June, 2010

  • Add a picture to your mails in Outlook 2010

    If you're lucky enough to work for an organization that has adopted Office 2010 and Exchange 2010 since the business launch a few weeks back (or participated in the beta), you may have noticed the appearance of your coworkers' pictures at the top of their...
  • Productivity Hub content package now available

    For those who use our SharePoint-based Productivity Hub, the May content package is now available for download with new content for Office 2007, Windows 7, and Internet Explorer 8. Yes – it is the May update even though it's June now. We were delayed...
  • Using Format Painter in Word 2010

    One of the great unsung heroes of the workplace is the person who always gets the formatting right in their Microsoft Word documents. No one really notices if you work hard to make your document sections consistent, only if you don't! Thankfully, with...
  • Word to the wise: Change documents (and chronic mistakes!) with Track Changes

    Today, we have a guest blogger. Elyssa is an editor and project manager at Brainstorm , a leading provider of online and onsite software training and one of our partners that provides customized content for your Productivity Hub . ---- In any given day...
  • Presentations with pizzazz: Packaging your PowerPoint presentation

    Today, we have a guest blogger. Elyssa is an editor and project manager at Brainstorm , a leading provider of online and onsite software training and one of our partners that provides customized content for your Productivity Hub . ---- One of the hardest...
  • Set custom reminders in Outlook

    When you create a task or meeting reminder or select a Snooze reminder in Microsoft Outlook, you're not constrained by the default choices of 5 minutes to 2 weeks, or the various options listed in between. Instead, just type in the reminder time you want...
  • Prepare draft messages for someone else to send

    If you ever write Microsoft Outlook messages for someone else (say, weekly team reports for a manager to review and then send), just write the message normally. But be sure to only save it (don't send it), and a copy will appear in your Drafts folder...
  • Solving a problem faster by recording it in Windows 7

    Sometimes it helps to have someone else feel your pain. Such as when you're trying to accomplish something really challenging with your PC. Or possibly when your PC, or a program, is acting up, and you can't figure out why. So you call your company's...
  • Using the Social Connector in Outlook 2010

    One of the most popular new features in Outlook 2010 is proving to be the Social Connector. If you work in a corporate environment, this feature can hook into internal SharePoint 2010 services to deliver contextually relevant information as your browse...
  • Ribbon Hero update adds OneNote

    If you've become a fan of Ribbon Hero since we posted about it back in March , there's a new update you'll want to get. If you missed the news about Ribbon Hero, it's a training tool from Microsoft Office Labs that awards you points for completing tasks...
  • Bluetooth, your laptop, and you

    There you are in the coffee house, savoring your usual tall Americano with room, when your cell phone starts buzzing and blinking. It's the boss, who needs an up-to-date status report—pronto. Good thing you've got your trusty Bluetooth-enabled mobile...
  • Casual Friday - Track World Cup soccer in Excel

    This week, I'm introducing a new occasional feature: Casual Friday. In it, I'll share uses for the Office applications that we've all put to such good use being productive at work to enrich our personal lives as well. I recently found just such a use...
  • Moving to OneNote 2010

    Making the switch to OneNote 2010 from OneNote 2007 is pretty painless. It opens all of your existing notebooks and runs them in Compatibility Mode, which ensures you can still share them with users who haven't upgraded yet. But it does mean you won't...
  • Harness the power of Excel, right inside of Word

    If you maintain reports or other documents that make use of charts and data, did you know that you can create or embed Excel objects directly into Microsoft Word? You'll even see the Excel Ribbon while working on a worksheet or chart. This can save you...
  • Earn an advanced degree in Folderology on Windows 7

    Students, you've worked hard for your diplomas, but now it's time to reach for that next level. Here at the Windows 7 Institute of Folderology, we've put together a quick curriculum for your next advanced degree. Take your seats, and we'll begin. Lesson...
  • Using the Language toolbar in Windows 7

    The Language toolbar offers a convenient way to specify the input language and keyboard layout you want to use. It's great for switching languages when multiple users (with differing language preferences) share a single computer—or when one of you geniuses...
  • Add a YouTube video in PowerPoint 2010

    If you've ever embedded a YouTube video into a Web site or a blog, it's now just as easy to add one to a PowerPoint slide using PowerPoint 2010. Just go to the Insert tab, click the button half of the Video button, and select Video from Web Site : Now...
  • Save Web articles in OneNote

    If you frequently read Web articles that you want to save to review later (say, your favorite Productivity Hub tips!), there's an easy way to send them to OneNote. Just right click the page in Internet Explorer and select the Send to OneNote option. You...
  • Maintain order and balance in the Windows 7 notifications area

    Over there on the right side of the taskbar... proudly displaying their current frame of mind, or just quietly existing, or maybe even hiding from you altogether... there exist a friendly, helpful collection of notification icons. There are a lot of these...
  • Quickly clear formatting in Outlook messages

    If you start new mail threads based on replies (which can be a real timesaver in and of itself), you'll probably run into the occasional issue with undesired formatting. Even if you clear out the body of the message entirely, your text may be the wrong...