Hotrodding MS Word: I'm finding myself wishing MS Word had a few features that I hope might be available as add-ons somewhere (or failing that, personal tips/tricks). One would be something to tell you how many times you are using individual words in a document (like an enhanced word count), so you can avoid overdoing it. For example: "You used 'cat' 5 times and 'kitty' 3 times."
Another would be some way to tag text so that no matter how much you mix it up down the road (as in taking notes and turning them into written text), you will always be able to tell what source each fact/quote/etc came from. Sort of like footnotes, but better, and ideally transferrable from file to file. Any ideas?
posted by gottabefunky
on Feb 7, 2006 -
Heading to Guadalajara and Manzanillo in early March for 10 days and wonder about tips for must-see things to do, see, restaurant recommendations and accomodations as well. ( no all-inclusives please)
posted by frizelli
on Jan 20, 2006 -
What sort of useful stuff do you have on your refrigerator? I'm looking for cool things like notepads, calendars, utility magnets, etc. We're trying to spruce ours up and are looking for ideas.
posted by frenetic
on Jan 18, 2006 -
Tips, suggestions, and resources for those starting life anew but have no clue - at the moment anyway - what they're supposed to be doing. [more inside]
posted by divabat
on Jan 14, 2006 -
What's Albuquerque's finest? If you were showing a stranger the most amazing sights and experiences within two hours' drive of Albuquerque, where would you go? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Dec 30, 2005 -
I've begun playing some casual Texas Hold'Em
with friends (some of whom are far less casual). I don't really know what I'm doing. Thus far I am 15% ahead (of my cumulative buyin), but that's only be because I fold early and often. I mostly get into trouble when I play weak hands or try to bluff, so I don't tend to do either. I'd like some additional pointers. [more inside]
posted by jdroth
on Dec 22, 2005 -
As an American living Down Under, I'm planning to introduce our Aussie friends to true American excess this Thanksgiving with a turducken
. I've read a bunch of online recipes but I've never made one before, so I'm looking for tips and tricks from those who have. Do you know the secrets of turducken? [more inside]
posted by web-goddess
on Nov 17, 2005 -
Tomorrow I'm giving a lecture about color -- specifically, I'm talking to designers about how to create color palettes. The talk is more concerned with aesthetics (i.e. what color combinations are striking) than tools (i.e. how to pick colors in Photoshop). But there will be some tools talk. Since there are many designers here, I'd love to know all your color-related tips. As the Xmas season is coming, I am sharing one of my own tips inside... [more inside]
posted by grumblebee
on Nov 15, 2005 -
What are some usual (or unusual) home maintenance things/tips/hints that you do/use/follow periodically? Anybody have a link to a good list of these? [more inside]
posted by gwenzel
on Nov 11, 2005 -
I'm having cable installed today... should I tip the cable guy? If so, how much?
posted by mandlebrotz
on Oct 22, 2005 -
My wife and I are traveling to Washington DC for a work-week vacation. We love musuems and I have many visits planned (Smithsonian, LOC, Air-Space, etc.). What are not-to-miss museums/historical monuments? And most of all - when I'm all "museumed-out" - what are the best night out and local fun stops we should not miss?
posted by mctsonic
on Oct 19, 2005 -
Two part question.
1. I want to organize my college life. Digitally.
2. Also, I want to be productive with my scholarly pursuits, how did you/do you do it? [more inside]
posted by petah
on Sep 25, 2005 -
First time visiting California - any tips on current events in LA, San Francisco October 5-15?
posted by Grensgeval
on Sep 16, 2005 -
For a community of intelligent and educated wordsmiths, Mefi still has some common & persistent spelling mistakes. What tips do you have for better spelling of everyday words, and which ones peeve you the most? [more inside]
posted by dash_slot-
on Sep 10, 2005 -
I'm going to be a freshman going to college in the fall.
Any advice, helpful anecdotes, experiences, tips or suggestions? [more inside]
posted by petah
on Aug 8, 2005 -
Have you used 1-800-got-junk, or a similar trash pick-up service? Did you tip? [more inside]
posted by peep
on Jun 20, 2005 -
I have never been the best in fashion, but I would like to be able to start to dress better. Is there a website out there that makes understanding men's fashion a bit easier? What goes with what, fashion from certain time periods, how to thrift shop and make it work for you... [more inside]
posted by matthelm
on May 17, 2005 -
What are some tried and true tricks for staying awake and alert for an all-nighter? [more inside]
posted by tozturk
on May 1, 2005 -
I'd appreciate any and all advice associated with changing work environments -- whether practical advice (about little bits of personal business to remember, or health insurance crud), or mental/emotional advice (how to adjust internally), or sociological advice (how to smooth the transition into a new employee culture).
I also suck learning names -- hopefully they'll have nameplates, but anyone have tips for committing a large mass of names and faces to memory? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Apr 13, 2005 -
What is the best way to get rid of ring around the collar from white (and light colored) dress shirts? [more inside]
posted by turbanhead
on Apr 12, 2005 -
How can I make salads more palatable? And any recommendations for healthy food with strong flavors? [more inside]
posted by WCityMike
on Feb 28, 2005 -
Financefilter: I am about to begin grad school, and I am wondering how on earth I am going to live on dramatically reduced funds. Any former starving students out there with tips? [+] [more inside]
posted by jennyjenny
on Feb 4, 2005 -
I used to consider myself a decent writer. It was one of those things that I did well. Over the last few years though I can hardly seem to link two cohesive sentences together. Those last few years also seem to coincide with my entrance into working on the web. Does anyone have any tips for learning how to write again? [more inside]
posted by trbrts
on Dec 6, 2004 -
TokyoFilter: I'm spending three days in Tokyo just before Christmas. I've never been before and I doubt I'll ever get there again, so I want to see what's important and skip the tourist traps. Any tips (including pre-trip reading)? I'll be solo so I can do what I like.
posted by grahamwell
on Nov 24, 2004 -
I lack a college degree and I'm finding that full-time work and school is really wearing me down. I work for gratuity and I'm finding the tips are not making up for the cost of living and the monies needed to pay for college.
Does anyone have suggestions when it comes to good paying jobs that don't require a degree that can support me while I go to school?
posted by Vicarious
on Nov 23, 2004 -
My partner has been offered a new position and we've decided to move to Florida. I'm looking for tips, tricks, and warnings from those who have uprooted and moved the whole family. What did you do to survive the move and thrive in your new community? [more inside]
posted by ?!
on Nov 15, 2004 -
My wife recieved a gift-certificate for a massage as a baby shower present. I've searched google and found that it's common practice to tip your massage therapist, but how about in this situation? Should we assume the tip is included in the gift-certificate?
posted by TuxHeDoh
on Nov 12, 2004 -
Military Historians or Resident Librarians: lend me your ear!! Actually, I'm just looking for some pointers on digging up information. [MI] [more inside]
posted by smcniven
on Nov 12, 2004 -
. I have a new laptop waiting for me (Dell/WinXP) when I get home next week and I want to treat this one right. The one I have now is three years old and has served its purpose, but has been stumbling lately. Any tips on making your laptop last longer? (specifics inside) [more inside]
posted by jonah
on Oct 31, 2004 -
How do you take a vacation? I want to take a few days off, get away from home, relax and not feel any particular pressure to do anything. It seems like every vacation I've ever been on has been work. If I'm not touring or driving, I'm skiing or hiking. I don't want to take time off and just be home, but I don't know how to travel and relax. Any general tips or specific vacation recommendations?
posted by croutonsupafreak
on Oct 26, 2004 -
: putting up gyproc over an insulated interior wall. From cutting to affixing to mudding, what tips and tricks have you learned? Aside from learning to pay someone else to do it, though I suspect that's ultimately the lesson...
posted by five fresh fish
on Oct 21, 2004 -
quitting smoking -> my favorite girl is ready to try to quit, and we are wondering if the nice people here have any tips, suggestions, fool proof methods ...?
posted by specialk420
on Oct 19, 2004 -
When making software user instruction booklets for the Windows-based Compleat Idiot, in which you want to include screen captures of absolutely everything the user sees, is there a way to do screen caps of things like popup tool tips, right-click context menus and so forth that close automatically the instant you press a key? Can you do it without installing an additional screen-capture utility? If you have to have an additional utility, what's a good (= lightweight and cheap) one? I don't need any special features except one, what-I-see-goes-to-clipboard.
posted by jfuller
on Oct 16, 2004 -
Tipping etiquette: Should I add a tip on top of a delivery charge?
posted by gd779
on Oct 10, 2004 -
I am about to order an iMac, my first Macintosh. What do you wish someone had told you when you got your first Mac? (mi) [more inside]
posted by lbergstr
on Sep 29, 2004 -
Second question of the day (visio one just below was first) hope I am not pushing my luck. Have been roped into a poker game tonight. 6 players, 4 strangers, texas holdem
, never played for money with more than one person, have no poker face and no basic strategy
. Could anyone point me to a page or give me a golden rule or advice or something that I can use to get me through. I will learn the rules myself. Something I can get into my head in about an hour.
posted by kenaman
on Sep 24, 2004 -
It's been taking me at least several hours to fall asleep every night. What's the best way you've found to deal with insomnia?
posted by transona5
on Sep 13, 2004 -