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  1. I have thought for a long time that Windows 8...

    I have thought for a long time that Windows 8 would be the modern equivalent of DOS 4. For those too young to remember it, MS-DOS 4 was released in the early '90s to almost universal puzzlement and...
  2. My wife recently bought a new laptop with Win8...

    My wife recently bought a new laptop with Win8 and after a couple of hours tearing my hair out trying to help her (I'm the techie one, not her) I installed one of the freeware start-menu...
  3. On the Mac OSX environment there is also Neo...

    On the Mac OSX environment there is also Neo Office which is sort of a fork from OO when OO weren't really pressing in the Mac market. Works fine for me.
  4. In support of the usability, quick learning curve...

    In support of the usability, quick learning curve and cross-platform nature of these packages, I can report that when my wife (still an almost complete computer novice after 10 years or more -...
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    For what it's worth, I think the new licensing...

    For what it's worth, I think the new licensing will (after it's caught a lot of people out) drive up use of open alternatives. My wife uses Open Office for her needs and it works perfectly well. OK,...
  6. Possibly easier longterm approach?

    If at any time you were thinking of redeveloping this workbook, I'd be tempted to look at restructuring it to bring in the data from the DataPull file on a single SourceData sheet (using links if you...
  7. From my experience, learned the hard way when my...

    From my experience, learned the hard way when my work PC gets upgraded and I discover that the company back-ups ignore personal Office settings, here are my tips, not necessarily complete:
    - copy...
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    Use a trackball ;-)

    Sightly tongue in cheek but my answer is to use a trackball (Logitech M570 highly recommened). Not only is it any surface tolerant, you don't need a footprint bigger than the device itself - which is...
  9. I agree re the average user (btw: has anyone ever...

    I agree re the average user (btw: has anyone ever met one?). For an insight into what might be coming at them, M'soft should take a look at the user reaction when Lenovo crippled the sound card in...
  10. Just wanted to say that I have a wireless...

    Just wanted to say that I have a wireless repeater and set up was very straighforward. Hardest part was extending power to it as it's in my shed and effectively bounces the signal back into the house...
  11. One of my former bosses taught me a couple of...

    One of my former bosses taught me a couple of useful rules which it seems still apply:
    "Never be first; never be biggest", and
    "Never rely on version 1 of any Microsoft product, and preferably not...
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    Thanks to Steve (sdckapr) for the N function tip...

    Thanks to Steve (sdckapr) for the N function tip - I'd never heard of that one before.
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    Run Malwarebytes as soon as possible during boot...

    Some viruses are very clever at spotting trapping and bypassing Malwarebytes.

    I've had to use MBAM once and it really saved my bacon. And due to restrictions by my IT dept I couldn't use safe...
  14. Useful article and I'll probably add more to my...

    Useful article and I'll probably add more to my QAT.

    You didn't mention that (in Excel anyway) you can specify that added items appear only for the current workbook - meaning that the QAT becomes...
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