Application suite from Microsoft which includes always Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Depending on what edition of Microsoft Office you have you can also have OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access.

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How do I get rid of all caps ribbon titles in Office 2013?

Installed Office 2013 on Windows 8 today. It's great, except for one thing, the all caps ribbon titles are inconsistent with the title case titles everywhere else in Windows 8. Is there a registry ...
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How do I compare two Excel documents? [closed]

The compare function in Word 2007 is very handy -- is there a similar capability in Excel 2007? I can't seem to find it... The documents I'm trying to compare are essentially two versions of the same ...
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Microsoft Office alternative for Windows? [closed]

Is there something similar to office for Windows but free? I am student living on a budget, office is not an option at the moment.
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Export PowerPoint to PDF with each animation on a separate slide

I have a PowerPoint presentation where I extensively use simple animations, only appear/disappear effects triggered by the mouse (not time based), without any smooth transitions. Is it possible to ...
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Can I delete MSOCache?

I need more space on my SSD drive and I found that MSOCache is occupying 1.3 GB. I have Microsoft Office 2010 installed. Can I safely delete MSOCache?
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Outlook does not show desktop notifications on a message recieve

I have a number of accounts in Microsoft Office Outlook 2007, a folder for each and a rule which moves message for appropriate folder. Also it have to show a desktop notification. But it doesn't! ...
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What type of file is ~$file?

When I had opened msoffice file that I had previously saved on my desktop, I saw another kind of file named ~$doc. What type of file is this ? I have marked both the files.
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How do you customize Excel 2010 keyboard shortcuts?

How do you customize Excel 2010 keyboard shortcuts? This article from microsoft.com provides instructions for "Microsoft Office 2010" but seems only apply to Word, not Excel. ...
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Tab key in Microsoft Word does not increase indent in bullet lists

I create a bullet list, of any type and after pressing Enter then Tab instead of increasing the indent it just injected white-space. I'm using the default template (.dot), there's been no changes to ...
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Where is a database shape in Visio?

I am trying to document an architecture in Visio, and I can't find a shape for a database. I see servers, clients, etc. - but no database.
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How to simultaneously rename a file in MS Office and delete old version?

In Microsoft Office, when wanting to save a file to a different file name without keeping a copy of the previous file name, doing so requires two steps: First, File -> Save As... and select the new ...
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Microsoft Office document is “locked for editing by 'another user'”

A few of my users are in and out of various Excel 2007 spreadsheets all day. One of them reports that "50% of the time" she tries to open a spreadsheet from the file server, an information message ...
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Microsoft Office “retro” look and feel

Recently the look and feel of my Microsoft Office 2007 products (on a Windows XP system) has taken on a "retro" look. I'm not sure what caused this to happen but I would like to return it to the ...
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How can I use custom colours in the Microsoft VBA editor?

I'm working on a few projects for work using Excel and VBA, so I have no choice but to use the Microsoft Visual Basic editor. I normally wouldn't mind, but I can't figure out how to set a custom ...
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How do I change the language of all Powerpoint slides at once?

I want to change the proofing language of all my slides in a Powerpoint. I've tried setting the language via the Language Preferences menu, however this only changes it for new powerpoints.
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Undo send email in Outlook

Is there an equivalent of Undo Sent Gmail feature in Microsoft Outlook? I believe that once that feature is enabled in Gmail the sending of email is postponed by 5 to 30 seconds (depending on ...
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Excel Conditional Formatting Escaping a Question Mark

I would like to use a conditional formatting rule in an excel file that would color any box with a question mark in it red. It seems that Excel is using a question mark as a wild card and will turn ...
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Canadian English on Apple products

Apple is an American company. As many of you probably know, Canadian English is different from American English, and closer to British English (e.g. colour instead of color). I use iWork and Microsoft ...
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Converting .doc files to .pdf

Anybody aware of a piece of software which could do MS Office .doc to .pdf conversion for me? I already tried OpenOffice but it appeared to be rather slow and resource-hungry for large documents.
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Does Microsoft Office 2010 have version control?

Does Microsoft Office 2010 have version control? In other words, does it automatically save old versions of files?
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Can't change text color in Microsoft Word 2010

I have Microsoft Office 2010 32-bit running on Windows 7 32-bit. When text is highlighted and a color is selected from the mini-toolbar or the ribbon, the text does not change color. If I change the ...
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How to stop Microsoft Office apps ignoring click on unfocused window

Microsoft Office applications on Windows behave like Mac OS - if a window does not have input focus, then clicking one of its buttons only focuses the window and you have to click again to activate ...
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Microsoft Word files have weird icons suddenly?

All of a sudden, my Microsoft Office files have the generic file icon, and it happens with Powerpoint and Word, but not Excel. I can open the files just fine, and I tried restarting my computer, ...
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How install office 2010 under Wine in Linux Ubuntu?

How do I install office 2010 under Wine in Ubuntu Linux? What is the difference between the installation of office 2007 and office 2010 ?
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Why does Office for Mac prompt me to close Google Chrome? Is that suspicious?

Office for Mac 2008 just asked me whether I wanted to update. However, on continuing with the update, a Window popped up saying that I needed to close Chrome before the update could continue. I find ...
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How do I submit a bug report for Microsoft Office?

I have found a number of bugs in Microsoft Office 2007, but I can't find anywhere to submit bug reports. Does anyone have any experience submitting bug reports to Microsoft, especially on Office? I ...
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How to change office shortcuts?

My office is not in English, so to save the document the shortcut is Ctrl B. For me this should be bold, how can I change the mappings to the same as the English version? Is there a file I can ...
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Automatically resize picture/image in Word?

I'm using Microsoft Word 2007. I have several large screenshots that need to be inserted into the document at various places. When I paste the pictures, I have to manually resize them to fit within ...
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How can I make Windows *actually* print multiple pages per sheet?

Office 2007 and 2010 have a setting in the print dialog that allows you to print multiple pages per sheet: However, when I try to print 4 copies of a page with 4 pages per sheet, I get 4 pages with ...
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How do I determine which Office 2007 service pack is installed?

How can I determine the service pack running for Office 2007?
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What the heck have I done to my Excel sheet (and how to undo it)?

I have a lot of Excel sheets for all sorts of things - but none has ever acted up like this one here: This used to be a totally normal Excel 2007 sheet which I was able to resize, maximize etc. - ...
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Custom one-key keyboard shortcuts in Outlook 2010?

I'm a gmail junkie, and one of my favorite features is the keyboard shortcut "a" inside an email to archive the message. I can't remember if that was the default or if I set it to such a quick little ...
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Where to find a VBA function's source in Excel

I have a workbook that uses a certain vba function which doesn't appear in the Insert | Insert Function... dialog box list of available functions. How do I find it's source (to see what it does)?
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What is the Office Source Engine and what does it do?

What is the purpose of the Office Source Engine service that Microsoft installs for newer versions of the Office suite?
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Turn off auto complete /auto correct on Lync on Mac

We use Microsoft Lync as the chat application in my work place. Recently we migrated to using macs and I am seeing this problem which i didn't see on the windows version of lync which was the auto ...
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Microsoft Home Use Program - use more than one computer

I purchased a copy of MS Office through Microsoft Home Use Program (HUP) It basically allows you get a very cheap copy for home use if your employer owns the licence. My question is: Can I install it ...
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Repeating important updates for Microsoft Office 2007

Today I've started important updates for Windows Vista on laptop. Those updates include updates for other programs from Microsoft Update including Microsoft Office 2007 suit. All important updates ...
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How can I dismiss the floating “Auto Fill options” button in Excel 2010?

Reproduce the issue Go to Excel and type fill in the first 2 rows of a column Select both rows of the column Drag down the anchor of the selection (bottom right) 1 row down Now you will see this: ...
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Set Excel to search within entire workbook by default

In Microsoft Excel, when I search using CTRL+F, by default it only searches within the current worksheet. How can I set it to search within the entire workbook by default? I have Office 2010. Is ...
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Office & Visual Studio stuck in 256 colour mode

For no reason I can determine, all of Office 2007 and Visual Studio 2008 have started running in what looks like 256 colour mode on my (up to date) Windows XP machine: Other apps: Firefox, IE8, ...
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Fastest way to type in math formulas out of the box?

There is no restriction on platform in the answers, but a few things to keep in mind: Dragging a mouse and clicking on any button is far too slow and should be excluded from any answer. Latex is of ...
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Is it possible to assign a specific style to all cross-reference in Word 2007?

Nothing more to add, I would like to change the style of all cross-reference I have in a Word 2007 document at once. But I have not idea how to do it.
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How to place a shape on top of another shape in Visio 2010?

Okay this is driving me nuts. I'm using Visio 2010 in a completely blank template. Here is what I'm doing: I'm drawing a simple rectangle I draw a second simple rectangle I'm trying to drag ...
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Migrating from VBA Excel 2003

I have a series of big excel files that work like a program, but I hate beeing tied up (stuck in VBA for excel 2003), so... Whats the best way to implement a gui over a excel vba program (office ...
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Why is my Microsoft Word window always on top of other windows?

For one reason or another, my Word suddenly decided to stay always on top of all other windows. This is terribly annoying. The odd thing is: of three documents I have open, two are on top of ...
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Force style usage in Microsoft Word

Background Develop a consistent, professional-quality corporate template using Microsoft Word. Problem People use their own fonts, change styles, and generally make a mess of standardization. This ...
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Recovering a word file (Select the encoding that makes your document readable)

My girlfriend requested me to recover a word file which is her 2 months of work :(, and this is her thesis for graduation. It shows the "Select the encoding that makes your document readable" screen ...
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Lync 2013 Does Not Maintain IM Window Size Or Position

I am using Windows 7 64-bit and I just upgraded from Lync 2010 to Lync 2013. In Lync 2010, after you closed an IM, the next IM opened would be the previous IM's size and position. From my ...
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Recovering Excel documents that were closed without saving

Can I ensure that if I mistakenly close a Microsoft Excel document without saving the latest version, that I can recover some of the work I've done? I'm using Excel 2003.