Technology Tips

Post date: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 10:47am

Changing the capitalization of text in a document

hAVE YOU EVER TYPED A DOCUMENT IN THE WRONG CASE? or just missed the capitalization at the beginning of a sentence.  Do you need the text in all uppercase or all lowercase?

All these problems can be easily fixed in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint 2007.  On the home tab, navigate to the font section and on the bottom row click the arrow next to the “Aa”.  This will open up the Change Case menu.

If you prefer shortcuts you can use ALT+O+E to open the menu, or highlight your text and use Shift+F3 until the appropriate effect is applied.

Change capitalization

Sentence case  is uppercase at the beginning, all other words lowercase, period at the end.

lowercase has no capital letters


Capitalize Each Word Makes The First Letter Of Each Word Uppercase

tOGGLE cASE is used when you accidently type something with Caps Lock on.  

Thanks to Sara T for submitting this tip.

Post date: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 10:47am

Typing and mouse skills


It’s a great day for learning or practicing your typing and mouse skills.  Here are some great tools to help.


Easiest to get started typing, just click on the link and choose your lesson.

Practice typing by rows on the keyboard

Practice word combinations

After you choose your lesson, do NOT click the free download, wait until you see a Begin Lesson popup, then click the screen.

Do you want to make typing a game?

Letter and words

Words at a time

One letter at a time

Try to line up letter combinations



Learn and practice your mouse skills

Tags: Mouse, Typing
Post date: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 - 11:37am

Minimize and un-minimize the Ribbon in Microsoft Office

Like most people, I occasionally click something and the Microsoft Office Ribbon vanishes.

The ribbon is at the top section of the page and looks like this in Excel.

Excel ribbon

When the ribbon is minimized Excel looks like this.

Having the ribbon minimized is great if that’s what you desire.  You can see more of the document/spreadsheet/database you are using.  I prefer to see the available options.

There are several ways to minimize/un-minimize the ribbon, I’ll show you two.

1. Right click on the word Home in the menu and click on the last option.  If you see a checkmark, the ribbon will be minimized.

Right Click Home

2. Right click on the arrow next to the Quick Access Toolbar.  The ribbon option is at the bottom.

Right click Quick Access Toolbar


Post date: Thursday, September 8, 2011 - 10:11am

Michael S. Hart - the first producer of free eBooks dies

Every day you hear more and more about eBooks.  Today is a day to reflect on the man who invented eBooks, Michael S. Hart.  You can read his obituary here.

Project Gutenberg is a great resource for downloading free eBooks in a variety of languages and file formats.  We link to that and other free eBooks site here.

For free access to over 15,000 titles visit and click on this image.

Enjoy more eBooks today!


Tags: eBooks
Post date: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 11:37am

Drop Cap in Microsoft Word 2007

Lovers of older books may recall the ornate capital letters that started each chapter of a book.

Here are the steps to recreate that effect in a Microsoft Word 2007 document.

  1. Type your text into your document, as you would normally
  2. Place your cursor after the letter you want enhanced
  3. Click the Insert tab at the top of the screen
  4. In the Text area (on the right), click the down arrow next to Drop Cap.  You will see this window:
  5. Drop Cap window









5.  Select Dropped or In Margin for the style of Drop Cap you want.

6.  If you select Dropped and lines to drop: 3, the text will appear underneath the capital letter as seen in this example.  If you choose a different font, you can make the letter ornate.

Drop Cap Dropped





7.  If you select In Margin and don’t change the font, the capital letter will be pushed into the margin and your text will remain in the same place.  To move the text further away from the letter, adjust the Distance from text.

Drop Cap Inline





8.  If you don’t like the effect, click None and the Drop Cap will be removed.

Post date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011 - 4:22pm

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Tags: blog, Technology