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Office challenge: How would you create a non-standard superscript or subscript format in PowerPoint?

Learn the solution to last week's challenge regarding Word tables and test your skills as this week's PowerPoint challenge.

PowerPoint, like all the other applications, lets you assign a superscript and subscript format to content. But, how would you apply the same type effect - just more or less than standard? There's a simple way and it's right in plain sight!

Last week we asked…

How can you create uniform table cells that don't change size?

PPG and Harold.Crandall both came up with easy-to-implement solutions. PPG suggested a special protection that allows you to change data, but not the document's format - PPG saw through my ruse! Apply this protection as follows:

  1. Click the Review tab and click Restrict Editing in the Protect group. In Word 2003, choose Protect Document from the Tools menu.
  2. Check the Limit Formatting To A Selection Of Styles in the Formatting restrictions section (in the Restrict Formatting and Editing task pane).
  3. Click Settings. The default is to restrict all formatting. If that's the case, you can click this step. Otherwise, uncheck the formats you want to unprotect and click OK.
  4. Click Yes, Start Enforcing Protection, enter your password twice, and click OK.

I also like Harold.Crandall's no-protection suggestion to set a fixed width a row height, which you can do as follows:

  1. Click in the column or row you want to fix. Or, select the entire table. Or, select the first row or column. Where you start will depend on your needs.
  2. Click the contextual Layout tab and then click Properties in the Table group. In Word 2003, right-click the table and choose Table Properties.
  3. Click the Row tab, check Specify Height and enter a dimension. Then, choose Exactly from the Row Height Is dropdown. If all the rows are to be of the same height, start by selecting the entire table. However, if rows are to be of different sizes, click Next Row (or Previous Row if appropriate) to move to the next row. Repeat this step until you've fixed the row height for the entire table.
  4. Click the Column Tab, check Preferred Width and enter a dimension. Similarly, to fixing the row height you can move through the columns individually or fix the column width for the entire table.

Thanks to everyone for participating in last week's challenge.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

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