Excel conversion steps

I know that some, if not all, of you have experienced entering data into Excel spreadsheets only to find that the information that you entered “disappears” or you notice multiple “conflict” files created for the spreadsheet. While there are a number of possible causes, after researching the problem more I believe that the cause has been found (at least I’m 90% confident). What causes Excel files to get overwritten? Here’s a brief explanation of the operation and cause to help you understand. When Excel (or for that matter Word or PowerPoint) opens a file for editing or viewing it creates…

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Many of you are aware that Microsoft has announced that Windows Live Mesh will be “turned off” on February 13th, 2013.  While SkyDrive really has some nice features, there are several features missing from SkyDrive that are in Live Mesh: SkyDrive is not a true better replacement for Live Mesh.  In fact, you are going to lose some loved capabilities. What Mesh features you loose with SkyDrive One of the capabilities that you are going to lose is peer file synchronization between your computers, and the computers of others that you are sharing with.  Specifically, with SkyDrive you are going…

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OneNote 2013 crash on startup I hate it when a good app goes bad, and that’s just what happened to me a couple of times now with OneNote 2013.  If you’ve been using OneNote (or ON as I like to call it – gotta have that abbreviation) then you know what a great app it is.   A number of months ago OneNote would crash within ten seconds of starting up.  I found the resolution to it and moved on. However, it just happened to me again so I thought I would jot a quick note; maybe it will help you…

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For quite a few years now we Windows users have been trained to access the power options (shutdown, sleep, hibernate) via the little “Start” button in Windows.  For those of you who remember when that concept was first introduced, there was a lot of commenting on how illogical placing the power options on the Start button.  It just seemed illogical; turn off your computer by clicking Start… Well, I can’t be sure, but maybe Microsoft took note of that and moved the power options off the start button.  The thing is, they did it after we have all been trained to…

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Ok, Microsoft has two major mail clients – the kind that you run in Windows rather than access from the web using a browser.  I’ve often wondered if the free mail client that comes with Windows Live services, Windows Live Mail (WLM), could replace the onerous Outlook Mail that comes with Microsoft Office. Bottom line:  Yes, I think that for quite a few people the Windows Live Mail client will do just awesome.  But there are differences between the clients, and Outlook is definitely more powerful, so you will have to look at your situation.  Here’s what some of the…

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I use Windows Live to manage the email for my domain, NormSash.com.  But one day after making some DNS changes I noticed the warning Service Suspended in my Live Domain Admin screen.   I modified the DNS MX records per the instructions at Windows Live Help, but when I perform a DNS lookup for the MX records I see the proper values returned. All the help requests to Windows Live Help simply said to configure the DNS MX records per the instructions… um, thanks, but that isn’t much help. Ok, this is getting frustrating and I’m not getting any help telling…

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I was having problems with Windows Live Writer being able to update the theme.  I tried almost everything I could think of: changing to/from static pages, performing a quick post then immediate update, deleting the account and setting it up again, etc.   Nothing I tried seemed to work. As I ware browsing the internet for solutions one of the articles from Microsoft caught my attention.  In it was this little verbiage (full link to this problem is via the title link below): The theme used for editing your blog posts could not be downloaded When you click Refresh theme on…

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Why my pictures would not center in my blog. The pictures I was placing in my blog would not center if they were placed side by side even if I set the paragraph style to centered or set the picture alignment to center. When Windows Live Writer applies a paragraph style to center it sets the in-line HTML <p> properties to <p align="center">.  Note that Live Writer uses the old (deprecated)  align term rather than the now standard style="text-align: center" format. In my blog template the CSS properties for <p> was set to text-align: center; Apparently the align in-line property…

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