Month: March 2014

How To Create Booklets Using Microsoft Word 2013

Microsoft Office products are more powerful now that they’ve ever been. In fact, there are many things you know a program like Word can do, but you might not know where to start. For instance, you can post articles directly to your blog from Word, and create professional flow charts for presentations at the office.

Here I’ll take a look at creating booklets. Booklets can be useful in a lot of situations. Whether you’re doing a presentation, or just printing out menus for a dinner party. No matter what the reason might be, creating them with Microsoft Word 2013 is simple.

Create Booklets in Word 2013

Why I’m quitting Microsoft Office forever

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So yesterday I decided to write a guide to getting started with Microsoft OneNote, which is now available free for Mac and all versions of Windows. First step, of course: download and install the OneNote client. Nothing complicated about that, right?

Wrong. The installer quit midway with a cryptic error message. Weird. Tried again: same result. Sigh. Well, no time to mess with this now, I’ll come back to it later. Let me just check my email real quick and…whoa! Where’s Outlook?

The icon was gone from the Windows taskbar. I clicked into the Start menu and…whoa! Where’s Office? The entire suite had vanished. I clicked into Settings and found it still listed among my installed programs, so I tried the Repair option. Same error the installer threw. Reboot, Repair, again: same error. Uninstall Microsoft Office: same error. So, basically, the simple act of trying to install a Microsoft product fully and irrevocably crippled another Microsoft product.

In the end, I tracked down a Microsoft Fix-It that allowed me to uninstall Office. And you know what? I’m not reinstalling it. Not now, not ever. Because I’ve had it up to here with this kind of nonsense (which is way politer word than I’d be using if this wasn’t a family blog).

The complete article

How to run Google’s Android OS on a Windows PC

Little-known fact: By using a virtual PC, you can set up and run a free, fully legitimate copy of Google’s Android on a standard Windows system.

This gives you a way to safely experiment with the Android operating system — or to re-create the layout of an Android device you already have.

Android, without a phone or tablet

Google’s Android operating system is meant for use on phones and tablets. But with a properly set up Android virtual PC (VPC), you have an Android installation you can use for a variety of purposes. For example, if you’re new to Android, you can experiment with the OS, downloading and running apps from the Google app store and elsewhere. Most apps will run the same way they would on a true Android device.

If you already have an Android-based phone or tablet, you can use the Android VPC to augment whatever backup service you’re now using. For instance, Google’s free, built-in Android backup service preserves your data and apps, but it doesn’t save the device’s visual layout — the way you have things arranged on the device’s screens. Use the PC-based virtual version to more or less duplicate the layout of your Android phone or tablet — you’ll then have a handy visual reference, should you need to reset and reinstall your portable device’s software.

Again, running Android in a VPC is completely free and 100 percent legitimate. You need only three things to make it all work.

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End of XP as We Know It RIP April 8, 2014

http://www.sfgate.com/technology/article/Microsoft-to-end-Windows-XP-support-April-8-5298608.php

“Warning for Windows XP users: The end is near.

No, that doesn’t mean computers using the 12-year-old operating system will suddenly crash and spread calamity throughout the Internet.

But considering Windows XP is still running nearly 30 percent of all desktops, computer security experts worry that millions of Internet-connected computers will be vulnerable to hackers because Microsoft Corp. will stop issuing updates after April 8.

“I’ve been in security responses for 15 years, and we’ve never faced anything like this,” said Christopher Budd, who as a member of the Microsoft Security Res …”

More at the link above.
Bill P.

http://storify.com/

http://storify.com/

I had to use this website for articles to publish for my Chemistry of food, on-line class. Found it very interesting and passing it along.

Storify.com is like Pinterest for articles instead of pictures.  It is free.  There is a bookmark for Chrome  and other browsers.

You can share with Facebook, Google+, etc.

Easy to use AFTER you watch the guided tour .  http://storify.com/tour

 Lynda Sanders

Microsoft® IT Academy Free, online, self-paced technology courses

If you are searching for a new job, advancing in your career, preparing for
college, or looking to improve productivity for your business:
The Microsoft IT Academy, available on the Timberland Regional Library website,
offers hundreds of self-paced, interactive technology courses on three levels:
Basic digital literacy skills
• Microsoft Office skills
• Advanced skills for IT professionals

The Microsoft IT Academy can help you improve your skills to become more
competitive in the job market, obtain certification in Office products and other
applications, or get ready for college and learn shortcuts to be more efficient.

How to get started

  • Have a Timberland Regional Library card or identification showing you are a Washington resident.
  • Talk with staff at any Timberland library branch or visit www.TRL.org and click Research then Microsoft IT Academy for more information.
  • If you have questions, call 704-4636 in the Olympia area. Outside the Olympia calling area call 1-800-562-6022.

TRL offers free access to the Microsoft IT Academy for all area residents through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State, the Washington State Legislature and Washington libraries.

Source:http://www.trl.org/About/PressReleases/trl-newsletter-marapr2014.pdf

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