Friday, March 23, 2007

Clear Excess Formatting in Excel Files

Microsoft have a very interesting tool on their website.

The Excel Excess Formatting Cleaner Add-in program removes all formatting that has been applied beyond the cell range that contains data, or beyond the cell range that is covered by shapes, in each worksheet in the workbook. This reduces the file size of a converted Lotus 1-2-3 file or of a file that has formatting applied beyond the data range.

You can also use this add-in program to resolve various printing and viewing problems that are caused by extra formatting that is applied outside the last cell (as defined by the UsedRange property to determine which cells in the worksheet contain data).
Once installed you can find the application in the File Menu under Close.
This worked brilliantly for the files I tried it on with significant file size decrements of 25%-60%.
As far as I can see the only forseeable problem with this is that sheets that are preformatted to take pasted values (eg. via a macro) could lose their formatting.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Cheap Office 2007 for Australian Uni Students

Copied from Nick Mayhew

It's Not Cheating - special promotion for uni students

What is

Approx. 1 million Australian students in 43 Australian universities will be able to purchase Office Ultimate 2007 online for AUD$75 outright or AUD$25 for one year (subscription) simply by providing their university email address for verification purposes.

How long?

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· Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 with Business Contact Manager

· Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007

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Ps. Tutors and alumnis can purchase too – as long as they have a university email address!