It can be useful to protect an Excel spreadsheet with a password, for example before sending it by e-mail. Password-protected files are also encrypted, so there’s no way of seeing their contents without knowing the password.
You can do the same with Word documents. The process is virtually identical to that described below for Excel. Access databases can also be password protected, although it’s a little more complicated (look for File | Info | Encrypt with Password).
I get asked this a lot. Microsoft changed how Word initially works a version or two ago, and here I explain (with screenshots from Word 2016) what’s going on.
One feature of Word that new users tend to ignore is its “styles” function. Initially, Word uses the “Normal” style, but lots of other styles are available, for example the “No Spacing” style. To choose a style, just click it on the “Home” tab:
A web browser is the program you use on a PC, Mac, or smartphone to look at web pages. Web pages can be simple pages (like this one) or can be a way of searching the Web (like the search pages of Google or Bing) or one way of checking your e-mail such as Gmail (although there are other ways).
Google use a rather clever single sign-on system for all their products like Gmail and Google Calendar (the free ones and the paid-for G Suite ones). If you only have one account (e-mail address) it’s simple enough, but with multiple accounts it can be a bit confusing until you get the hang of it. Here’s a quick guide.
An Elevated Command Box is a useful way to run certain specialised commands. Here’s how you do it:
The Start Button is the little flag icon in the bottom-left corner of the main screen in Windows 10.
Right-click the Start Button to get a menu of useful commands. From here you can click on Command Prompt (Admin) to get an elevated command prompt – you’ll be asked for permission first (just click Yes). It will open in a black window. When you’ve finished with the command box, you can type exit or just close the black window by clicking the normal “red X”.
The Windows 10 Search Box is a very useful tool, and under-used by many people. You can use it to search for almost anything on your PC (and maybe on the Web) – files, photos, documents, settings, and so on.
It’s at the bottom of your main PC screen (the desktop), just to the right of the little Windows flag (the Start button). It may contain the words “Search Windows”, “Search Windows and the Web”, or “Ask me anything”, depending on your PC’s settings.
It may also just be an icon, like this:
To use it, just type the start of a word or phrase into it. As you type, it will show you matching things that it finds.
Let’s say we want to find Windows’s “Command Box”. So I type com and up it pops:
I could either click it to run a command box, or right-click and choose Run as administrator to run an Elevated Command Box (that is, a command box with extra privileges).
There are a number of ways, but one of the easiest, and one that works on all modern versions of Windows is this:
In details: hold down the Windows key, press and release the “R” key, let go of the Windows key.
The “Run box” will appear:
Type “winver” (without the quotes) and click “OK”.
You’ll be shown a box that tells you which Windows you have (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 8, Windows 10), and, in smaller letters the version and edition – version 1610 of Windows 10 Pro, for example. Click “OK” to make the box go away.
Photos can be surprisingly large, and if you send a few by e-mail you may inadvertently generate an e-mail message of 20 megabytes or more. This is likely to cause all sorts of problems – including having your mail rejected by the recipient’s mail supplier. Continue reading Sending photos by e-mail→