Word

Understanding images: Part 2 – Wrapping styles

Wrapping text around figures, also known as graphic objects or images, can help give your documents a more polished look and help focus attention on the most important content. Last week, I wrote about the basics of inline vs. floating figures. One of the big differences between these types of images is that floating images are positioned separately from the text, allowing text to wrap around, over, and behind the images.…

Excel

Where to begin: PowerPivot for Excel

By now, you’ve probably read about PowerPivot in one of our many posts about it (such as  Introducing PowerPivot, Using PowerPivot with Excel 2010, or Supercharge your budget sheets with PowerPivot for Excel 2010), and you totally get how powerful this feature is. Its ability to process massive amounts of data from various data sources so that you can analyze it right in Excel 2010 is truly promising! But how do…

Word

Understanding images: Part 1 – The basics

Figures can add a ton of pizazz to a document, but they don’t always behave the way you might expect, which can be incredibly frustrating. With a little behind the scenes information, you can put your figures in their place. Theresa Estrada, a program manager on the Word team, writes today about the basics of working with graphic objects–shapes, text boxes, pictures, and more. This is the first of a…

Word

Understanding images: Part 1 – The basics

Figures can add a ton of pizazz to a document, but they don’t always behave the way you might expect, which can be incredibly frustrating. With a little behind the scenes information, you can put your figures in their place. Theresa Estrada, a program manager on the Word team, writes today about the basics of working with graphic objects–shapes, text boxes, pictures, and more. This is the first of a…

Excel

Avoid losing the state of the global IRibbonUI ribbon object

Excel MVP Ron de Bruin provides a solution for a common problem that occurs when you use RibbonX and VBA to customize the ribbon. You can find more tips and links to Excel add-ins at Ron’s website: http://www.rondebruin.nl/. There is a common problem when you are working with the ribbon by using RibbonX and VBA. The ribbon object (which is initialized when Excel loads your file) can lose its reference…

Outlook

New Outlook Hotmail Connector released

We’ve got good news for those of you who read your Windows Live Hotmail accounts in Outlook. We have released an update to the Microsoft Outlook Hotmail Connector. This update brings a number of fixes and is required to continue using Hotmail accounts in Outlook. The version number for the updated Hotmail Connector is 14.0.5139.5001. To determine which version is installed on your computer, see the end of this article.…

Excel

Take the first step in growing your Excel skills

It’s hard to find time to learn new skills. We’re all busy, and as much as we might want to become more proficient at something, we seldom have the extra time required to learn. That’s one of the reasons I’m excited about the new video series called the Excel skills builder. In a nutshell, the skills builder is a video series that comprises short (typically under 5 minutes each) videos that give…