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PDF Table To Excel Conversion

June 30th, 2010 admin



I’m often searching for free tools to convert between various file formats for clients, and frequently find “free” online converters.   Most of the time, these free converters have limited features or don’t actually work as advertised.

I was pleasantly surprised to find after I was asked to convert a large PDF table into Excel format.   It’s simple to use – simply upload the PDF and wait for the resulting Excel file to be emailed back to you (only takes a few minutes).  

The results are pretty amazing, with formatting such as layout and colors all converted accurately.

Quick Tip : How to insert a Euro Symbol into Excel

February 11th, 2010 admin

There are two ways to do this:

1) Click on the Insert menu and select Symbol.   You can then select the Euro symbol.

2) Type Alt+0128

More details and instructions for other keyboards here:

How To Open Multiple Excel or Powerpoint Windows

December 23rd, 2009 admin

Have you ever wanted to open multiple PowerPoint or Excel windows, but found that they always open up within the one window?    Yes, you can look at two open files, but they’re always within the same window.

The problem is, Powerpoint and Excel limit one instance of the program to each logged-in user.   Here’s an inspired “bodge” to get around the limitation!

1) Create a new local user account, say “office”

2) Use the built in “runas” account to start the program as this new user:

runas /user:office “c:\program files\microsoft office\office12\powerpoint.exe”

You can do this with multiple usernames to create multiple instances!