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Disable the Language Bar 

For most users, the little language bar that sits down on the taskbar after you install Microsoft Office is more or less never used and just taking up space on the taskbar. So, here's how to get rid of it.

First, go into the Control Panel. If you're using the Classic View, double click on "Regional and Language Options". If you're using the Category View, go to "Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options", then under control panel icons, open up "Regional and Language Option".

Next, go to the "Languages" tab | "Details" | and click on the "Language Bar" button. Uncheck "Show the Language bar on the desktop" and "Show additional Language bar icons in the taskbar". Hit "OK" in all the open windows, and the Language bar should be gone.

Microsoft advises 'safe mode' for Word
Following at least one targeted attack that exploits a flaw in the Office application, company tells users to run it in restricted mode.

Prevent users from resizing Access report windows

Prevent users from resizing Access report windows

Working with Access pop-up windows, dialog boxes, or forms that absolutely, positively must not be resized? Mary Ann Richardson explains how to use the Border Style property in Access 2002 and 2003 to lock your windows into a desired size.

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Give your envelopes a professional look with graphics

Give your envelopes a professional look with graphicsDid you know that you can easily add a graphic to your envelopes as you type in Word? Mary Ann Richardson describes how to give envelopes a professional look on a budget using WordArt.

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Disabling the Office Clipboard Side Window

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When you copy multiple selections within Office 2000, Office XP, and Office 2003, the application automatically opens a dialog box that displays the current Clipboard data. This video shows you how to perform a simple Windows XP registry hack that will disable/enable the Clipboard dialog box or task pane. Download is 1.14 Megabytes

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Software Update Packages

{Standard command-line switches} Microsoft is adopting a consistent set of command-line switches that you canClick Menu use to deploy packages that contain software updates such as security updates, critical updates, and hotfixes. This article describes these new command-line switches and their behaviors. Packages that support these new command-line switches also support earlier command-line switches for backwards compatibility. However, usage of the earlier switches should be discontinued as this support may be removed in future software updates. Examples of switches include /help, /h, or /? for a list of all of a command's command-line switches and behaviors, /quiet for running a set up program without message prompts, and /log for defining the path for a log file.
See: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;824687

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Reports from Georgi Guninski, the indefatigable Bulgarian, MsOffice hole hunter.

Office Tip:
Quickly Create a Hyperlink Across Office

You can create or edit a hyperlink to a Web page, file or e-mail address fairly consistently across the Office 97 & 2000 programs. Just highlight the text you want to put a link behind and use this shortcut.

Insert Hyperlink: Ctrl + K

This will open the hyperlink dialog box and let you type in a link. To reduce the risk of spelling errors, copy the hyperlink text before you use the shortcut so you can just paste the link (using Ctrl + Insert or Ctrl + V) into the space provided.

The same shortcut will also work if you want to edit an existing hyperlink, put the insertion point inside the link text and press the shortcut. The hyperlink dialog will appear with the existing link in the field ready to be changed.

Excel 97 & 2000

Keeping totals current in Excel

Gather Keeping totals current in Excel Typically if you need to total values in the range of B1:B20 you would enter a Sum function in B21. But what if you need to add to the number of values in the range? Here's a handy tip that will make everything add up right while you keep your totals current in Excel.

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The Georgi Guninski Chronicles

Reports from Georgi Guninski, the indefatigable Bulgarian, Microsoft Office security hole hunter

The indefatigable Bulgarian has found a great little glitch. If somebody puts a program called msi.dll or riched20.dll in a folder that contains a Word document, and you open the document by double-clicking on it, the program will run. If the program called msi.dll or riched20.dll just happens to clobber your system, well, you're toast.
  Details at http://www.guninski.com/officedll.html .

Microsoft, understandably, is playing down the threat - see
  http://news.cnet.com/news/0-1005-200-2813881.html .
It's pretty remote, after all: people don't normally put programs in folders that contain Word documents.

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MsOffice Shortcut Tip:


We've already told you that you can press Ctrl-F6 to move to the next window in all Microsoft Office applications.

There is another way to go between windows in Excel and other applications besides Word and Access: You can use Ctrl-Tab to step forward through loaded windows. Press Shift-Ctrl-Tab to move backward through the windows.

A word on viewers


You know that Microsoft has a free file viewer, which lets you view any Word 97 or Word 2000 .doc, right? If you're concerned about viruses, this is a great way to go - the viewer doesn't even support macros, much less viruses. You wouldn't want to use it on a daily basis, but if you're worried that you might have received a .doc file that's infected with a virus that hasn't hit your manufacturer's virus update Web site yet, it's a good tool. In fact, everybody should have a copy in their hip pocket

Microsoft has viewers for modern versions of Windows (Windows 95 and later), and for ancient versions (Windows 3.1 and earlier). To sort it all out, and for full installation instructions, hit

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