Posts Tagged With: MS Office

Tech Tip #64: Reset Default Font

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: If you’re like me, you don’t like MS Office 2007 or 2010’s default font of Calibri, size 11 with a double space between paragraphs. Here’s how you fix that:

  • Type a couple of paragraphs in any document
  • Highlight what you typed and right clicktemplate ms word
  • Select font
  • Change the font to what you prefer. In my case, it’s TNR 12
  • Click the Default button on the lower left and approve that this is, in fact, how you’d like a future documents to be formatted when opening a new document. If it asks whether you want this for future documents, say Yes.
  • Now right click again and select Paragraph
  • Make sure Line Spacing is single (or double if you’re following MLS)
  • Go to Spacing and make sure both Before and After show 0 pts.
  • Click Default

That’s it. The next time you open a document in MS Word, it will open with this revised formatting.

Questions you want answered? Leave a comment here and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

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Tech Tip #37: My MS Word Toolbar Disappeared

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q:  My tools for formatting disappeared from the top of my MS Word (2003). Where’d they go and what do I do?

A:  They do disappear at times, for no good reason. Here’s the simple fix:

  • Right-click in the toolbar area at the top.
  • Select Format or Standard.
  • Make sure they’re checked. That’s where 99% of your tools live.
  • This is true in all MS Office software
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Where Tech Can Take Students

One of my students did an MS commercial. I taught him K-5 and now in 8th grade. I’d like to take credit for his tech brain, but I think it’s just him.

Watch this:

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Tech Tip #64: Reset Default Font

tech tips

In my fifteen years of teaching and tutoring tech, I’ve seen everything–and come up with solutions for most of it. I’ll share those with you. My goal: That students (of all ages) feel empowered not frightened by technology, that it is fun not frustrating. These tips will get you there with you and your kids.

Q: If you’re like me, you don’t like MS Office 2007 or 2010’s default font of Calibri, size 11 with a double space between paragraphs. Here’s how you fix that:

  • Type a couple of paragraphs in any document
  • Highlight what you typed and right clicktemplate ms word
  • Select font
  • Change the font to what you prefer. In my case, it’s TNR 12
  • Click the Default button on the lower left and approve that this is, in fact, how you’d like a future documents to be formatted when opening a new document. If it asks whether you want this for future documents, say Yes.
  • Now right click again and select Paragraph
  • Make sure Line Spacing is single (or double if you’re following MLS)
  • Go to Spacing and make sure both Before and After show 0 pts.
  • Click Default

That’s it. The next time you open a document in MS Word, it will open with this revised formatting.

Questions you want answered? Leave a comment here and I’ll answer it within the next thirty days.

To sign up for Tech Tips delivered to your email, click here.

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Categories: 8th grade, fifth grade, middle school technology, Parent resources, teacher resources, Tech Tips, Word Processing | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments

Tech Tip #47: Tool Tips

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

This week’s tip: How do I know what all those icons are for on the toolbar (or ribbon)?

Q:  I’m supposed to find a tool on the toolbar, but there are so many and I have no idea what they are for? It’s just as bunch of pictures to me. Is there an easy way to figure this out?

A:  To figure out what a tool does on the toolbar or 2007/10”s ribbon, hover your mouse over the tool (place the mouse above it without clicking). A tool tip will appear with a clue as to what it’s for.

This works in any program with a toolbar or ribbon–MS Office, the internet, Photoshop, and more.

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Categories: fifth grade, first grade, fourth grade, homeschool, middle school technology, mouse skills, MS Excel, Photoshop, Publisher, second grade, Slideshows, teacher resources, Tech, Tech Tips, third grade, Word Processing | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Tech Tip #37: My MS Word Toolbar Disappeared

tech tipsAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q:  My tools for formatting disappeared from the top of my MS Word (2003). Where’d they go and what do I do?

A:  They do disappear at times, for no good reason. Here’s the simple fix:

  • Right-click in the toolbar area at the top.
  • Select Format or Standard.
  • Make sure they’re checked. That’s where 99% of your tools live.
  • This is true in all MS Office software
    Continue reading
Categories: MS Excel, problem solving, Tech Tips, Word Processing | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment

What Should You Include on a Younger Child’s Computer

This is a question I get from parents all the time. First, at what age does a child need a computer at home, and second, what should be included?

starter computer

Just the basics

I’ve addressed why children as young as second grade would benefit from a computer at home in this article. That decision made, let’s look at what should be on a school-age child’s computer. I’m talking about fifth grade and under.

Every parent I know wants to get what their child needs, as affordably as possible but they don’t want to save a few bucks at the expense of their child. Here’s my suggestions:

  1. Start by talking to the classroom teacher. What are their expectations of the child. If they’re like the ones in my school, they will want access to basic software and the internet for research, maybe email. That’s it. Continue reading
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