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  1. MagicAndre1981, I followed your advice and the problem was solved. Thanks very much.
  2. The option sequence, Control Panel > System and Security > Windows Update > Check for Updates, gave the message: “Windows Update cannot currently check for updates, because the service is not running. You may need to restart your computer” I used Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Component Services > Services Local, and found “Windows Update” in the list displayed. In this list the properties of “Windows Update” were listed as “Started” and “Automatic (Delayed Start)”. I nevertheless restarted Win 7 but the properties of “Windows Update” were the same and there was still the same message from “Windows Update”. Any clues about what is going on would be appreciated.
  3. Applying a name change to existing comments in an Excel 2007 spreadsheet I have inserted comments into cells of an Excel 2007 spreadsheet using "right click mouse > insert comment ". When I hover the cursor over a cell with a comment, a message appears in the "task bar" (not sure this is the correct name for it) at the bottom of the page. The message says, for example, "Cell E7 commented by JD". I want to expand the initials "JD" to a name and apply the change to all the comments I have already entered. I selected the options, "round MS button at top left of page > Excel Options > Popular > User Name ". The last option is under the heading " Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office". I changed "JD" to "John". This has become the name that new comments are attributed to but the old comments are still attributed to "JD". Is there a way I can apply the name change to comments entered before the change was made? I would be grateful for any help on this.
  4. Word 2007 Spell Check Problem When I run a spell check (Word 2007 > Review > Spelling and Checking) I get a message : Text marked with "Do not check spelling or grammar" was skipped I have not intentionally marked any text in this way. The Word 2007 Help has the following : 1. Select the text that you want the spelling and grammar checker to ignore. 2. On the Review tab, in the Proofing group, click Set Language. 3. Select the Do not check spelling or grammar check box. 4. You can also create a special style that is based on the selected text: My problem is there is no "Set Language " option in my Proofing group so I cannot do step 2 to reverse the marking of the text. My questions are : Q1. What could be the reason there is no "Set Language " option in my Proofing group? Q2. Is there another way to de-mark text? Any help with this would be appreciated.
  5. Quote from Newbie of 29 Feb "I suspect that in your case the cell M10 has some value (even if it is a space character or something similar and left over from some other operation). Thus, first check if that assumpation is correct, i.e. if cell M10 contains anything, and perhaps try a Delete and/or Clean Contents operation on M10, then try out writing your formula and see if M10 is automatically selected." Your assumption is correct. The problem disappeared when I cleaned the cells involved by using the "Clear All" option. Thanks for your help.
  6. 23 Feb 2012 Excel 2007 : Problem with Excel guessing which cells I want in a formula When I enter a formula Excel guesses which cells I want in the formula. For example, if I want cell J10 to contain the sum of cells K10 and L10 (i.e. J10 = K10+L10) and I enter "=" in J10 then click K10 to have it inserted in the formula, instead Excel inserts the range "K10:M10". Is there a way to turn off this unwanted "help" from Excel? Of course I done online searches for a solution but they turned up nothing possibly because I don't know the magic words that describe the problem. Thanks in advance for any help in answering my question. - Novice
  7. Excel 2007 : Is it possible to conditionally hide a row? Is it possible to make the visibility of a row conditional on a value in a cell of the row? For example, can a row be hidden if the first cell of the row contains the value 5 but otherwise the row is visible? Ditto question for columns. The question comes up in the context of time series that are step functions. Any help would be appreciated. I couldn't find an answer in Excel 2007 Help. - Novice
  8. 19 Oct 11 Excel 2007: Editing a date causes a format change - Solution Geej, Available date formats The available date formats depend on the location the user specifies on the page: format cells > number > date. I could choose 14.03.01 because I had my location as English (New Zealand). This format is not offered if the location is English (United States). Extension of the problem I changed my location to English (United States), chose different date formats and tried editing but got the same result as before. I also noticed that I don't even have to edit the date for the problem to occur. Just double clicking the cell is enough to change the date to text. Solution of the problem I had customized my Win 7 date format using: control panel > region and language > formats > additional settings > date I went to the same page and chose reset and that has fixed the problem in Excel 2007. Conclusion Customizing the date format in Win 7 via the control panel page above, feeds through into Excel 2007 and can cause problems with dates in worksheets. - Novice
  9. 18 Oct 11 Excel 2007: Editing a date causes a format change Geej, Thanks for the suggestion but I had already done what you advise. This is what I did: 1. format cells > number > date > 14.03.01 2. In the cell the date displays as 30.10.95 and in the formula bar as 1995/10/30. No problems at this stage and I can subtract the date from another date. 3. In the formula bar, I then deleted the 0 in 30 and replaced it with 1. When I hit enter, the date as displayed in the cell changed from 30.10.95 to 1995/10/31. In the formula bar, the date displayed changed from 1995/10/30 to ^1995/10/31. The ^ indicating it had become text. When I edit a number it does not change to text so I do not understand why a date should be any different. I did not have this problem with dates in previous versions of Excel. BTW, I meant, of course, "Excel 2007 help" in my last post. - Novice
  10. 17 Oct 11 Excel 2007: Editing a date causes a format change When I edit a date (e.g. changing the month) the format of the cell changes from "date" to "general" and the edited date has a ^ symbol before it in the formula bar indicating it has become text. This stops me from using it in formulas (e.g. I cannot subtract it from another date to find the interval between them). I have searched Word 2007 help without being able to find a way to stop this format change. Any help would be welcome. - Novice
  11. 16 Dec 2010 Does MS Word have a feature similar to a Workbook in MS Excel 2003? Does any version of MS Word have a feature similar to a workbook in MS Excel 2003? That is, a single file containing multiple documents preferably accessed by clicking on a tab. I have tried searches of Word Help using keywords such as "workbook", "volume", etc but did not find what I was looking for. I would appreciate any help answering this question. -Novice
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  13. 23 May 10 Clarification Apologies. I did not make it clear what I was asking. I do not want to revert to Win XP. Instead I want to replace my Win XP / Ubuntu 9.10 dual boot with a Win 7 / Ubuntu 9.10 dual boot. In the best of all possible worlds I would leave my BIOS unchanged with its current AHCI setting and install Win 7 which would subsitute itself for my disabled Win XP in my dual boot menu. However I have a feeling it will not be that simple. I suspect installing Win 7 (assuming that is possible on top of a disabled Win XP) will mess up my dual boot menu which was created by Unbuntu 9.10 when it was installed. My questions are : Q1. Can Win 7 be installed on top of a disabled Win XP ? Q2. If yes and I install Win 7 will it mess up my dual boot menu or simply substitute itself for Win XP in the menu ? Any help in answering these questions would be appreciated. Enabling AHCI on Win XP without reinstalling Win XP I am not sure I could implement the solution at . One reason is I do not understand a basic premise of the solution. For example, it begins: “1. Go to Intel's download centre and download the latest version of the Intel Matrix Storage Manager (, 8/2/2007 at time of writing) for your OS:” Where do you go FROM to get to Intel's download centre ? My Win XP will not start in “Safe Mode” so what is the environment in which the solution can be implemented? - Novice “Everything should be made as simple as possible but not simpler” - Einstein _________________________________________________________
  14. WIN XP Booting Problem - 22 May 10 Tripredacus, thanks for the info in your post of 6 May. It is exactly what I did. I installed Win XP with the BIOS set for IDE and subsequently set the BIOS for AHCI. I found the following at “The problem is that if you installed Windows in IDE mode (ie you didn't use F6 and supply a driver disk), then simply changing the BIOS setting to AHCI mode and rebooting will cause Windows to fail and will require a repair install. Most people have been advising to reinstall Windows if you want AHCI enabled.” I have read that Win 7 supports AHCI “out of the box” so instead of re-installing Win XP I may try to install Win 7 to replace Win XP. I had previously installed Win XP then Ubuntu 9.10 which created a dual boot menu. If I install Win 7 the order will be Ubuntu 9.10 (which is already present on my HDD2) followed by an install of Win 7 to my HDD1. Any ideas on whether this will work would be appreciated. - Novice