Small little feature, but extremely useful if you edit lot of complex PowerPoint slides. Make sure you are editing a single slide. Adjust zoom to make sure that you can see the whole slide. The PowerPoint Editing Magic button is in the View tab – New Window. This creates two windows for the currently open presentation. Move between these windows using View tab – Switch windows. It will show you the same slide in both windows.
In one of the windows, zoom in to the slide so that you can see it in more detail. Edit whatever you want to and then go to the other window. (Alt – Tab also works). Here you can see the same slide at regular size. This eliminates repetitive zoom in and out activity and helps you get the desired results faster.
The same concept of new window can also be used when you are editing a layout or slide master and want to see the results instantly.
Here is a smart new feature which allows you to Link recent files instantly. It is difficult to notice but a very nice addition. Just notice the dropdown below the Insert – Link button. Also available with Right Click – Link button. Shows recent files to choose from. Works with Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook. It is similar to the Insert Attachment dropdown in Outlook. One difference.
This list does not show the cloud icon for files which are on OneDrive or SharePoint. Look at the path before adding the link. Whether the file is on local drive or OneDrive, it is not going to automatically give access to others, in case you send the documents to them. The Outlook – Add Attachment list shows the cloud icon and automatically gives EDIT permission to the recipients.
Writing a report or a book with multiple authors? Each one sends their chapter separately. Now your job is to Combine multiple Word documents. Don’t even think of copy paste. Here is a short video which explains how it is done in seconds. Continue reading Combine multiple Word documents Instantly
What if you want people to add comments but NOT edit the document itself? That is what I call Adding only comments in Word. This is possible! With just few clicks. Get amazed by the level of sophistication available in Word. Watch this video ( 8 min).
Don’t have time? I have also published a shorter version of the video (2:30 min)
Continue reading Adding only comments in Word
I want to select a sentence. Sometimes, instead of the sentence, the entire paragraph is selected. Inside a table, contents of the entire cell are selected. I quickly undo and then try to select the text again, this time with a bit more caution, but alas, the problem still remains. It is inexplicable and frustrating. Here is what you do in such cases.
The Text Selection action replay
I want to select the second paragraph.
I am using Shift Right Arrow to select the text, one character at a time.
Usually we get frustrated at this point. We give up the effort and start all over again … HOPING that it will work this time. It never does!
Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this selection nightmare.
The solution is … Press SHIFT and LEFT ARROW once. That’s all.
Even if you use Shift CTRL RightArrow to select word by word, this problem can occur. The solution is exactly the same: Press Shift LeftArrow.
Continue reading Irritant: Excessive Text selection
This was a shortcut I knew. But did not find a practical use for it. Till recently when I was conducting a session for the legal team of an insurance company. If you work on large and complex documents, I am sure you will find this useful.
You are editing a complex and long Word document. While scrolling or navigating, something goes wrong and you suddenly land up in a completely different, far away place in the document. You did not know where you were, nor do you know where you are. You just want to go back to the original place where you were editing. Bookmarking is not an option because you could be editing anywhere, you cannot keep adding bookmarks all over the place.
The solution is simpler than you think. Just press SHIFT F5. Word remembers last THREE editing positions. That solves the problem elegantly.
Also appreciate someone who thought of this need and provided a solution 20 years back!
Excel provides a direct feature. Select multiple sheets and select the desired range. Home – Clear – Clear Hyperlinks.
The default blue color and underline is NOT removed. Therefore, you may feel that nothing has happened. You have to remove formatting separately. There is no way to select only those cells which contain hyperlinks. DO NOT choose clear formatting because it will remove formatting for ALL selected cells. There is no way to quickly select cells containing hyperlinks. Be careful.
Word has no such menu option but does have a shortcut. Select entire document and choose CTRL SHIFT F9. That removes all hyperlinks. It removes formatting as well. Simple and effective.
PowerPoint has no such menu option nor shortcut. Simple macro code is available here.
OneNote requires third-party add-in to do this. One such tool is OneNote Gem.
MS Project also has Clear Hyperlinks command like Excel.
In Visio, just clearing the formatting removes the hyperlink. However, there is no way to select all items having hyperlinks in one step. This has to be done manually.
MS Publisher has no built-in command.
Recently I noticed that many people don’t know this. So here it is. Look at where your editing cursor is.
If you want to remove things on the LEFT side of the cursor, use BACKSPACE key.
If you want to remove something on the RIGHT side of the cursor, you press DELETE key.
Entire word on either side can be removed by pressing CTRL key along with Delete or Backspace keys.
Although there is no existing shortcut or Word Command to delete the word under the cursor, a single line of code deletes the current word (without selecting it).
Thanks to my friend, Raj Chaudhuri, for figuring out this brilliant one-line macro
Once a chart is drawn, three buttons appear near its top right end. Have you noticed these charting icons? These offer very easy access to many powerful features which otherwise require you to use the ribbon.
If these are grayed out, it means you have opened an older file. Save the file in new format and reopen it to get all these features.
Add chart elements
This allows quick addition or removal of …
Further options are also available through sub-menus…
Change Chart Styles
This allows you to change the look and feel of the chart very quickly. Just hover the mouse cursor over available styles and choose the desired one. Multiple styles and different color combinations are available. DO NOT miss the Color tab.
This one is really convenient and powerful. This was not possible so easily using existing menus. It allows you to filter individual data elements easily. You must try it out – you will love it.
If this is a Pivot Chart, filtering button is not available. (This is because, filtering buttons are available in the chart itself in case of Pivot Chart).
Probably you have used it some times. But it is important to understand how to use it and when NOT to use it. Live Preview shows many options – visually. These options typically work on a selection. Moving the cursor over each option applies the current setting temporarily. No need to click. Move to the next option to preview that effect. If you don’t like any of those, just move the cursor away.
This type of preview is available in many places. Notice it and use it to your advantage. If you are noticing it for the first time, and it has finite options, just try mousing over each of them so that you create a visual understanding of how it works. Next time you will be able to choose in a more knowledgeable manner.
When NOT to use these? If you have a low configuration, slow PC, these previews can slow things down. In such cases DEACTIVATE live previews. File – Options – General – Enable Live Preview.
Live Preview can be deactivated for multiple users in an organization using Group Policy as well.