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There’s a new version of OneNote for Windows 8 out today with some ‘new’ features that help it catch up ‘real’ OneNote for PC or Mac
At this stage let’s be clear, we’re talking about the OneNote app for Windows 8 in Modern/Metro style that’s been such an underwhelming ‘success’ with customers. The OneNote Windows Store app is possibly the only reason for some people to try the Modern interface.
We like the OneNote app, especially the innovative radial menu that takes a little time but is worth getting used to. But the unquestioning hype about ‘new’ features is hard to stomach.
Yes, the idea of a Microsoft Office program being able to print is considered a big deal. Microsoft should really be apologizing that it’s taken them about two years to add this essential feature.
The Print option is on the right-hand Charms menu under Devices.
Or swipe up from the bottom of the page or right-click on the page and tap ‘Print Page’. The familiar Ctrl + P shortcut also works.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Quietly, ever so quietly, Microsoft released a new version of Office for iPhone.
Version 1.2 was pushed out on 14 August 2014 to a complete silence from Microsoft. No blog post, no Knowledge Base article … nothing … not a sausage or even a sausage app.
The only thing we know about the update are two words. The only words that the Office Mobile team seems to know:
There was a time when a Microsoft staffer would be sacked for using the ‘B’ word in public. Now they happily use it and expect customers to be satisfied with that word alone.
This is the second time Office for iPhone has a 'two word' update and Microsoft refused to answer a direct question about "bug fixes and stability improvements" in Office for iPad.
Say what you like about updates to Office for Windows … and we’ve said plenty over 18 years of Office-Watch.com .. but at least its developers post information about bugs. Sure, they often do it only after the bug has been fixed, but at least there’s some information in the Microsoft Knowledge Base.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
All the talk in iPad land is about Hanx Writer; a typewriter app for Apple iPad. Hanx Writer is a pleasant novelty app. It looks and sounds like a typewriter.
Having spent a lot of time delving into Office for iPad for our popular book, we could not resist a look at this retro newcomer and how it might work with Microsoft’s 21st Century apps.
For those of you are too young or don’t remember, typewriters were devices for imprinting ink on flat sheets of dried wood pulp. In olden days we used typewriters while waiting for word processors to be invented.
Naturally, there’s only one font (this is a typewriter, not an IBM ‘Golf Ball’ Electric typewriter) with sound and animation as you type.
One acknowledgment of modern word-processing is ‘Modern Delete’ which defaults on. With this option OFF, pressing the Delete key will backspace and overtype x just like we did for most of the 20th Century. There’s also ‘Show Cursor’, another option not available on a real typewriter.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Oh dear, for all the hype, rumor and promise of the Windows 8.1 update, it turned out to be a damp squib. The feature additions were not as interesting as Microsoft strategic leaking led us to expect. When the August 2014 updates were finally released, the download had to be withdrawn after a few days because of bugs!
At the time of writing, the August 2014 updates had been suspended from manual downloads, pending investigation of bugs in the patches. However the buggy patches are still being pushed out via Windows Update so customers are still being knowingly given the ‘Blue Screen of Death’ by Microsoft. Not a great showing from Microsoft at all.
When you do get the August 2014 updates and they don’t crash your computer, the ‘new features’ aren’t particularly interesting. Unless you’re Russian, the updates are minor or are additional API’s that require work from hardware and software developers to make them useful for customers.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Part of the Windows 8.1 August 2014 update is the addition of the new Russian Ruble currency symbol.
All Microsoft will say about this change is “This feature adds new Ruble currency support for input and rendering.” with no details about the symbol or where to find it. So we’ve done that work for them <sigh>.
Back in December 2013, the Russian government approved a change in the Ruble currency sign to this:
This symbol was added to the Unicode v7 character set and given the code 20BD (U+20BD).
The August 2014 Update to Windows 8.1 adds this symbol, as you can see in the Microsoft Office; Insert | Symbol dialog:
Unfortunately, Microsoft neglected to add the name of the Symbol which makes it harder to find in the Windows Character Map accessory (which has a name search feature).
In Office the clumsy shortcut for the Ruble symbol is 20BD then Alt + X.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Time and again we’ve heard from people who try PivotTables and only get nonsense tables. That’s understandable since Microsoft’s hype about PivotTable ignores the basics that we’ll cover in this article.
You’ve probably seen a Microsoft demonstration of PivotTables where it looks sooooo easy. They have a long list, click a couple of buttons and presto! a nice PivotTable all done. Of course, those demos are well rehearsed with carefully selected examples but more than that, there’s a deeper secret.
All the source data for the demo has been carefully checked and tidied up before a PivotTable even gets a chance at it.
That’s it … it’s that simple. PivotTables are only as good as the information you put into it. More often than you might think, that information needs a little ‘massaging’ before it’s ready for the PivotTable treatment. The Excel defaults, in particular ‘General’ cell formatting, can confuse PivotTables.
Of course, what you need to fix depends on your individual list but here’s some things to look for.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Thanks for the great feedback from our article on PivotTables. One concern some of you have is about adding or removing source data after the PivotTable has been created.
That’s understandable because the original PivotTable releases where unclear and curiously sensitive about the data ranges used. Happily, there are many options now available and the data source is easier to change.
A typical reader email said simply "I'm not sure how to update the next month's data".
Really it’s just a matter of adding more rows to the original list and making sure all the rows are included in the PivotTable data range.
The direct option is to change PivotTable Tools | Analyze | Data | Change Data Source which lists the explicit data range the PivotTable is using. Change that and the PivotTable will change accordingly.
Sidebar: Note above the vital Refresh button. PivotTable’s do NOT update automatically when original data changes, so remember to click that button to keep the PivotTable in sync with the source information.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
The Guardian has an interesting article “From cameras to keycards, everyday devices killed off by the smartphone”.
It could read like a scene from Life of Brian titled:
“What have smartphones ever done for us?”
“Well, aside from mobile phones, landlines, pay phones, cameras, Walkman, Dictaphones, cheap computers, portable TV’s, pocket calculators, watches, alarm clocks, and sat navs … what have smartphones done for us?”
says Office Watch: “also Video cameras, Post It note reminders, diaries, Rolodex, timetables, translator, portable radio, newspapers, magazines, compass, torch, mirror, conversion tables, stopwatch, magnifying glass, ruler, spirit level, ebook reader, file storage, Office document viewer and editor (if desperate)”
“OK … aside from those 32 things … what have smartphones ever done for us?”... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Yahoo is going to join Google is supporting not just email encryption but the same type of email encryption.
Sadly we’ll have to wait until sometime in 2015 for Yahoo to release their version of OpenPGP.
That’s good news … but where is Microsoft?
For all their talk about security, Microsoft is being notable for not joining this move.
Outlook has support for encrypted email but it’s clumsy and hard to use. We’ve noted before that Gpg4Win for Outlook should work with the Google/Yahoo initiative. OpenPGP isn’t perfect but it’s the best candidate for an accepted standard.
Microsoft’s main push in email encryption is to re-brand their existing Information Rights Management and Azure service as Office 365 Message Encryption and sell it as a way to generate more money. That’s a limited and proprietary offering and no substitute for proper email encryption.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
Inserting Symbols into Word documents is a pain, go up to the ribbon Insert | Symbols | Symbol at the very least … or you can use a trick from the 20th century to keep your fingers on the keyboard.
Type in the hexadecimal Unicode value of the symbol you want, then press Alt + X – the value will be changed to the Symbol automatically.
No one expects you to remember all the hex codes, after all there are over 40,000 of them in Unicode. Just remember the ones you need to most.
The British Pound Sterling symbol £ isn’t on a lot of keyboards even in the former colonies but if you need it, just type A3 then Alt + X.
Here’s a few common Alt + X shortcuts plus others we are often asked about with their shortcuts that are baked into Office itself.... click here to read more at Office-Watch.com ...
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» Adding the Ruble to Office
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