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Here is how to subtly change your “background” color in Office 2010 and Office 2007 products (you can do it in earlier versions too). A comment in this blog led to this video, and a confession about how—and why—you should change your color scheme in Office.
Looking for a new and nifty gift for your favorite techie (or geek)? The Touch Mouse is a mouse you have to feel to appreciate. The new Microsoft Touch Mouse brings the best of mice and touch technology into one cool device. In this short video, I give it a test drive on an Excel workbook.
Life in a spreadsheet is a sea of numbers, and it’s no fun to be lost at sea. With tools like conditional formatting (new in Office 2007) and sparklines (new for Office 2010), a sea of data becomes a clear mountain lake. Ok, Ok, enough of the colorful analogies; let me show you how color makes a spreadsheet better in this video recorded today during the Microsoft Store celebration the first anniversary of Office 2010.
For Office 2010, the File tab leads you to the new Backstage area. This is where
you can save, print, and so much more in every Office 2010 program. Let me give you an overview in this short video.
You can read more on how Backstage works or see it for yourself when you download and try Office 2010 Beta for free.
Make your inbox less intimidating by switching to the Outlook Conversation View. In this short video, I'll show you how he handles email with the enhancements in Outlook 2010 including the new Ignore button.
Here is how to change your view to Conversation View. Need more help? See our training on Outlook Conversation View or watch a video on another great feature: Clean-up conversation.
Perhaps the most asked question at Office.com has to do with product keys (some may call them activation codes). Let me explain a bit about them and show you a new site to help you answer those pesky questions.
It’s a simple thing. You want some help, we want to give it to you. However, we’d like to know what version of Office you have. 2010? 2003? You don’t know? Here’s a way to find out by just glancing at your screen.
Mail Merge is not as easy as "click this button," it's more like using a recipe to cook a meal. In these two videos, let me show you how to “cook” with Mail Merge. The first video goes over label creation by using any contact list (via a CSV file); the second is importing Outlook contacts to personalize an event flyer (nearly the same steps as creating a form letter).
This stuff is a bit tricky and these videos—just like cooking videos—go over the process lightly. Below are links to step-by-step articles or find more at our new Holiday Mailing Made Easy section at Office.com.
You just had a great interview. You think you have the job, now all you have to do is…make a presentation. That’s what Chris Cunningham, co-founder and CEO of Appssavvy, does with his applicants. As he states in the New York Times' great Corner Office column:
Every job candidate must present to five to seven people as the final step before we hire them. We will give them a real-life example from our company and ask them to make a presentation. That is literally where you can just make or break it, and find out if they’re an all-star or whether you just avoided making a bad hire.
How does that sound? Pretty scary for some. But it makes sense: Public communication is a must-have in companies today. We are no longer just typing out memos and a proposal. We are presenting online, creating videos, trying to connect to gain influence. And a presentation in the interview process is a Johnny-on-the-spot way of showing your new employer you can bring it. I expect this to become a trend.
Perhaps you need to hone your presentation skills:
Today we have a guest post from Jon Gluck; an entrepreneur, connector, and marketer extraordinaire I started reading on the web. I invited him to give us his take on what he does with technology. –Doug Thomas
A day in my shoes may not seem too appealing on paper, but I manage just fine. I manage in large part because of my intense passion for business but equally important are the organizational skills I've committed myself to mastering.
So, whether I’m at home in bed, at dinner with friends, or dutifully at my desk, my system never leaves my side. I never know when a grand idea will hit or when a time sensitive opportunity will infiltrate my inbox. I can’t fall victim to unpreparedness. What follows is my starter kit to discover your “inner administrator.” Here are three ways I keep myself organized...