Microsoft Office .doc format is the most commonly used editable document format even though Microsoft Office is a very expensive software. For companies or home users that cannot afford to buy Microsoft Office to have the Word module, but would like to have the support to open .doc or .docx files, then you should try TextMaker Viewer 2010.
TextMaker Viewer 2010 is a free document viewer for all common word processing formats. It is useful to open documents created in Microsoft Word, TextMaker, or OpenDocument format, but you haven’t installed the respective word processor as it is small with only 4MB in size.
Currently TextMaker Viewer 2010 supports the following word formats:
.docx, .docm Microsoft Word 2007
.sxw from OpenOffice.org/StarOffice Text
.dotx, .dotm Microsoft Word 2007 templates
.rtf Rich Text Format
.doc Microsoft Word 6.0 up to Word 2007
.psw Pocket Word (Pocket PC)
.dot Microsoft Word templates 6.0 up to 2007
.pwd Pocket Word (Handheld PC)
.tmd TextMaker 6.0 up to 2010
.htm/html HTML documents
.odt OpenDocument Text
.txt Text files (DOS, Windows, Unicode, UTF-8)
1. Visit http://www.softmaker.de/reg/tmwv10_en.htm
2. Fill up the form and make sure you enter a working email address because the serial number license will be sent there. Submit the form when finished filling up.
3. Check your email and note down the license information.
4. Download TextMaker Viewer 2010 and install.
5. Run TextMaker Viewer 2010 and click the Enter Serial Number button. Enter your name, your e-mail address and serial number given to register the software.
We have previously covered an easy tip where you can use Microsoft Office 2010 trial period for 6 months without activating your product key. All you need to do is run the OSPPREARM.exe tool located in the Common Files folder in Program Files. Whenever the 30 day trial period is up, all you need to do is run the file. Microsoft allows the tool to be ran a maximum of 5 times which gives you a total trial period of 180 days.
If for some reason you are unable to find the file, you can use this portable and simple tool to do it. This application is called Office 2010 Trial Extender and it does the same thing as the manual method. Simply run the tool and click the Rearm button.
Office 2010 Trial Extender requires .NET Framework 3.5 or higher to run and it works on both Microsoft Office 2010 32 bit and 64 bit. Although the rearm feature was made for corporate users and not for home users, there is nothing illegal about it since after installing Microsoft Office 2010, the rearm tool is installed together with it.
Microsoft Office 2010 comes with a ribbon interface which looked very nice and got a mixed reactions. Some people thinks that it takes too much time and patience to learn while some people thinks that it is easier since it uses tabs and can place more commands to the ribbon toolbar. Microsoft Office 2003 was the last version of Office suite which comes with a classic menu and without the ribbon toolbar. If you have recently switched to Office 2010 from 2003, you could have trouble finding the menu and toolbar commands to bold the fonts, changing the background color, underlining text and etc.
There are third party plugins to bring back the classic menu but it would be best to learn the new ribbon interface because when you not using your computer, you will have trouble working with the Office suite. Instead of paying money to go to Microsoft Office classes to learn about it, you can learn by yourself online, thanks to Microsoft Office team.
They have created a free interactive guides that shows you where your favorite menu and toolbar commands are located in Office 2010. Just click the command or button that you want to find and the guide will show you its location in the 2010 version of the program. It uses SilverLight plugin for the animation and all you need to do is select the commands in Office 2003 that you see on the screen and the animation will show you where to locate it in Office 2010. Currently only Word, PowerPoint and Excel guides are available and the rest will be available soon.
PowerPoint is a presentation software that is included in Microsoft Office 2010. It can be used to create slideshows and also to view or play slideshow created by PowerPoint. One of the reason that PowerPoint became so popular is because the simplicity to use the program to present a slideshow. Not every person or company are willing to spend hundreds of dollars to buy the Microsoft Office license just because of PowerPoint. If you need to play a powerpoint slideshow but the computer is without Microsoft Office, then you can use PowerPoint Viewer 2010.
PowerPoint Viewer 2010 lets you view full-featured presentations created in PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 with full fidelity. This viewer also supports opening password-protected Microsoft PowerPoint presentations. You can view and print presentations, but you cannot edit them in the PowerPoint Viewer.
This powerpoint viewer 2010 software is provided by Microsoft for free and anyone can download, install and use it. The viewer can only play the new transitions and video effects that were introduced in Office 2010 but not any web video that you embedded in your presentations. The PowerPoint Viewer 2010 requires to be installed and the setup file is 60.3MB in size.
In Windows 7, you can get documented help by clicking the Orb button and then select Help and Support which is located at the bottom right. A Windows Help and Support window will open allowing you to search for help topics. As for Microsoft Office 2010, clicking the question mark icon at the top right will also open a Help window specially for the particular office application.
If you didn’t know, there are two help methods which is the online and offline. The offline help is something like searching through help file that is saved locally onto your hard drive. This is much faster but can be outdated. To get latest help topics, you can toggle searching in Online Help which requires an active internet connection but it is slightly slower for users with slow connection since the information is pulled from Microsoft knowledge base servers.
By default Offline Help is selected and you can toggle to Online Help by clicking the Offline Help text at the bottom right of Windows Help and Support. Select Get online Help and you can start searching. As for Microsoft Office, it is very similar to Windows 7. At the bottom right of the Help window where it says Offline, click once and select Show content frmo Office.com.
Microsoft Word is one of the most powerful text editing software which supports many functions. If you copy a webpage and paste it on Microsoft Word, the font size and type will be maintained as well as any hyperlinks. It is useful but hyperlinks on Microsoft Word documents can be annoying because it is underlined with a blue color. It is possible to manually remove the hyperlinks by right clicking on the link and select Remove Hyperlink.
That would work for a few hyperlinks on the page but what if there are many of them? One solution is to paste them to notepad and then copy it from Notepad again and paste it to Word. This would remove all formatting of the text plus the hyperlink.
Another easier way would be selecting all of the text by pressing CTRL+A and then press Ctrl+Shift+F9 to remove the hyperlinks on all of the text. This shortcut key works on all versions of Microsoft Word. Weirdly this method works but if you select all the text, right click and select Remove Hyperlink, that it won’t work.
When you install Microsoft Office 2010, you will have to enter the 25 character product key first before the installation will start. After installation, a Microsoft Office Activation Wizard window will open asking you to activate Office 2010 over the internet or by telephone. If you choose not to activate by clicking on the Cancel button, you can freely use it for an extra 30 days before the product becomes unlicensed. When Office 2010 becomes unlicensed, the program can still be launched but you won’t be able to make any changes and all the icons at the menu bar are grayed out and disabled.
Fortunately you can do an emergency rearm of the activation to give you another 30 days free usage before it turns unlicensed again. All you need to do is to run the file OSPPREARM.EXE file located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\OfficeSoftwareProtectionPlatform\. This is absolutely legal because the rearm file is created and given by Microsoft for free. Simply run the file and it will tell you that “Microsoft Office rearm successful”. You now have an additional 30 days to use the Office 2010 suite.
You can rearm Office 2010 a maximum of 5 times which should give you 150 days plus the initial 30 days making it a total of 180 days (6 months) of Office 2010 usage without activation.