In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 11, 2006 / 17 Menachem-Av, 5766

Microsoft Office 2007 Beta shows promise

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | I am looking at the future, and on the PC these words are first being written with, it's not in Times New Roman. Instead it appears in something called "Calibri," which Microsoft Corp. believes will be easier on the eyes than the old default Word typeface, which has serifs, what the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary defines "...short lines stemming from and at an angle to the upper and lower ends of the strokes of a letter." The typeface in this newspaper - and this newspaper's Web site - uses serifs. Calibri, definitely, does not.

That's a small distinction, I am sure, and one which may not matter much to many readers. And, if you click on the "Font" panel atop the screen, you can switch over to Times New Roman, or any of a dozen other typefaces, without hassle. But it's the first thing that hits as you begin to type with Microsoft Word 2007, and it'll take some getting used to, I think.

Less surprising is the clean, crisp look of the Word screen, with a quick-access toolbar at the very top, and then a palette of choices below. The choices are grouped in "tabbed" menus: "Home" will show you the clipboard, font, paragraph, style and editing menus; there are other tabs to determine the insertion of text, tables and graphics; page layout; references; mail merge and envelopes; document review and a "view" menu that offers a host of options. I had to do some searching to find the "e-mail this document" option; the "File" menu is now a circle with the Office logo in it. Feh.

In most cases, all of these work quite well: I can't recall any other word processor, in roughly 23 years of using such programs, that offers as many reference options, and as easily, as this one does. Scholars, attorneys, and their associates, will likely rejoice at this development. Term papers and other documents should be a breeze with this sort of tool availability; it's very impressive.

The other editing tools are equally impressive, however the "zoom" panel requires more than one step to enlarge text on a screen to the width of the page, something aging "Baby Boomers" may want in lieu of stronger eyewear prescriptions. On closer inspection, there's a small "slider" in the lower right corner that'll adjust type size from 10 percent to 500 percent; at settings above the page width, however, the text won't "wrap" to fit the screen, but rather scroll back and forth as you type. Dramamine might not be a bad option here.

The layout of the program screen is duplicated across the Office 2007 program range, with similar appearances found in the firm's 2007 versions of PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Access. It'll take some getting used to, I guess, but it all seems fresher and brighter than the long-in-the-tooth Windows versions users have struggled with over the years.

I have the feeling that I'll like PowerPoint's new incarnation. It seems a bit friendlier and the "default" layouts are fresh. Apple's "Keynote" it's not, but terms of approach and ease of use, it certainly seems better. Ditto for Excel, although I suspect spreadsheet aficionados will rejoice even more than I am doing.

There's one final surprise - Word 2007's "default" file format is not backwards compatible, or cross-platform friendly to Mac versions of Word. Those who want to share files with non-2007 users will need to save them in an "older" format. Ironically, when such files are opened on another computer, the Times New Roman type face returns as the "default."

You can find out more about Office 2007 at http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/default.mspx, and, despite the occasional surprise, I believe this is one new program worth checking out.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.


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