Webinar: Tips from the experts: Microsoft MVPs

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In this week’s webinar you’ll learn about nifty tips and timesavers from Microsoft MVPs. These “Most Valuable Professionals” share their real-world technical expertise with the community. We have a few tips and may even have a few stop on by to chat as we broadcast from their annual summit in Redmond, Washington.

Can’t view this video? It’s also available at Microsoft Showcase.

MVP tips (with a link to their website or other reference)

MVP: Crystal Long

Word: right after you paste, press SHIFT-F5 to return to the last cursor position, which will be where you were just before you pasted.  This is handy to read and/or format what you just pasted.

Windows 8: Press Win-X for the Geek Menu

MVP: Jay Freedman

If you close documents with unsaved changes, you might realize later that you want to get those changes back. In Office 2010 and 2013, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint keep copies that you can recover. On the Info tab of the Backstage view, click Manage Versions and then click Recover Unsaved Documents. Select the copy of the file that you want (there may be several copies of the same document from different dates or times) and click Open.

MVP: Eric Legault

Microsoft Office Step by Step book:

Outlook: Creating a high-priority Quick Step

MVP: Scott Helmers

Visio: Duplicate Page – Have you ever wanted to create a new Visio page that was an exact copy of an existing page? In previous versions of Visio you were forced to create a new page, return to the old page, select all, copy, go to the new page, and then paste. In Visio 2013, simply right-click on the page name tab of the page you want to copy and then click Duplicate. Done!

MVP: Ric Bretschneider

All Office: Making the stark white UI a bit easier on your eyes

MVP: Luke Chung

Outlook: Delay Sending Your Emails in Microsoft Outlook

MVP: Suzanne S. Barnhill

Windows 7: Pinning to task bar – I find that pinning files to the Windows 7 button jump list to find important docs fast. Click in Windows button to see recent documents, right-click on document name to pin it to that menu.

MVP: Juno Bae 

Word: Easily drawing Organization Chart using the Insert Object of Office

MVP: Bill Jelen

Excel 2013 has the ability to put slicers on regular data sets, not just pivot tables (see video).

MVP: Richard Hay 

Surface: Get Four or Five Rows of Tiles on Your Surface Pro Start Screen

MVP: Paul Woods

Office: Double-click on Format Painter. It keeps the formatting for as long as you need it.

Go to for more information on how to join the series.

Thanks to the MVPs who shared their tips with us. You can find more video tips at the MVP webpage.

–Doug Thomas