Irritant: Excessive selection

I want to select a sentence. Sometimes, instead of the sentence, the entire paragraph is selected. Inside a table, contents of the entire cell are selected. It is inexplicable and frustrating. Here is what you do in such cases.

Here is the action replay. I want to select the second paragraph.
I am using Shift Right Arrow to select the text, one character at a time.



Usually we get frustrated at this point. We give up the effort and start all over again … HOPING that it will work this time.

The solution is … Press SHIFT  and LEFT ARROW once. That’s all.

Even if you use Shift CTRL RightArrow to select word by word, this problem can occur. The solution is exactly the same. Shift LeftArrow.

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Irritant: How to forget a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 10

We often need to forget a Wi-Fi network or change its properties. This was easily possible by using the right click menu (also called the context menu). With Windows 10, there is no context menu. Frustrating! Here is the solution.

Click on the network icon in taskbar to open the list of connections. At the bottom click Network Settings. Now you see another list of Wi-Fi networks. DO NOT go there. Click on Manage Wi-Fi settings.

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Ignore the Wi-Fi Sense settings on top. Scroll down to Manage Known Networks. CLICK (not right click) on the network you want and then finally you see the Forget button.


Enjoy the experience!

How to apply numbering when there is false numbering?

Sometimes we get Word document containing a numbered list – but it is actually not proper numbering. It is manually typed 1 <space><space> Text kind of numbering.

How to repair this issue and put proper numbering? Simple. Just select the data and apply Numbering from the Home tab. That’s all – Word is smart enough to understand the problem and solve it. Just ONE CLICK. Did you know that? (BTW, one more click and you can remove all the numbering.)

Some of you must have wasted lot of time REMOVING the existing bad numbering Green with envy


Simple solution to an irritating problem: Copy pasting slides

Here is a simple but very useful feature for you.

The problem

We often copy slides from one presentation to another. Each presentation usually has a different design template.

When you paste a slide into the destination presentation, it takes on the appearance of the local template. Usually this spoils the original slide thoroughly.

Now you get very frustrated and try to repair the damage manually by trying to format each element of the slide.





After copying to destination


The solution

It is much simpler than you think.

Look for that ever helpful icon (it is called SmartTag for a reason!).

Click on it and choose Keep Source Formatting.



That’s it.


What really happened?

Your destination presentation already had a presentation Master (with multiple layouts). You pasted a slide from another presentation and chose Keep Source Formatting. Now the master slide and layouts from original presentation were copied into the destination presentation.

Open the Design tab – open the dropdown – now you can see both the masters.


Applying any design to any slide

Now that you have multiple designs (templates) available in the same presentation, you can use any design for any slide.

Just choose the slide(s), Right click on the desired design and choose Apply to selected slides



Be careful here. If you click on the design directly, it will apply to ALL slides!