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Last week, Doug's Office Casual video was about the Outlook Social Connector (for Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.). I sent Doug an email telling him how much I LOVED the video. (I really did; he's a clever boy and a bit of a smarty-pants.) So, if you saw Doug's post and video, it's not like I'm telling you anything new. But a little birdie (and no, it wasn't the Twitter birdie) told me that not ENOUGH of you are trying this out.
And why is that? Fear? Apathy? Laziness? Yes, yes, and...yes? Well, guess what? I haven't even installed it or even tried it yet. And I am NOT making this up, my fellow Haven't-installed-Outlook-Social-Connector-ites. It's Tuesday afternoon, it's 1:26 p.m., my young dog is dreaming and twitching, my old dog is dreaming and farting, and I'm just...sitting here, trying to write tomorrow's post about how great it is to use Facebook with this Outlook Connector thingamabob...
And you know what? That isn't me. I just can't write about things I don't know anything about. But more than that, if I hate a feature or find it unnecessarily taking up my space and my time (and you can bet there are some of those), I don't write about it. (I also don't dis it; I do like having a job, and a good one at that.)
So why can't we do it together, you and me, right now? I can't think of a reason why not (although I may after I get started and in that case you wouldn't be reading this anyway). So, just like cooking, we're going to gather up our ingredients and tools...and off we go.
(Please note that unlike Doug, I am not a video expert, although I am learning more and more every day and one of these days WATCH OUT! One of my audio podcasts will magically transform itself...)
Switching back and forth between worksheets can make your eyes spin around in their sockets (a great party trick but something your optometrist would advise against). Keep those baby blues steady when you use Excel 2007:
I tell you, I learn new things—sometimes even elementary things, that even typing monkeys already know—about Office programs every day and today I'm offering the newest one.
I'm going to make this short and sweet today. You can thank Kathy, a Crabby reader who posed this question:
"In Excel, when I hit enter the cursor moves to the right, which is what I want (most of the time). How can I change it to move down?"
I just figured that there was a default setting and that the user couldn't change it. Boy was this old dog wrong. Time to learn a new trick...
I work for a very large company in which not all employees are in the same building, let alone the same city, state, country or time zone. So when we need to communicate something really quickly, we use Communicator.
Now, by itself, Communicator is a great tool: You can IM, you can share your desktop of any number of conference participants, and you can even hand over control of your desktop (a handy feature when the help department can't understand just what you're trying to explain).
And now, with Outlook 2010, Communicator has insinuated— I mean integrated — itself quite nicely. It's everywhere you are...
Not long ago, I booted up my laptop, typed my network password and...nothing happened. I tried again. Nothing. I made sure the CAPS LOCK button wasn't pressed. It wasn't. I couldn't believe it, and I couldn't get into my computer without completely reinstalling Windows (not that I wouldn't like to spend a nice afternoon doing just that...).
I did find a solution (and a simple one at that)...
Updated! See the end of this post for the newest how-to-embed info.
Last July I told you about the new Office Web Apps, where all your documents are created, edited, and stored on a server...a server located somewhere in the clouds (hence the term "cloud computing"). Since then more than 20 million folks have used Office Web Apps to work with Office documents from anywhere with a browser and an Internet connection.
We also asked for your feedback and feed it back to us you did, in the manner of more than 25,000 comments. One of the MOST requested features was the ability to embed things in your web pages and blogs. (By "things" I don't mean gravel or finishing nails.) And so now I'm happy to let you know that you can now embed Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations (the "things") right into your web page or blog
Today's topic is about how Outlook can save you from your own impetuous, fiery, trigger-happy self: I'm going to tell you how to delay a single message (akin to counting to 10 before speaking) or ALL your messages.
To me, this is an invaluable feature; an escape valve of sorts. Here's how it works...
If you know me, you know that OneNote is, by far, my favorite Office program. It's not that I don't love (and probably use more) the ever-present Outlook, but it's OneNote that is so versatile, so flexible. and frankly, a lot of fun. So when the "Around the World in 40 Days" project launched, I was immediately smitten.
In a nutshell, this is what the project is: 40 bloggers write about, within the scope of a OneNote "TripBook", 40 cities. You can download the city (or cities) of your choice and when you open up the notebooks in OneNote 2010 or 2007, you get sections and pages regarding where to stay, where to eat, places to play, and more. And those sections are really just suggestions; it's YOU who makes that notebook about your dream trip come alive.
Sometimes working with software in general becomes way too complicated and more process-oriented than is necessary. Can things just be simple?
Here's what I mean, put in a real life situation: Say I'm at the library and I strike up a conversation with someone I like, someone on the same page as me, so to speak. Say I invite this person to a party I'm having that weekend just to see how we get along, how we talk together, how they fit in with my friends. Am I asking this person to bring their fancy clothes, their wacky accessories, their creepy relatives, and move their whole life into my apartment? Of course I'm not— jeez.
So why is it when I want to copy some information that I find somewhere—maybe on a web page, maybe in an Access database—and paste it into, say, an Excel spreadsheet to see if it make sense with what else is in there, why does all that information's fancy fonts, font relatives, and weirdo formatting have to come along too? All I want is the information—not all its BAGGAGE!
Is there an easy way to get info from one thing into an Excel spreadsheet? Relax, cha-cha; of course there is!
Update: See near the end of this post for the latest Office how-tos on embedding Excel and PowerPoint files.
My name is Larry Waldman and I'm a program manager on the Excel team. This week the Crabby Office Lady was nice enough to let me combine a couple of Office's cool features to highlight one of my favorite little tricks. (Note that this post and these features refer to the Office Web Apps.)
First we've got a feature called "Excel embedding" that lets you put Excel files—yes, interactive Excel files—into your web pages by using Office Web Apps and SkyDrive. You may have seen Crabby's earlier posts about embedding Excel (or PowerPoint) files into web pages and making sure they ARE interactive. Doug Thomas also did an Office Casual video about the free Office Web Apps and SkyDrive accounts.
Also, I've long been a fan of the file templates we have in Office—that's right, Office.com Templates that you see when you click the File tab and click New in Office 2007 or 2010. For me, things really come alive when you start with a fully functional (and premade) Excel template, tweak it as you need, and then plop it on your site. An example (and I got my example below straight from the Office.com Templates site) is worth a thousand words...