Autocorrect – more tricks

You can do more with autocorrect than just correct spelling and type fancy characters In my blog post of 17/11/2023, I covered “re-setting Word options”. This included setting up your own autocorrect options so that, for instance, “thier” would automatically be changed to “their” every time you mis-type it. Let’s be clear that this is …
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Re-setting Word Options

A few weeks ago I started writing about re-setting Word options if an update from Microsoft has set them back to defaults Then I allowed my attention to be hijacked away from Word options when Bard (Google’s AI) admitted lying to me. Let’s try again By default, Word automatically capitalises the first letter of every …
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Different browsers for different things

Keeping Google in its place Using different browsers for different things has many uses. Recently, I have been visiting Google’s AI offering – Bard (now renamed Gemini) – several times a week. I’m still curious about it and it has helped me out several times. However, to use Bard you have to log into a …
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Version History in OneDrive

Since the end of 2022, OneDrive has supported version history for all file types Previously, only Microsoft Offices files (eg Word documents and spreadsheets) retained earlier versions in OneDrive. My experience of Microsoft’s cloud storage facility – OneDrive – is that it is a bit of a curate’s egg. The basic idea of automatically backing …
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Predictive typing in Word and Windows (10 & 11)

The spirit of Clippy is back Do you remember the good old days of the Microsoft “Clippy” character in Microsoft Word? If you started to create a document that looked anything like a letter then it popped up a totally useless box with a totally fatuous and infantile piece of clipart, and a caption saying …
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Use a browser to open pdf files

Even the name has become bloated – “Adobe Acrobat Reader DC” Are you fed up with the complexity and bloat of Adobe Reader and no longer wish to use it to view pdf files? There are other pdf readers available, but there is a simpler alternative. You can use a browser to open pdf files. …
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Copy a web page address (URL) with a QR code

It’s easy to open the same web page on a mobile device that is open in Chrome on a computer. Just copy the URL with a QR code Suppose you have Chrome open on a computer and the web page address (also known as its URL – Uniform Resource Locator) is long, complicated, and quite …
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Use “Quick Parts” in Word to re-use pieces of text

You can save pre-defined pieces of text for re-use in different Word documents I have described in other blog posts how you can use “autocorrect” in Word to correct your oft-repeated spelling mistakes automatically, and also to replace several words with just a few keystrokes. You can find these posts here: Re-setting Word Options Autocorrect …
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The Binary Chop

The “binary chop” (or “binary search”) is a very useful computing technique Suppose that you use Google Chrome as your internet browser and suppose that it has been playing up recently – perhaps appearing very slow at times or freezing altogether. If you try googling for a potential solution, you may see suggestions that you …
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Create your own simple Password Manager

All you need is Word or Excel or similar A lot of my IT support clients complain that they just can’t keep track of multiple passwords – so they re-use the same ones. The best solution is to use a password manager such as Dashlane or BitWarden. This seems like overkill for a lot of …
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