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Today's final "jargon demystified" post is going to cover the basics of OneNote, that über popular and oh-so-useful (not to mention favorite) Office program for note taking. We're going to define the three most basic of OneNote features today, the ones that seem to be confusing to some of you: notebooks, sections, and pages.
Happy Bastille Day, Francophiles!
And because today is my delightful Uncle Phil Stahl's 80th birthday, I thought I'd offer some special tips that I know he—and you—could use. Listen up Crabbyphiles: This is a guy born in 1930 who uses Office like no other 80-year-old (or 70-year-old, or some 20-year-olds) I've ever seen. Sure, he comes to me with questions once in a while, but not until after he's done some pretty fancy troubleshooting himself. And so today, Uncle Phil, these tips are from me to you (and anyone else who wants to wish you a happy 80th birthday).
You all just love Office tips and tricks and I can't say I blame you. It's fun to learn secret things like your very best friend can still do five back handsprings in a row, or that that your nephew-in-law was a runner-up in the Scripps National Spelling Bee back in the 1980s, or that the gal on your block with the unbelievable hydrangeas turned out to be a Russian spy...
For the last 12 months, I've provided you with ideas, tips, tricks, a bit of humor, shopping ideas, comments on popular and inane American culture, and ways to get out of working with difficult people. Since everyone seems to be in shopping list mode—except perhaps our Jewish friends who've already done their shopping since Hanukkah started Wednesday night, or our Type A friends who shopped at last year's after-Christmas sales (both types being lucky, chosen people)—I thought I'd offer up a list of the five MOST popular (perhaps because they're useful?) tips that I came up with the past year.
My block is having a BLOCK PARTY this Saturday. It's our first one EVER and we're pretty excited. Well, most of us are; the creepy dude who hoses down his grass while sitting in his yard in his seat-less Naugahyde recliner (springs only) never really replied to our invitation (or signed up to bring any of his home-grown mushrooms, so I guess that is a-OK).
This reminds me: A few of us were wondering how to ensure the safety of our kids. Yes, the street is blocked off with cones, and yes we know MOST of the neighbors, but it's not like we have a police barricade there checking IDs (and there is, after all, Mr. Mushroom and his recliner and his hose.) So what to do? A helicopter mom down the street wanted to micro-chip the kids but that wasn't really economically feasible. So we thought of making badges with names and phone numbers for each of the kids (and the adults, too). Of course we needed a volunteer. And since everyone knows what I do for a living, all heads swiveled toward me. (I in turn swiveled to look behind me but there was no one there.) So, after I finish up this post and rush through my podcast which I forgot about until JUST THIS INSTANT, I'm going to start creating badges for all the kids.
Gosh, what program should I use? How about Publisher, Crabby? Gee.
As you know, I like to post tips that solve problems that maybe I heard just ONE person mention. And if you know me, you know why, but let's go over it again. Because it's never just one person; all it is, is that one person actually trying to do something about it. The point being, there are probably several of you having this same problem that we're going to solve today: Jay, a youngster who's new to the world of Crabby, posted a comment about a strange Outlook issue.
And on this bright and shiny (or, where you are, more likely cold and snowy) day, I'm going to attempt to solve Jay's issue.
I've never had particularly strong spatial abilities; I nearly flunked geometry in the ninth grade. Even today I probably couldn't find my way out of an origami-folded paper bag.
Meet Visio, the Office program that provides all the shapes, templates, and connectors (and all that stuff) so that you don't have to be geometrically or spatially inclined, and yet you can create drawings and documents that make you look like you are. People use Visio for a variety of projects, including network diagrams, calendars, flowcharts, office layouts, floor plans, and more.
(Note: I published this way back in March 2009, so chances are 75% of you never got to see it. So...I thought I'd re-post it because I think it's useful—and funny, too.)
Not only does every country and language have its own sayings, every industry also has its vernacular. When you talk about cars, for instance, you'll use terms like "horsepower" and "torque." When you are a gardener, you'll get all thorny about "nitrogen deficiency" and "powdery mildew." And of course if you're into wine, you'll hear yourself talk about a wine's "mouth feel" or its "tannins" (or that it has a hint of impertinence — my favorite kind of wine).
And as for computers, the list goes on and on. I've done several columns and blog posts over the past many years that have attempted to demystify words and phrases we come across when working with e-mail, mobile devices, blogs, and so on. Read the entire post and I'll share a few of weird Internet terms with you and then I'll send you to some others.
To my long-time, short-time, or maybe even first-time Crabby Office Lady readers:
After nearly 10 years writing the Crabby Office Lady columns, blog, podcasts, videos and more, it's time to try something new. This is Crabby's last post. However, I'm not really going away. In fact, my role is expanding. From here on you'll find me writing under my own name, Annik Stahl, on the Outlook blog for starters. You'll also find me writing for the other Office blogs and for Office.com about selected topics and events.
As Crabby, there's so much I'd like to say here...and much I can't say here because of space and emotion. The jist of it is thank you.
Here's more information about what's happening to my posts and columns, and how to follow my work as Annik from here on...
You have a killer PowerPoint presentation; the timing is perfect, the bullets are minimal, the effects just so. And now you want to take it to the next level by capturing and synchronizing audio and video narration, add more rich, impactful media content, and get it ready for viewing in any browser. Maybe you're imagining it as a perfect way to beef up any e-learning experience or enhance normally stiff corporate communications.
So, who gonna call? (Ghostbusters? Uh, no, middle-ager). Why Producer for PowerPoint, of course.
There are more reasons for forgetting a password than there are reasons for having one.
Some of the feedback and e-mails I receive indicate that you're having some issues with Outlook passwords. Let's see if we can't salvage some of your sanity and unravel the mysteries of Outlook passwords at the same time.