Studios?! Then all the girls and boys will get to play with social widgets, RSS feeds, expanded plugins, and all-new skins, not just Josh Lowensohn.

Yahoo Messenger for Vista

Yahoo Messenger for Vista–Not to let Trillian corner the IM marketplace when Astra finally blinks at the daylight, Yahoo has already publicly released a preview download for its new Yahoo Messenger for Vista. Introducing an interface seamlessly knitted with Vista’s Aero Glass aesthetic and penchant for widget integration, the Vistafied version of Yahoo’s chat client promises desktop chat widgets, tabbed chatting, enhanced emoticons, and reflective skins galore. What else it’ll be able to do could somewhat depend on user demand, hinted Yahoo’s tight-lipped PR reps, but I suspect much more will depend on senior product manager Josh Jacobson. From the looks of it so far, Yahoo Messenger for Vista will make some noise in 2008, at least for its stiletto-slim base of Vista converts.

Flock

Flock–The social networking and blogging browser grabbed CNET’s notice this year. From a glowing review to a dedicated Newbie’s Guide, Flock is poised to be, at the very least, the editorial team’s enduring sweetheart. We’re suckers for well-integrated functionality and simplified workflow for blogging, sharing images, and scooting textual information from one platform to another. If Flock can only get in front of the throngs of bloggers and MySpace ilk, it’s got a real chance to shine.

Zumobi

Zumobi–I admit I wasn’t overly impressed in my initial review. Expectations of the promising mobile widgets app did deflate some on the beta release, yet Zumobi may be on to something with its chessboard of ad-sponsored widgets and competent-looking navigational “flower.” In the constant search for quick ways to access targeted online information from minuscule mobile screens, Zumobi’s attempt offers a beautiful interface, an open SDK, opportunities for customization, and advertisers–ingredients common to successful products. Thanks to the iPhone and its groupie-imitators, users may be ready for simple apps that launch from a tiled screen. The rest is up to Zumobi fixing the app’s usability drawbacks and delivering on its promised functionality.

Google Android

Android apps–Ok, ok, so I realize this may be cheating, since I’m not so much naming one application as I am a constellation of larval apps and apps-to-be. Besides, Google’s mobile apps development platform is bound to do well, especially as Google has done such a fine job herding famously proprietary carriers into a loose camaraderie, and attracting any futile Google-resisting developers it didn’t already employ with promises of big cash prizes for the best Android-made app. Odds are therefore above-average that the Android SDK (for Windows or Mac) will yield a twinkling gem that transforms cell phones into DVR remotes, or a hot spot seeker that will find local hotspots, lead you there with quiet Bluetooth dictation, and then securely log you on.

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Gesticulating mobile games–In fact, gesture-driven mobile games already exist in Japan and are on their way to the US (story | video), where along with Bluetooth headsets, they can trigger erratic, antisocial behavior in their owners. I mean the hands-free muttering of passersby on the street and the wild Wii-like flinging we can soon expect from people bowling with their phones. We can therefore also expect elasticized bungee leashes for those who, in their excitement, lose their handle on the hardware. An extended warranty wouldn’t be a bad idea, either.

Got your own predictions for software bound to boom in 2008? Lay ’em on us, leave a comment.

By Jessica Dolcourt from CNet.com

Best Color Tools For Web Designers

Determining the core color for a web project could be easy but finding the right alternatives to match the core can sometimes be difficult. That’s where the color tools play its roles. Color tools help you determine matching color or even suggest sets of matching color palette when you are totally clueless. Amongst are some of the best color tools web service on the internet any web designers should bookmark, or at least know. Full list after jump.

Adobe Kuler

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Colr.org

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Colour Lovers

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Read more at Hongkiat.com

Samsung M800 for Sprint is a touch-screen phone!

sph-m800-1 Mobiledia released the first information and image of the Samsung SPH-M800 for Sprint. It appears to be the US CDMA variant of the F490, as the U940 for Verizon is a variant of the F700. It will have very similar design, candybar with a huge touch display and three buttons on the front side, but it will have different features and specifications. Unfortunately, the 5-megapixel camera is replaced with a standard 2-megapixel one, and most likely the Croix user interface is replaced with one, matching the carrier’s phones. Currently there are only a few details about the phone, including EV-DO support, Stereo Bluetooth and GPS. We will update you once there is more information.

Source: Mobiledia

Macworld 2008 Keynote Leaked?

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Gotta love the days prior to Macworld. It happens every year and the internet is buzzing with rumors and leaks. Today, as to continue with the tradition, we got a suppose leak of Steve’s Keynote for Macworld. The source? Wikipedia(??). Odd, I know. In case the page gets taken out, I have mirrored the goodies here. Enjoy.

MacWorld January 2008 Keynote
Rough Outline; draft 5
Greetings! Welcome to Moscone Center

Quick Overview: iPod/iTunes
– iPod has been extremely profitable for us this holiday season
– Sales figures, market share
– Our new models are doing better than ever
– 3 iPod games released last month accidentally (supposed to be for today)
– Another new game today: Chess
– iTunes doing extremely well (sales figures/market share)
– Today: 30 indie labels releasing their entire catalogs in iTunes Plus
– Many more to follow in the next few months
iPhone
– Best iPod ever
– Sales figures, market share
– Sales beyond our wildest dreams
– Much more than the 1% market share we asked for in January
– Starting today: 8GB $399, 16GB $499
– Four times the memory as original iPhone for the same price
– iPhone is coming to Japan in March with NTT DoCoMo
– SDK is unveiled!
iPhone/iPod Touch SDK
– Apps and Widgets
– Using Cocoa with Objective-C
– Developers submit programs as source code, not executable
– Specify iPhone or both iPhone/Touch (certain features iPhone only)
– Set your own price: Apps $0-$6.99, Widgets $0-$2.99
– Users buy/download in iTunes Wi-Fi Store / iTunes Store (Mac/PC)
– Automatic updating wirelessly or docked
– Demonstration of exporting from XCode 3 to iTunes Store
– Submits source code to Apple for validation (make sure that people aren’t abusing the system, prevent malware and viruses)
– If using microphone or GSM, iPhone only; otherwise, available for both iPhone and iPod Touch
– Apps can be free or up to $6.99; Widgets free or up to $2.99
– Developers recieve 70% of revenue for their products
– Licensed under Apple Mobile Software License
– Can download wirelessly from iTunes Wi-Fi Store or docked to computer from iTunes Store
– Demonstration of wirelessly downloading (and running) the app submitted earlier
– Apps and widgets can be rearranged on front screen; front screen scrolls to show all apps/widgets
– Resubmit updated versions of apps; when added to store, iPhone/Touch will ask you to update it next time you use it (or next time you dock the iPhone/Touch)
– Developers can get their hands on a beta version of the SDK tomorrow on ADC and start developing; final version due early February
– iTunes 7.6 and iPhone/iPod Touch Software update 1.3 allowing for Apps mid-February
Example apps/widgets
Apps:
– iChat (coming with 1.3 update) (AIM, Jabber/Google Talk)
— Quick demonstration
– RSS Feed Reader (coming with 1.3 update) (read feeds online or off)
– One of our partners made something cool: Last.fm (scrobble tracks played on iPhone/touch wirelessly without syncing w/ computer)
Widgets:
– Dictionary (coming with 1.3 update) (quickly look up words, translate, use wikipedia)
— Quick demonstration
– Yellow/White Book (coming with 1.3 update) (search for contacts, add them to your address book directly from the app, will sync back with address book on your Mac/PC)
– Sports Ticker (coming with 1.3 update) (choose your sports and teams, get updates on their progress)
– Another partner: Twitter (update your Twitter on the fly, see your friends tweets)
– Try these out on the show floor today
Mac
– Sales are getting better and better every day
– Hardware sales figures/market share
– Leopard released October; doing spectacularly
– Sales figures/market share
– Selling extremely well; estimated to overtake Tiger in terms of marketshare by June if you only count the new Macs that come with it preinstalled; even quicker if you include boxed copies
– 10.5.2 out today – many bug fixes, also addressing a lot of issues and complaints users had such as list view with stacks and certain HIG non-compliance issues
New MacBooks!
– What would MacWorld be without a new Mac? (sorry about last year)
– Completely redesigned MacBook
– Completely aluminum body like MacBook Pro
– 13″ screen at 1440×900
– Two colors: Black and Silver
– Looks gorgeous at 0.8″ thin
– A major feat of engineering – patents abound
– DVD drive pops open on side when eject button is pressed
– New on all notebooks and iMac: iSight HD (720p)
– New backlit keyboard based on recent Apple Keyboard revisions (keys slightly lighter than that of laptop casing, colorwise)
– New matching MagSafe cable (Aluminum ends, cord color matches that of keyboard)
– New matching Apple Remote (slightly smaller with larger overall buttons)
– Intel GMA X3100 graphics
– 3 models
– Completely phasing out the combo drive on all product lines today
– BTO models can upgrade all the way to 2.6GHz/4GB Memory/320GB hard drive
– 4.5 hours of battery life
– Starting at $1199
Product Refreshes
– Refreshing Mac Pro and Mac mini today
– Mac Pro now with Penryn!
– Base model 2×2.8GHz dual-core/1GB/NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT 256MB/250GB(1x250GB)/1x16x double-layer SuperDrive
– Upgradeable to 2×3.2GHz quad-core/16GB/NVIDIA Quadro FX 4500 512MB/4TB(4x1TB)/2x16x double-layer SuperDrives
– Starting at $2,499
– Mac mini gets slight speed bumps and double-layer SuperDrive in all models
– Base model 2.0GHz IC2D/1GB/100GB
– BTO Upgradeable to 2.4GHz IC2D/4GB/320GB
– Starting at $599
One More Thing
– Been brewing for a while
– YouTube’s been in Apple TV and iPhone/iPod touch: now it’s in iTunes
– Download YouTube videos straight to iTunes or from iPhone/iPod Touch for later offline viewing (sync back to computer)
– Coming in iTunes 7.6 and iPhone/iPod Touch 1.3 updates
Thanks for coming, and enjoy the expo!