Friday, August 8, 2014

How I add an arrow sign in Word for my kindle book

Spent the past hour or two trying to figure out how to add an arrow sign for my kindle book and came up with this extremely low tech solution ...


Though low tech, it works on the majority of the Kindle hardware.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Strange codes on word printout?

Just encountered this issue. The text in word looks all fine in side the program.

However, when I try to print the document out, I am faced with code, or field codes more specifically. Moreover, when printing the document out, it's the same gibberish codes that got printed.

Ended up, this is because I must have checked on the "Print Field Codes instead of their value" previously when attempting to troubleshoot something else.

The issue is easy to resolve.
1. In word, click on File->Options
2. Inside of the Word Options window, click on Advanced.
3. Under the "Advanced pptions for working with Word," scroll down to Print and uncheck "Print field codes instead of their values."

C'est ça! Bon Chance!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Set up Canon Pixma printer when the router has no WPS button

I went to get a new D-LINK DIR-612 router today because the old router is really dead since I can't seem to be able to wake it up. Setting the wireless network up was a breeze.

The problem came when I was trying to connect the Canon Pixma printer to the wireless network, as directed by the running text on the screen of the printer "Press WPS button for about 5 seconds ..." while this model doesn't come with a WPS button.

Ended up, this is a step I can skip by simply pressing the "Stop" button on the printer.

After pressing the "Stop" button, I saw something like the following screen about Standard setup.

After pressing OK, the printer search automatically for access points near-by and all that I had to do was to use the arrow keys (or not) to locate my wireless network and press OK again.

Since it's a secured Wifi, it then ask me to entire the passphrase. When it's entered, mission seemingly impossible is completed ... setting up Canon Pixma printer when the router has no WPS button (while the printer asked for it).

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Missing Quick style function in Picture Tools (Format) in Word?

I inserted the same picture in two word documents and was given different types of format tools.

 One has the quick style selection under the Picture Tools (Format) tab.

One doesn't have it.

After monkeying around, I realize that, in order to see the picture tools, you need to use the "Insert Picture" function provided by word as opposed to dragging the picture in directly onto the document.

C'est ca!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Continuous Section Break turned into Next Page Section Break?

In order for me to use show different text on the odd and even pages, I had to create a lot of section breaks, with some "Continuous" ones and others, "Next Page."

Unfortunately, there was this one "Continuous" section break that stubbornly insists on turning itself into a "Next Page" section break. After testing all around, I found out that the footnote in the next paragraph was the culprit.

So I found out that if I remove footnote 146 in the pix above, the continuous section break will function the way it is supposed to be.

Though it might not be the most elegant way to tackle it, at least this workaround serve the purpose for me and help me answer the question, "Why on earth is this happening to me?" 8-X

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Automatically updating cross-reference info in footnote or endnote

If you insert document information using the cross-reference function of MS word, information such as page number or heading title could be inserted automatically in the main texts or in the footnote/endnote section.

You have to be careful though because the automatically inserted information such as page number does not get updated "automatically" after you make changes to the file.  To demonstrate it to you, I deleted the first 10 pages of my file but the information in the footnote remained the same.

It's easy to get the issue resolve.

First, put the cursor inside of the footnote section and select all (ctrl+A).
Second, press F9 and a window will pop up warning you that the action is irreversible.

After you press yes, the information will get refreshed, and the updated and correct information will be shown.

So ... select all and F9. That's it.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Canon PowerShot Communication Error?

Tried to connect my PowerShot SX280 HS to the computer and saw this error message at the bottom of the screen: "Communication Error."

Apparently, when it happens, it's because there are more than 1000 pictures on (the disk of) your camera. What you have to do to get the pictures downloaded is to either using a card reader to get the pictures off or making sure there are less than 1000 pictures.

An issue known by Canon.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

150 Mbps vs. 300 Mbps in router language?

Learn something about routers today after realizing a question I had no idea before.

So I went to find a replacement router for this old one I am using, which was atama-shorto when it was given to me by my sis. This is the first time for me to purchase a router since all the routers I have used so far (at least for over a decade) were given to me or lent to me.

When browsing through the routers today, I saw these familiar things like 150 Mbps, 300 Mbps, etc.  Instinctively, yours illiterate associated the numbers with the connection speed I get from my ISP and thought these terms as the bottleneck to the imaginary terabyte (keep the change) connection speed my computer is connected to the world with (The reality is: 4M/1M. Forget about terabyte. Long gone were the days of merely gigabyte. Oops lol).

Ended up, one of the vendor kindly let me know the misconception I have about the router-ly 150 Mbps, etc. I figure, what that number of 150 tells you is how much data can be transmitted within the wireless network created by the router. Of course, the capacity of your wireless card is one of the determining factors on whether that might data could be transferred.  Also, just because your router is capable of doing the 150 Mbps thing doesn't mean that your connection speed to the internet out there is 150 Mbps. Why? Well, the download/upload speed of my internet connection provided by my ISP is supposed to be 4M/1M. (Please verify the info provided in the previous link and check this post for the differences between binary and numerical systems).

To end my mumbo-jumbos short of throughput for the day, please check the following for more info concerning Wifi speed and frequency--with netgear products as examples.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Endnote, Where did the label for citations in my word document go?

Oopsy ... so long a title, although it's an issue I came across and was sort of driving me nuts: the inconsistency in the Endnote interface.

I know Endnote had given me this label under "All References" before. However, it seems to reveal itself to me at its own will, if not leisure.

For instance, in the following snapshot, the label is gone.

Ended up, the reality might have been related to the fact that I turned Instance Formatting Off.

All that I had to do was to click "Update Citation and Bibliography" and wait patiently for the programs to do whatever they need to do and to take however amount of time.

Afterwards, voila, I was not seeing things nonexisting (though I have done that before lol 8-X)! Endnote does give me info on the citations in my word documents!

C'est ca! Hope it helps!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Reassign a new style to texts with the same style

Found a solution to style-sheet-related problem, which almost led me to through my ratology book out of the window.

If you say, "What's the big deal? Just select the texts and reapply the style!" Check the 16-page Table of Content file, which is generated based the heading info. I surely don't have the life to check through the whole book and to verify the headings that, when put in a file, is 16 pages long.

I would have loved to find an interface, which would allow me to change the codes associated with the styles directly ... like replace "Heading 61" with "Heading 6." Unfortunately, my understand of word is not so superb. I did find a way out to identify the irregulars and found a way to reassign a new style to multiple items of the same style.

In a nutshell, I changed the spec of Heading 61 so that it's style is based on the built-in Heading 6. Then, I revert Heading 61 to Heading 6 and deleted the style of Heading 61.

Following shows you how I got it done step-by-step.

1. Show the Style Area Pane in either Draft or Outline document view.
2. Launch the Style window.  You might also to first identify which headings seem irregular. (This is none-essential to the task but if you click on the heading in the Style Area Pane, it shows you the associated text in the Outline view.)

3. In this example, I will show you how I apply heading 6 to all items affiliated with Heading 61. In order to do it, I find Heading 61 in the Style window, click on the arrow on the right-hand side, and select Modify from the drop-down menu.

4. The Modify Style window opens. In this scenario (though don't know about yours), the style of Heading 61 was based on "no style."

5. What I have to do is to assign the built-in Heading 6 as the style it's based on by selecting Heading 6 from the drop-down menu.  Click OK to close the Modify Style window.

6. After the Modify Style window is closed, the change of the style for Heading 61 is reflected in the Style window. Then, click on the arrow to the right of Heading 61 to show the drop-down menu, click on "Revert to Heading 6...".

7. A window pops up asking whether I want to delete Heading 61. If you want to keep the style associated with Heading 61, you surely can save a copy of it.  As for me, I will gladly click on OK.

8. Once I click OK, the pop-up window will close, Heading 61 deleted from the Style window (and the stylesheet), and all items previously applied with Heading 61 is now reassign to the style of Heading 6.

C'est ca!

Show Style Area Pane in World 2010

How do you show the styles you have applied to your writing in plain sight as opposed to clicking on everything and check each individually through the Style Window?

It could be done through the "Style Area Pane."

Following is the step-by-step instruction.

1. Click on File and Options.

2. Inside of the "Word Options" window, click "Advanced" and scroll down to the "Display" section. Change the value of "Style area pane width in Draft and Outline views" to something larger than 0. In this example, I have changed to 1". Click "OK" at the lower right side to save the change and close the window.

3. Please be reminded that the Style area pane can only be seen in Draft and Outline views. If you are not viewing your document under either views, make sure you click on the View tab and switch to either "Outline" or "Draft" type of document view.

4. In this example, I elected to view the document using the Outline view. The area on the left-hand side is the Style Area Pane showing the heading styles I have applied to the outlines.

C'est ca!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Finding where "MS Word endnotes" are in main body?

Not quite sure whether the heading really describes what I means.

Essentially, I am working on an over 400-page document with over 100 endnotes (the MS Word footnote and endnote kind of endnote as opposed to the citation program Endnote kind of endnote).

I had great difficulties figuring out how to find the endnotes in text.

Ended up, it's as simple as a clicking an existing button in the MS word interface.

1. Select the endnote and click on the "References" tab and click on the "Show Notes" icon.

2. Abracadabra! Word now shows you where the note is in text.

3. Now that you are in the main text and you want to see the endnote, what do you do to get to that specific note?  Click on the "Show Notes" icon again.

C'est ca!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Adding keyboard shortcuts to MS Word 2010: Accept Change and Advance

I have had to work with the tracking function of Word 2010 since I started to work with editors proofreading my bad English. oops.

Since it was too much of a hassle (2 mouse clicks) to get to the icon called "Accept Change and Advance," I decided to create a keyboard shortcut instead.

Following is the process it took for me to get the shortcut created:

Step 1. Click on the "File" tab and "Option." The "Word Options" window will pop up.

Step 2. Inside of the "Word Options" window, click on "Customize Ribbon" selection.

Step 3. When the functions for "Customize Ribbon" load on the screen, click on the button of "Customize" next to Keyboard shortcuts and the "Customize Keyboard" window will open.

Step 4. Inside of the "Customize Keyboard" window, once you select the category of "All Commands" (or "Review Tab" on the left, commands will be shown on the right side.  Look for the "AcceptChangeAndAdvance" as one of the command selections.  Then, place the cursor inside of the box under "Press new shortcut key:", press the shortcut key you want to use and click on the "Assign" button.  In my scenario, I selected "Alt+Q" since it is a combination not affiliated with any command.

Step 5. Once you click the "Assign" button, it will be reflected under the textbox under the title of "Current Keys."  Click the "Close" button and that's it!

Another keyboard shortcut I created and used frequently was "Reject Change and Advance."  I assigned the combination of "Alt+P" for this command.  Essentially, under Step 4, scroll through the list and search for "Reject Change and Advance" command and assigned the shortcut key "Alt+P" instead.

C'est ca!  Bon Chance and have fun!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Canon SX280 HS video files not downloaded! 8-O

After the Turkey Day, I finally got my grandpa canon its replacement... the Canon SX280 HS with 20x optical zooming capacity!

Though I have been roaming around like a road runner, who can run not, taking pictures and video clips using the new kid in town, Canon SX280 HS, my work got my too tight up to even check the pictures that I have taken.

After making the section section of my book public yesterday afternoon, I looked outside of the window and realized that it snowed.  Finding it quite synchronous an event, I decided to take a video clip of the snow... that's how I identified an issue I otherwise would not have been able to find out for God knows how much longer a time... none of the video files were downloaded.

Ended up, what happened was that instead of upgrading to ImageBrowser EX, which didn't work too well on this machine in the sense that it took forever to launch the program, I continued to use ZoomBrowser EX program (and the affiliated media downloading components).

Unfortunately, ZoomBrowser EX seemed to have problem seeing the video files recorded using Canon SX280 HS. It might have something to do with the fact that Canon SX280 HS, by default, saves the video clips as mp4 file instead of avi files, like what Grandpa Canon did.  Not quite sure but don't really have to time to figure out what the exact reason might be for you.

One thing I know is that after I got the ImageBrowser EX installed, the video files were also downloaded successfully!

Granted, there might be different ways to get the issue resolved such as using different means to get the digital files downloaded.  It's just one way I use to get the issue of incomplete file download addressed.

Regardless, I just want you to make sure all files are downloaded if you have a newer generation camera and decide to continue using ZoomBrowser EX.

Presented to you... nothing fancy... the first video clip I downloaded successfully!