Graham Mayor

... helping to ease the lives of Microsoft Word users.

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Useful Word/Office related links

Additional Avery™ label templates - Inevitably new label formats appear between Word releases. If yours is not shown, and you can't find a ruler to make your own label template, then try here.

Cindy Meister - The mail merge guru. If mail merge is a problem, start here. Cindy has also investigated the issues relating to the changes introduced to mail merge in Office XP. If you are having problems with Office XP merges, these tips will help.

Controlling the printer from Word vba - Jonathan West (Word MVP) has produced an excellent article on controlling printers using vba.

Date calculations - Calculated date fields for use in Word documents are extremely complicated. Here Paul Edstein ('Macropod') in an article for www.wopr.com, has done all the work, in an impressive display of the use of field calculations. With a companion article on Word Field Maths also available from the same location.

Diskeeper - As you use your hard drive, adding and deleting files, the filing system will eventually cause fragmentation of those files so that the hard drive has to work harder and harder to recover them. This gradually slows down the disc access, and for some applications, e.g. video related applications can make working difficult or impossible. De-fragmentation software has been available for some time and a rudimentary version is included with Windows, but the latest version of Diskeeper simply sits in the background, using minimal resources and keeps your files in one piece. It only runs when the system is idle and so its impact on performance is negligible - simply install it and forget it.

Greg Maxey - Friend and former MVP Greg and I have worked together on many projects over the years despite an ocean or two between us. You'll find some very useful Word tips on his site that are not covered elsewhere. In particular take a look at his work on userforms, and content controls.

Hewlett Packard - Printer drivers can be the bane of the Word user's life but are essential to Word, which uses them to format the document in a way other applications may not. HP drivers unfortunately do not always live up to the promise of their hardware, but they do have a useful site where they offer 'beta' drivers to address specific issues with some of their printers.

Lost That Word Password?You may think twice about giving your credit card details to someone who hacks software for a living, but this is one site you may consider - definitely at your own risk! Bear in mind that passwords in recent versions of Word are hard to crack and that the brute force methods that may have to be used can take an age to complete. Don't be fooled by the speed at which the trial of this tool will find a four digit password - but nevertheless this one should get there .... eventually .... and in the case of an irreplaceable manuscript must be worth a try.

MAPILab - Produces a variety of useful add-ins for Outlook, in particular the Mail Merge Toolkit, is worthy of special mention as it overcomes many of the problems associated with e-mail merges in Word.

Office Tutorials - Another useful site with a raft of tips for Office users.

Patrick Schmid - Word 2007 Ribbon Customizer Fellow MVP Patrick was quick off the mark to produce a first class ribbon editor for Word 2007. He also hosts an excellent blog resource for Word 2007 users.

The Zjooj - Amongst other useful things on this unusually named web site, is a handy tool for setting the Word Places Bar in Word 2000. See also my own web page on editing the registry to achieve the same ends.

Undelete Professional - From the people who make the excellent Diskeeper (above), there is the interesting Undelete Professional, a tool which replaces the Windows Recycle Bin and makes it simple to recover those files that you deleted and wished you hadn't. In particular for Word users, it allows easy recover of the Word autorecovery (*.ASD) files that Word deletes when it thinks it no longer requires them.

Audio related links

Allen Reny - Another vinyl restoration enthusiast offers his approach to the task of transcribing vinyl recordings to CD..

CDR FAQ - This FAQ, contains more than you ever wanted to know about CDR and is usually updated about once a month. If you are looking at a version that is more than two or three months old, it may be an out-of-date copy.

CDRCue Sheet Editor - Used in conjunction with Exact Audio Copy or CDWAV, or on its own, this takes all the hard work out of editing audio cue sheets.

CDWAV - A tool for recording from the sound card and for splitting long WAV files into separate tracks.

dbPowerAmp - Integrates with Windows Explorer to provide right click conversion between the widest range of audio formats.

Exact Audio Copy - Arguably the best CD audio tool you can get.

Exact Audio Copy FAQ - Not everyone finds Exact Audio Copy easy to get along with. Here you will find the help missing from the application.

LAME - LAME Ain't an Mp3 Encoder says the web site - but it is and it's probably the best.

Monkeys Audio - The mp3 audio format will produce small file sizes, but at the cost of sound quality. Monkeys Audio provides a compressed audio format that does not destroy any part of the signal. It will integrate with dbPowerAmp, Exact Audio Copy and Winamp etc.

Wave Repair - Clive Backham's powerful editing tool for repairing WAV files.

More useful stuff

Belarc Advisor - Whilst looking for a simple utility that would report the software licence number for Word, I came across this magical system reporting utility that tells me far more about what is installed on my PC than I ever thought that I needed to know. This utility is outstanding - whether you want to know the CD key for Windows; or what software you have installed , and where; or which of the umpteen Windows hotfixes you have installed, and what they do; even down to the time you last logged on, this utility will tell you all of it and far far more. It's also free to download, so there's no excuse for not grabbing it while you can.

Easy Recovery Pro - Lost that important file? Hard disc crashed? You need software that will allow you to access the hard drive directly. This one from Ontrack is one of the best.

Mailwasher - Spam is the bane of the internet user's life, and if you use your real address in newsgroups you will be inundated with the stuff. This excellent application will help keep it in check. I wouldn't go on line without it.

Older Versions of Software - Software writers update constantly, but not everyone wants all the new bells and whistles, especially when, as in the case of (say) Winamp (2.81), Nero (5580), Real Player (8) or ACDSee (2.4) these older versions may work better than those that replace them. Find these old versions and loads more on this useful site.

Paphos Eating Out - A guide to restaurants in my home town, prepared by one of my neighbours.

Simple Sudoku - The game that has taken the world by storm. Now you can download the software to play on you PC or print puzzles to play when the PC is not available.

SnagIt - SnagIt is a superb and fully configurable Screen Capture utility (and much more) from Techsmith, used to produce the more recent screen shots and to enhance the older ones displayed on this site. Try the 30 day demo.

Startup Monitor - Check-up on those installations, legitimate or otherwise that add the requirement to run at start-up time. This tiny application will prevent those nasty surprises.

The Google Newsgroup Archive - If you don't know the Google search engine - where have you been? This is the best way to search newsgroup archives.

 

 

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