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Download our free Office 2010 migration guides

Thinking about upgrading to Office 2010? Each upgrade brings exciting new features, but new versions of your favorite programs can take some getting used to. To ease the transition, we’ve put together six handy migration guides to help you step up to Office 2010. Whether you’re coming from an older version of Office and just want to find frequently used commands, or you’re entirely new to Office and want a…

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How PowerPoint font embedding and replacement can save your presentation

No doubt about it, fonts can add significant visual appeal to a presentation. As long as they make it onto the screen for your audience to see, that is. If you created your presentation on one computer, but deliver it from another (say, in a conference room), you could be stuck without the very fonts you were counting on, causing some possibly acute pre-show panic. But not to worry. Font…

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Ready for widescreen? How to manage aspect ratios in PowerPoint (16:9 vs. 4:3)

Widescreen, with its 16:9 aspect ratio, is taking over video screens faster than Godzilla in a scale model city. And that’s a good thing, with PowerPoint. As the name implies, widescreen brings wider, more beautiful images onto your TV and computer screens. So why does your PowerPoint presentation suddenly look terrible? Possibly because you copied slides that contain graphics between one presentation created in 16:9 and another created in 4:3.…

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New for Excel 2010: Sparklines!

Guest blogger Sam Radakovitz, program manager for Excel, has a post today on a sparklines, a new feature in Excel 2010. For Excel 2010 we’ve implemented sparklines, “intense, simple, word-sized graphics”, as their inventor Edward Tufte describes them in his book Beautiful Evidence.  Sparklines help bring meaning and context to numbers being reported and, unlike a chart, are meant to be embedded into what they are describing.  As you can see, I’m really…

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LinkedIn, Facebook join the Outlook 2010 Social Connector (The what?)

Starting today you can download the new Outlook 2010 Social Connector to see what your contacts are up to on LinkedIn from right within the Outlook 2010 beta. When Office 2010 ships, you’ll also be able to see your contacts’ Facebook and MySpace actions in the same place.   But let’s take a step back: what is the Outlook 2010 Social Connector? Take a look at the photo below: At…