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Setting type defaults in Word, Excel

By JOHN TORRO

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 6, 2000


Q. I use Windows 98 (Microsoft Windows, Word, Home Publishing Express, etc.) and set the font size and appearance before I start typing. Both size and appearance will change for no apparent reason. My computer tech suggested that I type everything, highlight it and change it to the font I want. That would work, of course, but I could end up with 11/2 pages instead of one.

Q. I always want a specific format for my Excel and Word documents, using a specific type face, point size and certain options in Page Setup. Is there a way I can set up these formats to appear automatically on the blank worksheets and documents without having to open a template every time?

A. While in Microsoft Word, change the font type and size to what you want it to be. Then on the menu bar, click Format, Font and then the Default button. Word will ask you to confirm your changing of its default font and size. Answer "Yes." For Microsoft Excel: Open Excel and on the Tools menu, click Options and then click the General tab. In the Standard font box, select your desired font and size. You'll need to restart Microsoft Excel to use the new default font and font size.

Windows log-on continued

Q. I'm having trouble getting rid of my log-on box on Windows 98. Will the information on removing the log-on box from Windows 95 work on Windows 98?

A. This particular problem can be tough to eliminate on some computers. Some users have had success doing this:

1. Restart your computer. Hold down the Ctrl key until you see the Windows 98 Startup menu (for Windows 95, press F8 when you see Starting Windows 95), and choose Safe Mode Command Prompt Only.

2. Type: CD \Windows

3. Type: DEL *.PWL

4. Reboot normally. When prompted for a log-in, put your user name and leave the password blank. When asked to confirm the blank password, click OK

NetWare error

Q. I receive the message "the NetWare-compatible shell is not available" during boot-up and it stays until OK is clicked. Then the computer boots and everything operates fine. I do not have a network connection. I tried renaming NWNP32.DLL, but this only changes the error message to "Cannot find NWNP32.dll."

A. Try this: Reinstall the Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks by following these steps:

1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.

2. On the Configuration tab, click Add.

3. Click Client, and then click Add.

4. Click the Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks, and then click OK.

5. Restart Windows 95.

After you reinstall the Microsoft Client for NetWare Networks, follow these steps to remove the services:

1. In Control Panel, double-click Network.

2. Click the Service for NetWare Directory Services and then click Remove.

3. Click the Client for NetWare Networks and then click Remove.

4. Click OK.

5. Restart Windows 95.

Printing portions of a page

Q. Is there a way to print segments of a page instead of the whole page?

A. Many applications (including e-mail programs such as Microsoft Outlook Express) offer an option to print only what you have highlighted. To do this, select (click and hold the mouse while you drag) what you want printed. Then select File, Print . . . from the menu bar. You should see an option to print your selection. Select this option, then click OK. If the Selection Page Range option is not present or is grayed out, that means the particular application does not support the option. Of course in this case you can copy and paste the selected contents into a new Word or text document and print from there.

Windows 2000 tip

For early birds on Windows 2000: Play and win a game of Solitaire and see something you probably haven't seen in six years.

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