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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 – Permalink –
Date an Octothorpe
Date an Octothorpe
Some more of those things I'm sure I used to know
The keyboard combination of Alt+Shift+D inserts the current date in MS Word and PowerPoint. Ctrl+; (semicolon) does it in Excel and Access.
If you do not like the date's format, select a different one with Insert>Date and Time and, if you would like to make that permanent, click on the Default button in the lower left corner of the dialog box (in PowerPoint it's in the lower right corner).
In Excel, Ctrl+Shift +# formats the entry as day-month-year. Ctrl+1 will display the "Format cells" dialog box.
BTW, the "hash, pound or number" sign # is also called an "octothorpe".
The person who named it combined Octo for the eight points and Thorpe for James Thorpe.
"Bell Labs engineer, Don Macpherson, went to instruct their first client, the Mayo Clinic, in the use of the new (touch tone phone system). He felt the need for a fresh and unambiguous name for the # symbol. His reasoning that led to the new word was roughly that it had eight points, so ought to start with octo-. He was apparently at that time active in a group that was trying to get the Olympic medals of the athlete Jim Thorpe returned from Sweden, so he decided to add thorpe to the end."
While we're at it, the "backwards P, Enter mark" ¶ is actually named a "pilcrow".
The pilcrow was used in medieval times to mark a new train of thought, before the convention of using paragraphs was commonplace.
Geek-speak names for punctuation marks
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Friday, June 27, 2008 – Permalink –
Avoid AutoComplete ErrorsDon't start
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Sunday, April 13, 2008 – Permalink –
Canada/US Postal Codes
Automatic Input masks
If you have a mix of Canadian and US postal codes, you might play with the following code inserted as a Country control "After Update" Event property.
Trinity University - San Antonio, Texas:
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Thursday, January 17, 2008 – Permalink –
What the ####
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Saturday, August 25, 2007 – Permalink –
Access does not provide much room to enter long expressions in queries, forms, or reports.
You can drag the column wider, but there is a neater, quicker method.
<Doug Klippert@ 7:48 AM
Saturday, June 02, 2007 – Permalink –
Zeros - Before and After
Nothing's a problem
Zero Padding Numeric Strings
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Monday, February 19, 2007 – Permalink –
New Line in Memo
Labels and Text boxes
When you're using a form to enter text in a memo field, pressing [Enter] within the text inserts a line break.
However, when you're working with a memo in a table's Datasheet view, pressing [Enter] moves the focus to the next field.
You can force line breaks when you're entering text by pressing [Ctrl][Enter]. This technique also works with text fields and can be applied when you're entering text in labels or text boxes on a form.
To permanently configure a text box so that pressing [Enter] inserts a new line, set its EnterKeyBehavior property equal to New Line In Field.
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