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How to Get Alternative of Any Software?

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The software is a set of instructions which help us perform several tasks on our computer, I guess we all know this already!

There is countless Software like photoshop, movie maker, VLC and millions of others which ease our work like anything. In fact, without such software, a computer is nothing but a brainless machine.

But what to do when these software are not available to us for some reason??

Suppose you want Photoshop immediately to edit your photos but you don't have this software on your computer but editing images are really important. Then we try to find out the best alternatives to Photoshop.

That's what our today's topic of concern is. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps on how to get alternative of any software.

This is the best way to get our job done without having to have the original software. Now you might wonder with the alternative software if you have to compromise with the quality and features the original software provides and all.

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Your concern is somewhat right. You might have to compromise on the features but the alternatives have no lesser features than the original, in fact, they offer somewhat more features, but the original is original after all.

You can even get the alternatives to almost any software you can think of. No matter if you have windows, MAC, iPHONE, iPAD or any other device, AlternativeTo has software for all.

Yes, we are going to use a website called AlternativeTo. Accessing this website is really easy and you can easily get alternatives to almost all the software with the method we will walk you through. So let's get started with the guide.

How to Get Alternative of any Software

The method we are going to tell you to get the alternatives to any software uses a website called “Alternative to”. This website had a collection of thousands of software. Many of them are Open Source Alternatives For Paid Software.

There are many features offered by this website which makes it one of the biggest websites of software. The first and foremost reason is its easy navigation. The Alternative to is extremely easy to use a website. It's the best approach when it comes to finding the alternatives to any software.

Another good thing about this website is the software are not just randomly listed, these are completely based on the user recommendations. Besides that, this website is not specific to provide software for the particular operating system. Regardless of the operating system, you can get software for windows, mac, Linux, iPAD, Android and more.

So let's figure out how to use AlternativeTo and get the alternatives of any software. I can assure you will love this website.

Step 1. First of all, go to Alternativeto.net. The home page of the website looks like the below screenshot.

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Step 2. On the top of the homepage, you can see the navigation bar. These are the different operating systems supported by this website. Here, you need to select the OS you have on your computer. Suppose, you have windows installed on your computer, you need to select Windows, i.e. the first option.

If you have the mac, you should be selecting the second option i.e. MAC, for iPhone users, the option needs to be selected is iPHONE and so on. Once you select any of the appropriate operating systems, you'll see the following screen.

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Step 3. In this step, we need to search for the software we want the replacements of. For this, click on the search bar located on the top right corner, write the name of the software and click on Find Apps.

As sooner you click the FIND APPS button, a list of all the software which are great alternatives to the software you entered, will open up.

Let's take an example of Photoshop. Suppose you want the alternatives to the software Photoshop. Click on the search bar on the top right corner and search for photoshop there.

You will see 161 search results for just this software, think of the database of this website. The best part is, you can even go through the comments and reviews of users to filter your choices. The screenshot of search results of photoshop is given below.

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Not only reviews and comments, you can check out the reliability of the software by the number of likes by the users just next to the software.

Step 4. To let you know more about the software, a two line description is given below the each software name along with the type of software it is i.e. freeware, commercial or open source. You can check out the below screenshot to better understand my sayings.

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Step 5. Moreover, the list of pros of this website doesn't end here. If that little two-line description doesn't seem sufficient to you, you can know more about them by selecting the software.

For that, just select the software which you would like to use and click on it. A description page will open up containing the more details about the software. Which includes, link to the official website, images, category, tags etc.

I chose the first software i.e. GIMP and a description page of this software looks like the below screenshot.

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Now to download the software, you can visit the official website and get the software there.

We just search for one software i.e Photoshop. You can search for any software you like. This website is free to use but you can contribute to this website by helping it increase its database. You can add your software to the list of alternative software if you feel like.

With this, we have reached the end of the guide! Whenever you want alternatives to any software, no need to search here and there how to get alternative of any software, just visit Alternativeto and get countless replacements of your desired software.

If at any point of time you feel difficulty in finding the software of your choice, drop your comment below. And if you know any other better way of finding the alternatives of any software, let us know in the comments below.

 

Sonam is an IT engineer by education and passionate freelance writer/blogger by profession. She is a tech enthusiast and loves to read and write about technology. Her hobbies include reading, watching TV, delving into new things and creating interesting content to help people with all things tech!!

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How to Alphabetize in Excel?

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Microsoft Office is one of the widely used (if not the popular) office suite available today. And, Excel is their spreadsheet software we get along with other tools in the MS Office package.

I hope you know there are some formulas and shortcuts available in Excel using which, you can make the tabulation effortless.

Today, I am going to walk you through some methods to alphabetize in Excel. Trust me; you will thank me later for this!

How to Alphabetize in Excel?

Before getting deep into the core of this post, you must know what the term ‘alphabetization’ in Excel means.

What is Alphabetization in Excel?

Have you heard of sorting? Alphabetization is more of a type of sorting in Excel. Here, you will sort available data in alphabetical (A to Z) or reverse-alphabetical (Z to A) order. If you have a lot of numbers to present, you should present that data in Charts. Here is how you can create charts in Excel.

That’s all. I hope you know what alphabetization means now.

Uses of Alphabetization

#1. Alphabetization makes the data in a spreadsheet more sensible and easy to search for a particular item.

#2. After alphabetization, the duplicate data can be identified without sweating.

How to Alphabetize in Excel?

Now we are here, in the central section of this post. You are going to learn how the alphabetization can be done in Excel.

Method 1: Quick Alphabetization with Buttons

Follow the steps given below to sort columns in Excel.

Step 1: Open the Excel file you want to sort or alphabetize. You can either double-click on the file or use the open option within Excel. If you go with the latter, you should browse the file in which the alphabetization of data is needed.

Step 2: As we are using Excel sort by column, you have to select the column containing the data for alphabetization. The selection of an entire column is done easily by a single click on the letter label (A, B, C, etc. ) of the column.

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Step 3: Now, you must look at the ribbon-like menu with a set of buttons. There, you can see a button with a funnel, A and Z with name Sort and Filter. Click on to see a new menu with a bunch of new options.

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Step 4: You will see four options there; Sort A to Z, Sort Z to A, Custom Sor, and Filter. The first choice is for proper alphabetical order and the second for reverse alphabetical order. The third, Custom Sort needs you to make a few setups.

As we are quickly sorting data here, you need to choose either A to Z or Z to A. If you have something really confidential, it is always a good idea to hide the columns in excel.

Now you can see that all the data are sorted. Though I explained the process in four steps, you

Method 1: Using Custom Sort

Here, you will have to do a few steps more as compared to the previous method.

Step 1: You have to make the necessary selections first. I recommend selecting the entire table so that, sorting based on site headers will be easier.

Step 2: Click on the Sort& Filter button. (If you don’t find the ribbon-like bar with the buttons, consider reading the next section).

Step 3: The third option just above Filter (Custom Sort) is the one we need here. So click on Custom Sort option.

Also Read:- How to Hide Columns in Excel?

Step 4: Now, you will see a new dialogue box (check the image down below to get an idea of it). Under column, you can spot a Sort by option. In order to sort columns in Excel, you must adjust the option.

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Clicking on the drop-down menu just right to the Sort by option reveals the column headers. That particular option determines on the basis of which column; the data should be sorted or alphabetized.

So, you should choose one column header.

Step 5: If your Excel sheet lacks headers, uncheck ‘My data has headers’. Don’t miss this step because Excel will not sort the first row if you uncheck this one.

Step 6: By default, the selection under Sort on the option is Value. If you find anything else, don’t forget to change the same to Value.

Step 7: Next option is Order. As you are going to alphabetize data in Excel, you don’t need a lot of orders but two; A to Z and Z to A.

Clicking on the Order drop-down menu gives you both the alphabetization options. Choose one that suits you the best.

Step 7: Finally, hit the OK button to finish the process.

What if You Don't Find Sort& Filter Button in Excel?

The situations are rare when you can’t find Sort& Filter button. If you are in such a situation, check the Data tab. There, you can find alphabetization and custom sort buttons separately.

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If the above solution doesn’t rescue you, go to View tab and click on Menu bars. There, you can find some checkboxes. Enable Standard from the menu bar options.

Method 3: Using Shortcuts

I know you are familiar with computer shortcuts, aren’t you? Shortcuts are time savers for those who use it efficiently.

Three keyboard shortcuts are available which can assist you in sorting Excel data within no time.

Alt+ H, S, S – For alphabetical sorting

Alt+ H, S, O – For reverse-alphabetical sorting

Alt+ D, S – To open Custom Sort dialogue box

N.B. – Don’t forget to select the necessary columns before hitting the shortcut keys. In earlier versions of Office, A to Z and Z to A quick sorting only arrange the selected columns. So, you must select the entire table in order to sort all the cells.

Also Read:- How to Create a Pie Chart in Excel?

Wrapping Up

Don’t you know how to alphabetize in Excel? I have explained three different methods for sorting.

In addition to all the above methods to sort columns in Excel, you can make use of VLOOKUP and COUNTIF statements as well. Also, learn to create bar graphs in excel.

We already have a VLOOKUP Excel tutorial here on ExpertHoot. You should check out the same for basic information.

If you face any difficulty in sorting data, don’t forget to let us know using the comment section down below.

And, have a second to hit one of the share buttons to help your needy social media friends.

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How to Unhide Columns in Excel?

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Microsoft Excel has been gaining popularity and is pervasive in almost every business today. It is a perfect tool for business analytics. If sources are to be believed, then 98% of the organizations use it daily for applications ranging from petty cash reconciliations to more complicated aspects of preparing management reports and budgets.

Microsoft Excel is, basically, equipped with so many fundamental and advanced features that most of the people, barely know from where to start. One such feature is How to Add columns in excel. But you are here to unhide a column in excel. So here it is:

Hide and Unhide Columns

Most of the people have reported that they experience a lot of complications when it comes to unhide columns in excel. In order to avoid unnecessary confusions, it is better to hide these columns. But sometimes, these columns need to be viewed.

Let’s have a look at the process of how to unhide all columns in excel:

  1. First of all select one column on either side of the hidden column.
  2. Now, just right-click on the column header, with all these columns selected.
  3. A popup menu appears on the screen
  4. Select the ‘unhide’ option and the hidden columns will be visible.

This is by far, the easiest way via excel unhide all the columns.

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How to Unhide Columns in Excel Using the Shortcut Way

There are certain shortcut keys imbibed in your spreadsheets for hiding rows and columns. Let’s have a look at some of them:

Shortcut Key Details
Shift+ Space It is used to select an entire row.
CTRL+9 Hide the selected rows.
CTRL+0 Hide the selected columns.
Ctrl+ Space It is used to select an entire column.
Ctrl+ Shift+= (equal sign) It is used to insert rows or columns.
CTRL+SHIFT+9 Unhide the hidden rows within the selection.
CTRL+SHIFT+0 Unhide the hidden columns within the selection
ALT, O, R, E It opens the Row Height window.
Alt,O,C,W It opens the Column Width window.

 

These keyboard shortcuts are, basically, used while working with rows and columns in Excel. All these shortcuts are not only convenient but even helps to save a lot of time. There are tons of shortcuts available to make your task easier.

However, in order to make these shortcut functions, you need to make some changes in the settings. Follow the following steps for the different version of windows:

Windows 8

  • Click on Language within the Control Panel.
  • Click Advanced Settings, and then click the Change Language Bar Hot Keys link.
  • Click Change Key Sequence
  • Under ‘Switch Keyboard Layout’, set the radio button to Not Assigned
  • Click the ‘Ok’ button and now the unhide column shortcut key will start working in Excel.

Windows 7

  • Click Region and Language within the Control Panel.
  • Choose the Keyboards and Languages tab.
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  • Then click Change Keyboards.
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  • Click the Advanced Key Settings tab, and then click Change Key Sequence.
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  • Select Not Assigned in the Switch Keyboard Layout section
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  • Click OK as needed.

Thus, in order to synchronize the keyboard shortcuts with the functionality of Microsoft Excel, you need to change the Keyboard Layout shortcut. As far as Windows XP is concerned, no Control Panel changes are necessary.

Unhide the columns selectively

If you have an Excel table where multiple columns are hidden and want to unhide a few of them only, just follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the location in your table where the columns are hidden.
  2. Now, select the columns to the left and right of the column you want to unhide.
  3. Let’s say, if you want to display column B, select columns A and C.
  4. Go to the Home tab in Excel.
  5. Click on the Format icon -> Hide & Unhide -> Unhide columns.
  6. And you are done.

You can even carry out this process by using Go To and Format options. Let’s have a glance at how to do this via Go To option:

  1. Go to Home -> Find & Select -> Go To
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  2. You will see the Go To dialog box. Enter C1 in the Reference field.
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  3. Click OK.
  4. Although it won’t be visible to you, cell C1 will be selected.
  5. Now, go to Home -> Format -> Hide & Unhide -> Unhide Columns.
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  6. And you are done.

Unhide Columns in Excel using a VBA Solution

It is actually difficult to hide entire columns of data based on the value of a particular cell. Now, in case you want to unhide your spreadsheet columns by using a code then you can use the following method for how to unhide cells in excel.

First of all, let’s see the code-

  • Sub Unhide_All Columns()
  • Cells.EntireColumn.Hidden = False
  • End Sub

Now, follow this process:

  • Open an excel workbook
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  • Press Alt+F11 to open VBA Editor
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  • Insert a Module for Insert Menu
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  • Copy the above code and Paste in the code window
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  • Save the file as macro enabled workbook
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  • Press F5 to run it.

In case, you also want this macro to unhide rows in excel as well then simply add a line:

ActiveSheet.Cells.EntireRow.Hidden = False  

There are some data in sheets which is important but not required to present. So, for that kind of data, can also hide columns in Excel.

How to Disable the Unhide Column Option

In case, the spreadsheet columns contain some confidential or important information, thus, in order to make sure that no one unhide the columns, use this process:

  1. In order to select the entire table, click on the  Select All button, which is at the intersection of row numbers and column letters.
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  2. Right-click on the highlighted list and pick the Format Cells.
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  3. On the Format Cells window, go to the Protection tab.
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  4. Now, unselect the Locked checkbox.
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  5. Click OK to save the changes.
  6. Now select the columns you want to protect from being unhidden.
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  7. Click on one of the highlighted columns and select the “Format Cells” option again.
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  8. When you see the Format Cells window, go to the Protection tab and tick the Locked checkbox.
  9. Hide the columns: select them and right-click above one of the columns and pick the Hide option from the menu.
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  10. Go to the Review tab and click on the Protect Sheet icon. Make sure that the checkboxes Select locked cells and Select unlocked cells are ticked. Do enter and re-enter the password.
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  11. And the Unhide option is disabled.

Conclusion

Excel comes with ample options to simplify the tasks. You can do a lot of calculative tasks within a seconds. You can find the average of big numbers in Excel within seconds. The possibility to hide columns in Excel is really helpful. Just follow these simple keystroke commands, listed above and the process of How to unhide columns in excel becomes a cake walk.

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How to Hide Columns in Excel?

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Lately, we have been providing tutorials on Microsoft Excel program. If you have been reading our articles, you must know that. So continuing the series, we have again come up with a fresh and interesting tutorial on excel that is How to hide columns in excel. Also learn, how to move columns in Excel.

Hiding and Unhiding cells in excel are just a few clicks steps. All you need to do is press a command. Yes, hiding data in excel don't take much efforts and time. If you have a little bit of knowledge in excel,  hiding cells in excel would not be at all a tough job for you.

There can be various reasons to hide columns and cells in excel sheet, for example, if you have some extra data worksheets that are the citation, but don’t require to be viewed. Or maybe you have a few rows or columns of data of the worksheet that need to be hidden or are not shareable.

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In such situations, guides such as how to hide cells in excel prove to be very handy. In today's guide, we will share the ways to hide columns in excel. Apart from that, we will also see some best shortcuts for rows and columns that can help you work done faster.

How to Hide Columns in Excel

Adding columns in Excel is pretty easy but to hide the confidential data may seem like a hard job. Hiding command in excel is just a few clicks steps as I said above. You can hide any cell at any time from the excel sheet. And the best part of hiding the cell is, it can be un-hided easily that too anytime you want.

Though, we are not going to cover the procedure of un-hiding in detail here. Instead, we will see all the possible ways to hide the rows in excel. The procedure of hiding the rows and columns is almost the same. If you want to hide the column then replace the word column with the row in this tutorial.

Since I am not going to cover the rows here. I will tell you the procedure of hiding columns. So what are you waiting for? Let's begin the guide and check out the ways to hide columns in excel programs.

Read out the complete guide till the end and learn to hide columns/rows in the excel program. First, we will see the traditional approach to hiding rows and columns. And here go the method.

#Method 1:

  • To hide a column in excel, first of all, select the column you want to hide. To select a single cell click the cell, or press the arrow keys to move to the cell. If you want to hide an entire row or column, right-click on the row or column header.
  • Ok, after you have decided and have selected the column, right-click on it and click on Hide. Check out the screenshot I have taken for you.

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After you hide the columns if you want to confirm if they are actually hidden or not, see the series of the letters or numbers at the head.

For example, if you have hidden the column ‘C' then you will see in the series, column C is missing. Plus the double lines between the column B and D indicates hidden columns or rows.

In case, you want to hide multi columns then you will have to select them together and click on Hide option to make them invisible from the sheet. To select the

To select the multi-columns, either select by dragging the mouse from the first cell to the one you want to select. Or, select the first cell and press the arrow keys to make the selection.

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Once the selection is done, simply right click on the column and click on Hide. That's it.

#Method 2:

Another way to hide a column in excel is by changing the row height or column width to 0 (zero). This is one of the easiest way to hide, column or rows. You can hide the columns by dragging them to previous or next column manually as well.

For example, if you want to hide the column D then select the D column and drag it to either column E of C. Check out the image mentioned below. In the image, if you notice I have selected the column D.

That's all! Just a few clicks and you are done. Isn't hiding columns in excel is very easy.

If you want to unhide the column then you will need to select the hidden columns and click on unhide.

For example, as I hidden the column D in the above method. Now to unhide the same I will have to select the sided column like column C and column E.

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After the selection, right click on the column and click on Unhide option and the hidden columns will go visible. You can see the complete guide to unhide the columns in Excel.

Now as you have learned How to hide columns in excel, let's check out some shortcuts for rows and columns that would help you while using excel. Below I am sharing some of the best excel shortcuts, hoping it will help you job done faster.

  • Shift+Space to select an entire row. Select any cell and press Shift+Space. And the entire row would be selected. And to select entire column press Ctrl+Space. 
  • To insert a new cell, row and column press Ctrl++ (plus character) from the keyboard. After pressing the key combination a small dialogue box will be opened up. Choose any of the required options from the list.
  • To delete a cell, row or column, press Ctrl+- (minus character)
  • To hide row and column, press Ctrl+9  and Ctrl+0 (zero) respectively. And to unhide the row and column press Ctrl+Shift+( and Ctrl+Shift+) respectively.

The shortcuts I shared are one of the most useful shortcuts in the excel program. So, how do you like the article? Do let us know in the comment section below. If you have any other methods to hide columns in excel then you can also share with us.

And if you have any suggestion or doubt don't hesitate to drop your comment in the comment section below.

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How to Create a Form in Word?

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Most of us have an encounter with forms very often in our daily life. So, it would be better if we are equipped with the knowledge of creating it. It is because one day we might want to create a form. So, why not learn the skill today.

So, in this article, we will equip you with the knowledge of “How to create a form in Word?” So, let's get started with the same:

How to create a form in Word?

Step #1: As the very first step of how to make a form in word, you are first required to open the Microsoft Word application on your system. Once you have opened the same, then you now need to click on the “Microsoft Home Button” which is usually positioned at the top left corner of the window.

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This will open a drop-down menu for you from which you have to select “Word Options”. Just in case, if you are finding it difficult to locate the “Word Options” button so, let us tell you that it is located at the bottom of the menu. In the meanwhile, you can refer the picture for the same.

Step #2: Clicking on the “Word Options” will open a new window for you. By default, you will be in the popular section.

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You now need to navigate to the “Show Developer tab on the ribbon”. Once you have found the same, then you have to make sure that the checkbox next to it is checked. This will ensure that the developer tab is shown in the ribbon, and we can make use of it accordingly.

If you are done with the mentioned, then you can now proceed with the next steps.

Step #3: Once you are done with the basic set-up then you now have to click again on the “Microsoft Home Button”. Obviously, this will open a menu for you from which you have to select new. This will open a subsequent window for you. From that window, you are supposed to select “My Templates.”

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As we will be making use of a blank template to create a form in Word so, this will serve as the best option for us. If you are creating a form on Word for the very first time, then you will have to choose a blank document. However, if you have made a way, then you may also see a file named as normal. If you can see that, then you are required to double click on it, and this will open a template for you which you have made on the previous occasion.

You can now save the document by clicking on the “Home” button once again and selecting Save as button. After that, to save the document all you require is to give it a name and then click on save. This will save the document for you.

Step #4: And here comes the most crucial part of all. Now, in this step, you need to enter the elements of the form. For that, you will first have to click on the “Developers” tab. Under the controls section, you have to click on the “Design Mode” option to design the form.

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Step #5: Now, you can add the elements to your form.
To add a text box, you will need to click the first icon of the Controls segment. This will add a text box for you. In a similar fashion, you can add a simple plain text box, picture content control, combo box, drop down list, date picker, building block gallery and legacy tools.

This way you can quickly add elements to your form and customize it.
No, the work has not been finished yet. You have to prepare your document for distribution and also take appropriate measures for any unauthorized editing and formatting. For that, you will have to protect your document.

For that, you need to navigate to the protect segment and click on the “Protect Document” option. This will list a menu for you from which you have to click on “Restrict Formatting and Editing.” This will result in a right side pane. Under the editing restrictions, you have to make sure that the checkbox is checked next to which “Allow only this type of editing in the document” is written.

Just below the above-mentioned statement, you will see a field. You need to click on it and select the option “Filling in Forms.” This way, you will grant access only to fill out the forms and not to do any editing to the form.

You may also be provided with an optional service of adding a password to your document. If it so then it is recommended to do that because if you do not add a password to your document, then anyone can edit your form making it vulnerable.

Now, you just need to hit the save button to ensure the changes to take place. After this, you are all set to distribute your forms and do the needful from it.

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Moreover, if you do not wish to make a form in Word, then you can certainly go for other easy options. One of such is Google Forms. The fact that makes it so popular is that they are easy to create and keep track of. Additionally, you can easily float them and share. The reason why we are telling you about the alternatives of Word forms because it's somewhat tedious to do.

So, this was all about “How to create a form in Word?” We hope that by now, you must have been equipped with the knowledge of creating forms in Word.

If you liked this article on creating a form in Word, then do share it with your peers.

How to create a fillable form in Word? If you know any other methods apart from the discussed one, then do let us know through the comments section below. Your addition is much awaited.

Thank you for showering your love by reading this document. Stay tuned and keep visiting.

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How to update BIOS – Basic Input/Output System

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BIOS basically stands for basic input/output system. It is the only kind of software which is first loaded each time you start your computer system. No PC or laptop can work in the absence of BIOS as it prepares the platform for the operating system to use all the peripheral devices.
You actually need to learn how to update BIOS timely, on a continual basis as it has an effect on both system performance as well as stability. Today we will be showing you how to update your bios in a few easy steps through this article.

The latest update is usually available at manufacturer’s website. However, before initiating the process of updating your Bios, you need to keep in mind that – any mistake made at the time of updating may result into a big chaos.
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BIOS needs to be updated for adding compatibility with new devices, improve caching functions etc. so as to avoid these chaos and confusion, follow these steps and make sure that the update procedure occurs without any hiccups.

How to Update BIOS

1. First and foremost, BIOS version that you are currently using needs to be identified. This can be done by following the below mentioned easy steps:

  • Type msinfo32 in the search bar for windows7 and windows Vista or in run box for Windows XP. Then click system summary to know your BIOS’s current version which will be displayed under processor speed. Jot down this version number along with the date (if applicable).

2. Also, you actually need to check your PC or motherboard’s website for as it is a very important activity to execute the process of updating BIOS. Then the concerned manufacturer updates BIOS as per the specific line and model.

For this you need to go to your manufacturer’s support page and check the list and look for your PC because, in case if wrong BIOS version is downloaded then it might happen that your PC may not work.

If in case, you get any notification regarding BIOS update do that task along with the documentation included as these files contain other specific instructions also.
If you are amongst those who have assembled their PC on their own, you need to update the BIOS from motherboard manufacturer’s website. Moreover, if in case you have forgotten your motherboard’s number, no worries just download and run CPU-Z and then click on mainboard tab to know the concerned details.
3. Read carefully the other documentation included. Often to support a hardware there are few other functions included which need to be studied carefully, this updation might fix fan speed and webcam issues that could have not been handled by updating windows or any other specific device driver.
4. Final step to learn how to update your BIOS starts now. For this there could be two possible aspect related to the process:

  • New PC: it is easy to update BIOS in new PC without much confusion and difficulties. You just need to download.exe file from your PC’s manufacturer’s website. Close all the other opened programs, now run the .exe file and let it handle the patch and then reboot. Make sure you have a proper electricity supply because if your system shuts down in between the updation will stop.
  • Older PC: here you will have to set up your own bootable disk to update your BIOS. You will have an option of downloading an app that might configure a USB thumb drive, blank CD/DVD or may be a floppy disk. You can even try ISO image in your disc burning app.
    Other systems will ask you to copy a few files to your bootable disk >restart >open up the BIOS during startup, now you can change the boot order so as to help your system look for a bootable USB drive or CD before loading the OS from your hard drive.

5. Restart the computer: most of the time it will restart automatically but few times it may ask you to power cycle the system yourself. To do the same thing yourself you need to follow these steps.

  • Shut down the system and completely cut down the power supply.
  • Take out the master power switch of your system.
  • Wait a minute.
  • Place that switch again into the ‘on’ position.
  • Turn on the power button to supply electricity as earlier.

6. This step is not meant to be executed everytime. This totally depends upon changeable features between the existing version and the updated version.

  • Use either of the keys DEL, F2, F10, CTRL, ENTER etc to start the execution of BIOS utility. This has to be immediately done as soon as the system is starts up.
  • Monitor also displays which key to press; you can take help from there if needed.
  • You can also clear the settings by clicking on ‘restore defaults’ option or load fail safe defaults. You can use the navigation keys to look for it in either main page or the last page.
  • After the completion of this step press save to save the settings and exit BIOS utility.

7. Configuring the BIOS is what you really need to do now. If it is required to edit the settings do it now if you have not done it before. However, PC will smoothly work on default BIOS settings as well.

Important Things to Keep in Mind While Updating BIOS

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BIOS is an EEPROM electronically erasable programmable read only memory and is programmed with ‘firmware’ and can save small amount of information specific to user configuration.

How to Update BIOS – Don'ts

Do not update BIOS until and unless you are completely sure about what are you doing. Wrongly interpreting or  following up manufacturer’s instructions and precautions may corrupt the BIOS as well. Hence, it is advised to read all the steps and documents carefully before executing the process.

Final Words

Your PC's or laptop's BIOS plays an important role each and every time you start it as it governs the major factors regarding your system. For some people, these factors may matter to the extent where any inconvenience may lead to mood swings.
As always, since we always think about the betterment of our users, we have brought to you an amazing tutorial to ease the process of updating your BIOS. Now, even you can say proudly – I know how to update my BIOS.

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