Printing Shadows in PowerPoint 2010

Now that Office has gotten much better at editing pictures, sometimes it’s just easier to put together a poster/banner/whatever in than opening an image editor. However, when you go to print said image, doesn’t by default print the lovely drop shadows that you overused. Today we’re going to re-enable that ability.

1. From the , choose [File], then [Options].

2. On the Options Window, choose [Advanced], scroll down to the “Print” section, and check the box next to “High Quality”. You’re all set!

Enabling Inline AutoComplete for Windows Explorer (XP)

When I’m going through folders on my computer, I like to have the ability to type what I’m looking for in the address bar and have suggestions come up. My old computer would do it automatically, but when I got a new one, it was disabled. Here’s how to turn it back on (or off if you’re some sort of freak):

To enable the Inline AutoComplete feature:

  1. Click Start, point to Settings, point to Control Panel, and then click Internet Options.
  2. Click the Advanced tab, and then click to select the Use inline AutoComplete check box.
  3. Click OK.


Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Products

While search for the the functionality of the Function (F1-F12) keys in Word 2010, I came across this page:

It’s actually pretty useful for speeding up your work in Microsoft Products, there’s even a “Show All” Option for those of you that would rather print the document.

For the record, here’s the list of what the function keys do in Word 2010 (I was looking for the shortcut for how to update a text field):

Get Help or visit .com. F1
Move text or graphics. F2
Repeat the last action. F4
Choose the Go To command (Home tab). F5
Go to the next pane or frame. F6
Choose the Spelling command (Review tab). F7
Extend a selection. F8
Update the selected fields. F9
Show KeyTips. F10
Go to the next field. F11
Choose the Save As command. F12

Internet Troubleshooting for Parents

After having my mom call again, waking me up on a Saturday morning (it was before 11!) to tell me that she couldn’t get on the internet, I decided they needed a flow chart to troubleshoot problems before sending for help.

Granted, this doesn’t take into account the potential need for a hard reset of the router, but I really don’t want them doing that anyway and they can always call if it gets to that point.

Click each image for a larger view

Basic Troubleshooting

Advanced Troubleshooting

Transferring Office 2010 Settings Between Computers

Note: This is a tutorial that I think will apply to more people than just my dad, but since he asked for it first, here’s to you dad.

So you’ve setup just the way you like it at work, probably spent a few hours getting every tab and setting to your liking, but now you want to use those same settings at home. Do you really want to have to go through that entire process all over again so that your User Interface is the same? I didn’t think so. Here’s a guide on how to transfer those files between computers.

1. Open Microsoft Word 2010 (The steps will be the same for each Office 2010 Program, but we’ll go through the process on Word.)

2. Go to the [File] tab, then click the [Options] button

3. Click on the [Customize Ribbon] settings page (I have to assume you’ve seen this page if you’ve customized your Ribbon and/or Quick Access Toolbar), select the [Import/Export] dropdown menu, and choose “Export all customizations”

4. Save the .exportedUI file to your computer or a flash drive, and either email the file to yourself or take the flash drive to your other computer. One note, if you try to email the file and use Outlook at home, it might automatically block the file extension, so you might need to put the .exportedUI inside of a zip file (Right-click on the file and select [Send To] –> [Compressed (ZIP) File]).

5. Repeat steps 1-3 on the computer you would like to transfer the files to, except instead of choosing “Export all customizations” from the [Import/Export] Dropdown menu on the [Customize Ribbon] page, choose “Import customization file” and then select the file that you either emailed to yourself or put on the flash drive.

6. That’s it! Now repeat steps 1-5 for each program that you would like to transfer your customized User Interface settings between (e.g. Excel, , etc.)