Explorer: To go to your home page quickly, press F6 to highlight the Address Bar and then type two periods (..) there. Hitting the Enter key then takes you home.

Excel: To delete a cell—not just the contents of a cell—highlight the doomed cell and press Ctrl+- (that’s Ctrl and a minus sign). The selected cell will disappear and the adjacent cells will shift to fill the empty space.

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On occasion you may find 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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