How to Build Fractions in Word 2010 by Peter Talent

Word 2010’s AutoCorrect feature can build common fractions for you. Actually, Word doesn’t build fractions as much as it pulls them from a set of existing fraction “characters.”

Word has only a few of those fraction characters. When you need your own, specific fraction, such as 3/64, you can create it on your own:

Step 1 Press Ctrl+Shift+= (the equal sign).
This keyboard shortcut enables the superscript command. (Superscript refers to a letter or number written above and to the side of another).

 Step 2 Type the numerator — the top part of the fraction.
For example, type 3 for 3/64.

Step 3 Press Ctrl+Shift+= again.
This time, the key combo turns off superscripting.

Step 4 Type the slash mark (/). This slash mark becomes the divider in the fraction.

 Step 5 Press Ctrl+= to turn on subscripting.  Subscripting involves a letter or number below and to the side of another.

Step 6 Type the denominator — the bottom part of the fraction.  The denominator in 3/64 is 64.

 Step 7 Press Ctrl+= to turn off subscripting.
There’s your fraction.

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Controlling Business with Microsoft Excel by Peter Talent



Sometimes you may need to hide data in a
particular cell in an Excel worksheet. Let’s say you have some data in cell C5
you would like to hide from another viewer. See below;

Excel step 1

Click cell C5 to select it, and then click in the small square in the Number section (known as a dialog box launcher). See below:-

Excel step 2

Step 1 – When the Format Cells dialog box opens, click the Numbers tab (if necessary)

Step 2 – Select Custom from the Category list.

Step 3 – Now double-click the Type entry box and type three semicolons – ;;;

Step 4 – Click OK to close the dialog box and accept your new formatting.  (See below)

Excel Steps 3

At this point, the data in cell C5 disappears. It’s still there and will work in calculations, but it isn’t visible. If you need to check the data, just click the blank cell and the contents appear in the Formula entry box.



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