Creating your own formatting style

May 24th, 2016 No comments

If you’ve ever wanted to create a formatting style that’s different than any of the currently available styles, you’ll be glad to know that there’s an easy way to do it. First, select the cell that has the combination of formats that you want to include in the new style. Then, choose Style from the Format menu and in the Style name box, type a name for the new style. To define and apply the style to the selected cells, click OK. To define the style without applying it, click Add, and then click Close. Also, if no cells have the formats you want for the style, you can specify the formats when you name the style.

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Moderating a presentation with multiple speakers

May 24th, 2016 No comments

There are times when you have to share the spotlight with one or more fellow presenters. If it falls to you to act as moderator, here are a few points to keep in mind:
1. Plan a general outline for the presentation and alert each presenter of your need to do so. This will push people to prepare their content early and do a more thorough job.
2. Ask each presenter for some biographical information. If you need to warm up the audience or introduce each person before they present, a little background can be very helpful.
3. Correspond with the other presenters well ahead of time and always provide ample ways to contact you. In addition, make sure you ask for multiple contact routes to stay in touch with presenters.
4. Ask that each presenter consider a list of at least three questions that audience members are likely to have. Putting oneself in the place of the audience can help foster more stimulating discussion and structure a more useful presentation.
5. Make each presenter well aware of the amount of time they can use for their show, and establish a signal for where time is almost up, and when they need to finish.
6. Give some coaching as to the format of the question and answer part of the show: whether questions may be addressed before the next speaker, how many may be answered, and whether other speakers may chime in.

 

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Use group policy to set permissions for registry keys

You can use Group Policy to define access permissions and audit settings for individual registry keys, and you can also take or assign ownership of keys. Open the appropriate Group Policy Object (for example, the Default Domain Policy) in the GPO Editor and expand the Computer Configuration node, then Windows Settings, then Security Settings. Click on Registry. Note that the Registry setting is missing from the local computer GPO. By default, administrators and the system have full control permissions for all keys, users have read-only permission, and the creator/owner can assign ownership of the key.

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Add a decorative text effect with a drop cap (InDesign CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2004/ CC 2015)

May 24th, 2016 No comments

If you’re looking for a great way to draw your reader’s attention into your text, consider using drop caps. Not only do dropped caps add a decorative appeal, but they’re really easy to make in InDesign. First, select the Horizontal Type tool from the Tools panel. Click in the paragraph to which you want to apply a drop cap. Open the Paragraph panel (Window > Type & Tables > Paragraph) and enter a value in the Drop Cap Number Of Lines text box indicating how many lines of text you want to wrap around the drop cap. (You can also use the up and down arrows to change the value.) Enter a value in the Drop Cap Number Of Characters text box indicating how many characters you wish to use as drop caps. You can designate just one or two letters, or even the whole first line of text. Whichever you choose, you’ll draw your reader’s eye directly to the start of your text!

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Recover Unsaved Workbooks

April 20th, 2016 No comments

We’ve all done it before—either you forget to save a workbook, you accidentally save it when you should have saved it as a different name, or maybe you lose work because of that rare power outage. Whatever the cause, there’s no need to panic when you think you’ve lost your work in Excel 2010. You can quickly and easily recover older (unsaved) versions of your workbook.

Excel 2010 saves your unsaved versions of files in a specific folder on your hard drive. Remember that these are new, unsaved files or temporary files, such as those you might open from an email or file transfer. Here’s how you can recover one of these unsaved files.

To recover an unsaved version of a file:

 

  • Open Excel 2010 and click on the File tab.
  • Click Recent on the left, and then click the Recover Unsaved Workbooks button.
  • In the Open dialog box, you’ll see the contents of your UnsavedFiles folder. For Windows Vista/7, this location is: C:\Users\User_Name\AppData\Local \Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles. For Windows XP, the location is: C:\Documents and Settings\User_Name\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\Office\UnsavedFiles.

 

Note that the files saved in your Unsaved Files folder will no longer be available after four days from the file’s creation or modification.

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Compelling Reasons for Using the XML Data Type in SQL Server

April 20th, 2016 No comments

If you need to store XML data in a Microsoft SQL Server database, you can simply store the data as text in a varchar or nvarchar column. Since SQL Server 2005, you can also define a column with the XML data type. However, you may wonder why you’d want to deal with the slight additional complexity of doing that, given that varchar works just fine.

Actually, there are important advantages to storing XML data with the XML data type. Even though the data may look just like text, SQL Server is able to store and index XML in an XML column more efficiently. And more significantly, SQL Server’s optimizer can query XML data more efficiently when it’s stored as XML. Unlike XML stored as text, you can efficiently query for or manipulate data based on portions of the XML within a single XML column. Performing an XPath query on XML in a varchar column would not only be more complicated; it could also take a long time to execute, especially given lots of data. Furthermore, modifications to XML-typed data can be performed within a transaction and rolled back or logged as necessary.

On a broader level, using the XML data type may be part of an architectural decision to opt for the inherent flexibility of an XML model instead of a relational one, in order to accommodate unstructured data. Nevertheless, the advantages of the XML data type make it useful even for individual columns within a database that’s mostly relational, as long as your database doesn’t need to be supported on SQL Server versions prior to 2005.

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Fine-tune your display settings for picture-perfect InDesign images (InDesign CS5/CS6/CC/CC 2014/CC 2015)

April 20th, 2016 No comments

When you’re designing image intensive layouts, there’s often a fine balance between the image display quality and the speed at which InDesign can redraw your pages. Even with today’s processing power, too many large images placed in InDesign at the High Quality display setting can cause slow screen redraws. And you might prefer to work with your display settings at the Fast Display setting, but then change an individual image on the fly to make sure it looks as you expect. Whatever your preference, turn to the Display Performance settings to configure your options.

To set the Display Performance options, choose Edit > Preferences > Display Performance, and choose Fast, Typical, or High Quality from the Default View pop-up menu. This setting will control how InDesign displays all the images in your document. Also in this preference window, you can configure the Adjust View Setting sliders for Raster Images, Vector Graphics, and Transparency. Important: These settings will trump any on-the-fly changes you make to an individual image. So if you have set Raster Images at Proxy but, within your document, set one particular image to display at High Quality, InDesign won’t display the image at full resolution. Click OK when you’re done.
If you want to change the display setting for any individual images, [control]-click (right-click in Windows) the image, choose Display Performance, and then select from Fast Display, Typical Display, or High Quality display.

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Avoid a Security Fiasco with Configuration Auditing

April 20th, 2016 No comments

When a system is compromised, there are a number of best practices for investigating the breach properly. But what if you don’t know the system has been compromised? For every Target story, there may be many other businesses with stolen data or other security breaches, but they just don’t know it. One way to avoid being one of them is to comprehensively audit your systems.

There are a few different products that can help you audit the configurations of your IT infrastructure and alert you so you know if anything got changed and who changed it. Generally, these products can help you monitor changes in Active Directory, SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange Server, VMware, and other software. Some of the companies in this space also offer free auditing tools in addition to their full-fledged software. Here are three of the major players for auditing in a Windows environment:

Whichever product you go choose, the important thing is having (1) a solution in place to alert you to any possible security problems, and (2) a viable plan of action for when an alert occurs.

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Character Reference Characters for Court Appearances

April 8th, 2016 No comments

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How to Write a Teacher Resignation Letter

April 7th, 2016 No comments

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