If someone sends you an email with a Word or Excel file attachment you're supposed to revise, first save the attachment to your computer before you begin editing it. Then — when you're finished editing it — attach the revised document to your email reply.
If you instead work directly on an attached e-mail file, chances are good the edits you made will be ignored, and when you reply all the person will see is the file as he or she first sent it to you.
I know that ALL of you have installed & use Firefox as a web browser on your computer -- certainly if not before, then after Pete sent out his email message last week regarding malware and viruses that infect computers through security holes in Internet Explorer.
If you use the Firefox web browser, you can enhance it by installing the free Adblock Plus add-on. After you install this add-on, you can have it block all those annoying advertising images and banner ads you see on web sites.
You've compiled a big, complicated spreadsheet full of numbers and you want the important ones to stand out. Give conditional formatting a try - it's an Excel technique that changes cell appearance based on rules you set up, like "Turn the cell green if its value is less than 100."
Here's a novel idea for a screensaver from Parent Hacks: use your My Pictures folder (or wherever you store your digital photos on your machine) as the source for your screensaver. Here's how it works with Windows XP:
Click on the Start Menu, then Control Panel
Double-click on Display
Find the Screensaver tab, and choose "My Picture Slideshow."
By default, this points to your My Pictures folder, but you can point it anywhere you want.
You may have already noticed, but the upgrade to Firefox 2 quietly added support for text search inside text boxes.
That means that next time you write a long blog post or email, and you want to search for a bit of text inside your entry, you don't have to skim the text in its entirety to find what you're looking for.
You're working in a long document, but you have to leave for the day. When you come back tomorrow, wouldn't it be nice to open the document, and then quickly return to the spot where you stopped? Press Shift-F5 and you're there! In fact, you can repeat the key combo to go to the last three places in the document where you made changes.
The dialogue box for adding page numbers is found under Word's Insert menu with the Page Numbers option. This box lets you choose where you want the numbers to appear on the page and how they should look. Click into each section to adjust the page numbers for that chapter.
Uncheck the box next to "Show number on first page" in the Page Numbers box. This will remove the page number from the first page of your document. Handy if you've got a cover page.