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Office challenge: Why does my Word document look different on my home computer?

Learn the solution to last week's PowerPoint challenge and test your skills on this week's new Word challenge.

Many users like to work at home, but opening a Word document on another system can play havoc with a document's layout—I spent a lot of time formatting this document, but when I opened it at home, it looked different; the page breaks are different and the graphics aren't where I put them! This challenge has two parts: first, tell us why this happens and second, make recommendations for avoiding the problem.

Last week we asked…

How would you create a non-standard superscript or subscript format in PowerPoint? You can apply both superscript and subscript to text displayed in your PowerPoint slides, but PowerPoint goes a step further: you can control the offset. It's easier than you might think too:

  1. Select the text.
  2. Click the Home tab and then click the Font dialog launcher (the small arrow in the bottom-right corner). In PowerPoint 2003, choose Font from the Format menu.
  3. In the resulting dialog box, set an Offset value. The default superscript is 30; the default subscript is -25. The limits are 100 and -100.
  4. Click OK.

It really is that simple! You can control the placement of your superscript and subscript text by setting a simple property value!

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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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