Free Windows Live Office Web Apps

Windows Live Office Web Apps – Free Access Word, Excel, PowerPoint & OneNote Online

Office Web Apps are the web-based solutions by companies for word, OneNote, Excel, PowerPoint, which has been launched along with Office Mac 2011 and Office 2010. With the help of these applications user are able to create, view, edit share and collaborate them with the documents, presentation, worksheets, and notes from almost anywhere with the internet accessibility. The best part of these applications is that they are free of charge apps and everybody can get himself or herself registered for these services irrespective of the fact whether they have the license key for office 2010 or not.

These online office web apps are based on cloud technology and they efficiently switch to Offline Live Workshop. These apps have availability in two variants, first is Windows Live, this is free for home users through interaction with the Window Live SkyDrives and Docs.com, on the other hand Enterprises and Corporate can install app on self hosted SharePoint 2010 along with volume licensing agreement.

Office Web Apps offers web based version of Excel, Word, OneNote and PowerPoint presentation, which offers up to 25 GB of data storage on SharePoint 2010 Or Window Live SkyDrives for files with any kind of extension. Office web apps also provide you with option to store the documents on your local computer along with the online data storage. With these apps, you do not have to search for extra viewer such as Visio 2010 or PowerPoint 2010, because the documents are going to be opened in web browser and you do not have to worry regarding compatibility.

Microsoft is regularly making improvements in Office Web Apps. In recent times, numerous attributes has been combined with office web apps such as ability to take print out in addition to view, ability to insert clipart and charts, auto fill option etc.

Apart from the basic editing features in office web apps, it does not have enhanced features, which come with desktop applications. Users can directly and effortlessly open the document in office web application, which has already been opened in desktop application, without the need to transfer the file manually. After the completion of editing, the file will automatically take the backup on the web server without the need for manually saving.

Office web apps full version has been made available for user of many countries including UK, US, Ireland, Canada and more, a few might not be in the local language. You can access the office web apps on office.live.com with the supported browser, which are, for Windows Internet Explorer 7 or above, For Mac OS Safari 4 or above, and for Windows, Mac, and Linux Firefox 3.5

How to Publish and Store Documents on Office Web Apps

Spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentation, Word Documents can be directly saved on Window Live SkyDrives  with the help of “Backstage View” of Excel 2010, Word 2010, OneNote 2010 and PowerPoint 2010 just by clicking Share >Save to SkyDrive. Users can make a new folder or save the changes in existing folder on SkyDrives.

Alternate Method, follow one of these procedures for accessing office web apps and upload the file directly using the web browser. You can also upload the file with desktop application “Window Live SkyDrive Explorer”

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Hotkey to Switch between Tabs or Screens in the Same Window in IE7

Hotkey to Switch between Tabs or Screens in the Same Window in IE7

I remember the days when I used to have difficulty with the shortcut keys for changing between the tabs. Yes, I am talking about the time when Internet Explorer 7 was first introduced. This hitch lingered around me for quite sometime, as I had become quite used to using the ALT-TAB that was ideally meant for switching between the windows, before transitioning to IE7.

I am sure that many of you must have faced similar problems, especially if you are lazy like me to reach out to the mouse right in front of us, to switch to another IE tab.

It took me at least a few days to learn that Ctrl-Tab on the keyboard will help me to move from one IE tab to another, which is on the same window.

Please be reminded that you still can continue using the Alt-Tab function to switch between the open windows (Windows are different and tabs are different. The difference is each instance of the browser is a window and tabs are  instances open within a window) on the computer. In the beginning, I found Ctrl-Tab function a little difficult to use as I had to slither my thumb all the way to the bottom left corner, to press the keys.

How I wish, there is a windows hotkey for the same feature! Anybody who knows the knack to switch between the IE7 screens on the same window? Please let me know.

How Can I Improve, Enhance, Make Better Browsing Experience With Internet Explorer

Tweak Internet Explorer to Enhance Speed

Most Internet Explorer (IE) users complain about its slow speed, and how much time it takes to start up, and load web pages. However, a few tweaks will ensure that your IE experience becomes twice as fast. This article will tell you how to carry out these minor modifications – all you have to do is follow the steps listed out below.

IE Tweak 1

  1. Launch Internet Explorer, and select the option Tools -> Internet Options.
  2. Select the Advanced tab.
  3. In the Settings field, scroll down to the heading called Multimedia. There, you have to clear the check-boxes next to the following options (as per your preference):
    1. Play animations in webpages
    2. Play sounds in webpages
    3. Show pictures
  4. Click on Apply, and then OK.

However, the problem with this tweak is that it will greatly restrict your internet experience – all at the cost of speed. This might not be an attractive option to many.

IE Tweak 2

  1. Again, open the Internet Options dialog.
  2. Select the Content tab.
  3. Under the AutoComplete section, click on the tab that says Settings.
  4. Clear the check-boxes next to the Forms and User names and password on forms options.
  5. Click on OK.
  6. Click on OK at the Internet Options dialog.

IE Tweak 3

  1. Open the Internet Options dialog, and select the Security tab.
  2. Under the Security level for this zone section, click on the tab that says – Custom Level…
  3. In the list that you see, select the Disable option for any (or all) of the following:
    1. ActiveX controls and plugins
    2. Java
    3. Scripting
  4. Click on OK.
  5. Click on OK in the Internet Options dialog.

This tweak too, like Tweak 1 above, will greatly limit your internet browsing experience and you might not like it. However, if you want speed at all costs, it might be worth it.