Enabling curved quotation marks for MS Word

On two occasions when I had my computer’s hard drive replaced, and reinstalled MS Word, I found that Word documents was rendering all quotation marks as straight quotation marks rather than as curved quotation marks. Here is how to fix the problem in MS Word: Open up a Word file Go to the “Tools” menu…

Coeliac disease is not so straight-forward

You can be diagnosed with coeliac disease, or have tests which give indications that you may have it; but that does not necessarily mean that you actually have it. Or, if you do, just by going on a gluten-free diet (GFD) you may not solve the problem. With celiac disease, gluten protein encourages your body’s…

Unusual rhyming words (orange, purple, and silver)

Some words are notoriously difficult to find a true rhyme for, such as orange, purple, and silver. But there is hope yet … ORANGE Blorange, or The Blorange, is a hill in Wales. QI : What Rhymes With Orange? However, according to Alan Skorkin, this is not strictly correct as he alleges that the correct…

Creating columns in WordPress

Here is a way to go about creating columns in WordPress: The starting code for Column 1 is div style=”float:left;width:50%;” closed off by /div The starting code for Column 2 is div style=”float:right;width:50%;” closed off by /div In this instance, there are more lines of text within Column 2, so here is a test to…

Removing tabs from a MS Word document

I found that when I pasted text from one particular programme into Microsoft Word that I got a whole lot of tab markers across the top of the Word document. It didn’t seem to make a difference, but it annoyed me nonetheless. Here is how to delete all tab stops from a MS Word document:…

Computer shortcuts (Windows)

For various Windows programmes: Copy: Ctrl+C Copy all: Ctrl+A Cut: Ctrl+X Find: Ctrl+F Paste: Ctrl+V Undo: Ctrl+Z Firefox: Open main menu: Alt or F10 (this switches to the first drop-down menu at the top of the window; e.g.: “File”) Full screen (toggle): F11 View page information: Ctrl+I View page source: Ctrl+U Zoom text larger: Ctrl+=…

Palindromes

A palindrome is a word, phrase, or sentence which can be read the same either forwards or backwards (punctuation, word spacing, and capitalisation are ignored for this purpose). An easy example of a palindrome is the word “eye”, which can be read the same from either end. Other examples of single words which are palindromes:…