Posts Tagged ‘Microsoft’

Arrow keys not working in Excel, it scrolls instead

April 7, 2011 8 comments

Been a while since I posted, but here is a quick easy answer to a problem I’ve seen quite often. When you are working in MS Excel it is quite easy to move between fields using the arrow key. Every once in a while I’ll have a client call and as if I can fix their Excel because the arrow makes “everything move”.

The fix for this is simple: The scroll lock key has been pushed on the keyboard. Hit the scroll lock key again and your arrows will work normally. If that doesn’t fix it I would check to make sure you don’t have a macro that is causing issues.

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Windows 7 does have a Run option

December 1, 2010 Leave a comment

I just had a colleague who was complaining because the “run” option was missing from the Start Menu in Windows 7. It took me a moment to figure out what he meant, since I use the feature constantly to open command prompt windows. Then I realized it was no longer called “Run”. Instead it is now called “Search programs and files”.

This is a great little feature. If you type in a command that would have previously worked in “Run”, it will bring up the exactly same thing it did then. Just type in the name of what you are opening and hit enter. Here are some examples of items open from here:

  • cmd – Command prompt
  • mmc – Microsoft Management Console
  • mstsc – Microsoft Terminal Service Client (remote desktop)
  • word – MS Word
  • excel – MS Excel

In addition you can search files and documents here. For instance if you type the word “test” it will search all files, documents, and outlook messages where the word ‘test’ is included. I haven’t used this feature much, but from playing around it seems to work very well.

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