Nifty Office Features: Snapping Windows

Ok, so this isn’t really an Office feature, but it is quite a nifty Windows feature. Mac has a similar option.

Have you ever wanted to keep one window static while working in another window? For example, writing in Word while researching in Chrome. It’s a bother to go back and forth between windows or to resize the windows, right? How about a third window? A fourth?! This is madness, Joshua!

Just choose a window, and drag it all the way to the left or to the right of the screen. You’ll notice a flash. Release the mouse, and that window will now remain static on exactly half the screen. Other open windows will appear on the opposite side of the screen so that you can select the second window to occupy the second half of the screen. Nifty. (Be sure that you’ve enabled multi-tasking in settings.)

On Mac, at the top left of a window, long click the green dot that takes a window into full screen. The long click splits the screen and places that window on one side, allowing you to choose the second window.

These folks explain it quite well.

This is especially helpful during Zoom meetings. Enjoy!

Just Another Visual Aid: Citation Roadmap

I’m a designing mad man this week! I had a few students who didn’t quite get the concept that citations for a rule statement should be ordered by weight of authority (usually) and that subsequent memo sections should maintain that order. So, here’s another visual aid.

I think a new series is in the works. Just Another Visual Aid.


Nifty Office Features: =RAND()

Need to randomize a list, such as your class roster to assign groups? Use excel and the =RAND() formula!

  1. Add the list of names to one column.
  2. In the first cell of the next column, add the forumla =RAND().
  3. Copy the formula down the column. (Double-click the fill handle.)
  4. Each name now has a random number.
  5. Sort the column with numbers. It doesn’t really matter whether you do it by largest or smallest number.

And VOILA! Your list of names are now sorted randomly.