Make the Office 2007 ribbon go away, please!

Posted on September 21, 2008. Filed under: Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Word, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , |

Make the Office 2007 ribbon go away

Office Watch has instructions on making more room for your document in Office 2007 by removing the ribbon at the top, but still usable.

Then it automagically disappears again when you’re done using some function.

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Scribd is like YouTube for text

Posted on September 9, 2008. Filed under: books, Content Management Systems, Files, Freeware/Shareware, Online storage, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , |


So, what if you want a document online for everybody, rather than a picture or video?  What if you want to publish a whole online magazine, or just a story/novel/opinion/whatever?  Tutorials, fiction, cultural pieces… anything you write.

Scribd and blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr are all tools that enable you to publish yourself on the web. Scribd occupies the space between blogging and traditional publishing, enabling anybody to publish formatted, professional-looking content without expensive software or hassle.

Documents published on Scribd aren’t confined by the formatting limits and peculiarities of HTML-based platforms. PDF documents uploaded to Scribd retain their fonts, graphics, and formatting regardless of the reader’s particular computer or browser. Scribd documents compliment your blog by enabling you to embed multi-page formatted documents with a simple bit of code.

Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether to use Scribd or a blog:

  • Each document on Scribd is a stand-alone publication.
  • There is no pressure to post multiple documents on Scribd. Unlike a blog, you can post one piece of writing and then never post anything again.
  • With Scribd, there’s no time pressure. You can publish something you wrote yesterday, or ten years ago!
  • Unlike a blog, Scribd allows you to display richly formatted Word or PDF documents”
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Word 2007 help for student papers

Posted on September 8, 2008. Filed under: Microsoft Word, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , |

The Microsoft Office Word Team has advice on their blog about using Word 2007 for doing papers, especially stuff like footnotes and bibliographies.

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Tongue-tied? Just fill in the blanks…

Posted on May 6, 2008. Filed under: Fun, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on the Bureau of Communication, which offers one of the more unusual services on the Web.

They present a set of fill-in-the-blank forms for everyday communication.

Somewhat similar to those phone message pads with things like “While you were out some idiot called”, these forms cover a variety of situations:

  • Unsolicited Feedback
  • Declaration of Romantic Intent
  • Formal Apology

and a number of others.  They definitely have the topics covered!

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Zotero is not a sword-swinging hero

Posted on May 5, 2008. Filed under: Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Word, OpenOffice, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Zotero is actually a Firefox add-on designed to “help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources”.

It has features like:

Automatic capture of citation information from web pages
Storage of PDFs, files, images, links, and whole web pages
Flexible notetaking with autosave
Fast, as-you-type search through your materials
Playlist-like library organization, including saved searches (smart collections) and tags
Integration with Word (use the Word extension) and OpenOffice (use the OpenOffice extention)
Integration with WordPress and other blogging software

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: “Zotero is an easy-to-use yet powerful research tool that helps you gather, organize, and analyze sources (citations, full texts, web pages, images, and other objects), and lets you share the results of your research in a variety of ways. An extension to the popular open-source web browser Firefox, Zotero includes the best parts of older reference manager software (like EndNote)—the ability to store author, title, and publication fields and to export that information as formatted references—and the best parts of modern software and web applications (like iTunes and del.icio.us), such as the ability to interact, tag, and search in advanced ways. Zotero integrates tightly with online resources; it can sense when users are viewing a book, article, or other object on the web, and—on many major research and library sites—find and automatically save the full reference information for the item in the correct fields. Since it lives in the web browser, it can effortlessly transmit information to, and receive information from, other web services and applications; since it runs on one’s personal computer, it can also communicate with software running there (such as Microsoft Word). And it can be used offline as well (e.g., on a plane, in an archive without WiFi).”

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Zoho, ho! and a lot of applications

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Online Software, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Zoho has all sorts of online software services – wikis, mail, chat, and the usual office suite applications. Recommended as a PC Magazine Top 100 Undiscovered Web Site of 2007.

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Google Docs – the online word processor

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Google, Online Software, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , |

Google Docs is an online word processing tool.  This is a free services.  (Formerly known as Writely.)

Registration is required, so you can save your documents online and access them from anywhere else with an Internet connection.

Remember that any online services is only as reliable as the source of the service, and any material saved there is subject to search by court order or subpoena.

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Google Pack up your troubles in your online software

Posted on November 27, 2007. Filed under: browsers, Everything, Firefox, Freeware/Shareware, Google, Macros & Shortcuts, Malware, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Online Software, Security, spreadsheet, Utilities, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Google Pack is a group of software helps with some very useful items.  Pick your own pack and download just the items you want.  All freeware, no malware included.

  • Google Earth
  • Google Desktop
  • Norton Security Scan
  •  Firefox with Google Toolbar
  • Google Toolbar for IE
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Skype
  • StarOffice (a complete office suite of software)
  • Spyware Doctor
  • Picasa
  • Google Photos screensaver
  • Google Talk
  • RealPlayer
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Google Apps are always online for use

Posted on November 26, 2007. Filed under: Email, Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Google, Online Software, spreadsheet, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Google Apps Google now has online applications: word-processor, spreadsheet, a basic web page maker, email and calendar, which you can access via your web browser with documents and email stored on a ‘drive’ provided by Google. You will need to register with Google. About 2MB of storage for free, more if you switch to the paid service.

Remember: Google insists on storing your documents themselves, and they have been known to lose data on rare occasions. Also, anything confidential is not a good candidate for storing on someone else’s server (unless encrypted, which this is not). It is vulnerable to a number of people demanding access to your files, with or without your knowledge, and perhaps without the same protection for your data that you prefer.

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WordPerfect Lightning for free trial

Posted on November 25, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , |

WordPerfect Lightning is available for download, free in the beta version.

Remember: “beta” software is being tested.  It may have problems in working properly, on saving your work, or in other functions.  It also may be withdrawn at the company’s discretion.  It may stop working at the end of a specified or yet-to-be-determined period.  Use at your own risk.

From the site’s FAQ page: “Corel WordPerfect Lightning is a new kind of free word processing and note-taking software from Corel that fills a gap between today’s existing desktop and Web-based productivity tools. Corel WordPerfect Lightning provides a simple set of tools that make it fast and easy to perform your most common productivity tasks. WordPerfect Lightning makes it easier than ever before to capture, use and reuse the ideas, information and images that are important to you. Use it to capture your notes, read documents, easily collect information and images, and create, edit and collaborate on a wide variety of document types. You can even use WordPerfect Lightning as a fast and simple organizer for all your ideas and documents. It’s like a word processor, notebook, whiteboard and filing cabinet wrapped into one.”

“WordPerfect Lightning is under 20 MB in size and downloads in minutes. Lightning will launch automatically once your download is complete. When you download Lightning, you’ll also have the option to download a free trial version of Corel WordPerfect Office X3, so when you need the capabilities of a full-featured office suite, it will be on your system, free, for you to try. Also free is your own WordPerfect Lightning Online Account, giving you an online workspace where you can store your WordPerfect Lightning content, share emails, contacts, bookmarks, back up files and do much more—all for free.”

“This part is really simple—you don’t need a browser to use WordPerfect Lightning. It’s a new, light, standalone application that works with or without an Internet connection. If you want to collaborate online, you do need a browser—Firefox 1.5 or later is recommended—but WordPerfect Lightning Online is compatible with Firefox, Internet Explorer 7 or Safari 2.0.4 or later. As long as you are running a modern JavaScript-enabled Web browser, you can use the online resources that we are providing through our partners.”

To make it possible to take your work into Microsoft Word, check here for directions on a 30-day trial of the module for this.

Registration is required. For Windows XP or Vista.

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Document & PowerPoint templates to download

Posted on November 20, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Word, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , |

[updated 2009.8.11]

Why reinvent the wheel? If somebody else has already created a template for the kind of document or PowerPoint you’re working on, why not use that if it suits your needs? Many of these are free.

Here are some sources, recommended by MakeUseOf.com :

DocStop : “Extremely useful community-powered service for sharing all kinds of business document templates. If you need a professional document, Docstoc is the first place to check out. Whether it’s a legal document, a business form or whatever is out there. Docstoc was launched just recently but already counts over 65.000 user-submitted documents, covering legal, business, financial, technology, and education areas.”

Gazhoo – “Unlike Docstoc, Gazhoo is a marketplace for legal, financial and business documents, case studies and research papers. Mainly it’s a place to buy and sell professional documents. However, with the exception of few scarce document types (i.e. market research papers) most of the listed documents are free. So, it’s a pretty good resource as well.”

Scribd – “Scribd has the biggest document collection, but it’s not focused on professional documents alone. It’s more like a virtual document library, where anyone can freely upload and share any kind of text documents (jokes, facts, stories, legal, presentations, etc.). Although, there is a good deal of useless stuff, it still has lots of legal forms and document templates.”

BusinessForms “has an inventory of over 500 FREE business forms and FREE business templates available in Excel and Word formats.  All of the free business forms and free business templates are organized into categories according to the type of business form or business template.  The free business forms and free business templates can be previewed and downloaded individually.  Don’t spend hours trying to create and organize your own business forms and business templates when you can download these free business forms and free business templates. You can customize these free business forms and free business templates to fit your specific needs.”

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Jarte: freeware alternative to WordPad

Posted on November 14, 2007. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Utilities, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Clif Notes Newsletter has a review of Jarte, which is a freeware replacement for WordPad. It can do more stuff than WordPad, although it’s not a full word processor — but sometimes you just need to make a note….

It also handles much larger files (over 100,000 words), and more than one document at a time.  You can move up later to a pay version with more features.

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Online Word Processors

Posted on November 13, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Freeware/Shareware, Google, Microsoft Office Suite, Online Software, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Online Word Processing

Caution: Putting your data online means opening up your information to a third party. Even if the company is honest, it could have legal action taken against it to reveal your information. Use online software at your own risk.

  • Google Docs a free Google product (formerly known as Writely)
  • Writeboard free collaborative document production
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Office 2007 tutorials

Posted on November 8, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Tutorials, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Access Librarian Joni Stine recommends the Office 2007 tutorials at Microsoft Online.

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Microsoft Word 2003 to 2007 cheat sheet

Posted on November 6, 2007. Filed under: Everything, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Word, wordprocessing | Tags: , , , |

USC Marshall has a cheat sheet for Word 2003 commands in 2007.

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