How to Troubleshoot Word Startup Problems

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Microsoft Office is constantly working to improve its software. Still, there might be times when Word just refuses to start. Here are a few ways you can get Word up and running again.

Update Microsoft Office

It’s always a good idea to keep your software up to date as companies constantly issue fixes for bugs and vulnerabilities that hinder the performance of the application.

Since Office 2013, Microsoft issues any updates to its Office applications automatically unless you told it to do otherwise. If that’s the case, and you’re experiencing startup issues with Word, you might want to update it to the latest version and see if that fixes the problem.

The good news is you can do this from any of your Office apps. So, if Word won’t start, you can update through Excel, PowerPoint, or any other Office programs you happen to have.

To update, open your Office app, click the “File” tab, and then click “Account” at the bottom of the left panel.

Click "Account."

Under the “Product Information” section, click “Update Options” next to “Office Updates.” In the drop-down menu, select “Update Now.”

Office checks for and applies any updates. After the update completes, you see a success message.

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How to Link from One PowerPoint Presentation to Another

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Linking two presentations together allows you to save time by using already-existing slides. The transition is almost seamless, giving it the illusion of one single presentation. Here’s how to link PowerPoint presentations together.

Before we get started, note that both presentations need to be in the same folder to link them together. Moving or renaming the second file after the link has been created will cause the slide to break.

Linking two presentations together isn’t magic, but it’s as simple as inserting and clicking a hyperlink. What this trick does is allows you to insert a link within an object or text from presentation A that brings you to a specific slide of presentation B while still in presentation mode.

Once you’ve opened the first presentation and have navigated to the slide in which you will be linking from, select the text or object where you want to place the hyperlink.

If you haven’t already inserted an object, you can do so by selecting any of the options in the “Images” or “Illustrations” group of the “Insert” tab, and then selecting the object you’d like to insert.

RELATED: How to Insert a Picture or Other Object in Microsoft Office

Select The Geek to insert a hyperlink

Once selected, head over to the “Links” group of the “Insert” tab and select “Action.”

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How to Make Slides Vertical in PowerPoint

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When you open a new PowerPoint presentation, the slides are horizontal by default. However, you can change them to vertical orientation in a few simple steps. Here’s how to switch your slides from landscape to portrait layout.

Change Slides from Landscape to Portrait

First, open your PowerPoint presentation. In the “Customize” group of the “Design” tab, select “Slide Size.” Click “Custom Slide Size” (“Page Setup” on Mac) in the drop-down menu.

Click "Slide Size," and then select "Custom Slide Size."

The “Slide Size” dialog box appears. In the “Slides” group of the “Orientation” section, select the radio button next to Portrait or Landscape, and then click “OK.”

Select the radio button next to Portrait or Landscape, and then click "OK."

A new dialog box appears. Here, you can maximize or resize the content so it fits the slide’s new orientation. Select the option that works best for you, and you’re all done!

Click "Maximize" or "Ensure Fit."

Use Vertical and Horizontal Slides in the Same Presentation

Microsoft doesn’t provide this functionality. But if you link two presentations together, you can create the illusion that both landscape and portrait slides are in the same slideshow.

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How to Insert a Picture or Other Object in Microsoft Office

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Whether you’re using Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, adding images and other objects adds visual appeal to your document, spreadsheet, or presentation. Here’s how to do it.

Inserting Images from Your Computer

Office applications allow you to insert images stored on your computer’s hard drive. To do so, place the cursor in the location that you would like the image to appear and select the “Pictures” option, found in the “Insert” tab.

In Word or Excel, this option can be found in the “Illustrations” group.

Insert a Picture in Word or Excel

In PowerPoint, it’s found in the “Images” group.

Insert a Picture in PowerPoint

File Explorer will open. Navigate to the location of the image file, select it, then select “Insert.”

Selecting the picture from File Explorer

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How to Remove Slide Numbers from PowerPoint Slides

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Slide numbers are a great way to navigate to a specific slide on your PowerPoint presentation quickly. In the event that the slide numbers are no longer necessary, you might want to remove them. Here’s how.

Remove Slide Number from One or All Slides

First, open the PowerPoint presentation that contains the slide numbers you want to remove. The slide number appears in the top-left corner of its respective slide.

Slide number 2

Next, head over to the “Text” group of the “Insert” tab and select “Slide Number.”

Slide number option in text group

Once selected, the “Header and Footer” dialog box will appear. In the “Slide” tab, uncheck the box next to “Slide Number.” If you want to remove the number from only the selected slide, then select “Apply” (2). If you want to remove the numbers from every slide in the presentation, then select “Apply to All” (3).

Remove numbers from the slides

Remove Slide Number from Title Slide

You might want to remove the slide number from the title slide only. Numbering that slide probably isn’t necessary as most understand the title slide is the first slide of your presentation.

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