Saving a Style Set in Word
Learn how to save a style that can work between documents.
I have been working on a series of documents that require special formatting for our university. Sometimes I work on a Mac and sometimes I work on a PC, and it frustrates me to open up the documents and not have the styles I created available.
Create a style in Word
If you don't know how to create a style, you are a step behind these instructions. You need to at least format some text and save it as a style. This is on the home tab, Styles.
Save Style as a Set
My problem is that I was only using styles from the HOME tab. I needed to go to the design tab and choose "Save as New Style Set". This prompted the template window. Now there is a file that can be shared between computers and opened to apply to other documents.
Microsoft Word has an easy tool available for you.
As I am working with documents (and working with professors who are working with documents), it is clear that there needs to be an easy tool to make sure our handouts and writing will adapt to screen readers and people who are using alternative fonts for reading needs.
The National Center on Disability and Access to Education has a great collection of cheatsheets on creating accessible content. I recommend and use these frequently!
Using Dates in Excel
I love Excel and use it daily. Working with dates can frustrating if you don't know the keyboard shortcuts and functions/formulas.
=NOW() and =Today() insert the current time/date and update whenever the sheet updates. This is good if you have a report and you want to show the date when it was last updated.
=DAY(TODAY()) is the current day of the month.
=MONTH(TODAY()) is the current month.
If you want the dates to stay put, use CTRL and ; (semi-colon). The time is CTRL + SHIFT + ;.
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