Here's a handy trick to remember, especially if you're viewing websites on a small screen, or if you use extra toolbars that take up some of your browser's "real estate." For example, if you want to get the best view of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 page, you may need to have your browser go full-screen.
If you've ever struggled to get Microsoft Word to position important text exactly where you want it, try creating a Text Box.
A text box is a special type of shape designed to place text in your Word 2007 document without regard to the normal page margins. A text box gives you the flexibility to add text wherever you want it.
Add a text box...
To position and align text exactly where you want it to be
In margins to highlight key points
Above or below images to create a caption
To create a "pull quote" (a floating text box that highlights a quote from the document) or a sidebar (a block of supplementary material)
A text box is easy to insert, and with Microsoft Word's built-in text box styles and templates they're a breeze to create & customize. Or if you want more control, you can creating your own text box from scratch.
To learn how to insert a text box and how to format it in various ways — including resizing & moving it, and changing the text box shape, color, and outline — use these instructions:
When I switched to Windows 7 from Windows XP, I was happy to find I could pin programs to the Taskbar. But then became unhappy once I realized I couldn't move & reorder multiple instances of progams — like 2 Excel spreadsheets or 3 Word documents — independently; all Excel files and Word documents were grouped together, and I couldn't move the individual files where I needed them to be on the taskbar.
And then I found a free app to fix it — the 7+ Taskbar Tweaker — yay! It's a free utility that's easy to install and customize. (Note: If you use Windows XP, you can install the free Taskbar Shuffle utility instead; I wrote about it in this April 2009 Ides post.)
Here's what my Taskbar looked like before installing 7+ Taskbar Tweaker:
Not able to attend the 2012 WLA (Wisconsin Library Association) Conference this year? Or did you go, but wish you could have seen a presentation that was scheduled at the same time you were at a different one?
This morning I had another frustrating time accidentally clicking the People Pane in an Outlook email message — argh. The People Pane is a new feature of Outlook 2010 called the "Outlook Social Connector" that brings in information from popular social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn.
Here's what the people pane looks like in an Outlook 2010 email message: