Visio

How to add reflection, glow, rotation and other effects to your Visio shapes

One of the many tools you’ll find in the new Visio to help you make your diagrams look modern and professionally designed is the addition of shape effects. If you’ve used effects like shadow or reflection in PowerPoint you’re already familiar with how effects can add visual impact to a shape. In the new Visio we have added those same shape effects to allow you to make engaging and professional…

Project

All my work in one place

On average, people work on five to seven projects at a time.  For example, a wedding planner may have several clients that she is planning weddings for and she might have a task management site in SharePoint for each (see “Managing Tasks in SharePoint”). In this case, she’ll have tasks assigned to her from several different places, in addition to tracking personal tasks outside of those projects.  Rather than drilling…

Excel

Plug into your data: Connecting Excel to an Access database

Northwind Trading Company is a growing online wholesale food business. Orders from retail merchants are coming in from across the country and are being stored in an Access database. Now the marketing team needs a better way to view the mounds of data. Luckily, the same features that Excel provides for viewing and organizing information in a spreadsheet, can be used to view and organize information in an Access database. But…

Access

Data entry made easy

In Access 2013, we’ve made a lot of changes so that you can quickly make a great user interface for your web databases. First, Access 2013 will automatically generate useful views based on your data. Second, you’ll be able to use special controls for dealing with related data—the related items control and the autocomplete control. With this interface, the people who use your app will have easy time entering data.…

Project

Managing tasks in SharePoint

Almost any project we work on is collaborative these days.  A restaurateur might be working with his staff and publicists to develop and advertise a new menu.  A wedding planner might be working with florists and venue coordinators to make someone’s dream wedding come true.  You need a way to coordinate to-dos, easily communicate status, and stay in sync with your team without leaving your favorite tools. In the next…

Visio

Modern shapes in the new Visio: org chart, network, timeline, and more

Visio users tend to do one of two things after creating their diagram–share it or present it to others. Both of these scenarios require your diagram to look visually appealing. So, unsurprisingly, one piece of feedback users continually told us was that they wanted to make professional and modern looking diagrams. This week, we’ll give you an overview of the changes we’ve made to Visio templates and shapes–what we call…

OneNote

Working Offline in OneNote at 30,000 Feet

Your crack sales team for your mobile phone company travels across the world–from London to Shanghai. Figuring out a discounted phone offer or other deals is tricky because tax rates, cultures, and lots of other things change from country to county. To save each other time, team members pass along tips by adding them to a shared OneNote notebook stored on a company SharePoint site. But how do they add new…