Access

Access 2010: Design more maintainable apps with calculated columns

When I talk to developers about why they love Access, the most frequent response is always about fast they can build applications that track data. This saves time and money. Calculated columns are a new feature in Access 2010 that is designed to help end users and developers build applications faster, and are easier to maintain. Let me start with a couple scenarios from the Access 2007 templates. In the…

Terberg PowerPoint templates – picture, SmartArt graphics, and animation effects

As long as we’re talking about PowerPoint today, I thought it might be appropriate to re-post this entry from our old Templates blog. The Terberg PowerPoint templates have proven to be exceptionally popular, so we are reprinting this post for readers who may not have visited our former blog. — Nancy Crowell The Microsoft team has worked with a PowerPoint expert to develop a series of presentation decks to give you…

Excel

Updated! Collaborative editing using the Excel Web App

Updates: Embed an Excel spreadsheet on a web page Office Web Apps: Why they’re the clearer connection Windows SkyDrive gets better with Office Web Apps In the last couple posts, we talked about how editing in Excel Web App works, how it’s different than editing in the Excel desktop client, and the kinds of things you can do in the Excel Web App. If you haven’t read about the editing…

Build your own calendar in Word 2007

Are you new to Office 2007? Try this fun calendar builder template for Word 2007. Instructions are right in the template, so if you feel a little iffy on using some of the new features in Word 2007, don’t worry. The calendar uses a new feature called building blocks (here’s a help topic about building blocks). This template gives you several different variations on the circle design theme that you can apply…

Clip Art for Outlook Signatures and Electronic Business Cards

Have you considered Clip Art library content for your Outlook signatures? A quick step to this feature would be the Email signature template from the Office Online Templates library. This template contains professional layouts you can copy and customize within Outlook, with two of these layouts designed for both image and text. (For additional instructional assistance see also the Office Online Products section of Signatures tutorials — including Change your…

Build your own board game, create playing cards

We recently published an energy calculator template from one of our content partners in Canada, Microsoft Home Magazine. During that process, they let us know about a board game activity that they recently published on their site, and we love it! The online article provides useful how-to steps and it comes with Word and Excel templates (take your pick) for creating your own personal board game. It also comes with…