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Microsoft Office

Shortcuts for marking CAT practical assessments

I find the following shortcuts invaluable when marking practical assessment files (Word documents, Excel workbooks, etc.). I also teach my Learners these shortcuts as I believe it gives them a huge advantage. Microsoft Word SHIFT+F1This shortcut displays the “Reveal Formatting” panel. ALT + ←When you test a hyperlink that has its target in the same […]

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PHP

Read a Word doc using COM

So I managed to write a script to read a Microsoft Word document using PHP CLI and the COM object pretty easily, but then battled to get it working in the browser. In your php.ini: ; allow Distributed-COM calls; http://php.net/com.allow-dcomcom.allow_dcom = true On your Windows PC: Run “dcomcnfg” (right-click Windows icon and select Run) to open […]

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VBA

Display the full pathname of a Word document in the Title Bar

I have to have multiple Microsoft Word documents open when I am marking CAT practical assessment papers. As I have the Learner’s file, the original file, as well as the solution file open and they all, have the same name, it becomes difficult to know which one I am viewing. As constantly clicking on File […]

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Microsoft Word

Lorem Ipsum – the Dummies Guide to Dummy Text

If you work in design or printing (or with designers or printers) you will often see some pretty weird-looking text in documents, advertisements, posters and other design work: “Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation […]

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Microsoft Office

Extracting data from a completed Word Form

Microsoft Word can be used to create a digital form complete with a variety of controls. This form can be distributed, filled out by a respondent and returned to the sender. This article deals specifically with a Form created using the Legacy Form controls. The completed form can be opened and viewed, but how does […]

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Microsoft Office

Keyboard shortcuts to add language accent marks in Word

How often do we see hard copies of documents with words like café where the acute on the “e” has been penned in after printing with a black pen! And all those poor people named Renée, Morné, Chloé and even Beyoncé whose very identity is brought into question! Most languages require the use of “special […]

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Microsoft Office

Microsoft Word Mail Merge and Page numbering

I often use Microsoft Word’s Mail Merge feature to prepare long documents for Learners. I noticed that upon completion of the merge that the page numbering for the final, merged document was incorrect where I had used Page x of y page numbering. What I was expecting was for the numbering for each document to […]

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Microsoft Office

Swapping columns in a table in Microsoft Word document

Certain aspects of the Microsoft Word interface are definitely trickier than others. Reorganizing columns in a table is not as simple as it may seem! If you need to swap the columns in a table in Microsoft Word document, select a column and drag it to a new position. Select the left-most column (hover vertically […]