Outlook: To customize the number of days visible in your calendar, press Alt and any number between 1 and 10. So to see an eight-day span, press Alt+8. For this tip to work, you must use the number keys on the keyboard, not the numeric keypad.

Explorer: When you copy, save or perform any other function within Explorer, it won’t always immediately display the change unless you refresh the display by pressing F5.

Word: Although you can select text by holding down the left mouse button and dragging the mouse, there is an even quicker, more accurate way. Position your cursor where you want the selection to begin. As you hold down the Shift key, move the mouse to the point where you want it to end and then left-click one time.

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On occasion you may find that you cannot implement a function I describe in this column. More often than not it’s because not all functions work in every operating system or application. I try to test everything in the 2000 and XP editions of Windows and Office. It’s virtually impossible to test them in all editions and it’s equally difficult to find out which editions are incompatible with a function. I apologize for the inconvenience.


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