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I speak Italian, and sometimes I send messages to friend and family in Italy, using email, Skype, or Facebook.   In Word, there are several ways to insert the accents and symbols used in other languages.  These include using Insert > Symbol, looking up the extended ASCII number for the accented character and typing on the numeric keyboard while holding the Alt key.  However, there is an easier way.     Italian uses grave (à,è ) and acute (á,é) accents, so I'll focus on those.  To insert these accents, locate the accent keys on your keyboard.  On a QWERTY keyboard, the grave accent is right above the tab key, and the acute accent is right before the Enter key.    To insert them into a Microsoft Word document, press the Control key and the appropriate accent key together, followed by the vowel.  That's all there is to it.     This method will also work for the tilde (~) and circumflex (^)... read more

Microsoft Office is suite of programs used around the world for office and school work.  The Office suite includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.  One of the advantages of using these programs is that they have a lot of features, and you can use them to create a variety of projects in many different styles and formats.  Another advantage is that many of the shortcuts that work in one program work in the others as well, and they haven't changed from one version to the next.     I use Microsoft Office everyday for my job.  I also tutor students who want to improve their skills in one or more of these programs.  There are hundreds of shortcuts.  Most people don't need to know them all (I don't!), but having a few of these in your back pocket.  Here are five of my everyday favorites; they work equally well in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote.  Ctrl+X means:  hold down both Control and X.   Ctrl+X... read more

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