Archive for the ‘Microsoft Word’ Category

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.

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Online Docx-Converter

Microsoft introduced a new file format in Microsoft Office 2007 called the Open Office XML Format or simply known as .docx. This file format is not compatible with the older versions of Microsoft Office (2003, 98, 97), OpenOffice, Lotus 123, or NeoOffice. Microsoft has made compatibility patches that can be installed in the older versions of Microsoft Office, so they will support the .docx format. But what if you are at someone else’s house or using a different computer and the person doesn’t have the patch?

Docx-Convert.com has made a converter for the .docx format with a user-friendly interface. It is very easy to use and it sends it to your email. They also offer a desktop version. It does get rid of some of the formatting and it gets saved in html and not .doc, but over all it does a nice job if you need it on the go.

To do a quick online conversion of your file:

  1. Click the Browse Button Below.
  2. Select your .docx File
  3. Enter your email
  4. Click “Convert It!”
  5. Check your email

Docx-Converter

How-To: Insert a Horizantal Line in Word Quickly

When you are in a rush trying to type up your report for school or work, you don’t have time to waste. Instead of wasting time going through the Borders and Shading box here is a quick shortcut to add a horizontal line to save you time.

To separate two sentences or two paragraphs with a horizontal line, put your cursor
at the beginning of the sentence that you want under the horizontal line. Then type “—“(3 dashes) and press enter. It will automatically change to a horizontal line.

It doesn’t have to be just a horizontal line; you can change it by using different characters for the short cut.

To remove it
Put the cursor directly above the line.
Select Borders and Shading from the Format menu.
Click the None box and click OK. 

To prevent the automatic insertion of borders
Select AutoCorrect Options from the Tools menu.
Click the AutoFormat As You Type tab.
Uncheck Border lines.
(In Word 97, the menu item is AutoCorrect and the check box is labeled simply Borders.)