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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Microsoft Publisher 2010 - Disable Hyphenation in New Text Boxes


SUMMARY: Prevent Publisher 2010 from automatically hyphenating text inside new text boxes.


Tired of seeing automatic hyphenation in every text box you add to Microsoft Publisher 2010 documents? While hyphenation is useful in that you can fit more text inside a smaller amount of space, some document designers dislike this practice and would rather choose if and when hyphenation should occur depending on the document type and intended audience.

To prevent Publisher 2010 from auto-hyphenating words inside every new text box created, make the following tweak:

1. Select the "File" tab in the Ribbon.

2. The Microsoft Office Backstage View appears. Click the "Options" button.

(Or instead of steps 1 and 2, press Alt + F, then the letter T.)

3. The "Publisher Options" dialog box appears. Click "Advanced" in the left pane.

4. Underneath "Editing options", uncheck "Automatically hyphenate in new text boxes".

Preventing Publisher 2010 from forcing hyphenation to occur in all new text boxes

5. Click "OK" on the bottom-right of the dialog box to close it.



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Miscellaneous Software - View Local Times Around the World


SUMMARY: EarthTime offers a graphical display of local times around the world.


EarthTime is a shareware Windows application that displays local times for selected cities around the world. A flattened globe of Earth is presented with sections lit up or darkened depending on the current local time. Clouds can be shown over the continents, and a subscription allows for downloading cloud data over the Internet.

The software comes built-in with 50,000 cities and more may be added. You can define alarms based on a city's time and date, playing sounds and/or displaying messages. Other options include choosing application colors, altering the map update interval (increase it for slower computers), and starting EarthTime when Windows boots.

Viewing the local time in several countries with EarthTime

A 30-day trial of EarthTime can be downloaded at the following site. The software runs on Windows XP and above:

* EarthTime

This tip was written regarding EarthTime v3.15 running on a Windows XP system. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.



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Monday, February 28, 2011

Windows Live Mail 2011 - Uppercased Words Are Not Being Spell Checked


SUMMARY: If Windows Live Mail 2011 is ignoring uppercased words while performing the spell check, perform this quick tweak.


Depending on your configuration, when composing e-mail and other items via Windows Live Mail 2011, words that are written in all caps may not get spell checked. If you find this a problem, a quick configuration change should do the trick:

1. From the main Windows Live Mail 2011 window, click the menu button in the Ribbon.

2. Select "Options", then "Mail" from the pop-up menu.

Accessing Mail Options in Windows Live Mail 2011

(OR, instead of steps 1-2, press ALT+F, O, M.)

3. When the "Options" multi-tabbed dialog box appears, click the "Spelling" tab.

4. Underneath "When checking spelling, always ignore", uncheck "Words in UPPERCASE".

Preventing Windows Live Mail 2011's spell checker from ignoring uppercased words

5. Click "OK" to close the dialog box.

You may need to close and re-open windows for any e-mail or other items you are currently editing for this change to be reflected.

This tip was written regarding Windows Live Mail 2011 Build 15.4.3502.0922 running on a Windows Vista system. Features, information, and screenshots for other versions / operating systems may vary.


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Mozilla Firefox - Plugins and Extensions - Keep Tabs From Closing


SUMMARY: The "PermaTabs Mod" extension for Firefox can help keep important tabs to services such as Twitter and Gmail from accidentally being closed.


While browsing the web in Mozilla Firefox, do you often keep tabs open for sites and services such as Twitter and Gmail? If so, you may find it irritating when you accidentally close these tabs by clicking the wrong "X" button, clicking the "Close Other Tabs" menu item, etc.

With the "Permatabs Mod" add-on you can designate certain tabs as permanent so they should never close. These tabs will be marked in a different color, will not display an "X", and even the context menu will be modified so that right-clicking such a tab will show "Close tab" grayed out.

Twitter and Gmail marked via the "PermaTabs Mod" add-on in Firefox

1. Visit the following page from within Firefox:

* "PermaTabs Mod" Extension for Firefox

2. Click the "Add to Firefox" button.

3. The "Software Installation" dialog box will eventually appear. Click "Install Now" as soon as the button is enabled.

Installing the "PermaTabs Mod" extension for Firefox

4. Once the add-on has installed, click the "Restart Firefox" button. Depending on your configuration, Firefox may note that it will try to restart your windows and tabs.

Once Firefox restarts, you should notice a couple of tabs open up with different colors - these cannot be closed until you disable their permanence. Just click on a tab and press Ctrl + P to toggle its permanent state.

Several options can be configured; select "Tools" - "Add-ons", and then click the "Options" button underneath "PermaTabs Mod". These include prompting before removing a PermaTab, loading PermaTab pages on startup, altering the PermaTab color, and changing keyboard shortcuts. Note that some changes may require restarting Firefox.

Configuring the "PermaTabs Mod" extension for Firefox

This tip was written for Mozilla Firefox v3.6.13 and the "PermaTabs Mod" extension v1.9.3. Screenshots, instructions, and features for other versions may vary.



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Microsoft Word 2010 - Gain a Few Extra Pixels; Disable the Vertical Scroll Bar


SUMMARY: Turning off Word 2010's vertical scroll bar may make it easier to view/edit documents without having to scroll horizontally.


If you have a smaller monitor or zoom past 100% to view and edit your Microsoft Word 2010 documents, you may be forced to scroll horizontally as the entire page width cannot be viewed onscreen.

If you need just a few more pixels to keep from having to scroll through your documents horizontally, how about removing the vertical scroll bar? If you don't need it to navigate through your documents via the mouse (remember Page Up and Page Down work as well as your cursor keys), hide it by doing the following:

1. Select the "File" tab in the Ribbon.

2. The Microsoft Office Backstage View appears. Click the "Options" button.

(Or instead of steps 1 and 2, press Alt + T, then the letter O.)

3. The "Word Options" dialog box appears. Click "Advanced" in the left pane.

4. In the right pane, underneath "Display" (you may have to scroll down), uncheck "Show vertical scroll bar".

5. Click "OK" on the bottom-right of the dialog box to close it.



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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Microsoft Excel 2010 - Working on a Wide Worksheet? Make ENTER Move to the Right


SUMMARY: If you're editing a wide worksheet with the 10-key, you might find it more convenient to have the ENTER key move the cursor to the cell to the right.


By default, when editing a worksheet in Microsoft Excel 2010, you can press the Tab key to move the selection cursor to the cell to the right, and Enter moves to the below cell.

If you're editing a wide worksheet with a 10-key, you might find it more convenient to have the Enter key move to the cell to the right, just like the Tab key. The following shows you how to make this change. In fact, you can have Enter move up or to the left, if desired:

1. Select the "File" tab in the Ribbon.

2. The Microsoft Office Backstage View appears. Click the "Options" button.

(Or instead of steps 1 and 2, press Alt + T, then the letter O.)

3. The "Excel Options" dialog box appears. Click "Advanced" in the left pane.

4. In the right pane, underneath "Editing Options", make sure "After pressing Enter, move selection" is checked.

5. Underneath, click the pull-down next to "Direction" and choose the desired direction the cell selection should move after pressing Enter.

Changing the cell selection direction when pressing the Enter key

6. Click "OK" on the bottom-right of the dialog box to close it.



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Malwarebytes Anti-Malware - Download Updates Via Your Proxy Server


SUMMARY: Configure Malwarebytes for your proxy server IP address/domain and port, and if required add the authentication username and password.


If you use a proxy server to access the Internet, you may have difficulty downloading updates for Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware. While a forum topic lists a way to download updates over the web, they recommend obtaining updates through the software as the web updates may not be up-to-date.

By changing a few configuration settings you can configure the software to access a proxy server to obtain updates. While this tip provides basic information on changing these settings, further proxy setting questions may need to be referred to your proxy server administrator.

1. From Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware, click the "Settings" tab.

2. Click the "Updater Settings" sub-tab.

3. Check "Use proxy server to download updates".

Configuring Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware to use a proxy server to obtain updates

4. Next to "Proxy server", enter your proxy server IP address / domain name.

5. Next to "Port", enter the proxy server port number.

6. If your proxy server requires authentication, check "Use authentication". Underneath, next to "Username" and "Password" enter the required information.

This tip was written regarding Malwarebytes' Anti-Malware v1.50.1.1100 running on a Windows Vista machine. Features, information, and screenshots are subject to change between versions and operating systems.



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