Shortcuts


Shortcuts
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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Because of the volume of mail, we regret that we cannot individually answer submitted questions. However, if a reader’s question has broad interest, we will answer it in a forthcoming Technology Q&A column.

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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