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Use AutoSum: MS Excel

Suppose your Excel worksheet has a long list of numbers to add. You can sum them instantly using Excel's AutoSum feature. Don't count on your fingers or pull out a calculator; Excel can calculate more quickly and accurately. Even more importantly, ... whenever a number changes, Excel instantly recalculates and displays the corrected sum. You can use either of these two methods to total the numbers using Excel: Click the cell below the list to make it the active cell. Click the AutoSum button. Excel surrounds the cells it thinks you want to total with a moving border. Press Enter or click the ... (view more)

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Aligning at a Decimal: MS PowerPoint

Many presentations involve slides containing numbers. They could be financial figures, measurements or other key indicators. If these figures include decimals, they should be aligned at the decimal point. In this manner, your audience can easily ... compare numbers by looking at the figures to the left and right of the decimal point. Having said that: the default alignment when you use the Tab key is left alignment of the starting number. Some people try to use leading spaces to attempt to create decimal alignment, but it never works properly and looks strange to your audience when the numbers ... (view more)

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Insert Page Breaks: MS Word

As documents grow longer and extend past one page, MS Word automatically calculates how much room is available and starts a new page when needed (keeping widows, orphans, and other text flow options in mind). MS Word also allows you to specify where ... to begin a new page by inserting a hard page break where you want one. Sometimes you only need a short page, such as a cover page, or perhaps you want to start a new part of the text on a new page. You wouldn't want to have to press Enter repeatedly, just to force Word to insert a page break. Instead, you want to control where page breaks occur. ... (view more)


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