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How to Alphabetize in Word and Excel

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One common question I get from readers of my blogs is on how to alphabetize a list in Word or in Excel. Suppose you have a list of items and you want to quickly sort them in ascending or descending order. Luckily, it’s really easy in both Word and Excel! Sorting in Excel is a […]

Make One Page Landscape in Word

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Recently, I was writing a Word document and I came across an interesting problem! I had about 20 pages in the Word doc, but I needed only one of them to be in Landscape orientation! Even though I’ve been using Word for 10+ years, I never ran into this situation before. After playing around with […]

Find Out if Two Cells in Excel Contain Exactly the Same Number Values

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Like a two-dimensional (or flat) database, Excel is capable of storing many different types of data from small business contacts to personal income tax records. In both of these examples, accuracy is essential to make sure you have the information you need when you need it. In any data entry situation, people often transpose numbers […]

Fix Microsoft Word has Stopped Working

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I recently installed Microsoft Office on a Windows machine and everything worked fine for a few days, but all of a sudden when I open Word, I get the following error message: Microsoft Word has stopped working It then gives me the option to check online for a solution or to close the program. After […]

Use Excel to Figure Out an Effective Interest Rate from a Nominal Interest Rate

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Among Excel’s more popular formulas, the EFFECT formula is often used by financial professionals to figure out an effective interest rate from a nominal interest rate. Also called annual percentage rate (APR) and annual percentage yield (APY), Excel makes it easy to calculate effective mortgage, car loan, and small business loan interest rates from the […]

AutoFit Column Widths and Row Heights in Excel

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Excel’s grid-like appearance can seem static at times without the possibility of creating customized interfaces to match the needs of the data stored in a worksheet. Although this is true to some extent, Microsoft has built into Excel the ability to instantly customize column widths and row heights to match the size of the data […]

How to Connect a Projector to a Windows PC

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Since Windows 7, one feature that’s been greatly enhanced in Windows is the ability to instantly connect a projector using different options depending on your needs. Using a simple keyboard shortcut, you can quickly duplicate your screen, extend it or just have it appear on the projector only. In this article, I’ll show you how to […]

Add Headers and Footers to a PowerPoint Presentation

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Although PowerPoint presentations are usually displayed on a screen, they are just like other documents in the Microsoft Office suite such as Word, Excel, and Publisher. Just like those other applications, you can add custom headers and footers to a PowerPoint presentation to display a variety of important information. Why Display Headers and Footers in […]

Add a Cover Page to a Word Document

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As any good writer will tell you, the presentation of your work is as important as the content. Consequently, if you want people to perceive your work as professional, you need to make it look good too. Using Word’s built in cover page feature, you can add a professional looking cover page to any document. […]

Add a Linear Regression Trendline to an Excel Scatter Plot

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Although Excel is capable of calculating a number of descriptive and inferential statistics for you, it is often better to show a visual representation of data when presenting information to a group. Using Excel’s built in trendline function, you can add a linear regression trendline to any Excel scatter plot. Inserting a Scatter Diagram into […]