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Office Webinar logoThe live webinar series is over, but you can view the edited recordings below. Each webinar page has many links to the references talked about in the webinar.


Date Product Title/Link to Reference Materials & Recordings What
October 28 Office The Last Call: 4 game changers in Office For our last webinar, Doug takes a personal look at four skills he picked up that made a great impact in working with Office. 
October 21 PowerPoint 2013 A new way to PowerPoint: Office Mix Create online lessons with video, websites and text with this new tool.
October 7 Office Online & OneDrive A guide to Office Online We’ll show you how to get started with the free online versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote. Plus online storage with OneDrive.
September 23 PowerPoint Ways to avoid rebuilding PowerPoints over and over How you can get the most of one PowerPoint presentation you have to give to different clients or audiences.
September 18 Office 10 Great Office Timesavers Here’s our webinar-style talk we gave at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue Square.
September 16 OneNote 2013/2010 Onetastic for OneNote With the free add-in Onetastic, you can add features to your PC desktop version of OneNote.
September 9 Office 5 things to raise your game to a college level with Office Ways you can be smarter with Office programs, including that pesky group paper that somebody always has to format.
September 2 Outlook Archiving items in Outlook How to open, find, and save archived items in Outlook, plus we show ways archive automatically or manually.
August 26 OneNote Back to school with OneNote Tips for students going back to school with OneNote.
August 19 Office Online + OneDrive Office at 25: Behind the Docs For our 25th anniversary, people told us how they use Office. We’ll show you the “how-to” in creating footnotes and charts with the free Office Online.
August 12 Outlook Web App Using the Outlook Web App For Office 365 business customers, you can get to your email and contacts on many devices wherever you are.
July 29 Office 365 Small Business Busting myths about Office 365 and your business Guest host Tom Werner will lay out how Office 365 can help companies and answer your questions.
July 22 Office for iPad iPad, Office, & the cloud See the latest on Office for iPad and how it plays nice with PCs.
July 15 Excel Understanding the Excel Data Model How the Excel data model is revolutionizing how you work with data.
July 8 Outlook Tips for Outlook Search CTRL+E is the first tip for search. But we’ve got other tricks up our sleeves too. Join us to learn timesaving tips for searching in Outlook.
June 24 Windows 8.1 Using Office and Windows 8.1 with a mouse and keyboard There are some nifty changes in the free update for Windows 8.1. We’ll show how Office and Windows works better together.
June 17 Office 10 copy-and-paste ninja moves There’s a lot more than Ctrl+X and Ctrl+Y for cut-and-paste in Office. Learn these moves.
June 10 Outlook 5 simple ways to clean up Outlook Clean up your Outlook so you can read, write and move around with less clutter.
June 3 Office Online & OneDrive Starting from scratch with Office Online Dave has an iPad, Doug has a PC. In 15 minutes we’ll show you how we go from a Gmail email address to having a shared document online.
May 27 PowerPoint 5 steps to a better PowerPoint Simple ways that will make your next PowerPoint more effective, including getting rid of those bullet points.
May 20 Visio Adding data to Visio diagrams Visio also can help you visualize data, not only for manufacturing systems or business workflows, but for individuals too.
May 13 Outlook 8 great timesavers in Outlook Quick ways to get more out of Outlook.
May 6 Your computer 3 quick ways to make your computer safer Understand phishing, strong passwords and other quick things to make your computer a safer place.
April 29 PowerPoint Using video in PowerPoint Embedding and playing videos in PowerPoint presentations including the free PowerPoint Online.
April 22 Office 365 What’s an Office 365 Personal subscription? An Office subscription gets you the latest Office programs and some nifty extras.
April 15 Word & PowerPoint All about watermarks How to place watermarks in your documents for draft or private docs.
April 1 Office Office for iPad Showing off Word, Excel, & PowerPoint for the iPad that was released last week.
March 25 OneNote OneNote for free plus new tools Part II of our OneNote release will focus on the new tools for OneNote for Windows and other free services.
March 18 Office for Mac Introducing OneNote for Mac Wish fulfilled: OneNote is now a free download for Macs. We’ll take it for a spin.
March 4 OneDrive & Office Online Working with Office Online and OneDrive We’ll show you what the Office Web Apps have become to create, share, and store your documents for free online.
February 25 Excel Understanding Power Pivot Power Pivot lets you import massive amounts of data from different sources and mash it together to create useful reports. Now that you have started in, lets show you more.
February 18 Perceptive Pixel How Office works on an 82-inch touch screen See a demo of how these large touch screens from Perceptive Pixel can be used with PowerPoint & Excel for brainstorming, collaboration, and interactive presentations.
February 11 Word Creating Forms in Word Locking fields, customizing, and using a template to create forms.
February 4 Yammer What is Yammer? See how this private social network helps your company stay connected, share information & ideas. Free advance registration now open.
January 28 OneNote OneNote for iPad A tour of the free OneNote App for iPad, your digital notebook for capturing what’s important.
January 21 PowerPoint Paper handouts for PowerPoint How to do them and our guest, presentation expert Rick Altman, will show you ways to avoid “handout hell.”
January 14 Office Office 1-minute timesavers Here are very quick tips that can save you a minute, or even hours in many Office programs.
January 7 Office This year I’m going to learn about… Here is some of our best content for the things you want to learn this year including handle your email, working with Pivot tables. Ask us live, we’ll show you where to start.
December 17 Office Cool tools for your computer Two stocking stuffers: some free downloads that can make your computer more productive: the new Office Remote and the veteran Mouse Without Borders.
December 10 Office Top 10 tips of 2013 We’ll look at all of our webinars of 2013 and pick out the best, speediest, coolest, and most worthwhile tips for you.
December 3 OneNote The big update for the OneNote Windows Store App For touch devices, the Windows Store App for Windows 8 has some great new features including capturing (and searching) pictures and whiteboard captures.
November 26 Excel Online The latest features of Excel Online See how to work with others at the same time using Excel Online, plus see the most recent features.
November 19 Word Online What’s new with Word Online Here’s how to use the free Office Online, share documents, and the latest features for Word.
November 12 OneNote OneNote for (holiday) planning How OneNote can be used to keep track of those lists you are checking twice,  a big project, or even tag To Do’s in Outlook.
November 5 Access Intro to Access 2013 If you’ve never used Access before, this webinar will get you up and running in just 15 minutes.
October 29 Office 365 Office 365 for non-profit organizations Office 365 is now available as a donation to qualified nonprofits. Find out what you can get and how.
October 22 Word Tips for college papers We’ll give you some ace tips for completing that term paper, including formatting and references.
October 15 PowerPoint Using animation in PowerPoint (without being dorky) Animations can help drive a point home, but if you’re not careful, they also can seem so silly your audience will feel like 6-year-olds.
October 8 Office Ergonomics Some simple reminders you can do at your computer to make sure things like wrists, backs, and eyes stay comfortable, plus some hardware to help.
October 1 Project Project: Tracking work in Project After you’ve created your tasks and work estimates, it’s time to set a baseline before the project gets rolling.
September 24 Office Mobile Office Mobile for Android Learn how Office 365 subscribers can work with Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents with their Android phones.
September 17 PowerPoint Using Presenter View in PowerPoint How you can skip slides, use a pointer, and see your notes privately while presenting.
September 10 Office 365 How big business gets Office 365 up and running We’ve put together the information medium to large companies need to roll out Office 365 to their employees.
September 3 Project Create a timeline in Project Let’s do some organizing before the Project officially kicks off. We’ll cover milestones, subtasks, and timelines.
August 27 Lync Running meetings and webinars with Lync How Lync 2013 works in meetings including white boards and polls. Plus a look behind-the-scenes look of how we do a webinar on Lync.
August 20 Word Why use Styles in Word The benefits include moving large sections, changing looks instantly, and building a table of contents.
August 13 Office Waterfall of Office tips & shortcuts Get ready to be bowled over by a huge flood of awesome tips and tricks that’ll save you gobs of time.
August 6 Outlook New ways to manage your family calendar Use Outlook to manage your family’s birthdays, soccer games, and social events. Different colors for different people. View by week, or by month.
July 30 Office Online/OneDrive Working with Office Online The latest features plus a review of how to get started with the free browser-based versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
July 23 OneNote, Office Online Back to School with Office Online and OneNote Get your OneNote shipshape for the upcoming year, how to work on the dreaded team project, plus discounts for students & teachers.
July 16 Office Mobile Office Mobile for iPhone Learn how to access, view and edit your Office documents with this new app for iPhone users.
July 9 Project Assigning resources in Project We covered the basics last time. Now let’s go deeper into adding resources and tracking progress.  
June 25 OneNote Travel with OneNote As summer heats up, will show you how to track you plans in OneNote, including a free download. Plus we’ll with chat with travel blogger Kristin Luna from Camels & Chocolate and answer your travel questions.
June 18 Project Get started with Project We’ll demo the basics of Microsoft Project so that you can get a project done on time, on budget, and hopefully stress free too.
June 11 Excel Simplifying Your Excel Data Conditional formatting, Quick Analysis feature & making better charts for presentations
June 4 OneNote Special: Organizing and Sharing with OneNote (at MVA) This two-hour special is online at the Microsoft Virtual Academy and requires free registration at their site. This fast-pace course is designed for technology professionals looking to use OneNote more. Video also available at Channel 9.
May 28 Education/OneDrive for Business Office 365 Education and OneDrive for Business Business and educators using Office365 can access and sync documents. Also learn of the free version of Office 365 for educators.
May 21 OneDrive OneDrive desktop app: Easily move your stuff to the cloud OneDrive is not just for the web browser. You can also download a handy desktop app that appears right alongside your computer’s files and folders.
May 14 Training 5 top Office training courses + tips from an Office trainer We’ll show you the most successful training courses available for free at Also professional trainer Vickie Sokel Evans will share her favorite tips.
May  7 SharePoint A beginner’s guide to SharePoint Store documents, create team sites, and learn the ropes of an Office 365 SharePoint site for business.
April 30 Office 365 Home Premium Your questions on Office 365 answered We’ve been collecting your questions and comments about the new Office that you have left us at We’ll dig through the top items including installing Office on multiple devices.
April 23 Visio Get Started with Visio Creating top notch diagrams is easy, that is, when you’ve got a grasp on the fundamentals of Visio shapes. We’ll cover those, plus we’ll show you some tips and tricks for working with shapes.
April 9 OneNote Sharing with OneNote OneNote can quicklycapture your notes and ideas. Here’s a few ways you can share your notebooks, even on mobile devices and iPads.
March 26 PowerPoint & Visio Org charts in PowerPoint and Visio A staple of business–the org chart–can be done in Office. We’ll even show you the advantages of using Visio.
March 19 Outlook Sharing calendars into Outlook Want to place your calendar next to your work one? We’ll show you how and import other calendars into Outlook.
March 12 Excel Freeze and lock Excel panes Working with a huge spreadsheet? We can show ways to master all that real estate.
March 5 Office 365 Small Business What is Office 365 Small Business Premium? On February 27 Office 365 for small and large businesses goes on sale. We’ll show you the advantages of buying (or trying) it and some of the new features.
February 26 PowerPoint What you need to know about PowerPoint Slide Masters We’ll show you the value of creating a Slide Master when making a PowerPoint deck.
February 19 Office Tips from Microsoft MVPs MVPs are independent third-party professionals that Microsoft recognizes for their exceptional achievements. We will get their tips for Office and Windows.
February 18 Office 365 Home Premium MVP Special: Favorite new features A Monday afternoon special from the MVP Conference in Redmond. We’ll be presenting a regular webinar on favorite features in the new version of Office.
February 12 Word Setting Margins in Word Get that Word doc looking the way you want with different size margins and other formatting advice.
February 5 Word & Publisher Creating Business Cards Need a business card quickly? We’ll show you how to make one in Word–plus offer ways to make them more vital. Also: why you should try creating in Publisher.
January 29 Office 365 Home Premium Get to know the new Office The features and benefits of subscribing to Office 365 Home Premium you’ll want to know about.
January 22 PowerPoint Using sounds in PowerPoint Adding sounds to a presentation can and impact or becoming annoying. We’ll show you how to tastefully add sounds including how to trigger them with animations.
January 15 Word, PowerPoint & Outlook Working with Photos in Office Insert and adjust photos, remove background, enlarge pictures and wrap around text. Plus a new tool in PowerPoint 2013.
January 8 Word Spell Check and Proofing a doc We’ll dive into the tools in Word to polish your document spit-spot. We’ll show how to change AutoCorrect and Proofing options.
December 4 Word Reviewing and copyediting in Word How to work with the Review tab in Word, including Track Changes. Plus, a look at the upgrades in Word 2013.

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Join the conversation


  1. Guys please come & join to know more…

    • Love this kind of stuff. I’ll be there.

  2. How often are the previous webinars uploaded to view as a video? The one for April 23rd is still not loaded.

    • Doug Thomas User">

      Usually later in the week of the webinar. But we had a backup in production, so it’s taking a bit longer. Probably up early next week.

  3. Okay thank you. Very much enjoy watching these webinars, which are certainly very informative and enjoyable to watch.

    • Doug Thomas User">

      Perfect place to ask the question, David. I’m sending it to the Lync folks and let you know here if I get an answer.–Doug

  4. Not sure where else to post this, but I recently started having issues joining these weekly meetings. I’m getting the error message "reference error ID 403 (source ID 239)." I’ve had no problem joining these meetings up till several weeks ago. No idea what happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Have you heard anything back? I don’t mind watching these blogs once they are recorded, but I do enjoy them live as well. Keep me posted, thanks.

      • Doug Thomas User">

        We noticed an update occurred for the Lync Web App last week. Trying running it again, perhaps the upgrade will fix the problem.


  5. Hello to all my family, love you and friends.

  6. Although you would think it should be easy to do, it’s not. If you’ve been a long time Outlook user, you have a lot calendar entries, contacts and tasks. I have now upgraded to Windows 8 Pro, Office 365 Home Premium, and have a Windows Phone 8. I use Oultook and OneNote extensively. Syncing OneNote to SkyDrive was relatively painless and has worked flawlessly across all platforms. But migrating my Outlook 2013 calendar, contacts and tasks to to eventually sync to my Windows Phone 8 has continued to fail. Documented methods such as "copy and paste", "copy folder" and "save calendar / import ics file" have all failed. "Copy and Paste" within Outlook moves over the calendar entries from the PST calendar to the OST calendar and looks good in Outlook 2013, but doesn’t sync up to Same for "copy folder" within Outlook 2013. Using the "Save Calendar" function in Outlook 2013 creates an ICS file which can be imported into, but fails for a very large file (more than 2000 calendar entries). Can you show us how to bring Outlook 2013 data into the cloud. It would be nice to also learn how to move over the junk file safe and blocked senders lists, signatures, rules, and categories with their colors to the OST file from the PST file without having to recreate them manually..

    • Doug Thomas User">

      Here’s some thoughts from our Outlook writer. You can look up articles at

      The general idea is to transfer a calendar to a Microsoft account (such as, and then sync it from your Microsoft account to your phone. There’s a somewhat convoluted procedure here. Or I would start with the article Share an Outlook calendar on and follow the steps in the Import your Outlook calendar into section. Add the calendar to desktop Outlook to see any appointments created on the phone.

      In my own case, once I’d added my account to my desktop Outlook, I was able to just copy my contacts in the Folders view (… > Folders) from my Outlook Contacts folder to my Contacts folder. Here’s the article that describes it. Note that contact groups (what we used to call distribution lists) won’t sync to
      Junk Mail Junk mail lists (both Safe Senders and Blocked Senders) are portable, too. First export the lists you want from the OST, and then import them into the PST.

      No direct method, but the easy workaround is to copy and paste a signature from an old sent message into a new signature in Outlook 2013.

  7. I need help please. I need to insert tables from other docs but am unable to move the tables around once inserted onto doc. I don’t have the small square with star shape to click on to enable me to drag the table around….any help appreciated.

  8. Could you please upload the webinar that was held on Sept. 3rd regarding Project 2013?? I missed out on that one…

  9. A webinar on section breaks in Word – the differences between Break next page, continuous, making changes from one to two column text and back and keeping the footer formatting between sections consistent.

    • Doug Thomas User">

      Good one, I’ll take note of it. And we will talk about longer documents in our next webinar.

  10. Can we make a request for a 15 minute webinar here?

    • Doug Thomas User">

      You got that place, Jim: Time for your pitch!

  11. I am studying for the Access 2010 certification exam and there are some things that I am unable to totally comprehend. Below are two things that I question. There are others also. I am not expecting a tutorial on how to pass the exam. I am a 2007 Office Master, so it is not my first go around the globe. But I never use these features. Maybe if I understood them better.

    Application Parts

    • Doug Thomas User">

      Those are a bit advance for our webinar series. I looked through our Access training
      and didn’t see anything that focused on those elements. This might be a place to look at the Microsoft Access MVP sites at From our Access Trainer:

      Application parts are templated database objects, such as tables with fields that fit a certain theme, or they’re pieces of database objects, such as pre-formatted parts of data entry forms. The easiest way to find out what they do is open a DB, create a new, blank form, and depending on the type of part you want to see, drag it to either the blank form or the work area.

      Themes work like Themes in WD or PPT or the rest of office—they apply font styles and color schemes. The weirdness is that sometimes, applying a theme doesn’t seem to do much beyond changing the font colors. That’s because data entry forms in Access are often made up of multiple forms, and sometimes those forms have graphic elements added, such as filled rectangles that act as backgrounds for title text. You have to identify each form and element, and apply the theme to everything you find.

  12. Are we offline today?

    • Doug Thomas User">

      Nope we are here. But the USA adjusted clocks last weekend, so you may need to adjust schedule for the extra hour.

  13. Suggestion for January Webinar: I happened upon your you tube videos trying to learn how to use Windows 8. Then you successfully sucked me in to using onenote. You also sucked me into buying a Surface Pro. Microsoft revenues are at least a couple grand more this quarter because of these webinars. I mention this because the powers that fund this project need to know, don’t you think, that they are creating revenue. I don’t need your webinars to improve, I need them not to go away.
    I am a salesman and I am using onenote for signatures on contracts which are often 20 pages long. I am okay with every contract page having its own page in onenote for signatures but I want to combine all the pages in one file for printing or for emailing. Similar to the way acrobat allows you to combine files. Does onenote do that and I don’t know how to do it? If it doesn’t do it, I know you have a workaround that I haven’t been able to brainstorm. Can’t wait for an answer to this.

  14. I figured out how to combine files on the way out-the-door from OneNote. From the Print menu, I highlighted multiple files and printed them to a pdf file and it worked like combining files in Acrobat. Is there a better way?

    • Doug Thomas User">

      Thanks for your comments. A OneNote expert passed this to try: OneNote 2013L File -> Export -> Select the section -> Select Word Doc, PDF, XPS or Web page
      More on OneNote tomorrow:


  15. Hi Doug:

    I’m cheating (replying here, but I admit it) by trying to find someone that works on office who can explain why the legal industry seems to have been forgotten in the newest Microsoft Word product. Specifically, the ability to control line alignment when using documents derived from the legal pleading template in Word. I tried Technet and received a far from satisfactory response from someone who did not fill me with confidence:

    If you could run this by someone who knows about the legal pleading template, I would be much obliged.

    I apologize to everyone for thread stealing.

  16. Is there any way to look at 2 excel spreadsheets at the same time on 2 screens. I can’t seem to get 1 on one screen and the other to my second screen. It’s very frustrating! I know you can do the split view but sometimes I need to be able to compare an entire page to another entire page and the scrolling thing gets old. Thanks!

    Meagan Ruth

    • Meagan, I’ve found that if you open two different sessions of excel, you can do exactly what you’re asking for. I typically do it in this fashion:

      1. Open up one of the spreadsheets that you plan on viewing.

      2. Using the Start Menu ( which I have excel pinned to ), I open a new excel spreadsheet.

      This will ensure two different sessions that you can move independent of the other.

      3. Within the second session, using File -> Open to open the second spreadsheet.

      Hope that helps.

      • This is how I do the ‘two excel workbooks at once’ thing as well…I’m on Excel 2007 and the only unfortunate aspect that I have found is copy/pasting from one to the other doesn’t bring up the Paste Options selection drop-down box and you have to go to the Paste button in the Home Ribbon to get the special features to work.

  17. How to create a Word 2013 mail merge including labels/envelopes would be a helpful webinar

  18. I am on a brand new Windows 8.1 Dell Venue, in a corporate environment. When I click on the link to get to the Webinar, a tab opens on IE with the Microsoft Lync Web App on the tab. The tab then closes.

    In other words, I am unable to view the webinar. What should I tell our IT people to do so that I can watch the webinar?

  19. Hi Chris. In the webinar today I discribed this problem:
    have this problem that my Lync can’t start my webcam (it’s in use by another program), but it does work in Lync video settings?
    Problem started when i upgraded form Windows 8 to 8.1 🙁

    You replied with:
    Hi Michiel, that sounds familiar. I’ve had similar issues (today even) and have been working with people on the Lync team to figure it out.

    Unfortunately, I also had IM problems today, so I could not reply. I love to hear about a solution. Is there somewhere you can contact me? You should be able to view my email in my user account :-). Tnx!

  20. Outstanding series! I’m very appreciative that Microsoft invested in this series of webinars. Instructional, informational, practical and professional. Discovering the Office blogs team’s 15 minute webinars was a treasure trove of information and access to the professionals behind the scenes. Getting my questions answered was invaluable and finding out many of the new technologies Microsoft has been releasing, applied real time gave me a platform to determine how our company can incorporate into our work processes. In the sea of Microsoft information, this webinar series was an island where a corporate trainer like me can go for a quick one stop shop in getting up to speed with the new and the cool of Office. Yes, I’m gushing, but I have literally looked forward to every session I have been able to attend. Thank you team!

  21. Just a small point … (in the OneTastic Webinar), it states that:
    “– You can now get OneNote 2013, the full PC desktop version, for free. Go to”

    But the free (Windows) version, is NOT the full PC desktop version, of OneNote 2013, as it does not allow the insert Audio Recording, or insert Video Recording functions – which is odd, as the the free (Android) version of OneNote does allow Audio & Video recordings

  22. Is there a transcript or some kind of written document of all these helpful tools within these videos? I love all the little tips and tricks.

    • Click on a link of the webinar you want to know more. The video is there along with lots of links about what is talked about. Also, at YouTube, each video has a Closed Caption track. –Doug

  23. It looks like all the older videos are gone. If I click on the link e.g. “Create a timeline in Project”. A get a “We’re sorry, but we can’t find the page you’re looking for.” Could someone from Microsoft please check it out and reconnect the content. That would be awesome. Thanks!