Monday, December 19, 2011

Automatcially download pictures in Outlook 2007

Today I was asked by my colleague as to how to change outlook 2007 so that she does not manually need to download the pictures every time an email comes in.

Here is what I have suggested to her.


  • Go to the menu item Tools in Outlook and then click on Trust Center

  • Then choose Advanced settings

  • Untick the "Don't Download pictures automatically' option as shown below



Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Have you heard of space function?

Today I had a unique scenario where I had to introduce 2 spaces in between two fields.

I came across the space function which I used in my scenario.

The syntax is space(integer_expression)

The integer expression is an integer. IF a negative value is supplied a null is returned.

So for example look at the following syntax:

select First_name, + space(4) + Last_Name from test_table

The above select statement will generate 4 spaces in between the first name and last name

The space function will generate a miximum of 8000 spaces.
For more information click here

Monday, December 05, 2011

Multiply and Divide a group of cells in Excel

I just now realised that it has been more than a month since I have posted anything on my blog. So here I am with the most recent tip I learnt in Excel.

If you have a column of cells that need to be divided by 1000 for example. Here are the steps that you need to follow.




  • Type 1000 in a cell lets say A2


  • Copy the cell A2 using Ctrl+C


  • Select the cells in the column where you would like to let us say multiply the values by 1000.


  • Right click and select Paste Special


  • Click on Multiply as shown below.










You can do the same for adding or subtracting a specific value from a group of cells.

This tip is particularly useful if you want to show the data that is in millions but want to reduce the number of digits by dividing them by 1000.

Hope this heps.



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