Archive | February, 2015

Tame your computer – dally with dates

21 Feb

If you enter a date in an Excel worksheet, do you type the year as well? If so, you might like to know that if the date is in the current year you can save yourself some time. Also, if you normally type the leading zero to get, say, 01/03/2015, there is even less for you to type.

Here’s how:

  1. Type, say, 1/3.
  2. Press ENTER.

Excel assumes you’re entering a date and typically formats it to, say, 1-Mar. If you don’t like the default date format, you can quickly reformat it to, say, 01/03/2015 or 1 March 2015. Here’s how:

  1. Select the cell(s) you want to reformat.
  2. Click on the Number Format drop-down list on the Home tab in the Number group.
  3. Select Short Date or Long Date.

Finally, have another look at for tips on how to enter the current date and/or time into a worksheet.

Tame your computer – picture this!

1 Feb

As some of you may know, I offer a month free support after my training sessions. Following a recent course I got a question about how to print a jpeg attachment and make it fit on one page.

Well, you can obviously copy the picture and resize it in an application such as Word, but why not download a free image viewer, such as IrfanView, and adjust the picture’s print size “on the fly” when sending it to the printer? If you make IrfanView your default program for opening pictures, you’ll save yourself a lot of frustration – and time.

Here’s how:

  1. If necessary, download IrfanView from
  2. Click on Windows’ Start button (or press the WIN key) and type default.
  3. Click on the Default Programs link.
  4. Click on the Set your default programs link.
  5. Click on IrfanView.
  6. Click on Set this program as default.
  7. Click OK.

In future, pictures will automatically open in IrfanView and when you press CTRL+P to print it, a dialogue box will open from where you can select the Best fit to page radio button.