Praise often turns losers into winners.
Appreciation is a wonderful thing:
it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well. –Voltaire
Although requirements gathering and analysis are often not the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects of development projects, this article discusses why they are so important and how to make them more productive.
Taking your hands off of the keyboard to use the mouse to select a menu item or press a toolbar button can significantly slow down your work (and sometime break your train of thought). Take advantage of myriad of function key shortcuts available in MS Word on this list. (Note: Although this list is specifically for MS Word 2000, most of the shortcuts are valid in MS Word 97, as well.)
Much of the bandwidth needs today are driven by the emergence of the World Wide Web as the preeminent communications medium. Read this interview with the first American to post a document to the Web over 10 years ago.
Textractor is a nifty utility that can capture/log all text written to the screen by an application. This is useful for those testing situations where you need to track screen output, but don't want to save a large collection of screenshots. It also helps when an application writes something to the screen that flashes by before you can read it.
CloseIEx adds two buttons to your Internet Explorer (IE) toolbar: one to close all instances of IE and another to close all instances except the one that you are using. This is handy for web applications to open many windows and for removing those pop up and "pop under" advertising windows.
need to add worksheets to an Excel workbook (document), typically, you
use the Insert | Worksheet main menu command. A much faster
way to do this is to simply press <Shift>+<F11> and Excel
will add a new blank worksheet before (in front of) whichever sheet
you were working on at the time. Also, in Excel you can the default
number of worksheets per workbook to one (to save disk space!) by selecting
Tools | Options… from the main menu. Select the
General tab in the Options window and change
Sheets in new workbook to 1. Press
OK to save your change.
efficiency, MS Word provides an extensive collection of keyboard shortcuts
that you can use to perform common operations. You can easily print
a list of these keyboard shortcuts as a quick reference guide. To do
so, choose File | Print from the main menu. In the
Print dialog box, choose Key Assignments from the
Print What dropdown list, and then press
OK. Word will print a multi-page table that lists the keyboard
shortcuts (if any) assigned to each command, as well as the corresponding
menu and menu for the command, if you prefer to use the mouse.
working with a document that will undergo several draft stages before
it's finalized, it's often a good idea to maintain an audit trail in
case you ever need to review earlier drafts. Rather than saving each
draft of a document as a separate file, use the Versions feature to
save each draft within the same document. Using the Versions feature
to save drafts results in a smaller overall file size than saving each
draft as a separate file and the hassle of having to name the versions
of your document. To manually save the current version of your document,
choose File | Versions from the main menu bar. In the
Versions dialog box, press Save Now. When prompted, provide
a comment that will help you to differentiate the version from others
after you've saved it, and then click
OK. To automatically save a version of the current document each
time you close it, choose File | Versions from the main menu,
select the Automatically Save A Version On Close check box, and
then press Close. The next time you close the document, Word
saves it as a new version within the same file. To open a previous version
of your document, choose File | Versions from the menu bar to
open the Versions dialog box. Select the version you'd like
to open in the Existing Versions list box, and then press
Open. (Note: When making revisions to a previous version of your
document, you'll need to save the modified version as a separate file
in order to preserve the changes.)