The turn on the non-printing characters lecture is soon to be posted, I can feel it in my bones.

Until then – let me remind you – click the Show/Hide button nonp.png to toggle the non-printing characters in your Word document. Read the rest of this entry »


Get your viewers here:

Word 2003 viewer – replaces Word 97 and all previous viewers – you can open, view, print and copy all MS and Mac Word files, and files saved in many other formats.

Excel 2003 – replaces Excel 97 viewer – you can open, view, print, copy Excel 2003, 2002, 2000, and 97 workbooks.

PowerPoint 2003 – replaces PowerPoint 97 – MS says this lets you view presentations created in PowerPoint 97 and on up. No mention of copying or printing.

We’ll be posting soon about some of the intricacies and myths of WordPerfect to Word.

Rick Borstein of Adobe Systems, Inc. explains the use of the Typewriter tool in Adobe Acrobat 7 in April 2006 Law Practice Today article. The tool allows you to fill out forms not containing form fields for your input. He explains how to get the tool, how to use it, and how to enable the tool for users of the free Adobe Acrobat 7 Reader.

More Adobe Acrobat links:

Acrobat for Legal Professionals – Rick’s blog

Adobe Acrobat Solutions for Legal Professionals – information, white papers, case studies

Welcome …

April 9, 2006


Welcome to Tips, Tricks, and Techy Tidbits – a collection of software shortcuts and tips; links to various tech, tech-law, and law blogs; and whatever else interests me enough to pass on. The Pages links to the right take you to my business, ABC Consulting.

In early 2005 I left my role as Help Desk and Software Trainer at Cincinnati, Ohio’s oldest law firm and struck out on the solo consulting path. I am a software instructor, a “PC productivity coach”, and a big fan of being smart about how we work.

I represent the human side of technology.

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In Litigating with Adobe Acrobat: Part 1,  Joe Kashi describes some of the ways Adobe Acrobat has helped his litigation practice grow.  He describes Adobe Acrobat as " … a transformational technology …"  Read more at Law Practice Today, and stay tuned for Joe's Part II.

There's a discussion over yonder at David Swanner's South Carolina Trial Law Blog around his February 8th post – How to Start a New Law Firm – involving Macs vs. PCs; case management software; and research needs. Useful stuff, this. Enjoy.

A Fool and His Blog

April 2, 2006

Bless the fool in the forest and his April Fool's Blawg Review Prequel!  Set aside a good 15 minutes to enjoy this post – I've been laughing so hard there are tears in my eyes. 

Check here and here on April 3rd for Blawg Review #51 brought to you by George M. Wallace of Pasadena, California.