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Out of the office? Reply to messages with Outlook

Matt Shelton contributed today’s post about how to use Out of Office and Automatic Replies to send email responses when you’re away from the office. Matt, a senior writer, focuses on creating Office content for teachers and students. If you can’t reply to e-mails during the work day (or if you’re away from your computer), you know how emails can pile up. And it can be frustrating when you email…

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You asked about … watermarks

So many Office customers ask about watermarking that we’ve gathered the best answers here–links to our top instructions for using watermarks in Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel. (Excel doesn’t have an actual watermark feature, but you can still create watermarks in Excel using photos or words.) Not sure what we mean by watermarks? Not to be confused with backgrounds, which fill the entire page, watermarks are usually ghosted words, such…

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How to embed a PowerPoint presentation on a web page

You can display a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation on your web page, such as your blog or SharePoint wiki page.Here’s a step-by-step guide: The presentation is stored in a public location in Windows Live SkyDrive, where you copy an HTML tag that you paste into the HTML of your blog or wiki page. That way, people can see the presentation without having to go to the SkyDrive folder. They advance through…

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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…