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Setting Icon View Options in Mac OS X

After a few hours of work, a Finder window in icon mode can look something like a teenager's room: stuff strewn all over the place, as demonstrated with the Applications folder in Figure 1. [more…]

Setting a Grid in AutoCAD 2007

AutoCAD's grid is a set of evenly spaced, visible dots that serve as a visual distance reference. The grid (by default) also indicates how far the drawing limits extend. AutoCAD's [more…]

Working with Distribution Lists in Outlook

You can create a Distribution List in your Outlook Contacts module that includes the name of more than one person for those times when you send a message to several people simultaneously. You can also [more…]

How to Upgrade Your Laptop for WiFi

Nearly all current laptops come equipped with built-in facilities for WiFi communication. Even if your laptop doesn’t have the latest technology, you can upgrade it for WiFi. [more…]

How to Build a Wireless Network for Your Laptop

The process of putting together a wireless network is mostly a matter of configuring devices to work with your laptop. There are, by definition, no wires that need to be strung along the floor or through [more…]

Protecting Cell Data in Excel 2007

After you finalize an Excel 2007 worksheet by reviewing formulas and proofing text, you should consider protecting the document to guard against any unplanned changes. Each cell in the worksheet can be [more…]

How to Add Gadgets to the Sidebar in Windows Vista

You can customize your Windows Vista desktop by adding gadgets to the Sidebar, such as news feeds, clocks, weather, and so on. Adding gadgets to your Vista Sidebar allows you to check out information quickly [more…]

Configuring Access Control in Windows XP Professional

Three considerations exist when you configure access permissions for any given resource on a Windows XP PC. Remember them easily by the keywords which, who, [more…]

Hiding and Unhiding Excel 2007 Worksheets

In Excel 2007, you can hide any worksheet in a workbook to remove it from view so that others cannot see the data it contains. You can unhide the worksheet at any time. [more…]

Creating and Formatting a Pivot Chart in Excel 2007

After you create a pivot table in Excel 2007, you can create a pivot chart to display its summary values graphically. You also can format a pivot chart to improve its appearance. You can use any of the [more…]

Customizing the Type and Style of an Excel 2007 Chart

When you add a chart to an Excel 2007 workbook, a new Chart Tools Design tab appears in the Ribbon. You can use the command buttons on the Chart Tools Design tab to customize the chart type and style. [more…]

Switching Vertical and Horizontal Data with Excel 2007's TRANSPOSE Function

Excel 2007's TRANSPOSE function enables you to change the orientation of a cell range (or array). You can use this function to transpose a vertical cell range where the data runs down the rows of adjacent [more…]

How to Upgrade and Enhance Your Laptop’s WiFi Capabilities

A laptop with the latest and greatest WiFi equipment will communicate no faster or better than the router or wireless access point’s top speed. Here are some things you can purchase to boost your wireless [more…]

Before You Buy: Choosing Software for Your Laptop

After you know what you want to do with your new laptop computer, you have to find the software that will let you do it. This in turn will tell you what hardware you need. [more…]

How to Use Undo and Redo in Word 2007

The Undo and Redo commands in Word 2007 keep you from having to be afraid of deleting your text, or of doing anything else wrong, while you’re working on your documents. What you can do, you can also undo [more…]

Setting Up a New Publication with InDesign CS2

After you launch InDesign CS2 (the "CS" stands for Creative Suite), you have two options: You can choose File --> Open (or press Command+O or Ctrl+O) to open a previously created document or template, [more…]

Navigating Excel 2007's Worksheet Tabs

Each new workbook you open in Excel 2007 contains three blank worksheets, although you can add many more. You can easily move between the worksheets in an Excel workbook by using the sheet tabs, the Sheet [more…]

How to Sort a Table in Word 2007

You can sort the data in your Word 2007 tables. This is useful if you want to present the data in sequence. For example, you might want to show a table that lists employees in order by the employees’ names [more…]

Looking at the C Language

Each program must have a starting point. When you run a program, DOS sends it off on its way — like launching a ship. As its last dock-master duty, DOS hurls the microprocessor headlong into the program [more…]

Scrolling through an Excel 2007 Worksheet

You can use the horizontal scroll bar in Microsoft Office Excel 2007 to scroll left and right in a worksheet and the vertical scroll bar to scroll up and down. The horizontal scroll bar appears at the [more…]

Using Paste Special in Excel 2007

Microsoft Office Excel 2007 normally copies all the information in the range of cells you select when you paste the data. Use Excel's Paste Special command to specify other options, such as pasting only [more…]

How to Draw Straight Lines on PowerPoint 2007 Slides

PowerPoint provides a Line button so you can draw straight lines on your slides. With your PowerPoint slide open, choose a location for your line, then follow these steps: [more…]

Working with Effect Presets in Adobe Premiere Elements

To make using and modifying video effects easier, Premiere Elements comes with a collection of effect presets. Each preset is a collection of settings that perform common tasks like panning across a still [more…]

How to Edit a Header or Footer in Word 2007

In Word 2007, you can edit a header or a footer by using the same technique — just follow a few simple steps. (Substitute footer for header if editing a footer.) [more…]

How to Automate Tasks with Macros in Excel 2007

You can use macros in Excel 2007 to save time by automating tasks that you perform frequently. A macro is a series of commands grouped together that you can run whenever you need to perform the task. [more…]

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