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Controlling Text Wrap in Word 2010

Controlling Text Wrap in Word 2010
When you insert a graphics object of any sort into a Word document—pictures, clip art, charts, SmartArt—it is inserted inline with the text on the text layer.  Word treats it as just another character of text.  Big.  Funny looking.  But just another character.  When you drag it to a new location within your text it acts just like a character on that line, within that paragraph.  This is not the behavior that most people are looking for when inserting graphics.  What most folks want is a graphic that the text flows around, book or magazine style, and often then have special needs to display the text in...
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Free Microsoft Software

Free Microsoft Software
UPDATE: Be aware that Palomar’s Academic Technology department has discontinued our participation in the MSDN Academic Alliance program as of October 2013. No old accounts function, and no requests for new accounts will be processed. No, this is not spam, nor a phishing attempt. It’s not even a hoax, although I’ve found it difficult to convince people that I’m serious. There is a whole slew of Microsoft products available free for the asking to the students and employees of Palomar College. Now, before you get your hopes up, this does NOT include Microsoft Office. Let me say...
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Using Office AutoCorrect to Save Typing

Using Office AutoCorrect to Save Typing
AutoCorrect is the magical Office feature that corrects your spelling or transforms character-based symbols into upper ascii characters.  If you perpetually type “teh” instead of “the” because of a lazy index finger, AutoCorrect will transform “teh” into “the”.  If you type (c) in place of the copyright notice AutoCorrect will transform it to ascii character 0169, like this ©.  Pretty cool.  AutoCorrect can also be used to save you the trouble of typing long, complicated phrases by typing a simple abbreviation and leaving the rest to AutoCorrect....
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The New Microsoft Office

I have been working with the customer preview edition of Office 365, one of the instances of the new Office 2013.  There are not a lot of new features, which is good, since most people only know a few of the already existing features, but the ways you can get office are changing.  I attended a preview webinar today, and would like to report what I learned here. 1.  The release date for Office 2013 has not yet been named.  It is expected to be in early 2013, following the Christmas season (October 26) release of Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface. 2.  Office will come in three basic versions: On a...
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Microsoft Upgrades

Microsoft Upgrades
It has become clear lately that more than ever Microsoft is betting the farm on its upcoming host of product upgrades.  Windows 8 will be released for upgrade and on new PCs on October 26.  The public  preview is now available, but please do not place it on District workstations.  No date has been announced for the release of the two versions of Microsoft’s touch tablet named the Surface, it’s head-to-head competitor to the iPad, but one can bet it will before Christmas and not too long after the Win 8 release.  Microsoft’s biggest cash cow, Office, is also in public...
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