OCTOBER UPDATES

Microsoft released a big crop of updates yesterday for Windows and Microsoft Office programs – there are ten patches on the official list but my computer shows fifteen items ready to be installed this morning. Yesterday Microsoft was having some trouble with the Automatic Updates system but that appears to be resolved now. […] continued

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WORD REDACTION TOOL

There have been several embarrassing incidents recently in which information was learned from electronic documents because they were not adequately secured. In some cases, the editing history of a Word document was revealing; in others, text was still readable despite attempts to black it out.

Microsoft has released a tool intended to prevent redaction errors in Word 2003. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2007

Microsoft announced product details and pricing for the various versions of Microsoft Office 2007, due later this year. Here’s a summary of the various products.

The theme in technology for 2006 will be overwhelming confusion for consumers and businesses. As I noted below, by the end of the year we will be completely adrift in a sea of Intel processors, and we’ll have the quirks and incompatibilities of a new version of Windows to contend with. […] continued

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MS OFFICE 2003 SERVICE PACK 2 – NEW PHISHING PROTECTION

If you’re using Microsoft Office 2003 – and especially if you’re using Outlook 2003 – you should install the updates released by Microsoft today. You can install them by going to the Office Update page, or by using the new Microsoft Update service.

Your goal is MS Office 2003 Service Pack 2, plus an update to Outlook’s junk mail filter. […] continued

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MICROSOFT UPDATE

Microsoft released a new batch of security updates for Windows and Internet Explorer yesterday. If you have Automatic Updates turned on and your computer is left on overnight, the updates are installed automatically. If you see the little gold shield with an exclamation mark down by the clock, click on it and install the updates. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE EXTRAS

Microsoft Office has several extra programs that can be quite handy, but they’re easy to overlook. Here’s an article about items on your Start menu that you might want to check out. Take a look at the Office Picture Manager, for quick and dirty photo review and editing, and Office Document Scanning, for scanning and doing OCR on text documents. […] continued

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OFFICE 2003 SERVICE PACK 1

If you’re using Microsoft Office 2003 – especially Outlook 2003 – head over to the Office Update web site and install the suggested updates. You’ll get an update for the Outlook 2003 spam filter, plus Office 2003 Service Pack 1 with a host of security updates and other fixes.

It appears to fix a small but annoying problem in Outlook – when you print an e-mail message, the printout will include the names of file attachments. […] continued

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SECRETS HIDDEN IN MICROSOFT WORD DOCUMENTS

Microsoft Word saves “metadata” along with a document – extra information ranging from identification of authors and reviewers of a document to all text added and deleted in prior versions and revisions of the document. This assists in collaboration, but it can have unexpected side effects.

Here’s an article about a draft letter circulated by the California Attorney General proposing a new legal theory for attacking file sharing software. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003 STUDENT EDITION

Microsoft Office 2003 has arrived in the stores. The “Basic Edition” includes Word, Excel, and Outlook. The “Standard Edition” adds Powerpoint. There’s increasing interest in Powerpoint – think about it before you decide which version to buy or order with a new computer!

The same software is packaged as “Office 2003 Standard for Students and Teachers” – again including Powerpoint, and selling for $130-150. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003

Microsoft Office 2003 goes on sale this week.

If you’re using Office 2000 or Office 97, there are improvements throughout the programs in the suite that make upgrading worthwhile. And Outlook 2003 has significant changes that deserve a look regardless of what version of Office you’re using. Here’s an article about the new features and changes in Microsoft Outlook 2003. […] continued

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MICROSOFT OFFICE 2003

Microsoft has quietly set the stage for a revolutionary change in pricing for Microsoft Office for individuals and small businesses.

Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) has traditionally been so expensive that most people used the version that shipped with their new computer, and never upgraded it. Many of you have never seen Office XP/2002, the current version – which has many nice improvements, especially in Outlook, but which isn’t worth the upgrade cost for most people. […] continued

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COOL ENVELOPE TRICK

Microsoft Word is full of tricks. On this page, I described one simple trick to customize the way addresses appear when you drop them in from Microsoft Outlook.

A client told me about how to make Word print out customized return addresses on envelopes – special font layouts, or inserted graphics. […] continued

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ON SALE

Costco has been carrying Sylvania conventional and flat screen monitors for a while now – and they’re perfectly good, in my experience. Today, though, the 17” monitors in stock were manufactured by Princeton Graphics – with fabulous specs, and on sale dirt-cheap at $129.99. And they’re black, so they color-coordinate with your new Dell or Gateway. […] continued

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SERVICE PACKS

Now that Windows XP Service Pack 1 is out the door, almost everybody should be installing one of the recent updates. Although the service packs fix a slew of bugs, their primary purpose these days is security, plugging the various ways people have found to break into your computer.

You won’t notice very much of a difference from any of the service packs, but under the hood your system is strengthened in meaningful ways. […] continued

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WORD 2002 – LEGAL USERS GUIDE

“The Microsoft Word 2002 Legal User’s Guide is a reference for legal professionals that describes Word 2002 features useful to the legal industry. Features explored in this document include: digital signatures; legal numbering; header and footer formatting; footnotes; table of contents creation; and Smart Tags.” Download it here. […] continued

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