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• Keep your name from looking like a spelling mistake (video)

Does your name appear as a spelling mistake in Word? You're not alone. As part of our Call-to-Action campaign, I recently asked our Microsoft Student Facebook friends to share their Word pet peeves. And this pet peeve was top of the list. Luckily, there's a quick fix. Add your name to the spell check dictionary.

Here's a quick video showing you how. Of course, these steps work for adding any word to the dictionary not just your name. For example, if you're using special technical terms or acronyms in your document.

Find more helpful links and information in the full blog post.

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• Sort and filter grade book data using Excel tables (video)

If you find yourself banging your head on your desk when it comes time to sort and filter student data in your grade book, Excel tables can make your life less stressful. Tables let you sort  test scores (for example, from lowest to highest), calculate average scores on assignments, and add special formatting to your spreadsheet. Converting your existing grade book into a formatted table is quick and easy. You supply the student data, and Excel does the heavy lifting.

This video will get you started. If you want to get more in-depth, there's an entire training course devoted to Excel tables.

If you want to learn more about Excel, take a look at the Microsoft Excel blog.

--Matt Shelton

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• Celebrate pi with pie! (video)

Today's blog post is brought to you by Tami Amador. Tami is our resident math writer and overall Renaissance woman.

Today is Pi Day! That's π, as in the ratio between the circumference of a circle and its diameter, better known as the mathematical constant beginning with 3.14. We celebrate pi on March 14, or 3/14, because the date represents the first three digits of π in decimal form.

In 1989, physicist Larry Shaw created Pi Day, which was celebrated at the San Francisco Exploratorium, where staff and members of the public marched in a circle and then ate fruit pies. To get in the spirit, sit back with a piece of pie and watch this hilarious parody of the well-known Eminem hit, “Lose Yourself,” which tells the tale of a Pi Day competition. And be sure to read the full blog post about  this holiday for fans of the never-ending pi.

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• 1 satisfied mom: How Office for Mac saved the day!

Today’s blog post is brought to you by Armelle O’Neal. Armelle manages the Office for Mac and Office Mobile writing teams, supports her oldest son's competitive racing schedule, and runs every morning. To say the least, she's one busy lady.

When we added a Mac Book Pro to the family’s arsenal of laptops (five total for a family of four!) I got concerned. Would I encounter any compatibility issues between Office 2010 for Windows and Office for Mac 2011? Spoiler alert: You can probably tell from the title that I was happily surprised. If you're interested in the experience, read the full post.

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• The secret to converting your presentation into a video

Did you know that you can save your PowerPoint 2010 presentations as Windows Media Player (.wmv) video files? Well, you can. And it only takes a few mouse clicks.

You can then burn the video to a DVD, upload it to your blog or video-sharing web site, or email it to your professor to share the video file with people who don’t have PowerPoint installed on their computer. If you're using PowerPoint 2007 there are a few more steps required, but it's still possible.

Read the full blog post to learn how to do this in PowerPoint 2010 and PowerPoint 2007.

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• Windows Phone 7 and App Hub — build apps and get paid!

College graduates will tackle the job market soon. What better way to stand out from the crowd than to have a software app release on your resume?

DreamSpark, a program set up by Microsoft to provide professional-level developer and design tools to students around the world for free, recently partnered with Windows Phone 7.

That means you can download the components that you need to complete your development environment and start making your own Windows Phone 7 apps. Links and details are available in the full blog post.

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• Call-to-Action: What do you want to learn about?

So far on the Office in Education blog, we’ve updated you on new product releases, shared ideas on how you can use Office products and services to crank out your school work, and helped you discover new uses for our feature-rich applications. But, frankly, we want to hear from you. What are the questions you want to see answered on this blog? That’s why we’re launching our Call-To-Action campaign.

Find out how you can help!

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• Share class newsletters with parents via Windows Live Hotmail (video)

Today's blog post is brought to you by Roxanne Kension. Roxanne is a writer for Office Web Apps and mother of a very adorable kindergartner.

When you attach a Word document in e-mail, Word Web App lets Hotmail recipients view the attachment in their web browser. They don’t even need Microsoft Word installed on their computer. This is a handy feature that lets my son’s kindergarten teacher share her class newsletter with me.

I even recorded a video showing you my experience. Click the full post to see how it works.

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• Do you love job offers? Resume tips that get you there

Are you planning a summer internship or preparing to enter the workforce when you graduate this year? If so, now’s the time to spit polish your resume.

• Get resume writing advice from professional resume writers.
• See tips on how to format your Word document for a better design.
• Learn more about internship opportunities at Microsoft.
• And more...
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• ¿Es correcto? Office checks your spelling in other languages

The spell check feature in Office isn’t just for research papers and essays. Use it to catch mistakes in your foreign language homework too! Don’t lose points on your vocabulary exercises or compositions because you forgot to include an accent mark or misspelled the plural form of a word. Choose a dictionary language and fix those awkward spelling errors fast.

Read the full post to learn how to choose a different language dictionary to check your spelling.

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