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Macworld's February Digital Magazine: Apple's new Mac Pro

Macworld's February Digital Magazine: Apple's new Mac Pro

Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld
30 free macOS apps every Mac user should have

30 free macOS apps every Mac user should have

Powerful Mac apps that won't break the bankThere’s something of a misconception when it comes to the Mac. While powerful tools like Photoshop or Final Cut Pro certainly have price tags commensurate
How to work with Microsoft Word's cursive, script or handwriting fonts

How to work with Microsoft Word's cursive, script or handwriting fonts

Microsoft Word offers a variety of cursive and handwriting fonts (or typefaces, which is the more accurate name for the different font styles), and they're actually provided by the operating system
7 free GIMP scripts and plug-ins for filters, brushes, textures and more

7 free GIMP scripts and plug-ins for filters, brushes, textures and more

The free and open source photo-editing program called GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a nice alternative to the subscription-based or boxed versions of its competition (including PhotoShop).
GIMP basics: Best tips and tricks for beginners

GIMP basics: Best tips and tricks for beginners

GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program), like so many other open source programs, started out as a student project at the University of California, Berkeley. It was developed by Spencer Kimball and
Excel: Top 10 tips for beginners

Excel: Top 10 tips for beginners

Microsoft Excel is an incredibly capable and complex spreadsheet program. If you're just getting your feet wet, these tips will help you get started on making a spreadsheet and writing a formula. Once
Alternatives for Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and more

Alternatives for Adobe Acrobat, Photoshop and more

I remember when Adobe made the switch. In 2013, not long after I purchased the Adobe Creative Suite CS6 program, Adobe terminated the desktop versions of its software and launched Creative Cloud,
5 ancient software programs we refuse to give up

5 ancient software programs we refuse to give up

Last week I received an email notice from Microsoft informing me that, as of January 14, 2020, they will no longer support Windows 7, which I still have on one of my desktop computers. Why? Because I
How to create a PowerPoint presentation for a kiosk or trade show booth

How to create a PowerPoint presentation for a kiosk or trade show booth

Can I format or compile my PowerPoint presentations to run automatically in a show booth or kiosk and, if so, how? Yes, you can and the how is much easier than you’d imagine.First, create your
How to use audio and video files in PowerPoint

How to use audio and video files in PowerPoint

PowerPoint supports a number of common audio and video formats. We’ll go through the details and show you how to incorporate audio and video files into your presentation slides. Audio file formats
How to create, edit, and format images in Excel

How to create, edit, and format images in Excel

How do we add geometric shapes in Excel, and can they be custom-designed? Excel provides over 16 dozen geometric shapes that you can size and manipulate to your specific needs, plus hundreds of
PowerPoint animation tips & advice

PowerPoint animation tips & advice

Almost any PowerPoint presentation would benefit from clever animation. And, lucky for us, the Internet has an endless supply of animated templates that you can download for free (or for a nominal
Create Excel Alerts, then write a macro to email them

Create Excel Alerts, then write a macro to email them

Can Excel send Alerts? Yes, but with some limitations. Excel cannot email an alert to you automatically unless you write a macro in the Visual Basic (VBA) editor to perform this function. And, the
How Excel creates barcodes

How Excel creates barcodes

Can Excel create barcodes? Yes, and it’s as easy as downloading the correct fonts. You don’t have to purchase any of those barcode software programs that you can find online unless you need a more
How to create, filter, and format tables in Excel

How to create, filter, and format tables in Excel

What’s the difference between a table and a range of columns and rows on an Excel spreadsheet? How do I create and populate tables? And, once a table is created, how do we custom filter, format, and
Microsoft Word reads to you: How to use the Speak and Read Aloud commands

Microsoft Word reads to you: How to use the Speak and Read Aloud commands

Can Microsoft Word read to me? Yes, it can. The Speak feature was incorporated into Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, etc.) back in version 2003. It was called Text to Speech (TTS) then,
How Word translates text between languages

How Word translates text between languages

Can Microsoft Word translate my documents to and from different languages? Yes, and it’s easy. However, note that the Office 365 version requires the Office Intelligent services (included with
How to add music to your PowerPoint presentations

How to add music to your PowerPoint presentations

You can add music to your PowerPoint presentations—and if done right, your audience will thank you. It can't replace good content, of course, but strategically placed tunes can keep your audience's
Can Excel convert currency? Using the EUROTOOL.XLAM Excel Add-in

Can Excel convert currency? Using the EUROTOOL.XLAM Excel Add-in

Excel can convert currency given the right tools. While there are dozens of currency conversion websites or other conversion tools that you can use online or purchase, they work best for looking up
Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? How to freeze panes and split screens

Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? How to freeze panes and split screens

Can Excel show column headers on every screen? Yes, in Excel it’s called Freezing Panes, which can be applied to columns or rows (or both), and it’s super-simple. We’ll also show you how to split