Mac Word Font Color Blank Malfunction


When trying to change font color by clicking on Home—Font—Font Color tab, a blank space appears where there should be a drop box. I tried restarting the app, but to no avail. Other tabs work. Why is this happening?

Office for Mac 2011, Word version 14.0.0 (100825)
Any suggestion for solution is appreciated.


Before doing anything else get your Office version up to current. It should be 14.1.2. To do this open Word > Help > Check for Updates and keep running it until it says that you are current.Then weed your fonts by running Apple’s Font (it’s in your Applicaiton folder) and eliminate any duplicate fonts that are on your system.. Hope this helps.


OK, this is a bug, but it won’t be fixed for a while, so you need to work around it.

Word will be treacle-in-winter slow (or may freeze or hang completely on startup) if you have duplicate font names.

To resolve,

  1. Close Word.
  2. Start Apple’s Font Book.
  3. Run the command “Select Duplicated Fonts” from the Edit menu.
  4. Run the command “Resolve Duplicates” from the Edit menu.
  5. It pays to physically remove from the computer all the fonts Font Book just switched off.Now re-start the computer.  Apple OS X will rebuild its font cache, and Word will rebuild its font cache from that.
    1. After the duplicates have been “Resolved”, highlight each turned off font and click “File>Reveal in Finder” then just drag it to the trash.
    2. You may notice that Font Book sometimes turns off the newer copy of the font instead of the older one.  If you prefer the newer copy, drag the older one to the trash, then re-enable the new one.
  6. Now re-start the computer.  Apple OS X will rebuild its font cache, and Word will rebuild its font cache from that.
  7. For best performance in Word, try to run with all of your fonts enabled all of the time.  Each time Word starts, it compares its font cache with the system font cache.  If the two don’t match, Word will regenerate its own font cache, which can take a few seconds.  If you have dynamically-enabled fonts, the system font cache will appear different nearly every time Word looks.
  8. You need to do this every time you install an update, because the Microsoft installer will try to put the disabled fonts back in each time.

Most users will save a LOT of time by staying out of the Font menu altogether.  Define styles for all the formatting you need, then you can format text with a single click, and you don’t need to wonder if the font is right: you know it is, and it will stay that way.



Pro Tools LE8 Ignite



region=clip (refers or points to file; allows nondestructive editing)

transport=media player

Shortcut Keys

command+N: new session

command+O: open session

command+S: save

command+shift+W: close session

command+Q: quit Pro Tools

command+=: toggle between the Mix and Edit window


BWF (.WAV): Broadcast Wave Format is a Windows standard file particularly suited to television and film production. It’s can be used in both Mac and Windows systems.

AIFF: the standard audio file format for Mac.

Once selected at quick start, Sample Rate and Bit Depth will become the overall sample rate and bit depth for all audio in this session. Any audio later imported into the session will have to either match these specs or be converted to match the session (Pro Tools does the conversion automatically).

for I/O (Input/Output) settings, choose Stereo Mix.


Transport section: media player play/stop control.

Window->Edit->click the small triangular button on the upper-right corner and check Transport


Save Copy In is an archiving function that makes copies of the original session (creating a new folder, complete with all the dependent audio files) in a separate place.

Custom Color

Color can be assigned to track, track region and region in the region list.



Peak: the most common way of looking at waveform. It is a faithful representation of the amplitude of each sample of audio. It gives a sense of dynamic range and when it’s in danger of clipping.

Power: it looks a bit more like it sounds, and it match with the perceived loudness of a sound.

Rectified: show waveforms in a rectified manner. The zero-volt line is at the bottom of the waveform display.

Outline: view waveforms with a very thin dark line.

whether a track is shown or hidden doesn’t affect that track’s audibility.

Other Windows

Command+1 (numeric): transport window

Command+2 (numeric): session set up

Command+3 (numeric): big counter

Command+4 (numeric): automation enable

Command+5 (numeric): memory locations

Command+Option+Control+W: hide or show all floating windows

DAW: Digital Audio Workstation

DAE: Digital Audio Engine

Playback Engine

Setup -> Playback Engine

Buffer: a certain amount of computer memory (generally RAM memory is used due to its high speed) that a processor uses for short-term data storage during operations. Buffer will allow a processor to work with large amounts of data more efficiently.

Higher buffer setting can enable more simultaneous audio processes (such as plug-in effects), but it also increases recording latency (the delay between a signal going into Pro Tools and the audio heard out of the monitor speakers). Higher buffer setting can also make Pro Tools less responsive.

Rule: set the hardware buffer as low as possible when recording; set it higher during the editing and mixing stages.

RTAS Processors: allow user to utilize any number of CPUs in a multi-processor system. Use them all mostly. When the session has a great deal of mix automation, use fewer CPUs to free up processing power.

CPU Usage Limit: allows user to set a cap on the amount of CPU power to be used by Pro Tools. Higher percentage means more Pro Tools power.

check Ignore Errors During Playback/Record box in noncritical situation such as editing.

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成功的7个习惯 | The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

1. 自动自发 Be Proactive





2. 以终为始 Begin with the end in mind








3. 要事优先 Put first things first

(完成计划,抵抗拖延,把完美主义break down成各个小的目标,并努力实践完成)










4. 双赢思维 Think “win-win”















5. 知彼解己 Think first to understand, then to be understood




6. 统合综效 Synergize





7. 不断更新 Sharpen the saw; that is, undergo frequent self-renewal






This book’s focal point is on an approach to obtain personal and interpersonal effectiveness. Covey points out that private victories precede public victories. He makes the example that making and keeping promises to ourselves comes before making and keeping promises to others.

Habits 1, 2, and 3 deal with self-mastery. They move an individual from dependency on others to independence. Habits 4, 5, and 6 deal with teamwork, cooperation, and communication. These habits deal with transforming a person from dependency to independence to interdependence. Interdependence simply means mutual dependence. Habit 7 embodies all of the other habits to help an individual work toward continuous improvement.

Habit 1 discusses the importance of being proactive. Covey states that we are responsible for our own lives; therefore, we possess the initiative to make things happen. He also points out that proactive people so not blame various circumstances for their behaviors but they realize behavior comes from one’s conscious. Covey also explains that the other type of person is reactive. Reactive people are affected by their social as well as physical surroundings. This means that if the weather is bad, then it affects their behavior such as their attitude and performance.

He also explains that all problems that are experienced by individuals fall into one of three categories, which are direct control, indirect control, or no control. The problems that are classified under direct control are the problems that involve our own behavior. The problems classified as indirect control encompasses problems that we can do nothing about. The problems classified as no control are those that we can do nothing about.

Habit 2 focuses on beginning with the end in mind. Covey wants the reader to envision his/her funeral. This may sound disheartening but his goal is to help you think about the words that you wish to be said about you; it can help the individual visualize what you value the most. To begin with the end simply means to start with your destination in mind. That gives an individual a sense of where he/she presently is in their life. One has to know where they are going to make sure that they are headed in the right direction. Covey also mentions that the most effective way to begin with the end is by developing a personal mission statement. After doing that, you should identify your center of attention. Are you spouse centered, money centered, family centered, etc. The he tells you depending on you core of interest, your foundation for security, guidance, and power.

Habit 3 is the practical fulfillment of Habits 1 and 2. Covey accentuates that Habits 1 and 2 are prerequisite to Habit 3. He states that an individual cannot become principle centered developing their own proactive nature; or without being aware of your paradigms; or the capability of envisioning the contribution that is yours to make. One must have an independent will. This is the ability to make decisions and to act in accordance with them.

Habit 4 deals with the six paradigms of interaction, which are win/win, win/lose, lose/win, lose/lose, win, and win/win or no deal. Win/win is a situation in which everyone benefits something. It is not your way or my way; it is a better way. Win/lose declares that if I win then you lose. Simply put, I get my way; you don’t get yours. Win/lose people usually use position, power, possessions, or personality to get their way. The win/lose type of person is the person that feels that if I lose; you win. People who feel this way are usually easy to please and find the strength of others intimidating. When two win/lose people get together both will lose resulting in a lose/lose situation. Both will try to get the upper end of the stick but in the end, neither gets anything. The person that simply thinks to win secures their own ends and leaves it up to others to secure theirs. The win/win or no deal person means that if there is not a suitable solution met that satisfies both parties then there is no agreement.

Habit 5 deals with seeking means of effective communication. This habit deals with seeking first to understand. However, we usually seek first to be understood. Most people to not listen with the intent to understand but with the intent to reply. The act of listening to understand is referred to as empathic listening. That means you try to get into the person’s frame of mind and think as they are thinking.

Habit 6 discuses combining all of the other habits to prepare us for the habit of synergy. Synergy means that the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Possessing all of the habits will benefit an individual more than possessing one or two of them. Synergism in communication allows you to open your mind to new possibilities or new options.

Habit 7 involves surrounds the other habits because it is the habit that makes all of the others possible. It is amplifying the greatest asset you have which is yourself. It is renewing your physical, emotional, mental, and social nature. The physical scope involves caring for yourself effectively. Spiritual renewal will take more time. Our mental development comes through formal education. Quality literature in our field of study as well as other fields help to broaden our paradigms. Renewing the social dimension is not as time consuming as the others. We can start by our everyday interactions with people.

Moving along the upward spiral requires us to continuously learn, commit, and do on higher planes. This is essential to keep progressing. At the end of each habit, there are application suggestions or exercises that help you become a more effective person. This is definitely not a quick fix it book. The concepts should be studied in order to be fully achieved. I think if you learn to use these 7 habits, it will change your life.