formatting

Why is the formatting different in Word for Mac?

Microsoft Word

Episode 1551

Katie from California

Katie edits her student's papers using Microsoft Word on a Mac, and now after a new update, the formatting is all screwed up in a Windows version of Word. Leo says that in theory, Office should be the same cross-platform. That's the point. But it's possible that typefaces may not be compatible in Windows that are in Mac, and vice versa. Her printer setup may also throw off the formatting. Office formats the document to look as it does on the printed page, and if she got a new printer, that could alter the format. So she should change it to a generic printer format.

How can I reset my iMac?

Apple iMac

Episode 1278

Donald from Mojave Valley, AZ

Donald has an iMac and has to have his screen repaired. But he doesn't know how to wipe the drive since there's no command key. Leo says that Apple has changed it from CMD to an Apple Key and a cloverleaf/propeller symbol. It's the same. How can he reset his iMac and wipe the drive if he doesn't know the password? Leo says to reboot and while it's starting up, press the CMD Key, plus R. This will put the computer into recovery mode and he can then run the Disk Utility to format the hard drive. Then he can reinstall.

Can I reinstall Windows 10 after formatting my hard drive?

Microsoft Windows 10

Episode 1266

Rich from Sylmar, CA

Rich got bit by ransomware and wants to know if he'll still be able to upgrade to Windows 10 for free. Leo says that if he already had Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, he can. The license key has been linked to the computer itself. He'll be entitled to install it on his computer. Since Windows 10 has been activated, he can then download the Windows 10 ISO from Microsoft and install it. Windows will re-activate it and he'll be ready to go.

How do I turn on formatting in Outlook?

Episode 1264

Mark from Tustin, CA

Mark wants to know how he can fix Outlook so that he can use bold and underline. Leo says that Outlook has stripped out formatting in order to be more compatible with other services. Mark needs to turn on 'Rich Formatted Text.' He can find out how with this article on msoutlookware.com Another way is to use OneNote and link notes in Outlook 2013 with an add-on extension. That's probably the best way to do it.

How can I read a drive formatted with a Chromebook?

Episode 1258

Barry from San Diego, CA

Barry uses a Chromebook to transfer his images to an external hard drive, but now he can't open it in Windows. Leo says that issue may be that the Chromebook formatted the hard drive in a format that Windows doesn't recognize. It's likely formatted in a Linux format, like EXT 2 or 3. Barry can get an extension to Windows that will be able to translate it. Check out Ext2FsD.

Should I update my old Mac?

Episode 1255

Dave from San Diego, CA

Dave has an old iMac that works fine, but when he gets on some websites, it starts to lag. He could update to OS X El Capitan, but would that help? Leo says that its a good idea to update for security reasons, but it probably won't help when loading up certain websites. It really depends on the site. What's more likely is that the hard drive is slowing him down. A bad sector can really slow it down as the computer is trying to read it. Leo advises backing up his data, format the hard drive and then update to El Capitan. Dave should download El Capitan first and put it on a USB Key.

How can I prevent my computer from slowing down?

HP Stream

Episode 1194

Henry from Los Angeles, CA

Henry uses his laptop to play square dance music. But lately, the music has started to lag. Should he get a new processor? Leo says no. If it was faster before, then the hardware is fine. It's just busy doing other stuff. Hard drives can also get slower as they get more filled. Henry should try restoring it to the way it was the day he bought it, and then update it with all the patches. He should backup his data first, then format the hard drive. Then he can reinstall Windows 7 and install all patches. If the drive is getting flakey, a format should fix that up.

How can I reformat and install Windows without losing my programs?

Discs

Episode 1153

Mary from Lake Arrowhead, CA

Mary has Windows XP and she needs to reformat her hard drive, but she has programs she can't replace. Leo says that she can look through her registry to find software keys so that she can reinstall them to reactivate them. But if she doesn't have the reinstall disks, she may be out of luck. That's why having an image of the hard drive is very beneficial.

How can I recover a formatted hard drive?

Hard Drive

Episode 1067

Paul from Palmdale, CA

Paul has a lot of movies on an external hard drive for the kids to watch, but the drive accidentally got formatted. Can he recover it? Leo says a simple erase doesn't really erase the data, it just makes the sector available for re-use. A format is more complete, though. That doesn't mean it's unrecoverable. Leo recommends Recuva. If it can't save it, nothing can. It's free, but he should make sure to get it from the original source. He should also be sure to enable the deep scan option.