Excel: To quickly select a range of cells, click in the first cell, hold down the Shift key and click in the last cell. This will select the first and last cells and all the cells in between.
Word: An easy way to remove borders around the cells in tables is to press Ctrl+Alt+U right after inserting the table.
Internet Explorer: To return to your home page, press F6 to highlight the Address Bar and type two periods (..). A reader recently suggested an even better way: Alt+Home. If you have a home page icon on your toolbar, that will work, too.
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