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Office 2007 is loaded with many new features to help make life easier and enhance your experience. Here are twelve tips and hints you may find useful to use.
1. If you send a document for review to several reviewers, and each reviewer returns the document, you can combine the documents two at a time until all the reviewer changes have been incorporated into a single document.
2. Did you know with Excel 2007 you can enjoy increased spreadsheet row and column capacity of 1 million rows by 16,000 columns that enables you to import and work with massive amounts of data and achieve faster calculation performance with support for dual or multicore processors.
3. Have you heard of SmartArt? They’re new in Office 2007 (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word) and are a visual representation of your information and ideas. You can create SmartArt graphics by choosing from among many different layouts to quickly, easily, and effectively communicate your message.
4. Save hours by applying Themes to your documents. Changing the theme of your presentation not only changes the background color but also the colors, styles, and fonts of the diagrams, tables, charts, shapes, and text within your presentation. By applying a theme, you can be confident that your entire presentation has a professional and consistent look and feel.
5. Customise your Office Online experience by signing into ‘My Office Online’. It will allow you to customise your experience, submit to community templates and enable you to join the Outlook Calendar Sharing Service where you can share you calendars with coworkers, friends and family.



Do you often find that you’ve lost a lot of information from a recovered document after a power cut? You can minimize this problem by making a few changes. First let us tell you why this happens. The amount of new information that the recovered document contains depends on how frequently Word saves the recovery file. For example, if the recovery file is saved only every 15 minutes, then up to 15 minutes of work can be lost if a power failure or similar problem occurs. To change the Auto Recover, save interval open Microsoft Word like you would always do to open or create a new file. Then go to the `Tools’ function and select `Options’ from the menu. Select `Save’ in the dialog box that appears. Then enter or select the number of minutes in intervals of which your document will be automatically saved.

PC users who have a problem machine, especially a system that hangs, often tend to just turn the PC on and off to make it work. This is simply DISASTROUS and will only cause the system to deteriorate rapidly. When you turn the power off always wait for at least a minute before turning it on again. This allows the hard disk to settle down before it is made to spin up again. Otherwise the hard disk goes through jerks and you are reducing its life and performance efficiency significantly. Also, do not forget the `Reset' button on your PC. It is better to use this than to turn the PC--and therefore the power--on and off.

Password-Protect Your Screen Saver

Don't want nosy neighbors meddling in your business when you step away from your computer? A screen saver will stop the passers-by (unless they can get close enough to bump your mouse), but a password-protected screen saver is even better.

Right-click the desktop and select Properties to open the Display Properties dialog box. Click the Screen Saver tab, select Password Protected, then click the Change button and enter a password twice. Click OK and you'll see a dialog box telling you the password has been changed. Click OK two more times. 

The next time your screen saver kicks in and anyone (including you) tries to get past it, it'll be a no go without the password. So make sure you don't forget your password!

How To Test Audio On Your CD

If you cannot hear CD-ROM audio on your machine, play a music-only CD and monitor the output via the front-panel headphone jack. If that works, you know the drive is okay.

Next, run a cable from the headphone jack to the line input on the soundcard. Now adjust the mixer’s line level and master level. If that works too, the soundcard is also okay and the problem is probably in the separate audio, the only link between the CD-ROM drive and the soundcard.

Remember, the only audio you will hear from the drive’s headphone is conventional CD audio. MIDI and WAV files on a CD-ROM disk will not be heard via the headphone jack.
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