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    re: The Windows Maintenance Challenge

    Very interesting concept. I look forward to the followup(s).

    I've looked carefully and don't see any mention of what version of Windows you are testing. I "assume" Win 8.1.1, but ... it would be...
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    Incorrect. Office 365 is licensed to a specific...

    Incorrect. Office 365 is licensed to a specific email account/user. Office 2010 and earlier are licensed to specific machines.

    I have not tried it myself, but as I understand it in theory, other...
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    Re: No-reformat reinstalls for all Windows...

    Re: No-reformat reinstalls for all Windows versions

    You've been "drinking the coolaid" passed out by MS Marketing (grin!).

    Windows 8/8.1 actually does have a non-destructive "re-install". It...
  4. Some people have found that turning off Hardware...

    Some people have found that turning off Hardware Acceleration has helped with various problems in Office 2013

    After a series of troubleshooting, I traced the problem to the accelerated graphics....
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    This same problem has shown up in Office 2013 and...

    This same problem has shown up in Office 2013 and Win 8.1.

    One fix is to disable Hardware acceleration in the application, ie
    1. Click the File tab.
    2. Click Options.
    3. Click Advanced. ...
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    Most of the "conversion" is mental, attitude

    Remember that 2013 is an evolution from 2007 -> 2010 -> 2013. So tips and suggestions you see for earlier versions will often still be applicable in the later versions.

    One key point to remember...
  7. Good article I learned a Few things.

    Q4 Differences between Office RT and Office Desktop
    For the most part the features in the Ribbon should be very much the same. Much (MUCH) more so than in Office Web Apps for example.

    This blog...
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    Good information. Thank you. (I've downloaded it...

    Good information. Thank you. (I've downloaded it ...)

    I understand why you focus on XP, but could you follow up and expand on the benefits to Vista, Win7 and even Win8. Just a table listing the...
  9. I like your description

    {snip} the thickest operating system I’ve ever used. {/snip} :o: The first time I read that line I snorked! Did you mean to say it is the dumbest OS you've used, as in "as thick as 2...
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    Thanks for the releveant story

    A couple of extra points I share with people in similar situations Before doing any sort major work, do a full image copy backup. That applies to CCleaner too. I use it regularly, and have been luck...
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    Poll: Ribbon is deficient design

    I've invested going on 25 years learning the office menus. The favourite commands I use daily I learned to the point of muscle memory, my fingers would just do them without having to concentrate on...
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    Good article

    Thanks for reporting on something that most reviews ignore. The only additional piece of info I would have liked to see was in the boot and shutdown times, what was the time for a system without an...
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    Oh, the irony

    Your link to the IE 6 countdown page is so ironic. MS is selling the "BIG LIE" again. Today I found out the the HTML rendering engine used by Word and therefore Outlook 2007 and 2010 is
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    WindirStat - an alternative to TreesSize

    I've used a tool complimentary to TreeSize, that is WinDirStat: http://windirstat.info/ . It also helps identify "space wasters", but it does so visually. It uses the "treemapping" technique of...
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    What I NEED to know about Win 8? ... Nada,...

    What I NEED to know about Win 8? ...

    Nada, nothing!

    Sorry Woody, I realize that as a Windows columnist you are interested in it. And that you have many other interested readers. But as an...
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    It depends ... the typical IT answer ....

    It has already been said, GET LEGAL ADVICE specific to your location.

    Most of the articles I've read on this subject (Canada, US, Great Britain, Europe, Australia) agree that if you do not have...
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    What about anti-malware.

    Your list is reasonably close to what I do. I also to repartitioning similar to what Dave Leippe described. I was somewhat surprised...
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    All of the complexities you mention are there in...

    All of the complexities you mention are there in menu customizations, just hidden by lots of programming.

    This link might help in your quest:
    ...
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    Word 2003 Tools / Options / compatibility tab...

    Word 2003 Tools / Options / compatibility tab
    Word 2007 Office button / Word Options button / Advanced Option / Layout Options (right at very bottom, you have to click on it to expand the list)...
  20. Thread: Work Menu?

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    Not AFIK. An approximation is the "Recent...

    Not AFIK.

    An approximation is the "Recent Files" list displayed in the Office button (or 2010 File tab) dialog. It shows a list of the files recently used. You also have the option of "Pinning" a...
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    Thanks for the report. This sounds like an...

    Thanks for the report. This sounds like an interesting upgrade possibility for my laptop. Although I might wait a little longer until this technology is not quite so bleeding edge.

    "was a wash"...
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    I sympathize completely with your preference for...

    I sympathize completely with your preference for keyboard over mouse.

    I haven't been able to find it either. Are you sure the "Format Painter" won't do the trick for you. Select a sample of the...
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    As an experienced, keyboard focused user, you are...

    As an experienced, keyboard focused user, you are lucky to have skipped 2007. I am very much like you I learned touch typing on a manual typewriter, and when word processing "I hate meeces to pieces"...
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    Gary and William's answers are good. ...

    Gary and William's answers are good.

    http://word.tips.net/Pages/T007401_Modifying_Quick_Access_Toolbar_Images.html - This article provides links to a couple more options.

    If you have macros...
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    Based on the date of your first post and subsequent questionable IP locations I'd go for the refund. If you used a credit card, don't wait, call the CC company to cancel the purchase. Then go out and...
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