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Look who's heading back to college? With some nifty computer tools for students and teachers, I reenter the college scene to demonstrate some of the magical things OneNote can do, showoff a free graphing calculator called Microsoft Mathematics 4.0, and a nifty PowerPoint tool found in Office for Mac 2011. Watch (and read below for links to learn more).
Some folks wanted me to make a video about this week’s update to SkyDrive and how it helps working with the Office Web Apps. As soon as I started working with the new features, I quickly organized my own SkyDrive and start using the Web Apps even more. I think you’ll like the changes—you asked for them—and if you haven’t started your own 25GB of free storage (SkyDrive) or the free online companions to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote (the Office Web Apps), you might want to dig in.
If a picture says 1000 words, why are we still using loads of them in our presentations? Here are some advantages of using images and a new add-in from Fotolia so you can search for great images without leaving PowerPoint or Word.
You can download the free add-in from Fotolia for Word and PowerPoint 2007. There is also one for iStockPhoto.
Read about Laurence Lessig’s method of PowerPoint at Presentation Zen. You can download a free pdf of Seth Godin’s short publication Really Bad PowerPoint, and a watch brief video of Guy Kawasaki’s 10-20-30 Presentation Rule of PowerPoint.
See more examples about PowerPoint without bullets in this entry to the Office Hours blog, including books you might want to chase down. More news on the program can be found in PowerPoint Team Blog. --Doug Thomas
The deadline is tight, but I gotta come up with a smart looking status report. Let me show you how I corral ideas with Word and OneNote and then format with Word. Plus there are some slick tricks to make it look good in Outlook without attaching any kind of document. Watch:
Folks have asked me how I come up with my ideas for these videos. Hence, a video on the topic (with lots of links in the full post). Can you share how you come up with your ideas? Add a comment below.
Take a look at your computer mouse. That other button--the right-click button--can lead you to the best keyboard shortcuts so you don't have to remember them. Let me be your guide in this short video. --Doug Thomas
On the road at CES and the buzz on Office 2010 is remarkable - download the free beta right now.
Need more? Read the how-to's for video in PowerPoint 2010 at the Office Beta site:
And see how the the PowerPoint product team uses video feature on their blog. --Doug Thomas
In this excerpt from a previous Office Casual, I’ll show you how dragging email is a quick way to create meetings in Outlook.
You can view the video How to generate first-rate ideas, the Office Casual way in its entirety on the Office Blog.
Here is a quick way to remove all those words from your PowerPoint and use images. This is an excerpt from a previous Office Casual titled Better PowerPoint presentations: The Office Casual Way that also shows you tools for remembering those words you are taking off the screen.
Microsoft Word and PowerPoint come with lots of templates that will save you time formatting documents for different purposes; resumes, business cards, calendars, to name a few. But not all templates are created equal. Some built-in sample templates for Word and PowerPoint are actually several templates made into one. Let me give you a short tour of those sample templates in this video.