Ask Rick 032, 09/03/09
Justify Your Actions
When in Word if my
podgy fingers hit the Shift and Ctrl keys on the bottom right side of my
keyboard, as they often do, the page goes to right justified. As I can’t type without looking at the keys
I frequently get to the end of a paragraph before I look up and notice. The
only way of correcting this seems to be to delete from the place where I hit
both keys and retype the whole thing!
This would seem to be a keyboard shortcut – how do I disable it?
Rob Milliner, by
The keyboard shortcut for align right is Ctrl + R, and for
the record Ctrl + L aligns left, Ctrl + E centres the text and Ctrl + J
justifies the text. The easiest way to undo the last action is to press Ctrl +
Z (the near universal ‘undo’ command in most Windows programs) but if you’ve
ploughed on regardless then the next best thing to do is highlight the
offending paragraph or section and tap in the appropriate keyboard shortcut, or
easier still, click the Align Left icon, which you will find next to the Bold
icon on the formatting toolbar.
Personally I would leave the shortcuts alone and retrain
your fingers but if you want to disable it all you have to do is right click on
the toolbar and select Customize then the Keyboard button. In the Categories
box select All Commands and in the right hand Commands box scroll down the list
to the shortcut you want to disable, in your case RightPara, highlight the
entry in the Current Keys box, click Remove then OK.
Mind Your Language
My son bought a new computer last year, using Windows Vista.
He was working in Spain at the time and all the instructions and messages are
in Spanish. Is there any way of changing the language without taking this
version of Vista out and putting an English language version in?
Jill Furneaux, by email
It can be done but I
warn you that it’s a bit of a palaver. If you are using the Ultimate or
Enterprise editions of Vista you can download and install the Multilingual User
Interface Pack (MUI) from Microsoft at: http://tinyurl.com/3sz2jj
In theory you can
carry out a sort of halfway house conversion on other versions of Vista using
Language Interface Packs (LIPs), which translate the most widely used parts of
Windows. However, LIPs downloads can be elusive and even if you manage to find
the right one for a Spanish-English conversion then by all accounts the setup
and configuration can be tricky.
The third way, if
you don’t have Vista Ultimate or Enterprise, is a freeware utility called
which tricks Vista Home Basic, Home Premium and Business editions into using
the MUI download. I haven’t used it myself but the reports I have read seem
encouraging but with such a radical tweak I strongly suggest that you backup
all replaceable files before you begin.
Going Places with
I am running
Microsoft Office 2007 and I keep my Word documents in a folder called Worddocs
and Excel documents in a folder called Exceldocs, both within the My Documents
folder. When I open a folder in Word or
Excel, the programs both open up initially in My Documents. Is there any way the Word program can be
made to open up in Worddocs and the Excel program in Exceldocs? A very minor problem, I know, but it is
starting to annoy me and I am certain I had the older version of Microsoft
Office working, as I want it. I am
using XP if that is relevant.
David Russell, by
The quick and simple
way to make Word Open Save and Save As dialogue boxes open in a specified
folder is to go to Tools > Options and select the File Options tab. Click on
Documents, then the Modify button and select the folder. It’s slightly
different in Excel, go to Tools > Options and select the General tab and
change the entry under ‘Default File Location’.
You might also want
to modify the ‘Places’ bar, which is the list of file locations that appears
down the left hand side of Open Save and SaveAs boxes in Word and Excel. Open
one of them and navigate to your chosen folder then go to Tools (in the
dialogue box) and select ‘Add to my Places’ and the folder will appear on the
list. The chances are it will be at the bottom and out of sight, so to move it
to the top of the list right click on the folder icon and select Move Up.
Incidentally, the Places Bar tricks only work with Word 2003/XP or later. On
Word 2000 you have to modify the Registry (see this Microsoft article: http://tinyurl.com/bf3nea) or use a
third-party utility like WOPR Place Bar Customiser (http://tinyurl.com/deg2bk)
Attached to Picasa
I can successfully download pictures from my camera to
Picasa but cannot download images from emails. Can you help me please? I
have tried so many ways to save them in Picasa but all to no avail.
Pam Winter, by email
I don’t think there is any direct way to download images
sent as email attachments into Picasa, however, you can do it indirectly. All
you have to do is create a new folder in Windows Explorer for your email photos
then open the message with the attachments. Highlight them all by clicking on
one attachment icon then press Ctrl + A, now right click on one of the
highlighted icons and select Save All. Navigate to your new folder and click
OK. You should now be able to import them into Picasa by going to File > Add
Folder, or click the Import button and on the Select Device drop-down menu
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