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Creating an Index of a Word 2007 Document

If you want to create an index for your Word 2007 document, the first task is to mark the words or phrases you want to include in the index. The most common way to do that is to insert an index marker [more…]

Using Alpha Channels with Photoshop 7

You use alpha channels to make and store selections that you make with the selection tools, such as the Lasso or Magic Wand. You can also use alpha channels to edit selections. [more…]

Expressing Binary Numbers in C++

C++ variables are stored internally as so-called binary numbers. Binary numbers are stored as a sequence of 1 and 0 values known as bits. Most of the time, you don't really need to deal with numbers at [more…]

How to Customize Bullets in Word 2007 Bulleted Lists

The quickest way to create a custom bulleted list in Word 2007 is to change the formatting of an existing (or automatically created) bulleted list. Word automatically formats text as a bulleted list when [more…]

Filtering and Sorting an Excel 2007 Pivot Table

You can filter and sort the data in an Excel 2007 pivot table to display a subset of data arranged how you want to view it. Excel automatically adds drop-down filter arrows to the Report Filter field as [more…]

Setting Up an Outlook 2007 E-Mail Account from Home

After you sign up with an ISP (Internet Service Provider), you can set up Outlook 2007 to send and receive e-mail from your e-mail account at home. Although any individual Internet e-mail account requires [more…]

How to Print Envelopes in Word 2007

Word 2007 includes a special Envelopes command that can quickly and professionally print a mailing address (and your return address) on an envelope. You can send the envelope directly to your printer, [more…]

Creating Text with Final Cut Pro HD and Adding It to a Video

The following steps use the Final Cut Pro HD generator called Text, which is the quickest, easiest way to get basic, static text up on the screen. However, these steps work the same way if you want to [more…]

How to Find Your Laptop’s MAC Address in Windows Vista

If you access WiFi networks from your laptop, these networks may sometimes want to know your laptop’s MAC Address. Some wireless networks restrict access to only those computers they know. The MAC Address [more…]

How to Access Your Desktop PC from Your Laptop with Remote Desktop

You can access your desktop PC from your laptop with Remote Desktop. Remote Desktop allows you to work on your laptop as if it were your desktop computer. To access a remote computer from your laptop, [more…]

Customize the Start Menu

You customize the Start menu to make it show the items you use frequently. You can customize your Start menu to add a favorite program’s icon or to purge an unwanted icon. Follow these steps to customize [more…]

Creating a Calculated Field with Access 2007

A calculated field takes information from another field in your Microsoft Access 2007 database and performs some arithmetic to come up with new information. In fact, a calculated field can take data from [more…]

Splitting an Excel 2007 Worksheet Window

In Excel 2007, you can split the worksheet window into separate panes and scroll the worksheet in each pane so that you can easily compare data from two separate worksheet locations. You can make the panes [more…]

Working with Functions in C++

Developers often need the ability to break programs up into smaller chunks that are easier to develop. "Real world" programs can be many of thousands (or millions!) of lines long. Without this ability [more…]

Adding Icons to the Dock in Mac OS X (Jaguar)

You can customize your Dock with favorite applications, a document you update daily, or maybe a folder containing your favorite recipes — whatever you need quick access to. The following sections tell [more…]

How to Keep Your Computer Dust-Free

Dust bunnies are real — and they seem to reproduce as fast as their namesakes. But you can banish that dust from your PC and get back to work or play. Here are the computer-dusting procedures: [more…]

Set Up a Wireless Router or Access Point

A wireless router or access point brings convenience because you’re not tethered to a wired connection. Setting up a wireless router or access point depends on the software that comes with the router or [more…]

Installing and Configuring DNS

The Active Directory Installation wizard offers to install DNS if the wizard does not detect a proper DNS zone configuration during the installation of Active Directory. However, you should not rely on [more…]

Unmasking the Subnet Mask for the CCNA Exam

Subnetting lets you borrow bits from the host and use them to allow for more networks. When subnetting, separating the network and host requires a special mechanism called a [more…]

How to Find Other Computers on a Network

After you’ve connected your laptop to a network and the software connections are made, the next thing to do is browse to find out which other computers are connected to the network. You can view not only [more…]

How to Add the CPU Meter Gadget to the Windows Vista Sidebar

You can keep track of how much memory and CPU your computer is using by adding the CPU Meter gadget to your Sidebar in Windows Vista. The CPU is simply a reminder that helps you monitor your computer’s [more…]

Looking Up Data in Excel 2007 with HLOOKUP and VLOOKUP

The most popular of the lookup functions in Excel 2007 are HLOOKUP (for Horizontal Lookup) and VLOOKUP (for Vertical Lookup). These functions are located in the Lookup & Reference category on the Formulas [more…]

Downloading and Installing the Java Development Kit (JDK)

First you need some Java development software. You can choose from several products. In fact, you may already have one of these products on your own computer. If you don't, you can download the basic software [more…]

Before You Buy: What Do You Need in a Laptop?

Before you buy a new laptop computer, you should decide on what you really need and then get a laptop that comes closest to your requirements. Laptops vary in terms of processor speed, screen size, battery [more…]

Creating a Table of Contents in Word 2007

Word 2007 assembles a table of contents (TOC) for you by listing the headings (each with the page number) you designate throughout your document beforehand. Word takes care of counting pages, and even [more…]


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