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…

OneNote

Can a smart phone improve my son’s grades?

Guest blogger Christina Tynan-Wood has been covering technology for decades at Family Circle and at blogs GeekGirlfriends.com and Family Circle’s Momster.  Her son Cole (16) is “very good at appearing to listen when he isn’t paying any attention at all. Thankfully though, in this digital age, his high-school teachers tend to take a liberal attitude toward the use of technology. As long he is quietly using his tech as a study…

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…

Yammer

Introducing Yammer’s Summer Release. Work Just Got Better.

[embed width="500"]http://vimeo.com/47335249[/embed] Here at Yammer, we’re committed to rapid product innovation and take pride in delivering the best-in-class social networking experience. The Summer Release is our most significant release to date and aims to improve your Yammer experience while making it easier to discover relevant people, content and conversations. We’ve completely updated Yammer’s look, improved…

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…

Office 365

New file format options in the new Office

In the next release of Office, we have added two additional formats for use: Strict Open XML and Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2. We have also added support for opening PDF documents so they can be edited within Word and saved to any supported format. By adding support for these standardized document formats, Microsoft Office 2013 provides users with more choice for office document interoperability. Regardless of your preferred document…

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…