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Help me smoothly say farewell to Microsoft and Windows

So, I am finally giving up my last personal connection to Microsoft, my home PC running Windows 7 Home Premium, and switching to a really gorgeous iMac. Everything else in my life -- phone, tablet, watch, and laptop -- are already Apple. What preparations should I engage in while waiting for the new iMac to be delivered? And what do you recommend for smoothly getting my data (photos, documents, Quicken file, etc.) from my PC to my new Mac? And is there anything else you would advise I do as I make the transition? Many thanks.
posted by bearwife on Aug 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Converting Word97 Files on a Mac

I'm a Mac user with a lot of Word 97 files from the mid-1990s. Even if I add extension ".doc", I can't get Pages or other word processors to open them. TextEdit will open them, but with a lot of nonsense characters. Worst of all, Spotlight's not indexing the files (not sure why). [more inside]
posted by Quisp Lover on Jul 26, 2015 - 14 answers

How will Bing's switch to AOL search/ad tech affect Rewards Program?

According to this: But how will Bing Rewards be impacted?
posted by Grease on Jun 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Where to Pay Someone for a Outlook 2013 Macro?

Where might I hire someone to write a short Outlook 2013 macro, beyond my own "Google it, paste, and splice together" capabilities? (Metafilter Jobs yielded no takers.) What price should I be willing to pay for the described job?
posted by WCityMike on Jun 11, 2015 - 2 answers

Windows 7 .iso - how do I get a legit download?

Recovery partition doesn't work, and the machine didn't come with install discs (apparently this is a thing?). I have a valid product key and a semi-working OEM Windows installation, but can't seem to find a legit copy of the system software online, just sketchy .info sites. [more inside]
posted by wnissen on May 31, 2015 - 14 answers

Display program output, require password for keyboard (Microsoft)

We've got some computers that run monitoring software that we'd like to remain visible. We also want to lock these computers so they require a password if someone wants to use the keyboard/mouse. Turning on the lock screen satisfies the second requirement, but not the first. Turning it off satisfies the first, but not the second... Does anyone know of anything that will do what we want?
posted by Runes on May 19, 2015 - 5 answers

What is this Chinese website?

When I click on the 'Manage Account' button in the Account settings menu in my copy of Word 365, it launches a new web page - stores.office.com - where I can then log-in to my account. All straightforward. But at the same time a separate tab is also launched for the site www.59e.com, which is all in Chinese. What is this? I'm in the UK, using Firefox.
posted by srednivashtar on May 19, 2015 - 12 answers

Excel is being mean to me.

I need to have two Microsoft Excel documents open side by side, on my monitor, at the same time. However each time I open a second document, the first one disappears and turns into the second, so only one of the two documents shows on my screen. [more inside]
posted by elf27 on Apr 10, 2015 - 7 answers

Known good copy of Windows + cheap Chinese 8" tablet?

I have a Teclast x80h tablet (based on x86 hardware) that is running a Windows 8.1 build that the OEM installed. I'd like to reinstall Windows using media downloaded from Microsoft (or similar known-good channels), preferably without buying a new license. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by toxic on Mar 30, 2015 - 3 answers

Outlook requires VPN to access exchange, Apple Mail does not - why?

Outlook requires VPN to access my work exchange account, while Apple Mail does not - why? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Mar 16, 2015 - 8 answers

What's the best machine for digitizer pen AND keyboard input?

I like to draw, I like to code, and I need a new laptop. Because of points 1 and 2, I'm looking for something that both has a good, lap-friendly keyboard AND has a digitizer pen. What's the best machine that fits both of those criteria? [more inside]
posted by fermion on Feb 2, 2015 - 13 answers

Tablet for hearthstone

I'm looking to buy a sub-$200 tablet primarily to play Hearthstone and watch Netflix. I'm finding it confusing to to pick out the best quality tablet in this price range that will run Hearthstone well, do you have a suggestion? I am open to Windows, Android, or Apple. If I understand correctly, the Hearthstone app is not out for Android yet but it should be available soon.
posted by Drinky Die on Dec 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Help me outline in Word

MS Word Outline filter I need to create a long, detailed outline with 4-5 levels. Word’s own outline function is horrifying: different fonts, sizes, colors, all designed to cause seizures... [more inside]
posted by SallyHitMeOntheHead on Dec 10, 2014 - 9 answers

Stop Word 2011 (Mac) hiding the last row's contents in a table

I've just installed Office 2011 on a new MacBook Pro via Office 365. When I create a table in Word and write content in each row, Word hides the content of the last row when viewed on screen. Any ideas how to stop this? [more inside]
posted by dowcrag on Oct 9, 2014 - 2 answers

Is it possible to do a Gantt chart with a 3rd (or more) dimension?

I'm working on project planning a multi-year, multi-department initiative. Each department will complete identical tasks but on staggered schedules. I'm hoping to find a way where I can create a single dataset that will then display task schedules across department, and department schedules across tasks. I am using microsoft project and microsoft excel. content sample inside [more inside]
posted by rebent on Oct 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Grim Outlook

I can't activate Office on a Mac because there is 'a temporary server issue'. [more inside]
posted by unliteral on Sep 24, 2014 - 8 answers

What could be the possible reasons MS Killed MS Research SV?

What could be the motivating factors behind this decision? [more inside]
posted by gadha on Sep 19, 2014 - 6 answers

How can I summarize quantities by ranges in Access 2010?

I am trying to summarize a table of thousands of values into simple year ranges. It should be simple. So basically, there is a table that looks something like this: PIPE_PLR_Y MILES 1912 0.06 1914 0.48 1930 1.43 1942 1.32 1929 0.85 1925 2.00 1914 0.95 1929 0.42 ... The table has many, many values between about 1900 and today. I would like to make a table like this: Year_Range MILES 1900 - 1909 23.6 1910 - 1919 64.3 1920 - 1929 73.1 ... Again, I'm using Access 2010. Any help would be massively appreciated.
posted by rybreadmed on Aug 1, 2014 - 4 answers

Does anybody know how to make facing pages in Microsoft Word?

I don't just mean in page view. I am translating a book and would like to produce a dual-language book with the original on the left and the translation on the right, like in the Loeb library and so forth. I can sort of do this with two columns, but they're not really independent. (If I keep typing in one, it'll eventually bleed into the other.) [more inside]
posted by Opengreen on Jul 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me get a Microsoft DB certification

I want to get a Microsoft Database certification so I can become a database developer (I know some basic SQL using Postgres but I'd like to know more and get a certification). What's the best way to do this using a book instead of taking a class? [more inside]
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl on Jul 15, 2014 - 3 answers

What are some interesting facts about Microsoft Excel?

I work extensively with Microsoft Excel, and I'm putting together a list of little known facts about Excel for a presentation. I haven't found much on the interwebs that's exceptionally interesting. Does anyone have any facts they can share that come from off the beaten path? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Jun 25, 2014 - 52 answers

Is Microsoft Sharepoint hard to learn?

Or is it easy enough to learn that I could learn it in a couple of weeks for a job? [more inside]
posted by thesnowyslaps on Jun 19, 2014 - 15 answers

A Microsoft Access Class

At work, I have been deemed the person in my group who should learn Microsoft Access. I am allowed to take a class. Can anyone recommend a good Microsoft Access class in NYC? [more inside]
posted by millipede on Jun 18, 2014 - 7 answers

Why does Microsoft Word always come to the foreground on Mac?

For some recent while, probably since updating the OS X Mavericks, Microsoft Word for OS X keeps coming to the foreground on its own when I'm doing other things, as long as a document is open in Word. If I click out to the Finder, Word makes itself the frontmost program. If I click into the browser, Word comes forward. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on May 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Connecting Winebottler to the Web

I'm using the Winebottler program to install IE8 on my Mac (for testing a site). It looks great but doesn't seem to connect to the Web. Is there a fix for this?
posted by johngoren on Apr 30, 2014 - 2 answers

Where can I purchase Windows 7 (safely)?

Dear HiveMind, I am finally waking up, smelling the coffee ... and seeing that I must say goodbye to XP. My machines are old (but not ancient) ThinkPads - one T60 and three X60s maxed out on RAM (systems built 2006-2008). I'm looking for an honorable seller of Win 7. [more inside]
posted by ferkit on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

How to transfer Excel data to Powerpoint easily?

I have a list of names on an Excel file. I'd like to transfer each name (along with other details) to one PowerPoint slide. Is there any way I can do this without having to manually type in each name?
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Apr 18, 2014 - 12 answers

New windows installation and language change

My company currently has a computer that has a Japanese version of Windows 7 Professional installed on it. We want to install an English language version of Windows 8.1 on the computer. Will the language for the Microsoft Office software (currently also Japanese) already installed on the computer also change to English when we change to the new English language version of Windows 8.1? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Webcam Problem....Device Manager Sees it as a USB Video Device

Seriously if I knew this was the story - wouldn't have gotten a brand new webcam today. But so here it is - Livecam VX800 - uninstalled, reinstalled - and as a plug and play install for *New Hardware* (XP) is not recognizing it as a webcam - but as *USB Audio Device* Then when I check it in Device Manager under Imaging Devices, it's a *USB video device*. [more inside]
posted by watercarrier on Apr 1, 2014 - 9 answers

How big of a security risk is Office 2003 for my limited personal usage?

I am still using Office 2003 for personal use. It meets my limited needs perfectly well, and I want to avoid learning curves and costs associated with alternatives if at all possible. I understand that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security patches for it soon, so there are potential risks in continuing to use it, but how serious are those risks given my actual pattern of use? And can they be easily mitigated by avoiding various features or behavior? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 21, 2014 - 8 answers

Help me help somebody else learn Office 2013.

My church is upgrading its computers and the old copies of Office are long since vanished, evidently. (If they ever existed; I kind of suspect the last person who did IT stuff may have pirated it.) So, we're buying new versions. But our office manager is... well, she's not at all computer literate. She's kind of continuing to be employed more on a charity basis than because she's actually very capable. But I need to get her able to actually use the basic features of Word, Excel, and Publisher on the new versions, in the simplest way possible that does not involve my personally sitting with her for days at a time. Help? [more inside]
posted by Sequence on Mar 3, 2014 - 17 answers

Purchasing an Macbook Air?

I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Help me with a WORD document in PAGES for iPAD

I'm having problems with the way WORD for iPAD interprets my highlighting passages of a document... [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Jan 6, 2014 - 3 answers

WIN7 Permissions, sharing and HTPC, so so much fail.

How can I clear up whatever problem with windows 7 permissions is plaguing my new HTPC? [more inside]
posted by T.D. Strange on Dec 31, 2013 - 3 answers

Stiff keys on MS Natural Keyboard - already cleaned it.

I use an ancient MS Natural Keyboard, but the main thing that's relevant here is the key mechanism. The Goog will show you models old and new. I recently took mine apart, cleaned the plastic parts with water, got it nice and clean (years of accumulated cookie crumbs, etc.) The problem is - now the keys are kind of stiff. For example, if I strike them at a slight angle, they don't depress as smoothly as before. The standard advice online is to clean a keyboard to prevent sticky keys, but I have the opposite problem. Is there some kind of lube/oil/spray I can use?
posted by 4midori on Dec 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Web based option for Active Sync / Exchange email reading?

My company uses Exchange for email. Since they block POP and IMAP access for security reasons, I cannot use Gmail (or Google Apps) to read my email. They do support Active Sync, so Apple Mail and Outlook both work fine. I would prefer a web based option, as close to gmail as possible. Are there any other options out there for me? [more inside]
posted by kdern on Dec 3, 2013 - 7 answers

What account is this WP8 account currently associated with?

My sister has a WP8 phone, but she doesn't remember what Microsoft account she associated with when she first set it up. Is there any way, on the phone, to discover this?
posted by kickingtheground on Nov 28, 2013 - 1 answer

IE-11 Edge mode

IE-11 for Win7-64 rolled out yesterday, and it makes one of my favorite sites break. The site isn't mine and it isn't going to get fixed any time soon. [more inside]
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Nov 27, 2013 - 5 answers

Help needed with nvidia works with Parallels Desktop 9 in MS Windows 8.1

I have an Apple MacBook Pro Retina display with NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M I use Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac and I installed Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro with success, however windows does not recognize that I have nvidia installed in my system. My question is: How to let Parallels Desktop 9 to enable NVIDIA work in windows 8.1 pro? If it does not support it, what other tools or software to make nvidia work in windows 8.1 pro? Thank you.
posted by omaralareefi on Nov 13, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I get synctoy to work or find a good alternative?

I'm having problems with microsoft synctoy and would like advice on how to troubleshoot it or find an alternative. [more inside]
posted by medusa on Oct 29, 2013 - 3 answers

Is Office 365 university for mac able to be bought by teachers?

Hi, I am a high school teacher in the UK (11-18). Can I buy office 365 for mac at (£54) and be eligible to install it? It is unclear about the installation process. I have my school email, bank slips etc. but it is not a .ac address so do I need to get the home and student addition instead? Don't want to waste money either way! Thanks
posted by starrjenny on Oct 26, 2013 - 2 answers

How to transfer files between PCs in the new remote PC app in win 8.1?

Is there a way to transfer files using the remote PC app in windows 8.1? If not, what is the best way to transfer files flawlessly and fast? Thank you. [more inside]
posted by omaralarifi on Oct 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Is there a good, NON-JAVA, non-MS project management tool out there?

I will be starting to work on several small, overlapping projects soon and need a lightweight tool. WANT: Ability to manage 2-3 resources (mostly me, really), schedule tasks, create and output Gantt charts. DO NOT WANT: The security hole of suck known as Java, so Project Libre, OpenProj and the like are right out. MEH, WILL ACCEPT IF NEEDED: Cloud app. I really prefer desktop programs for various reasons, but if the best solution is on the cloud, so be it. A PLEA: I'm going to a presentation on Office 365 tonight with a devotee of MS Project. Please arm me in advance against the call of the dark side! [more inside]
posted by maudlin on Sep 26, 2013 - 8 answers

Microsoft Security Essentials

Microsoft Security Essentials Missing From System Tray. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Sep 2, 2013 - 35 answers

Excel imported my dates as day-month instead of year-month. How to fix?

How do I fix this? I "imported" a table from a PDF (big mistake). In the pdf, the dates were formatted as AA-BB, where AA was the month and BB was the year. Excel interpreted that as AA is the month and BB is the day, and gave them all 2013 as the year. So now the date reads as 11-Jan instead of Jan 2011. I no longer have access to the original dataset because I only just noticed the mistake. I am using Excel 2010 on Windows.
posted by rebent on Aug 26, 2013 - 6 answers

I need a single Outlook E-mail inbox, Easy

I own my own business. After a screen crack on a lap top, I bought a new laptop. I also bought Office 2013, with Outlook. How can I get a single inbox? It wants to set up multiple inboxes and I do not want to have to check different inboxes. I had a single inbox on my Outlook 2010. Every link I see on Google has ridiculous levels of power user requirements that I have neither the time nor the ability to do. Can anyone help? Running Windows 8 on an HP Pavilion.
posted by Ironmouth on Aug 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Most cost effective way to purchase Office 2010 in volume?

What is the most cost effective way to purchase roughly 50 Microsoft Office Standard 2010/2013 licenses? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Aug 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Gaming the System

We're building a new PC. We're also an avid gamers. What OS do we want (and/or monitor and mouse/trackpad combo)? [more inside]
posted by Diagonalize on Aug 14, 2013 - 20 answers

How do I convert Kingsoft Writer back to Word (and do I really want to?)

Kingsoft Office appears to have hitched a ride on some software I downloaded recently (thank you, CNET). In a further act of pushiness, it seems to have converted all my MS Word files into Kingsoft Write 2013 files. Is there any way to convert them back to MS Word and make Kingsoft just go away? [more inside]
posted by IndigoJones on Jul 30, 2013 - 8 answers

Please recommend some apartment rentals in Seattle

Can you recommend some apartment rentals in Seattle which are within walking distance to a Microsoft Connector bus going to the Bellevue office? Thank you! :)
posted by jchaw on Jul 23, 2013 - 6 answers

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