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I personally use exiftool to extract EXIF or Exchangeable Image File data from files including Microsoft Office files such as .doc, .xls, and .ppt. The newer versions of Microsoft Office have new file extensions as you know which are .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx. The version of exiftool on Backtrack Linux doesn’t extract EXIF data from the latest MS Office file formats however you can easily download the latest exiftool for use on Backtrack Linux 5. Use the information below to download the latest exiftool on Backtrack, install a necessary Perl library, and then start extracting EXIF data from the newer Microsoft Office file versions.

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Earlier I was analyzing a bunch of data and needed to go through a couple hundred columns and fill out specific data in each column. One of the tasks I needed to complete was adding a URL to a single cell and once that URL was added to the cell I needed to then create a hyperlink for each specific cell to a configuration application that had specific data about each URL. Do complete this easier I needed a keyboard shortcut to initiate the hyperlink addition configuration window in Office Excel. Below I describe what the keyboard shortcut is and what it does.

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I have been doing a lot of work in Microsoft Excel lately and there are certain basic tasks that I have never spent the time to learn or at least to remember. One of those items is merging cells together which I typically use for titles of sets of columns in the Excel documentation work that I am performing. Use the steps below to merge cells together.

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I use Outlook 2007 to manage email and to schedule appointments or meeting requests. Recently Outlook crashed and required a scan of the PST file before it would operate properly again. All seemed to be working without issue and then one of my recurring meetings continued to alert me that it was time for the meeting which was incorrect. After dismissing the item it would continue to warn of the issue which lead me to believe that the recurring meeting entry had become corrupted. After poking around some more I was able to verify that the meeting was in fact corrupted and read about all sorts of various steps that could be taken to resolve the issue. After attempting many of those steps including the /cleanreminders switch the meeting still existed and was still corrupted. Below I describe the error in more detail and a simple way to resolve a corrupted recurring meeting entry in the Outlook 2007 calendar.

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A quick and easy way to convert Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) files to pdf is to install the free 2007 Microsoft Office Add-in: Microsoft Save as PDF. It is not necessary to close Word or restart it for the add-in to take effect. When finished installed, click Save As… > .pdf to save the file as pdf.

For that matter, this method works for all Office apps including Powerpoint, OneNote, Excel, and others. This is an alternative to buying Adobe Acrobat Pro.

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