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Saying Hello to Visual Basic 2005!

In this article, you'll get started with the classic Hello World program. Although this isn't the single most exciting application you can build, it helps to make sure that your development environment [more…]

How to Adjust Paragraph Margins in Word 2007

You can change the left and right margins around paragraphs in your Word 2007 documents. The secret is found in the Page Layout tab's Paragraph group: the Left control sets the indentation for the paragraph's [more…]

Word 2007 Mail Merge — Step 4: Inserting Fields into the Main Document

Once you have built the necessary records for your Word 2007 mail merge, you need to place the fields into the main document, by replacing the ALL CAPS placeholders you inserted earlier. [more…]

How to Add Notes to a PowerPoint 2007 Slide

PowerPoint lets you create speaker notes to help you through your presentation. You can write a complete script for your PowerPoint presentation or just jot down a few key points to refresh your memory [more…]

How to Open Your PC’s Console Case

It's rare for anyone to open the PC's console these days, especially with new PCs. Don’t open the console just to casually poke around. About the only time you must open the console is when performing [more…]

Document Recovery in Excel 2007

Excel 2007 offers a document recovery feature that can help you if a computer crashes due to a power failure or some sort of operating system freeze or shutdown. Excel's AutoRecover feature saves your [more…]

How to Make an Application Start Automatically in Windows XP

Having programs automatically open when you start Windows XP is handy. It's nice to turn on your computer and have applications, such as e-mail, open while you're busy pouring your first cup of coffee. [more…]

Laptop-Buying Tips

After you decide to buy a laptop computer, you should stick with name-brand laptops made by big companies whose names you recognize. The reason is that laptop technology is not as modular as desktop PC [more…]

Filtering an Excel 2007 Pivot Chart

Just as you can filter an Excel 2007 pivot table to display a subset of data, you also can use the PivotChart Filter pane to filter a pivot chart so that it shows just the information you want it to show [more…]

How to Insert Symbols and Special Characters in Excel 2007

Excel 2007 makes it easy to enter symbols, such as foreign currency indicators, as well as special characters, like trademark and copyright symbols, into Excel's cells. These symbols are available in the [more…]

Figuring Out the Excel 2007 Formula Bar

The Formula bar in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 displays the cell address and the contents of the current cell. Use the Formula bar to enter or edit formulas and cell entries and assign names to cells. [more…]

How to Use Windows Briefcase to Move and Synchronize Your Desktop and Laptop Files

Windows Briefcase automatically synchronizes multiple copies of files. If you use a desktop computer at the office but work from home on a laptop, you can synchronize the files between your laptop and [more…]

Calculating Loan Payments with Excel 2007's PMT Function

Excel 2007's PMT function calculates the periodic payment for an annuity, assuming a stream of equal payments and a constant rate of interest. The PMT function uses the following syntax: [more…]

Working with the Comma Style in Excel 2007

The Comma Style format (also known as the thousands separator) in Excel 2007 often accompanies the Accounting number format. Like the Accounting format, the Comma format inserts commas in larger numbers [more…]

Using Functions in Excel 2007 Formulas

In Excel 2007, functions are like built-in formulas that perform simple to complex tasks. For example, the SUM function sums up numbers, the COUNT function counts, and the AVERAGE function calculates an [more…]

How to Create a Two-Variable Data Table in Excel 2007

To create a two-variable data table to perform what-if analysis in Excel 2007, you enter two ranges of possible input values for the same formula: a range of values for the Row Input Cell in the Data Table [more…]

Fixing Broken Formula Links in Excel 2007

Formulas in Excel 2007 can reference external workbooks. Links become broken when external workbooks are moved, deleted, or renamed. When a workbook that contains an external reference is opened but cannot [more…]

Sifting Through SANs (Storage Area Networks)

The technical description of a storage area network (SAN) is a collection of computers and storage devices, connected over a high-speed optical network and dedicated to the task of storing and protecting [more…]

Adding and Removing Tables in Microsoft Access 2007

The simple interface in Microsoft Access 2007 enables you to add or delete database tables — after all, even seasoned experts forget things now and then. [more…]

How to Restart or Shut Down a Locked-Up Computer in Windows Vista

In some cases, Windows fails to respond to keyboard and mouse commands. This is known as a locked-up or frozenstate. To restart or shut down a locked-up computer, you can try pressing special key combinations [more…]

Getting to Know Views in Outlook 2007

In Outlook 2007, every Outlook module has its own selection of views. Each type of view is organized to make a particular feature of your information obvious at first glance. You can change the way that [more…]

Naming a Cell or Range in Excel 2007

Assign a descriptive name to a cell or range in Excel 2007 to help make formulas in your worksheets much easier to understand and maintain. Range names make it easier for you to remember the purpose of [more…]

How to Shut Down Windows on Your PC

You can turn your computer off by shutting it down. If you want to shut down your computer, rather than making it sleep or hibernate, you can. Be in charge! Shut down your PC whenever you please. [more…]

Sharing ACT! 2005 and Outlook Address Books

A common misconception among potential ACT! users is that they don't need ACT! because they're using Outlook. You might snicker at that suggestion if you realize that Outlook is a PIM [more…]

Creating a Visual Report in Microsoft Project 2007

If you just love the capabilities that PivotTable reports in Excel and Visio offer, you'll be glad to know that the same capability has come to Microsoft Project 2007 in the form of Visual Reports. Pivot [more…]

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