How to View and Edit Microsoft Publisher Files without MS Office

microsoft publisherMicrosoft Publisher is a desktop publishing application that is included in some editions of Microsoft Office suite. It is not as popular and used as core Office applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint. However, there are still quite a few users who consider it to be a simple way to create high-quality, professional looking and stylish publications.

So, it is safe to say that you’re likely to encounter .PUB and .PUBX files, especially if you are in the business of printing, publishing or simply reviewing and approving business publications like brochures, flyers, monthly company magazines and event resources. As Microsoft Publisher is included in more expensive Office suite editions, chances are you don’t have the right edition, even if you use MS Office suite. And, of course, it is quite possible that you are using on your Windows machine a completely different office productivity suite – LibreOffice, OpenOffice or Google Drive. So, there is really no out of the box way to open and view, let alone edit, that .PUB or .PUBX file with it being installed on your machine, because Microsoft doesn’t provide free viewer for Publisher formats even though it offers freely viewers for Word, Excel and  PowerPoint.

Then how can you view and edit that pesky .PUB file without appropriate Microsoft Office edition installed on your MS Windows machine?

Well, there is a workaround and a quick way to view the .PUB. And it’s free!

 

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How to Create Halloween Party Invitations in Microsoft Word

halloween party invitationsHalloween is one of the most entertaining holidays in the year, when ghosts, spiders and other scary motifs decorate our home and inspire our wardrobe. When we go to a Halloween party we get to eat a lot of candy in the trick ‘n’ treat tradition.

On October 31 many people organize costume parties and people get dressed up as goblins, witches, vampires or some other scary creature that no one has yet thought of.

If you are hosting a Halloween party this year, we’d like to give you some last-minute advice on how to invite people to your fun event. Everyone loves receiving original invitations and since we only have one day left, this will be a very quick and easy tip on how to create stylish party invitations for your guests in a snap! If you are a Microsoft Office user, you may want to know that you can create fun invitations in MS Word without any drawing or designing skills at all, using professional predesigned templates. And here’s how! Continue reading >>

How to Instantly Convert Speech to Text Free

convert speech to textHere at PDFConverter.com, we specialize in providing both free and affordable professional document conversions to and from PDF. Thanks to Optical Character Recognition Technology, our PDF Converter Elite 3 also offers the capability to extract text from scanned and image documents and turn the text into usable and editable MS Word documents or Excel spreadsheets. With this technology, we are able to offer pretty powerful tools for manipulating and managing text documents in order to increase productivity and save time.

However, time is scarce these days and people are always on the go. The way we create and use documents is changing. For example, after hours of staring at a computer, tablet or smartphone screen, people often feel eyestrain and prefer listening to their PDFs and other documents rather than reading them. That is why some time ago we blogged about free solutions for converting text to audio.

However convenient this may be, many business people and office administrators who regularly create lots of documents and write numerous business emails and memos probably prefer dictating over typing. But not everyone has the opportunity to dictate their documents and communications to someone else who will write their words down and format accordingly. Thankfully, technology is advancing and trying to accommodate the needs of business professionals and computer users.

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How to download multiple PDF documents from a web-page in one click

how to download pdfPDF documents and eBooks are widely available on the web. Nowadays you can find great business-related, educational, entertaining or informative resources online that you can download for free in PDF format. Not only that, you can often find multiple interesting PDFs on a single web-page. All you need to do is to download each of them. If there are only two or three PDFs of interest available on the page, it is not a big deal. But if you come across a page with a dozen or more documents that you simply must have, downloading PDF files individually may become a time intensive and mundane chore.

Let’s take for example one Google search query:

[business tips filetype:pdf ]

This search will return many great PDFs for free download. If you are just starting a business or writing a paper or article, or preparing a lesson for your students, you may want to check out as many resources as possible. If you start downloading each resource separately, you may end up doing this for hours, right?
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How to Create Thank You Cards with Microsoft Word 2010

thank you cardsMicrosoft makes it easy for users of their Office suite to create all sorts of documents and cards by providing a myriad of pre-designed themed templates. You don’t need any design skills, talent or experience to make beautiful business cards, flyers, invitations or thank you notes for miscellaneous occasions. Creating captivating thank you cards in MS Word 2010 is as easy and quick as creating any other Word document.

 

Here’s how to create thank you cards

 

1) Open a new MS Word 2010 document.

2) Click on the File ribbon and then select New. Once you do that, the Word will present you with a plethora of MS Office templates.

office templatesYou will find there, for example, pre-made templates for creating brochures and booklets, budgets, lists and to-do checklists, inventories, forms, letterheads, resumes, and much more. Continue reading >>

How to instantly translate text in image on Android

google translate appGoogle Translate is an Android application that seems to be constantly evolving and unveiling new updates. The latest update features an integration of Google Goggles’ OCR (optical character recognition) technology. The integration of this technology enables people to input text for translation without actually having to type the text that they want to be translated. Instead of typing the text, you use the camera of your Android device to translate text in image.

For example, if you want to translate something from a restaurant menu that is in French, you don’t have to type in the phrases – all you have to do is to take a snapshot of the words, highlight the desired words, and the OCR technology will go to work in order to recognize the characters and have the text translated on your device’s screen. You can even listen to translation.

Here’s how you use this great and free Android app to translate text in image on the fly and have it spoken to you.

1. First, take a picture of the text that you want translated. You should have previously designated what languages you are translating from and into.

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How to Make an Electronic Signature and Sign Documents Online

scanned digital signatureIn today’s digital age more and more business transactions are taking place online. It seems that now more than ever, almost all documents are sent and received via the Internet and physical paper is being used less and less. Say you want to hire a graphic designer working overseas to create your website. How will you get this person to sign a contract when hiring him or her? How to make an electronic signature?

Instead of sending your new employee paperwork through the post office, why not look into a way to get the signature on the contract digitally? It is now easier than ever to learn how to make an electronic signature for signing online and computer-based documents. It is a fairly simple process. You will need a piece of paper, your favorite pen and a scanner.

1. The first thing to do is to simply write your signature on a piece of paper.

2. Scan it with your scanner.

3. Save the resulting image as one of the more commonly used graphic file formats, like GIF, PNG or JPG.

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5 Simple Tips on How to Print an Excel Spreadsheet

Many users encounter problems or are simply dissatisfied with the printouts of their Excel spreadsheets. Here are 5 simple tips on how to print an excel spreadsheet for printing and improving the print output of Microsoft Excel 2010 documents:

 

1. Preview spreadsheet before printing

To see how your spreadsheets will actually look when printed, use the Print Preview option. To preview your Excel document, open it first and then click the “File” tab, which is located in the upper left hand corner. On the menu, choose “Print” and you will be shown a preview on the right side of the screen.  This way you will actually see how the hard copy of your spreadsheet will look. In case you don’t like what you see, you can modify the printing settings before printing it out. Using the print preview option reduces the amount of paper you waste!

how to print an excel spreadsheet

 

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How to Embed PDFs into Word, Excel and PowerPoint 2010

With the arrival of the Microsoft Office 2010, there have been excellent advances in collaboration and the lines between each of the suite’s programs continue to blur, since they can all be used to benefit one another.

The 2010 Office suite is all about giving the user as many options as possible when creating new documents in any of its programs.

One great thing that you can do in not only Word 2010, but also Excel and PowerPoint, is to include a PDF file in your document.

It’s a very simple process as well.

The process is the same in all three programs: Go to the Insert tab, click Object, and then select Adobe Acrobat Document, which should already be selected anyway.

 

1) Here is what it looks like in Word 2010:

 

embed pdfs

 

Once the PDF is placed inside the document, the user will be able to resize it and move it around in order to get it looking just right. Continue reading >>

How to Uncover Grammar Mistakes in MS Office 2010

spell check in wordThere are so many useful websites that allow you to check the grammar of your writing for free. But if you use Microsoft Office suite for document processing, it would be much better if you could uncover grammatical errors in your business emails and important documents without leaving MS Outlook or MS Word.

Microsoft Office, as most of us know, has built-in spelling and grammar tools. While its spell check feature is great, the grammar check feature recognizes only the most common grammatical mistakes.

Luckily, there are a number of tools that can perform a robust grammatical check of your writing right from MS Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint. They are mostly paid solutions, but some offer free services.

One such tool is a free add-in for MS Office offered by Grammarly – one of the most popular and accurate grammar tools in the world.

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