Need to move a shape or a picture into an exact position but can’t get it positioned just right using the mouse? Nudging lets you move something a tiny distance so you can get it positioned precisely the way you want. How to nudge a shape: Click the shape (the shape, picture, diagram, etc.) once….


Where are the Fill Effects?

Why fill your autoshapes with just a boring single color when you can do so much more? In the picture below, The top rectangle has a traditional single-color fill. This is the default look that new autoshapes get. The middle rectangle has a pretty two-color gradient, going diagonally from dark blue to white. The bottom…


Positioning objects in Word

If you have objects like shapes or pictures in your Word document, and then move the document text around, it may not be clear why your objects are repositioned the way they are. In Word, there are two primary ways objects can be positioned. In line with the text – The object is positioned just…



An ellipsis can be useful to have in a diagram: [diagram picture] I’ve been asked on several occasions how to make one of these puppies, so I thought I’d publish the steps I saw one of my coworkers use: Launch Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Get the Drawing toolbar to show up if it’s not already…


Linked Excel text boxes

One cool feature in Excel is the ability to link any OfficeArt textbox’s value to an Excel cell. Here’s how: Launch Excel and find a cell containing some text or a number you want to link to. I’ll just type my name into cell A1. [image] Create something that can hold OfficeArt text. This rectangle…


Outlook ink signature

One of the major pieces of work the OfficeArt team did for Office 2003 was add Tablet PC ink support.  In this post, I’ll show you how to create a signature that looks handwritten and stick at the bottom of your emails. Although you’ll get best results with a Tablet PC, one isn’t necessary to…



I’ve been on the fence for a few months on whether to start up a new blog. I had one in college as part of my personal web site, but got lazy and only updated it about twice a year. I’ve decided to give this another shot though. About me… After graduating from Cal about…