Oct 17

Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac is visually a mess. But there are some things you can do to improve it. Here’s how Microsoft Word now looks on my OS X after a few adjustments:

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It’s a lot less cluttered than the stock standard view. To get Word looking more Apple-like I’ve changed the font and font size, changed the theme to ‘Classic’ and turned off some options. I’d love to hear what you’ve done to reduce the clutter. Continue reading ⟩

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Oct 12

Microsoft Word for OS X does not have auto save. This is a deal breaker if you are an OS X user wanting to use Word. But there are some ways to mimic this functionality using a scripting program like Keyboard Maestro. IF you are trying to get back an old file, Microsoft Word does have a feature called auto-recovery. If Microsoft Word crashed you may be able to recover your document.  Also if you have Apple’s Time Machine running on your compute you can recover old versions of Word documents that you have saved over even if Microsoft Word cannot recover them.

Here is how to enable auto saving of files in Microsoft Word and recover old deleted Microsoft Word files if you did not have autosave enabled.

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Aug 26

A lot of people ask me whether it is possible to get Microsoft publisher for the Macintosh computer, or whether there is an equivalent piece of software. Unfortunately the answer is no, there has never been a Macintosh version of publisher, and this article tries to explain why, and what the options are.

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Jan 10

To type the copyright symbol simply hold down the option key and press the ‘g’ key. Option-g will type the copyright symbol in any program. This works in Mail, Pages, Microsoft Word, Keynote etc.

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May 14

Preview app

This might be a bit obscure, but if you ever need to do it then this will save you a lot of time! Today I had 33 separate pdf files that I wanted to print out.  I wanted them all printed out in alphabetical order. It took me 3 attempts.  Here is how to get them to open in Preview in alphabetical order first go so you can print them in bulk.

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Feb 25

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Some people have reported that the create booklet PDF action that I wrote about here does not work with El Capitan.  I can verify that it does work perfectly with El Capitan.  If it’s not working after the upgrade to El Capitan you should try reinstalling it and then restarting your computer.   Continue reading for a link to download a free version of ‘create booklet’.

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Feb 15

templates

I was in a rush to do some graphic design last week and I went searching for pre-made design templates for Pages. The last time I did this it was a waste of time – the ‘professional’ templates were, well, my kids could do a better job. This time though I found some stunning templates. Continue reading ⟩

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Oct 01

publisher

Microsoft publisher has been around for a long time but  it has never been able to run on Apple computers.   If you’re like me you  probably have friends who have Microsoft publisher files they occasionally email you. Sadly there is no way to open  a Microsoft publisher file on a Mac, until now…

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