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How-To: Retrieve Your Windows or Microsoft Office Product Key

I just wanted to post three freeware tools that I know that you guys can use in case you want to retrieve your Microsoft Office or Windows key from the program in case you have lost your CD with the product key. You could go through the long process of contacting Microsoft for retrieving your key or you can use these freeware utilities to get it in a second.

Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder – is a freeware utility that retrieves your product key that was used to register your Windows operating system or Microsoft Office Suite. It works on Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Server 2003, Windows Vista, Office XP, Office 2003, and Office 2007.

WinkeyFinder – is a website that offers several different freeware utilities to help you find not only your Office product key, but Vista’s product key. Beware: they have reported bugs and are still in the process of being fixed, so the utilities are still not stable.

RockXP – is a freeware program that is specifically designed to retrieving your Windows XP product key, but it will retrieve other Microsoft’s product keys. It has received high ratings and it’s recommended by many users.

How-To: Make a PowerPoint Presentation Versatile

When you have to open your PowerPoint presentation on a different computer to show it or present it there is big risk that it will not open up. This will be do to the fact that it wasn’t saved the right way to make it compatible with other versions or simply because that computer doesn’t have PowerPoint.

Once you are done with making the PowerPoint presentation, save the file regularly as you do with e (.ppt) extension in case you need to make changes. Then go to File > Save As and save it as a PowerPoint Show, a (.pps) extension. Now you will be able to open the PowerPoint Show file from any computer without needing PowerPoint to view the presentation.

The drawbacks, the PowerPoint Show file will not allow you to make changes to the slides so you need to be sure that it’s perfect before saving it in that format. Always keep it in a presentation format (.ppt) so you will be able to make changes to the slides.