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My Wish List for Apple iPhone OS 4.0

23/01/2010

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Nokia E71 – Exchange Password Reset

21/01/2010

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Scan to Evernote (without Fujitsu ScanSnap)

16/01/2010

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Excel 2007 Hyperlink Limitation

13/01/2010

For a couple of years now I’ve been pulling IT service desk statistics into a spreadsheet and setting up worksheets to break down and analyse the data in various ways.  The number of worksheets has subsequently grown a significant amount and I wanted to create a front worksheet that contained hyperlinks to and brief descriptions for each of the subsequent worksheets.

This is straight forward to do in Excel.  Press CTRL+K to bring up the hyperlink dialog and select the “Place in this document” set and then just select the worksheet you want the hyperlink to link to.  The issue I discovered was that this really does only apply to worksheets.  I had several chart sheets inserted into the workbook and these were not being listed in the hyperlink options.

As a result I’ve copied the charts from each of the chart sheets and pasted them as items on new worksheets.  An inelegant solution, but a practical one that doesn’t involve adding a macro to do the job.

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Finding the size of a Microsoft Office 2007 file

10/01/2010

Prior to Microsoft Office 2007 (MSO2007), office provided a quick and simple way to find out just how big your file was.  This was done by selecting the properties option from the file menu which then displayed the same file properties dialog box that you could select from the file in Windows Explorer.

In MSO2007 the information is still available, but has been annoyingly ‘hidden’ somewhat deeper in the application.  In fact it is so awkwardly hidden that I know many people have not come across how to access it … so I thought I’d share.

Along with the menu item click options I’ve included the accelerator / shortcut keys to help make this as quick as possible.

  1. Select the ‘Office button’ [ALT+F].
  2. Select the ‘Prepare’ menu item [Press E].
  3. Select the ‘Properties’ menu item [Press P].
  4. In the ‘Document Properties’ section that appears, click the title (“Document Properties”) of the section to reveal a drop down list containing just one item – ‘Advanced Properties’.  Select this item to display the file properties.

NB: Please keep in mind that until you save a file, the properties window will not provide a file size though other file properties may be populated.

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Evernote Keyboard Shortcuts

09/01/2010

I was going to spend some time today compiling a list of keyboard shortcuts for Evernote.  I’d had a look around some time ago and been unable to find much out there, but before I began I thought I’d have another check.  This time I found a link to a PDF on site mistywindows.com that does a superb job of describing the available shortcut keys.

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Get Value from the Text Function in Excel

07/01/2010

I’ve been doing a little bit more work with some spreadsheets recently and I came across a situation where I needed to work with a date and carry out a comparison to a string of text.  My first attempt fell short as it wouldn’t get the value I wanted, but Excel’s TEXT() function came to my rescue.

The issue came about like this.  I wanted to take a date in the format “dd/mm/yyyy” in one cell and display it in a short date format of “mmm-yy” in the cell next to it.

e.g.  “07/01/2010” in cell A1 and “Jan-10” in the neighbouring cell A2.

My original approach was to set the second cell to pick up the value of the first.  So taking the example above A1 would contain “07/01/2010” and cell A2 would contain a formula “=A1”.  I then set the formatting on cell A2 to a custom format “mmm-yy”.

I next wanted to check if cell A2 was equal to “Jan-10”.  This was where the issue arose as although cell A2 displays “Jan-10” its value is actually “07/01/2010″ … the value in cell A1.

The solution was to set the formatting of the A2 cell back to ‘general’ and then change its formula to… =TEXT(A1,”mmm-yy”)

The value of cell A2 is then “Jan-10”.

For me this highlights the difference between the content (what is typed into the cell, i.e. the formula), the value (what the formula evaluates to), and what is displayed (the value can be formatted to change how the user sees it on screen/printed).