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How to Change a Template in a Word Document

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Word documents, including blank documents that use the Normal template, are associated with a template. If you choose the wrong template or suddenly desire to change or reassign a document’s template, follow these steps:

  1. Open the document that needs a new template attached.
  2. Click the “File tab”.
  3. On the File screen, choose the “Options” command.
  4. The “Word Options” dialog box appears.
  5. Choose “Add-Ins” from the left side of the “Word Options” dialog box.
  6. Choose “Templates” from the Manage drop-down list.
    You’ll find the Manage drop-down list near the bottom of the dialog box.
  7. Click the [Go] button.
  8. The “Templates and Add-ins” dialog box appears.
    You should see which template is attached to the document, such as  Normal.
  9. Click the [Attach] button.
  10. Word displays the “Attach Template” dialog box, which looks and works like
    the Open dialog box.
  11. Navigate to the template you want to attach.
    The templates listed are stored on your computer, so you don’t see the full range
    of templates that you would find on the new screen.
  12. Click the [Open] button. The template is attached to your document.
  13. Ensure that the option “Automatically Update Document Styles” is ticked.
    Updating styles means that your document’s current styles
    are changed to reflect those of the new template, which is probably what you want.
  14. Click [OK].
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Snipping Tool not working as I Expect

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Snip & Sketch is a wonderful screenshot capture tool for Windows. Microsoft has added tons of new cool features and shortcuts to make this tool almost indispensable for users. But there is an issue that you may have noticed after capturing the screen, the preview notification is not appearing in the notification panel! There are a ton of reasons that can be at the root of the issue. So, without wasting more time, just follow these solutions to find a quick resolution.
Check that the Snip & Sketch notification setting is turned ON.

  1. You have to open the “Settings”. So, press the [Win Key] +[i] keys together.
  2. Then select/click-on  the “System” .
  3. On the right-hand side, select “Notifications & Actions”.
  4. Just make sure that the “Notifications” option is “On” and expand it.
  5. Later, make sure these options are checked.
  6. Now, you have to ensure the Snip & Sketch notifications are allowed.
  7. Just go down through the same window and turn the “Snipping Tool” option “On”.clip_image002
  8. After that, close the “Settings” window and take a snapshot by pressing
    the [Win key] +[Shift] +[S] keys together.
  9. Check whether the preview is appearing on the notification panel or not.

Office 2019 wanted to install updates

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When I tried to open Word, I had a little fright today. Office wanted to install updates and couldn’t, the update kept erroring.

It is Wednesday, and Windows updates has been applied.

My Office Pro Plus 2019 always worked, until today, when it tried to update itself.
A dialog box was displayed saying “Updating office, please wait a moment” but after a minute or two, an application error box appeared with error 0xc0000142 “application unable to start correctly.”

I tried to repair the Office App, but it said that Word was open and asked me to re-boot my system and try again. After rebooting:

  1. Right-click the Windows-Logo Icon,
    select “Apps and Features” top entry on the list.
  2. Find and Click on the “Office 2019 …” icon and
    select [Modify]
  3. Accept “Do you want to allow this App to make changes …”
  4. Choose “Quick Repair” and click [Repair].

The repair will take a little while and should came back to you saying that the repair was successful.

If it couldn’t be repaired use the “Online Repair”.
This should fix all issues, but it takes longer and requires an internet connection throughout the repair. Only use that option if the “Quick Repair” didn’t work.

NOTE: Online repair will probably uninstall Office Pro Plus versions. So, if you have no way of reinstalling your Office Pro Plus do NOT use online repair.

Luckily my Quick Repair worked. And I can breathe a sigh of relief.

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How2’s Guide to Open Live Writer

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I use OLW (Open Live Writer) a lot, as I maintain 4 different WordPress blog sites. I didn’t realise that one could download the OLW through Microsoft Store. Many of the problems people seem to have doesn’t happen in the non-Microsoft OLW. Just get it from source and install it.

Much easier and no snooping and Microsoft Control.

What is Open Live Writer

Open Live Writer is like Word for your blog. Open Live Writer is a powerful, lightweight blog editor that allows you to create blog posts, add photos and videos then publish to your website. You can also compose blogs posts offline and then publish on your return. Open We Writer works with many popular blog service providers such as WordPress, Blogger, TypePad, Moveable Type, DasBlog and many more.

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The History of Live Writer

There used two competing Live Writers. The original WLW (Windows Live Writer) from Microsoft (2006). In 2014 Microsoft released the WLW as open source which was the beginning of the open source “Open Live Writer” (by .Net). Already in its early days it proved to be more reliant and flexible than the original Live Writer.

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Using OLW

As you can see it looks like a normal Windows APP, and you can use the basic hotkeys as well as the “ribbon” icons. I just love the ability to easy cut and paste text into the text-area – with pictures, quotes, highlights …. and then release the creation straight from the desktop App to WP (WordPress) or any of the other blogging sites.

If you support more than one Blog the OLW switches easily from one blog site to another. No logging in and manoeuvring through the online Blogging Apps menus.

One last thing, not quite about the OLW but still somewhat related. In WP, when you’ve published your blog, WP doesn’t anymore automatically publish your blog on the common Facebook site so you’ll have to login to WP and retrieve a “short URL” from your blog, and self-publish it on your Facebook remembering to write some text first.
Ie “please click this link … to see …”

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How2’s Guide on Google Drive Search

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When searching in G-Drive like in the example the search is fast and it does give you all the occurrences of the search.

The searcher here was “190202 Coco” and as you can see the search found 3 files with that name. But just looking at the result does not show where the file actually is located and as you can just see to the left there are more than one computer being backed-up.

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This is the way to find where your file is located:
1. Click on the 1st file in the results
2. And notice the bottom bar is now displaying a location.

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In this case “Coco > 1902…” when clicking on “Coco” I was taken to the folder named “Coco”
and now I can see where the file is physically located (Win7-8 > Pictures >…)

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Note: Every time you have a new computer or you change the name of your computer “Google Backup & Sync” generates a new “Computer” for your current data. Very handy for retrieving older files and folders.

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The new Vodafone Broadband Contents Control

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I was, sooooo, getting fed-up with the restrictions imposed on me by my new Broadband Service Provider (Vodafone), I couldn’t even check out the “Nord VPN” site, nor follow many links from PC-information sites that I need to follow for information purposes to pass on to the U3A computer group MK.

Vodafone has finally made it easy to change their “security settings”.

  1. Sign-in to your Account Summary
  2. Hit the [Manage content controls] button to the right of Broadband
  3. This takes you to “Content Controls”
  4. Search for and click on “Content Control Profile” or
    click on the [Manage Content control profile] button.
  5. In your “Content Control Profile” you can choose which types of content you want to block. Choose between our Safe, Super safe or Ultra safe profiles, or create your own customised profile.
    1. Safe – Blocks Malicious sites
    2. Super safe – Blocks all content categories apart from Sex Education, Social Networks and Games
    3. Ultra-safe – Blocks all content categories
    4. Custom – Enables you to choose the content categories you want to block
    5. Turn off – Switch off all categories to give you access to all types of content
  6. Once you have made your choice just click on the [Save] button.

I can now access all the sites I want to, and at the end of my investigation, I can reset my safety level to what I think is needed.

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Uninstalling Antivirus and Malware Program’s

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A member of the U3A group had asked me to come and fix her Windows-7 PC. It was slow and sometimes it seemed to hang, plus sometimes she couldn’t get to her web-mail. So, I went, and saw that she Avast antivirus and malware program fighting with MSE for supremacy. Out came my memory stick (a necessary tool for carrying software that is possibly needed) and I started with loading CCleaner and while that was loading I recalled from somewhere deep in my memory that to uninstall Avast you needed to download a a uninstallation programme from Avast. So, we then downloaded the Avast uninstaller onto her desktop and started it, it started nicely with the usual prompts like: “are you sure …” of course I was otherwise I wouldn’t have gone through with the download! After having given permission to carry on I was then told that the uninstaller needed to be run from “safe mode” would I like it to switch to that? And it made the switch and even continued the uninstallation. When that was finished it prompted me to let it restart and restore to normal windows. Once back to the desktop I ran CCleaner to do a registry clean-up.

Then rebooted the PC and started CCleaner again. This time I wanted to see what was left behind in the Startup’s (Tools, Startup) and I also removed some unnecessary background runs (bear in mind that there are 3 different tabs here: ‘Windows’, ‘Scheduled Tasks’ & ‘Context Menu’.

Don’t delete any unwanted actions just “Disable” the ones you think you don’t need!

And a week later I received this recommendation:

Many, many thanks for all the assistance and help you gave me with my computer.
It was more than helpful.
Also my computer is less sluggish now.
Now that was nice, I don’t always get feedback and it made me feel good.

Microsoft Office Word 2016 – Custom Dictionaries

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I don’t know about you but I regularly add word to my “spelling checker” mainly to get rid of the red-wave-underlining that clutters the main mistakes. So, I add names of people and other words, but sometimes I add a wrong word and now need to remove it from the dictionary.

This is how to get to and modify your Custom Dictionary:

1. Open the proofing options:

· In most Office programs: Click File > Options > Proofing.

· In Outlook: Click File > Options > Mail > Spelling and Autocorrect > Proofing.

· In InfoPath: Click Home > Spelling > Check Spelling Options.

2. Make sure the Suggest from main dictionary only check box is cleared.

3. Click Custom Dictionaries.

All dictionaries (if you have more than one) are listed here, with the default dictionary at the top.

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One favourite OAP scam

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This is the scenario:

  1. You get a phone call late morning or early afternoon – that pretends to be from BT, SKY, or somewhere popular yearly subscription service; informing you that your contract or insurance is close to expire.
  2. They friendly ask if you would like to continue the contract and then offer you to upgrade there and then (MISTAKE)!
  3. They even say they have your card details from last year, and can you please confirm that the card-number starts (not ending) with 4159. And of course, this is incorrect so you automatically change the card number to the correct one (MISTAKE)!
  4. They might even be cheeky and snail-mail you an invoice asking you to send a cheque, as your payment didn’t go through. So, you do (MISTAKE)!
  5. A week later you might get another snail-mail informing you that if you don’t pay they will send the debt-collectors to you.

 

DON’T RESPOND! Either hang up or say “Sorry I can’t speak now; can I have your name and number please, so that I can call you back”. 90% of the time they will hang up.

Then phone the company in question and query the call/writ. It is most likely a forgery and a scam.

Then report the number and name to the fraud police.

Create an instant shutdown and/or restart icon on your desktop.

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You will need to use the windows program shutdown.exe (which is normally located in C:\Windows\System32\) and its parameters.

The table below is a shortened list of the parameters needed for instant shutdown and/or restart plus the help parameter to display all the parameters defined within your windows system.

Parameter Description
/s Shuts down the computer.
/r Restarts the computer after shutdown.
/t <sec> Sets the time-out period or delay to sec (seconds) before a restart or shutdown. This causes a warning to display on the local console. You can specify 0-600 seconds. If you do not use /t, the time-out period is 30 seconds by default.
/? Displays help at the command prompt, including a list of the major and minor reasons that are defined on your local computer.

This is what the instant shutdown command line would look like:
C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /t 0

And the instant reboot command line would look like this:
C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /r /t 0

As you can see the only difference is the use of “/s” or “/r” parameter

Now that we know what to use, how do we get it onto the desktop?
Easy! By creating a desktop shortcut icon containing the shutdown/restart command line as follows.

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  1. Right click anywhere on an empty space on your desktop to open a menu where you can find “New”.
  2. Hover over “New” and another menu appear, near the top of this is “Shortcut
  3. Select/Click on “Shortcut” to open the Shortcut creation wizard.
  4. Enter your command line and parameters
  5. Click Next
  6. Type a title/name for this shortcut – e.g. “Shutdown”
  7. And click Finish

I like to have a pretty self-explanatory icon’s because it’s easier to find than reading the titles – and here is how to do this:

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  1. Right click on the Shutdown icon, to open a menu
  2. Select and click on “Properties” to open the “Shutdown Properties” window
  3. It should automatically open in the “Shortcut” tab where you will find – near the bottom – the Change Icon… button.
  4. Click the Change Icon… and another window with lots of icons opens.
  5. Scroll through these until you find an icon you like.
  6. Click on it; followed by clicking the OK button to close that window.
  7. Now all you have to do is click the OK button in the “Properties”
    window and that’s it.

One last thing:

You might also want place Shutdown icon on your “Taskbar” and/or your “Start menu”
this action is called “Pin to …” – and here is how to do this:

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  1. Right click on the Shutdown icon (as before), to open a menu
  2. This time you are looking for “Pin to Taskbar” or “Pin to Start Menu” (near the top)
  3. Just click either and that’s it.

Note you don’t lose the original shortcut.

To unpin an icon from the taskbar/start menu, just right click on it and click “Unpin this program from Taskbar” or “Unpin from Start Menu” and they are gone; not uninstalled nor deleted because what you unpinned was a shortcut and NOT the actual item.