Paste text without formatting

I recently had a long term collaboration with a number of colleagues, where part of what we did was produce, edit, and agree upon finalized versions of text. We applied various formatting such as color, cursive, and bold to track the status of specific text blocks. At the end of it all, we needed to… Continue reading Paste text without formatting

Outlook: Mail merge

I have previously written about one of my many responsibilities; contacting users whose login credentials have shown up in breach lists. While the pertinent results of the breach files are delivered to me in a flat file, I use Excel’s Text to Columns feature to separate logins (usually email addresses) from the password. While this… Continue reading Outlook: Mail merge

Word: “Track changes” shows up as “Author” instead of author name

A user called in, reporting that Word’s Track changes-function tagged her as “Author”, instead of her name. I opened a remote session, and started out by confirming that everything else was working correctly, and that her name had been set as the author in the settings for Microsoft Word. Stalling for time while I researched the issue, I… Continue reading Word: “Track changes” shows up as “Author” instead of author name

Change author name and initials in Word

A while back, a user called in, asking me how she could change the name and initials that Word used when filling in Author and when showing who had made a comment. Not having had to do that for some time, I quickly researched it, finding it was simple enough to do. In order to… Continue reading Change author name and initials in Word

Resolving problems opening Word documents from Windows Explorer

If you have a problem opening Word documents from the Windows Explorer, the problem probably lies in how the document files are registered with the operating system. The first thing to try in correcting the problem is to unregister and reregister Word with Windows. From the command line, use the following command:   “C:\Program Files\Microsoft… Continue reading Resolving problems opening Word documents from Windows Explorer

Microsoft Word – generating a new normal.dot-file

I recently had a user call in with a problem; whenever she’d open a word-document, word would flash an error message, then to open in safe mode.   Normal.dot is the default template file in Microsoft Word. Because it contains a lot of customization settings, it is prone to corruption. Thus, many problems experienced while… Continue reading Microsoft Word – generating a new normal.dot-file