Office Tip: Enable/Disable proofing

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From time to time a user may have disabled Word’s built in proofing (spelling and grammar checking). To re-enable it, highlight all the words in the document, goto the REVIEW tab and select Set Language. You will likely see a checked checkbox labeled Do not check spelling or grammar. Removing this check will re-enable the proofing on this document only. To re-enable for all new documents by default, click on the button labeled Default.. Click YES and you’re… Read more »

Office 2003 Tip: Clear Recently Used Docs List

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Microsoft Access, Excel, Photo Draw, Power Point, and Word: 1. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the General tab. 2. Clear the Recently used files check box, and then click OK. 3. On the Tools menu, click Options, and then click the General tab. 4. Select the Recently used files check box, and then click OK. (Toggling the setting off then back on again removes the MRU… Read more »

Vista Tip: Enable Ping Replies

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In Windows Vista, how do I configure the firewall to allow pings? Windows Vista includes Windows Firewall and enables that firewall by default. The graphical interface to the firewall settings does not include an option to respond to pings. To allow Vista to respond to pings without disabling the entire firewall, follow these steps: Open an elevated command prompt. To do this, from the Start menu, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator. Enter: netsh firewall… Read more »

Office Tip: Clear recently used docs in Office Apps

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Clearing the lists of recently used documents in Windows and in Microsoft Office Applications Windows will show recently saved documents on the Start menu under either My Recent Documents (in Windows XP with the default XP Start menu), or Documents (in all other versions of Windows). Office will also show those documents near the bottom of the File menu of each program, above the Exit command. Follow the appropriate steps to remove these lists… Read more »

Vista Tip: Disabling UAC

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This is the cure for toshiba laptops going black after bootup. (Originally posted at ) Option #4 is probably the easiest to try to explain over the phone. This is the cause of black screens after login on Toshiba laptops running Windows Vista!! Although UAC clearly improves the security on Windows Vista, under some scenarios you might want to disable it, for example when giving demos in front of an audience… Read more »

Vista Tip: Change Lid and Shutdown default actions

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Change the Windows Vista Power Buttons to Shut Down The default action for the Power button on the start menu in Windows Vista is Sleep, which isn’t necessarily useful for everybody. You can configure this setting easily by using the advanced power settings panel, which is a little tricky to get to normally, but we’ll take the shortcut. Open a command prompt (type cmd into the start menu search bar), and then type in the following… Read more »

Gmail Tip: search for unread emails

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If you’re anything like me, you often end up with a lot of extra “spam” type mail from mailing lists, etc, that you don’t end up reading. To quickly find unread messages, simply search for “is:unread” in the search box.  You can also double this up to find only unread messages in the inbox by… Read more »