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Office X for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by David Reynolds, Tonya Engst, Nan Barber

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670 office x for macintosh: the missing manual
Advanced chart options
Choosing ChartChart Options brings up the Chart Options dialog box, where
you can control your chart’s title, axes, gridlines, legend, data labels, and data table.
Its essentially the same as Excel’s Chart Options window, which is detailed on page
503.
Tip: To import an Excel worksheet (or a tab- or comma-delimited text file) into Graph, choose EditImport
File.
Windows Media Player
On the Macintosh, the standard movie- and sound-playing software is QuickTime
Player. On Windows, its Windows Media Player.
Thanks to a bizarre intersection of Microsoft corporate strategies, theres now a pro-
gram called Windows Media Player (WMP) for Macintosh (Figure 18-16). You have
to install WMP from the Value Pack (see page 681), or, if you cant bear to dig out
that CD again, you can download it from www.microsoft.com/mac/downloads.aspx.
WMP combines some of the features of iTunes and QuickTime Player. Unlike iTunes,
however, WMP for the Mac cant play MP3 files or burn music CDs—in fact, it can’t
even play CDs.
Still, WMP is the only game in town if you want to experience streaming audio and
video that are available only in Windows formats (.asf, .asx, .wm, .wmp, and so on).
A Fall 2003 version called Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X brings even more
formats to the Mac, including WMP 9—Microsofts latest and greatest video and
audio format. More online WMP files than ever, including certain movie trailers,
will be playing in a browser near you—including both Safari and Internet Explorer.
Installing WMP: Not for Wimps
Like many newly Carbonized programs, Windows Media
Player needed some time to learn how to play nice with
Mac OS X. For the best chance at success, make sure you’ve
installed the most recent versions of both Mac OS X and
the player. (If your WMP opens in Classic instead of Mac
OS X, then you definitely need to download a newer ver-
sion.)
If you don’t have the latest and greatest, you may encoun-
ter errors while trying to run the WMP installer. The fol-
lowing workaround usually succeeds at sorting things out:
Locate the WMP installer on your Mac, but don’t launch it
yet. Instead, launch Internet Explorer in OS X (version 5.1.4
or later is preferable). Only then should you double-click
the WMP installer. When installation is completed, close
the installer, and then quit Internet Explorer. Finally, re-
launch Internet Explorer. This procedure forces Explorer to
find its new plug-ins in your Mac’s LibraryInternet Plug-
InsWindows Media Plugin folder.
If you’ve installed WMP successfully, but can’t get any
streaming media to play, then try the same trick. Launch
Explorer, launch Windows Media Player, and then quit and
relaunch Explorer.
WORKAROUND WORKSHOP
Microsoft Graph
chapter 18: the graphics programs of office x 671
After installation, you can find Windows Media Player in its own folder in the Ap-
plications folder. To get started, double-click its icon, which looks like a little blue-
and-yellow Play button.
Operating the Player
If you’ve used QuickTime Player, the Windows Media Player will look familiar. As
shown in Figure 18-16, its a blank screen with a bank of VCR-like controls. You can
bring audio or video clips or streams onto the screen by using the Open command,
by choosing from the Favorites menu, or by clicking links on Web sites. Click the
Hide Video Area button to collapse the window to a narrow bar—perfect for when
you’re just listening to an audio channel in the background.
At the bottom are volume, play/pause, stop, rewind, and fast-forward buttons. You’ll
also find a Seek bar—a scanning control. Drag it to move forward or backward
through an audio or video clip. If you need to take a phone call while watching a
news story youve downloaded, just replay the part you missed.
Finally, the little blue arrow button at the lower right opens the Windows Media
Guide, the same Web site you get by choosing FavoritesWindowsMedia.com.
Skins
A skin is a visual overlay, a “look” that you can change—and an idea made insanely
popular among MP3-playing programs for Windows. In WMP for Mac, you can
choose among them by choosing Viewthe Select Skin submenu. The Default skin
looks like Mac OS X. Modern approximates what WMP looks like in Windows XP.
Mini is a smaller version of Modern, and only works for audio files, not video clips.
Figure 18-16:
Much like QuickTime Player, WMP lives in
a floating, resizable window that contains
all the controls for viewing and playing
audio and video files. The tiny blue arrow
button in the lower right is a shortcut to
WindowsMedia.com, where you can find
numerous things to watch and hear.
Windows
Media Player

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