Using Strikethrough in Microsoft Word

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I am proud to say that we are becoming more collaborative at work, especially around creating sound, process documents for different tasks that we do.  If you are like our users, you probably are using the Review feature in Word. However, we found that REVIEW, and Accept and Accept with Changes, and Track Changes,  was becoming clumsy with some of the changes that we wanted to make.  My team asked me if there wasn’t a better way to work on the documents. 

I have to admit that I couldn’t think of one in that moment.  I did research with Google, and I found a tool that I have not used for years – Strikethrough – which is a long time Word feature.  I found a great article on the blog, ” How-To Geek” called “How to Draw a Line Through Words in Microsoft Word” by Marshall Gunnell written on  August 9th, 2018.  You can read the article here: https://www.howtogeek.com/361599/how-to-draw-a-line-through-words-in-microsoft-word/.  The important part of the article, for me, is noted below.  However, he has other good stuff about creating shortcuts and other thoughts. 

How to Apply Strikethrough Formatting to Text

Applying strikethrough formatting is pretty easy. Start by selecting the text you want to strike through. You can do this by clicking and dragging over the text (or just double-clicking a word), but when you do this, Word likes to select the space after the text, as well. If you don’t want that to happen, click to place your insertion point at the beginning of the text, and then Shift-click at the end of the text for a more precise selection.

If you want to get fancy and select multiple words spread out through the document at the same time, you can do that, too. Select the first bit of text the regular way, and then hold down the Ctrl key while selecting additional text in different places. We suggest only doing this a paragraph at a time because it’s frustrating when you accidentally let go of the Ctrl key and have to start over.

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When you’ve got your text selected, look on the “Home” tab of Word’s Ribbon. In the “Font” group, click the “Strikethrough” button (it’s the three letters with a line drawn through them).

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Now, any text you had selected should be struck through.

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You can also apply strikethrough formatting using the Font window. Select your text, and then press Ctrl+D to open that window up. Here, you can select not only the regular “Strikethrough” option but a “Double Strikethrough” option if you want to go that way, instead. Make your selection, and then click the “OK” button.

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That’s it!  A great little feature to use to keep track of where you started and where you are going with changing wording, thought processes, or tone.

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New Microsoft Office 365 Deal–6 Seats for $100

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I am a fan of Office 365, and I thought this information about Office 365 on HOW TO GEEK, at https://www.howtogeek.com/364457/why-microsofts-office-365-is-a-great-deal/ was very useful.

Here is a summary of the information.

Microsoft’s Office 365 service has been a great deal for a long time, and it’s getting better. Starting October 2, 2018, Office 365 Home will let six users install an unlimited number of Office applications. Each person gets 1 TB of OneDrive storage, too.

Each user will also be able to install Office applications on an unlimited amount of devices. Users can only be signed into five Office applications at the same time, however. This is an improvement from now, where those five users can only install Office on up to 10 devices in total.

These changes take effect starting October 2, 2018. Microsoft isn’t raising the price of any Office 365 plans, either.

Microsoft has made a few account changes that are taking effect immediately. After signing up for Office 365, all user accounts in your Microsoft Family will be automatically given access. You can manage your subscription directly from the Microsoft account website, too.

Office 365 includes Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook. Publisher and Access are also included but are only available on Windows. These are the same full desktop Office applications you’d get if you purchased the standard boxed copies of Office, but they also have the advantage of getting more frequent feature updates. And yes, you can use them offline—your PC or Mac just has to appear online once every 30 days to keep them activated.

How To Set A Browser as a Default in 3 Different Browsers

Over the last several weeks, I have been working with computer users at work as we start to change over to a new network system and upgrade some of our software.

I was surprised that many of them did not know how to choose a browser and set it as a default.  The three browsers of choice are Chrome, Edge, and Firefox.

I know that most browsers prompt you to set them as your default browser (unless the setting is turned off). Here’s the Firefox callout.

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If your browser doesn’t notify you, you can open up settings or preferences in the browser to find the option to set it as your default.

In Firefox, click the menu button at the upper right of the browser window (the three horizontal lines), and then choose the “Options” command. You’ll see the default browser setting right at the top of the page, as below.

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For the Chrome browser, hit the menu button in the top right (the three vertical dots), and then choose the “Settings” command. Scroll down a bit, and you’ll see the “Default Browser” section.

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Edge is a Microsoft product. So you need to hit the menu button at the top right (the three horizontal dots), and then choose the “Settings” command. Right at the top, click the “Change My Default” button.

And, there you have it!  Three browsers that are each able to be set up as the default browser.  Remember that Default means that it is the first browser of choice.  You can still choose a different browser on your computer to look up information, if you think one browser is faster than another.

Browse away!

SharePoint Starter Kit

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Microsoft  announces the availability of a new SharePoint Starter Kit open-source project, which can be used to demonstrate possibilities with the communications sites and group associate team sites in Office 365. Communications sites have great out of the box capabilities, but in certain cases, you might need to extend them based on your business or functional requirements.

SharePoint Starter Kit is designed to demonstrate how you can extend out-of-the-box communication sites and group associated team sites with additional capabilities. You can find this open-source project from GitHub and you can reuse any of these assets any way you want in your own work.

Microsoft Teams Has a Free Version for Non-Commercial Users

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Beginning July 12 2018, Microsoft Teams is available in a free version worldwide in 40 languages. This offer was designed for small businesses and groups of coworkers that don’t have commercial Office 365 subscriptions. Now with this great introductory experience, any group can use Teams as their hub for teamwork and discover the value of Office 365 as they grow and scale.  The subscription is available for one year.

Whether you’re a freelancer, a small business owner, or part of a team inside a larger organization, you can start using Teams today. The free version includes the following for up to 300 people:

  • Unlimited chat messages and search.
  • Built-in audio and video calling for individuals, groups, and full team meetups.
  • 10 GB of team file storage plus additional 2 GB per person for personal storage.
  • Integrated, real-time content creation with Office Online apps, including built-in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
  • Unlimited app integrations with 140+ business apps to choose from—including Adobe, Evernote, and Trello.
  • Ability to communicate and collaborate with anyone inside or outside your organization, backed by Microsoft’s secure, global infrastructure.

You can sign up for Microsoft Teams here – https://products.office.com/en-us/microsoft-teams/group-chat-software.

Free Up Space – A Tool in Windows 10

I have used CCleaner for years, but recently, I have found that it is getting very annoying with pop up reminders.  Some of the messages make it seem un-trustworthy.  I was looking for a new cleaning tool.

Then I read an article on “How To Geek” about Free Up Space, a tool in Windows 10.  Here are some highlights.

  • Windows has a built-in Disk Cleanup
  • Microsoft has been improving it
  • Works even better in the latest versions of Windows 10
  • Removes temporary files, previous Windows installations, log files, old Windows updates, thumbnails, and various other cache files

To access the Free Up Space tool on Windows 10, head to Settings > System > Storage and click “Free Up Space Now” under Storage Sense. Windows will automatically scan for files you can delete. Check the files you want to delete and click “Remove files” to get rid of them.  See the partial screen shot below of Free Up Space.

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If you check “Recycle Bin,” Windows will also empty your Recycle Bin. Be sure you don’t want to recover any deleted files from your Recycle Bin before checking this option.

New Build of Windows Server 2019

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Another build of the Windows Server 2019 preview for Windows Insiders was released on June 19 2018. As you may remember, Windows Server 2019 was announced a couple months ago and will be generally available later this year.

With the current Windows Server 2019 preview build, System Insights users can:

  • Browse through predictive capabilities, and either invoke a capability on-demand or configure it to run it on a periodic schedule.
  • Visualize prediction outcomes to intuitively understand capacity consumption trends.
  • Set custom remediation jobs to automatically run after a capability generates a specific result, helping users automatically mitigate the issues detected by the predictive capabilities.
  • View and understand how capacity predictions from an individual Windows Server are trending over a period of time.
  • Use PowerShell on remote instances to aggregate prediction outcomes reported by a fleet of related Windows Server instances – e.g. cluster, application tier, rack, and data center – to understand how the fleet overall is trending along compute, storage, or network capacity dimensions.

Download the preview of Windows Server 2019 at http://aka.ms/WS2019Preview.

Gmail Changes Happen in July 2018

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New Gmail was released back in April 2018.  Now, in July, Gmail will roll out all the new changes.

Here are some of the new features:

  • Self destructing emails
  • Ability to open attachments directly from your inbox
  • Inline reminders to follow-up
  • Smart replies on the desktop
  • Gmail now lets you “snooze” emails from your inbox without any third party tools.

Check out the article, “The 8 Best Features in the New Gmail” if you want more information on the features.  https://www.howtogeek.com/356781/the-8-best-features-in-the-new-gmail/

How To – .XML Files

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Increasingly, I need to work with .xml files that are produced from cloud based software.  The .xml files frustrate people from time to time because they don’t produce what we expect, especially when we try to use them with Excel.

Here is an excellent write up on using XML files by Brady Gavin.  https://www.howtogeek.com/357092/what-is-an-xml-file-and-how-do-i-open-one/.


Windows Server 2019

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Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018. Starting March 20, 2018, users can access the preview build through Microsoft’s  Insiders program.

To see more about Windows Server 2019, take a look at the blog Introducing Windows Server 2019 –   Now Available in Preview. https://cloudblogs.microsoft.com/windowsserver/2018/03/20/introducing-windows-server-2019-now-available-in-preview/?MC=WinServer&MC=MSAzure&MC=SysMagSof&MC=Windows&MC=Virtual