10 tweaks for Office 2010

Posted on April 2, 2011. Filed under: Microsoft Office Suite, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , |

TechRepublic has 10 tweaks to make Office 2010 work the way you want.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

ThinkFree: Web Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Posted on August 11, 2009. Filed under: Freeware/Shareware, Microsoft Office Suite, Online Software | Tags: , , , |

MakeUseOf has a post on ThinkFree: Web Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).

ThinkFree is an online Office-like suite of applications.

Feature Overview

  • Create, Manage, Edit, Share and Collaborate on office documents online.
  • Microsoft Office compatibility: View/Edit your M.Office docs on ThinkFree and vice versa
  • Storage: 1 GB of free online storage.
  • Share documents with others and assign different user privileges (viewer, contributor, etc)
  • Version management: Detailed history of document changes, revert to any previous version when needed
  • Document editing: Quick Edit and Power Edit modes.
  • Search within all documents in your account.
  • Embed docs on your blog, website (or on ThinkFree Doc Exchange)
  • ThinkFree Premium (non-free): online and offline file synchronization, document archiving, full-scree mode, online/offline access, …
Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )

More MRU (Most Recently Used) magic

Posted on April 27, 2009. Filed under: Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Techniques | Tags: , , , , , , |

Office Watch has a post on More MRU magic.

The Most Recently Used list in Microsoft Office can be handy, but it can also have a lot of stuff you don’t need or want again.  This post tells you where to find the lists and remove the unwanted items.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Microsoft Office student discount

Posted on August 25, 2008. Filed under: Buying, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word | Tags: , , , , , |

While this site normally doesn’t promote commercial software (companies have budgets of their own for that!), the Microsoft Office Suite is the campus standard software and many students would like to get it at a discount.

Try the student discount for the ultimate package here.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Office 2003 and XP SP3 changes

Posted on July 30, 2008. Filed under: Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Windows, Windows XP | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Office Watch has some warnings about how the Service Pack 3 for Windows XP changes things in Office 2003.

“Microsoft had a pile of security problems with Office 2003, the corporate answer is to disable features with security risks instead of fixing them.”

“So before you rush off to install SP3 you need to be aware of the changes it brings. Most of them might be considered minor but they might cause a problem if you’re not aware.”

BTW (By The Way): Office Watch is a regular e-letter which is free and very useful to Office users.

Here is the Office Watch list of SP3 changes in Office 2003:

Traps in Office 2003 Service Pack 3

Here’s a summary of the major changes in Service Pack 3 which may strike you at some stage. In many cases the changes won’t be immediately apparent but at some time in the future you’ll spend time trying to work out why something won’t work.

Many file types are blocked

Many older file types that could be opened in Office 2003 and earlier versions of Office will suddenly stop opening with Office 2003 SP3. There’s no warning message or explanation.

The file types blocked by Service Pack 3 include:

  • All Word documents created before (but not including) Word 6 for Windows. The includes all Word 1 and Word 2 documents, Word 4 for Mac plus early versions of Word for some Asian countries.
  • All Powerpoint files created before Powerpoint 97.
  • Excel 4 binary files in .xlc format.
  • dBase II files – the once very common .dbf format.
  • Lotus and Quattro files “.wk1, .wk4, .wj3, wk1 FMT, .wks, .wk3, wk3 FM3, .wj2, .wq1, .fm3, .wj1 “
  • Corel Draw .cdr

This was done because of the security risks in converting older file formats. Instead of dealing with those problems, Microsoft took the easy way out and just blocked access to the older formats.

While the formats might seem old and even archaic they are important when you want to retrieve old files from years past. Most people and companies don’t convert all their documents to the latest format – documents are opened as needed and then re-saved to newer formats. When you go digging into your archives you might find documents you can’t open with SP3. That might not happen often but could be quite confusing when you try.

You can reverse these SP3 changes in various ways that are detailed here.

Can’t save to some formats

Linked to the restriction on File Open are new limitations on formats you can save to. SP3 imposes restrictions on saving to Powerpoint pre-97 formats, Lotus & Quattro formats, Excel 4 binary formats and .dbf formats.

Most of these aren’t a real problem since there are presumably other formats you can use instead. But the .dbf format was once very commonly used and is very handy for transferring data across older systems.

You can reverse these SP3 changes in various ways that are detailed here.

No Fast Saves in Word 2003

Fast Save is a Word feature to speed up saving your Word documents. SP3 disables this feature – the check-box option is still there but the ‘choice’ does nothing.

Some Add-ins don’t work

ActiveX controls, and COM add-ins are checked by SP3 when they load up – if SP3 believes them to be security risks they’ll be disabled. That’s somewhat reasonable but it means that an add-in that worked fine in Office 2003 will stop unceremoniously once you install SP3.

Office Document Imaging changes

The Document Imaging part of Office 2003 changes with SP3 – some you can change back and others you can’t.

  1. The Microsoft Office Document Image Writer printer driver may be reset to the TIFF output format.
  2. .Tif files and .mdi files are no longer associated with Microsoft Office Document Imaging.
  3. Save a .tif file using JPEG compression isn’t available.

Points 1 and 2 can be reversed by changing the settings to your wishes. See http://office-watch.com/kb?938813

Access issues:

Microsoft made two important changes to Access 2003 with Service Pack 3. It’s a sign of the flawed judgement used by Microsoft that these changes were considered acceptable in a publicly released product. Service Packs are meant to fix bugs not introduce new ones.

While SP3 wasn’t fixed there is now a hotfix available to reverse these ‘improvements’ here.

Access: Combo box and List box errors

A combo or list box populated with a SQL statement can return no values. You can workaround these problems as described here or apply the hotfix mentioned above.

Access: Bit data columns in SQL tables

Access 2003 SP3 dropped support for bit data columns ( 0 or 1 ) in Access projects linked to a table on Microsoft’s own SQL Server.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 2 so far )

DocSyncer for Google docs

Posted on May 19, 2008. Filed under: File conversion, Google, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Online Software | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Somebody had to come up with a way to synchronize the documents you edit in Microsoft Office so they are available in Google Docs.

Try the free service at DocSyncer to migrate files to Google.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

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.

Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( None so far )

Liked it here?
Why not try sites on the blogroll...