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== Double space ==
== Double space ==
[https://www.muo.com/how-to-double-space-in-word/ How to Double Space a Word Document]
[https://www.muo.com/how-to-double-space-in-word/ How to Double Space a Word Document]
== How to Remove Empty Lines ==
[https://www.howtogeek.com/724080/how-to-remove-empty-lines-from-a-word-document/ How to Remove Empty Lines from a Word Document]
== Hide spelling and grammar errors in Word ==
== Hide spelling and grammar errors in Word ==

Revision as of 14:43, 7 May 2021


ISO download

Download Office 2019, Office 365 & 2016 ISO Offline Installer. The download file is called ProfessionalRetail.img for Office 2016 Professional and ProPlus2019Retail.img for Office 2019 ProPlus.

How to Extend Office 2019/2016 & Office 365 Trial to 180 Days?

Office home use program (HUP)

Change languages

How to Change the Language in Microsoft Office 2016

Office 2016 Preview

https://products.office.com/en-us/office-2016-preview. Scheduled 9/22/2015.

The executables (EXCEL, WORD, ...) are located at C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16.

On Windows 10, I did not see Excel (Under 'E' or under 'M') at Startup menu. Under 'Microsoft Office 2016 Tools' in the start menu, I see Database Compare 2016, Office 2016 Language Pref..., Office 2016 Upload Center, Skype for Business Record..., Spreadsheet Compare 2016, Telemetry Dashboard for Office, Telemetry Log for Office 2016. I did see Word 2016, Publisher 2016, OneNote 2016, Outlook 2016 in the startup menu. Anyway, I can type excel.exe in the search box to launch Excel 2016.

Office 365

Office 365 is a subscription plan to current and future versions of Microsoft Office that offers other productivity services enabled over the internet (Cloud services) including Exchange Online - hosted email for business, and additional online storage with OneDrive for Business.


Can I write an equation? Not in Word for the web.

Adding equations to Google Slides. The strategy is to use the online Latex editor to create a math equation, download the file (say in SVG) and insert it into OneDrive/Google documentation. After I insert a picture (SVG file) on top of a diagram, I need to right click the diagram and choose 'Fill' and pick the white color (since the background color is not white). It works fine except I cannot edit the equation.

Intelligent Services

Make Office Work Smarter for You

macOS version

macOS will have another extra menu bar sits on atop/outside the office application. This Mac menu is less implemented in Microsoft Office. We can ignore that part depending on the applications. PowerPoint 2016 for Mac review: New interface and features make PowerPoint pleasant


Set up Outlook with Office 365

How to Configure Outlook for Mac for Office 365

How to Reduce the Size of Your Outlook Data File


Different panes


  • Navigation pane
  • Reading pane
    • Inbox/Message List pane: See microsoft.com on how to change the font size of the message list. Mail -> VIew -> Current View -> View Settings. Click 'Other Settings' -> Row Font or 'Conditional Formatting' -> one rule.
    • Preview pane
  • Calendar pane: See microsoft.com on how to keep the Calendar in Mail pane. Mouse over (not click) on Calendar located on bottom-left. Click the Pin button to dock it to the right edge of the Outlook window.

Change theme

File -> Options -> General. Select the drop-down list from the 'Color scheme'.

Change view: Messages vs Conversations

Go to View > Conversion.

On the web version, there is no menu bar. The same option is at Filter > Show as. We can also uncheck the option of 'Show Focused Inbox' from Filter.

How to increase the font size in the reading pane

Use ctrl + mouse scroll wheel. This will affect the current email message.

Or use the Magnification bar at the right-bottom corner (on the status bar). There is no way to lock the zoom level for all messages.

Garamond font


How to change all message font size

See this post. The con is the messages have to be converted to plain text (images in the email will not be shown).

Outlook 2010:

  1. Click File > Options > Trust Center (category) > Trust Center Settings... (button) > E-mail Security (category)
  2. Under 'Read as Plain Text', check the box next to 'Read all standard mail in plain text' > click OK once to return to Outlook Options.
  3. Click Mail (category) > Stationary and Fonts... (button).
  4. Under 'Composing and reading plain text messages', click Font... (button).
  5. Adjust the font size/settings as desired (how to you want to see new messages?) and click OK when done, then OK to exit the Signatures and Stationary window, and OK again to exit Outlook Options.

Note - You will have to click off of whatever email you had selected while changing the settings, then click back on it to see the changes you've made.

How to send an encrypted email

turn an Outlook message into an appointment or a task

Drag the message from the message list to the Calendar or Tasks shortcut near the bottom of the navigation pane.

New Meeting Request

Click Calendar first and you will see these two options. New appointment will be saved under my own calendar. New Meeting Request will let you to specify To, When, Where, and Subject.


Auto delete emails from meeting request

Calendar with email

How to Show a Google Calendar in Outlook

How to Show a Google Calendar in Outlook

Email Group

How to Create an Email Group and Distribution List in Outlook

Tag emails

How to Tag Your Emails For Maximum Searchability

Recurring emails

How to create a recurring e-mail message in Outlook

What's New


65536 rows limit and ? columns limit

Keyboard shortcuts in Excel

F2: edit the selected cell

(MacOS): Control + Option + two fingers on touchpad to Scroll Zoom in/out.

In-cell carriage returns

Alt + return

Autofit column width

  1. Select all ("CMD + a" OR "Ctrl + a")
  2. Menu -> Format -> AutoFit Column Width.

Plot Excel data


Sort data in Excel

  1. Select a range of columns
  2. Click Sort & Filter button and select 'Custom sort'. Select the header of 'Column' of "sort by". Click the OK button. Done

Remove password protection

Remove password protection from Excel sheets using R

Excel has detected that filename is a SYLK file but cannot load it

This problem occurs when the file that you’re trying to open has uppercase letters “I” and “D” as the first two characters.

For example, your file contains:

ID, Patient, Name
100, John, Smith
101, Mike, Doe

To fix it, either update ID to lower case “Id”, or you can add an apostrophe at the beginning of the first line of text.

Prevent auto convert to dates in Excel

Excel Options -> Advanced -> uncheck 'Enable AutoComplete for cell values'.

How to insert a line break in Excel cell

  • Windows: Ctrl + Enter.
  • Mac: Option + Enter

Insert a row

It can insert a row above, but not below. See How to insert a row below in Excel 2016

Creating macros

Save a macro-enabled workbook

Saving and Using an Excel 2010 Macro-Enabled Workbook. Excel adds the .xlsm extension to the filename.

Open two sheets side by side

Hidden worksheets

7 Fun & Weird Things You Can Create With Microsoft Excel



How to resize multiple cells to fit pictures quickly in Excel?

How to resize multiple cells to fit pictures quickly in Excel?. It works when I tested on Office 365 Excel on mac.

On mac, we can open VBA by fn + alt + F11 or Tools > Macro > VBA.

Sub ResizePictureCells()
For Each Picture In ActiveSheet.DrawingObjects
  PictureTop = Picture.Top
  PictureLeft = Picture.Left
  PictureHeight = Picture.Height
  PictureWidth = Picture.Width
  For N = 2 To 256
    If Columns(N).Left > PictureLeft Then
      PictureColumn = N - 1
      Exit For
    End If
  Next N

  For N = 2 To 65536
    If Rows(N).Top > PictureTop Then
      PictureRow = N - 1
      Exit For
    End If
  Next N

  Rows(PictureRow).RowHeight = PictureHeight
  Columns(PictureColumn).ColumnWidth = PictureWidth * (54.29 / 288)
  Picture.Top = Cells(PictureRow, PictureColumn).Top
  Picture.Left = Cells(PictureRow, PictureColumn).Left
Next Picture
End Sub

Another technique is to delete pictures. Strangely, 'delete' key does not work on picture objects. Method 1. Click 'F5' or 'fn + F5' on mac. Click 'Special' > check the Object option > OK. All pictures are selected in active worksheet. Press Delete key to delete all of them. Method 2. VBA

Sub DeleteAllPics()
Dim Pic As Object
For Each Pic In ActiveSheet.Pictures
Next Pic
End Sub

Excel print the header row on each page


  1. Click page layout tab on the ribbon
  2. Switch to the tab for Sheet and spot the section for Print titles. It hosts a row and a column option.
  3. In the 'Rows to repeat at top', enter '$1:$1'.


How to Print the Gridlines and Row and Column Headings in Excel


How to freeze a row/column or multiple rows/columns in Excel

For example, to freeze the first 2 rows: Select the 2nd row. View --> Freeze Panes.

A simpler way is to move the cursor to some cell, say R4C3. Then 'Freeze Panes' will freeze rows 1-3 and columns 1-2.

Excel Pivot Tables: How to create better reports


Paste multiple lines into one cell in Excel

3 Quick Methods to Paste Multiple Lines into One Cell in Your Excel Worksheet. The first method (double click the cell works).

Split paste text into multiple columns

Use Excel functionality to split the string

Highlight the column containing the data to be converted. Data -> Text to columns. This will call "Convert Text to Columns wizard".

If function


=if(exact(E2, "M"), 1, 0)  # Compare E2 cell and "M" string value, return 1 if TRUE.

Create a plan with Excel

How to Create a Marathon Training Plan With Excel

Excel Add-ins

Some favorites for you to try, and some are free

Remove green triangles

Windows: File > Options > Formulas > untick checkbox Enable background error checking.

Mac: Preferences > Error Checking > untick Turn on background error checking

Hide rows or columns

Split Screens, Freeze Frames, Quick Cut and Paste, Format Painter


Office Mobile

Free for devices less than 10.1 inch screen on Windows 10.

Screenshots from different MS-Excel

  • 2016. The quick access toolbar and menu have a green color as the background. The current selected menu item has white background color so its color is consistent with the Ribbon and the worksheets. The top-left has an 'X' icon as Office 2013.
  • 2013. The quick access toolbar and menu have a white color as the background. The current selected menu item has green background color.
  • 2007. The background color of quick access toolbar, menu and Ribbon is blue by default. There is a big circle Windows icon on the left-most quick access toolbar.
  • 2003 No Ribbon. No quick access toolbar and the location is used to show 'Microsoft Excel' and the file name.
  • 2002/XP or this one. It looks the same as 2000.
  • 2000 Simple.

Use a black color as background for easy reading on screens

On the ribbon go to "Page Layout" and then "Page Color" - select black.

How to Remove the Background From a Picture in Excel

How to Remove the Background From a Picture in Excel

Calendar Templates

The Best Free Microsoft Office Calendar Templates for the New Year

Google sheets

Create an Automatic Outline in Microsoft Excel

How to Create an Automatic Outline in Microsoft Excel



Two big menus

  • Table Design
  • Layout: adjust row hight/column width, insert rows/columns, ...

4 Steps for Good-looking Tables in a Presentation

How to Fill Text Color With an Image in Microsoft PowerPoint


How to Convert PowerPoint Slides to Flashcards for Better Study Results


Powerpoint Presenter View

  • https://youtu.be/XKRcTw2ATek The screen has to be extended instead of duplicated.
    • LibreOffice Impress also support presenter screen. Presenter can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+2 to view notes on RHS of your own screen and Ctrl+3 to get an overview of all slides and Ctrl+1 to switch back to the normal view (just see the next slide in PC's screen).
    • LibreOffice Impress screenshots (no need to install anything extra at least on Ubuntu 16.04 and actually no need to remember the keyboard shortcuts)
  • Presenter View in PowerPoint
  • How to Add and Print PowerPoint With Speaker Notes
  • Presenter View in Google Slides. Just click in the text box beneath the main slide area to type your notes, or go to Tools > Voice type speaker notes, click the mic button and start dictating. Your notes will be viewable by only when you select “presenter view” from the Present drop-down menu.

How to Black (or White) Out a PowerPoint Presentation


How to Prevent PowerPoint from Automatically Resizing Text


How to Dim the Appearance of Text in PowerPoint

How to Dim the Appearance of Text in PowerPoint

Aligning Objects Between PowerPoint Slides

How to Blur an Image in PowerPoint


How to Insert an Image Inside of Text in PowerPoint


Insert a right curly bracket

  • Insert and Format Shapes and Lines in Word 2019 - Office 365
  • My note on Office 365
    1. Insert (Office menu, not the menu bar in OS) -> Shape -> Pick the right curly brace shape
    2. Select the curly brace object. Click the 'Shape Format' menu. Click the 'outline' icon (right next to the 'shape fill'). Then pick a color and change/increase the weight

How to Create a Timeline in Microsoft PowerPoint


Designer Tool

How To Use The PowerPoint Designer Tool – 10+ PowerPoint Design Ideas For Presentations

Slide master and Design Template

How to Copy a PowerPoint Design Template to Another Presentation

How to Record Your Screen With Microsoft PowerPoint


How to Make a Poster Using Microsoft PowerPoint


How to Make a Flowchart in PowerPoint


Remove background

How to Remove the Background from a Picture in Microsoft PowerPoint

Track Changes in a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

How to Track Changes in a Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation

Progress bar

How to Create a Progress Bar in Microsoft Powerpoint

PDF and PowerPoint

5 Ways to Add a PDF Into a PowerPoint Presentation

Google Slides

Create videos

See Video -> PowerPoint.

Webex and presenter's note

How to properly present PowerPoint slides in Webex Meetings. However I don't have PPT Notes option on my mac's Webex; I only see Notes.


Read to you

5 Ways to Make Your Computer Read Documents to You

Double space

How to Double Space a Word Document

How to Remove Empty Lines

How to Remove Empty Lines from a Word Document

Hide spelling and grammar errors in Word

How to Hide Spelling and Grammar Errors in a Specific Word Document

How to Add and Remove Comments in Word

How to Add and Remove Comments in Word

Rotate a page in Word files

3 Microsoft Word Formatting Tricks You Should Really Know

Avoid change simple quote ' to smart quote ’ (autoformatting) in Word

Uncheck two options in Options -> Proofing -> Autoformatting.

8 MS Word Templates That Help You Brainstorm & Mind Map Your Ideas Quickly


How to use Word to create holiday cards and other projects


Avoid broken hyperlinks from web address containing space


Track changes and comments

How to make sure all the changes have been accepted or rejected and all comments have been removed?

How to Make a Dot Grid Paper Template in Microsoft Word

How to Make a Dot Grid Paper Template in Microsoft Word

Google Docs

How to Hide or Remove Comments in Google Docs


Flow Charts

To create a flow chart in Word,

  1. View > Gridlines
  2. Insert > Shape/Line or Text Box

Note that though I can create flowcharts in Word or PowerPoint, I can not export the flowchart to a png file from Word or PowerPoint on my Mac. So I end up using LightShot to take a screenshot.

But Word highlights words with mis-spelling:( The fix that, click 'Review' > Spelling and Grammar. Click 'Ignore' for every words it finds.


How to Make a Flowchart in PowerPoint


  • It has an online and offline (open source) versions.
  • For offline uses, it has a docker version too.
  • The default file extension is an XML. We can export the graph to PNG, SVG among others formats.
  • It includes several templates to use.
  • Manual & tutorials
  • The connector can be created directly from the shape itself through the blue triangle; see Tutorial 1: Creating a Diagram
  • To create a text within an object, just double click it. To create a text outside objects, double click somewhere and start to enter the text. After that, just move the text to the location we want.
  • It supports layers. Click View > Layers. The Layers panel/menu will be shown up.
    • The default one is a 'Background'.
    • If we add a new layer, the new layer will be shown on top of the 'Background' in Layers panel. It also uses light blue color to highlight the currently working layer.
    • Small triangle next to each layer in the Layers menu allows users to move a layer to 'Back' or 'Front' relative to its neighbor layer. Of course, the top layer cannot go 'Front' and the bottom layer (eg Background) cannot go 'Back'.
    • Use the checkbox to hide/show layers.
  • Even in the same layer, we can move an object to back or front.
  • There are different categories of shapes to use.
    • The default one is 'General'.
    • Misc category includes lists, tables, linked text, curly bracket, et al
    • Flowchart category.
    • Arrows category
    • Android, iOS, ...