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Fri
23
Nov
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Being Phished? What to do!

Do you think you've been a victim of a phishing scam? First of all, don't call or write us here at Infopackets! Unfortunately, we can't do anything for you, other than tell others to be careful! But here are some things you can do that will help ... ... Phishing is done through email and it is a big problem. In the past year alone, I have received thousands of emails that included huge lottery winnings from just about everyone in Europe, folks that were dying from cancer, car and plane crashes, and, of all things, tooth decay, part time job offers, and all sorts of "official" messages from ... (view more)

Wed
21
Nov
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Was Secret Backdoor In New Encryption Standard Put There By The NSA?

In a recent article written by Bruce Schneier, noted cryptographer from e-media mag Wired.com, the author examines the research (PDF) of security experts Niels Ferguson and Dan Shumow, presenters at the CRYPTO 2007 conference this past August. ... Ferguson and Shumow suggest that an algorithm for generating random numbers included in an official standard document (PDF) by the National Institute of Standards and Technology ( NIST ) contains a weakness that can only be described as a backdoor . Earlier this year the U.S. government released a new official standard for random-number generators that ... (view more)

Fri
15
Dec
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How Do I Make Page Numbers Appear as Text in MS Word?

A reader recently asked me how make page numbers appear in the footer of her document as text, rather than as numerals. It took some research, but I found an answer. So, if you ever need to have your page numbers appear as text, follow the steps ... below. View | Headers and Footers. Once you are in either the Header or Footer: Press CTRL | F9 to insert field braces {} (don't type the braces yourself). Type page \*cardtext between the field braces. Press F9 to hide the field code and to update the field. The word "card" in cardtext is an abbreviation of cardinal. Cardinal numbers are ... (view more)

Fri
27
Oct
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Calculate Values in a Table: MS Word

When you have a list of numbers and you want to show totals, you don't need to start Windows' built-in Calculator to total them. MS Word can calculate totals and averages and do other simple calculations. If the numbers change, you'll need to update ... the calculations, though. Place the insertion point in a blank cell below or to the right of the numbers you want to total. To do so: Click the AutoSum (looks like a sideways letter M) button on the Tables and Borders toolbar to calculate totals automatically. Choose Table | Formula to make other types of calculations instead. This reveals the ... (view more)

Tue
24
Oct
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Manage Numeric Data in Tables: MS Word

Tables are often used to convey sets of numbers, whether times, dates, dollars, or quantities. Even with Table AutoFormat in MS Word, displaying numbers properly is not always easy. For example, you have to be sure to align a column of numbers on ... their decimal points. You may want to sort items in ascending (A-Z, 0-9) or descending order (A-A, 9-0). Also, if you have numbers totaled, you want to be sure to display the correct total, even if you change the figures. Numbers often give the heart of the message in a concise, exact way. Using tables to display figures is a good idea, because the ... (view more)

Thu
21
Sep
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Automatic Numbering: Double Digit Woes: MS Word

One of the biggest complaints I get from readers is that they can't use automatic numbering in word because once you get to double digits, the numbers don't line up correctly. Well I guess this is just going to make your day because I am going to ... tell you how to remedy that particular problem. The reason that the double digits change the indentation after the numbers is because the extra digit pushes the text to the next tab setting and it doesn't look pretty. To fix the spacing, move the first tab -- along with the hanging indent -- a bit to the right. Highlight all the numbered text and ... (view more)

Wed
02
Aug
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Use AutoFill: MS Excel

After you've built a budget for a single period of time, you often have to repeat the process for several other time periods, say the next month, quarter or year. MS Excel provides the AutoFill feature to copy text, numbers and formulas to adjacent ... cells. You can also use the feature to create a sequence. AutoFill saves you the trouble of typing the same text, numbers and formulas repeatedly. Copy Data The active cell is surrounded by a bold rectangle, and on the lower-right corner is a small black square called the fill handle. Select the cell you want to copy. Place the mouse pointer over ... (view more)

Thu
27
Jul
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Apply Currency and Comma Formats: MS Excel

You can create a budget in MS Excel and track your expenses. To make your budget more readable, you must format it, or change its appearance. To do this, you can click buttons on the Formatting toolbar. If you've used Word or PowerPoint, several of ... these buttons are already familiar to you. You can: Widen columns so that all the text appears. Add dollar signs to help the reader know you are talking about money, and add commas to make it easy to read numbers over 1,000. Make some headings stand out by making them bold or italic, and separate numbers from the total by underlining. The ... (view more)

Thu
13
Jul
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Insert Excel Worksheet Cells: MS Word

You don't have to have two separate pages, one from MS Word and one from Excel, to display text and numbers in your document. This is because Word and Excel are built to work together, so that you can seamlessly bring your data from Excel into Word. ... Using Excel to generate your numeric data opens the door to more sophisticated calculations and numeric formatting. You can use all the features of Excel for making calculations, rather than being limited to the few formulas available on Word's Table | Formula command. Copying between Excel and Word uses the same techniques you know already: Open ... (view more)

Tue
04
Jul
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Enter Numbers, Dates and Time: MS Excel

When entering numbers in Excel you can type the numbers into a cell by using the keys on the top row of the keyboard or, if Num Lock is turned on, by using the keypad on the right side of the keyboard. To do so, follow the steps below: Type the ... numbers in the cell and press Enter. If you type decimals, such as 1.5000, Excel often eliminates the trailing zeros and displays 1.5. Note that another future article will tell you how to control this. You can also type dollar signs, commas, or percent signs, and Excel displays them with the numbers. Even when you type these symbols, Excel interprets ... (view more)

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