Lori Kaufman

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

Today marks the release of Microsoft Office 2016. We’ve tested some of the more notable, cool new features and enhancements, which we’ll show you here in our standard How-To Geek style screenshot tour with lots of pictures.

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Section breaks in Word allow you to break up your document into sections and format each section differently. When you create a new document there is only one section by default, but you can add different types of section breaks as needed.

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You can easily convert PDF files to editable text in Linux using the “pdftotext” command line tool. However, if there are any images in the original PDF file, they are not extracted. To extract images from a PDF file, you can use another command line tool called “pdfimages”.

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By default, Ubuntu checks for system updates every day and prompts you when they are available. At that point, you can choose to download and install the updates immediately or have Ubuntu remind you later. However, you can also choose to have updates downloaded and installed automatically.

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There are various reasons why you might want to convert a PDF file to editable text. Maybe you need to revise an old document and all you have is the PDF version of it. Converting PDF files in Windows is easy, but what if you’re using Linux?

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If you have a spreadsheet where the text in your column headings (not the lettered column headings) is longer than the text in the columns, and there are a lot of columns, you may want to rotate the text in your headings so the columns become narrower.

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If you have a table with many rows and columns, it can be difficult to read. Adding shading to the table can make reading the data in our table easier. For example, you can add shading to every other row and/or column using a color or pattern.

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Word allows you to put a border around most types of items in your document, such as text, pictures, and tables. You can also add a border to either all the pages in your document or certain pages in your document using section breaks.

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By default, when you insert a table, there is a simple, black border around all the cells in the table. However, you may want to change or remove the borders, and there are a few easy ways you can do this.

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Normally, Excel uses the A1 cell reference style which uses letters for column headings and numbers for row headings. However, if you notice there are numbers on both the row headings and column headings, that’s the R1C1 cell reference style. No worries. It’s easy to change it back.

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Word tracks certain summary information about documents, such as the number of words in a document. If you want to display the number of words contained in your document in the document itself that you can quickly update, this is easily accomplished.

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Underlining is a common task in Word, and easily done, but what if you need to overline (also called overscore or overbar), some text? Overlining is common in scientific fields, but there are various reasons for overlining text. However, Word doesn’t make it easy.

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Word makes it easy to format text as hidden so it can’t be viewed or printed. What if you want some text hidden on the screen, but you want to be able to print the hidden text? No worries, easily done.

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Windows 10 includes enhanced app notifications that can display on the start menu, in the Action Center, and even on a flyout above the Notification bar. The Mail app uses the Windows notification system to notify you of new emails.

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By default, when you search the web in Windows 10 using the new Search box on the Taskbar or using Cortana, you get results from Bing. However, if you prefer getting your search results from Google, there’s a way to change this behavior.

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There are various reasons why you may want to protect a document. Whatever the case, you may want to make a document read-only without requiring a password to open it. We’ll show you a few different methods of doing this.

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If you’re creating a Word document containing sensitive information only to be viewed by certain people, you can add a password to the document so it can’t be opened by anyone who doesn’t know the password. We’ll show you two ways do this.

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If you use Google Calendar but also use Outlook for calendar items as well as email and contacts, you might be looking for a way to keep the two calendars in sync. Look no further. We will show you how to do this using a free tool.

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When you create a table in Word, you can have the table automatically resized to fit the contents. However, sometimes you may want to freeze the size of the cells in the rows and columns so they will not change. This is easy to accomplish.

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Excel includes a feature that allows you to quickly apply some basic formatting to inserted rows, columns, or cells in your worksheet. When you insert any of these items, a small, floating button, called “Insert Options”, displays next to the inserted row, column, or cell.

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When writing a document, most of us write the first draft, making changes as you go. Then, you edit it, rewrite it, and rearrange it. When rearranging a document, you may want to reorder some paragraphs. We’ll show you an easy way to do this.

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Word can automatically create a backup of your document every time you save it. However, you can also have Word automatically save your document for you at regular intervals using the AutoRecover feature and use this feature to recover any changes lost in your documents.

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By default, Word 2013 does not automatically save backup copies of your documents, but you can easily enable this feature. However, these backup files use the “.wbk” extension. So, how do you open these backup files if you need to access them?

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Backing up your documents is always a good thing to do, but not always something we remember to do. Word can automatically create a backup copy of your Word document every time you save it and we’ll show you how to do this.

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If you’re writing a document that includes images, you may want to add annotations to those images to clarify what they represent. You can add callouts to your images to point out particular parts of the image and add text to describe those parts.

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