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August 23, 2016

Hi fellow Excel Addict,

urns out that my computer problem wasn't as bad as I feared. Finding the solution was the biggest problem.

It wasn't a computer crash or anything that disastrous. On Tuesday, Windows did an update to my PC and my Office 2013 programs, except for Outlook, stopped working.

ow what's worse than an Excel Addict who can't access Excel?

Anyway, after some online searching, I narrowed down the problem to my StarTech 
external USB video adapter (USB2VGAE3) which I am using to display a 3rd monitor. Turns out that because 'hardware graphics acceleration' was enabled in my Office programs, the updated driver was preventing my Office programs from opening. Once I disabled the setting under Outlook, Options, Advanced, everything worked just fine.

Disable Hardware Graphics Acceleration in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
Now I'm back in business. Thank you for your patience.

If you missed last Thursday's 'Excel in Minutes' tip, 'Use Custom Views to Print Letter And Legal Pages From The Same Worksheet', you can read it here now.

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Resize the Filter Dialog to Display Long Text Values

When you use Excel's Filter (Data, Filter) and your list contains items that are too long to display in the dialog, choosing items to filter can be difficult.

Long text not visible in Autofilter Dialog in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
The filter dialog contains a horizontal scroll bar which you can use to view the part of the text not visible on the right, however the text on the left scrolls out of view.

Scroll Long Text Filter Dialog in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
You may not have realized that this dialog box can be resized. On the bottom right corner there are three small dots indicating that the dialog can be resized.

Resize Auto Filter Dialog in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
Click and drag this corner to make the dialog wider and longer. That will make it easier to see more of the items in your list.

Resize Autofilter List Dialog in Microsoft Excel 2007 2010 2013 2016 365
Unfortunately, once you close the dialog, it reverts back to the default width, so you need to resize the filter dialog each time.

I guess this is another of those "What were they thinking?" missing features.

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