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The Productivity Hub
Get organized with Windows 7 libraries
Jeff at MSFT
There are those among us who carefully lay out hierarchies of folders, each clearly named, in which to store the many documents we create. These folks can very quickly access, for example, the budget spreadsheets from Q2, three years ago, for the Southwest region engineering departments. Or whatever...
23 Feb 2011
New Year's resolutions you can resolve with Office and Windows
It's 2011, and if you're like me, you know there are some things you should have mastered last year that you didn't get to - so you resolve to tackle them when the calendar rolls over. Here are 65 popular tasks we frequently hear that customers want to learn - and which Productivity Hub can help you...
4 Jan 2011
Word to the wise: Punch up your documents with clip art
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 my job, I produce a lot of written documents, and I always want...
13 Aug 2010
Quickly create image thumbnails in Word
We received a question from a Productivity Hub blog reader who wants to use OneNote as a thumbnail library. While it is possible to resize your images in OneNote , it's not the quickest way to create consistent thumbnail-sized images. Microsoft Word, however, makes this task easy. When you paste images...
30 Sep 2010
Set a picture as a background in OneNote
If you want to overlay text over a picture in OneNote, the important thing is that you should NOT paste the picture into a container. You can cut and paste, drag and drop, or use the Insert menu and select Pictures and then the source ( From Files if the picture is on your computer). If you don't see...
16 Feb 2010
Casual Friday - Make wallpaper and Twitter backgrounds using PowerPoint
If you're not handy with advanced graphics programs but know your way around PowerPoint, there's an easy way to create a background image for your desktop, Twitter page, Web site, or just about any place you might want to decorate with an artistic statement. First, before you start, you may want to give...
24 Sep 2010
Adjust the background on your PowerPoint presentation
If you've ever wanted to pick a theme in PowerPoint but didn't care for its gaudy background, this tip is for you. There's a very quick way to turn off the background in both PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. On the Design tab, select the theme that has the fonts and layout you want to start with...
10 Mar 2011
Add screenshots to your Office 2010 documents
If you create screenshots for use in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel, you can say goodbye to the PrtScn button. Just use the Insert tab's Screenshot button, new in Office 2010: Select which open window you want by looking at the thumbnails, and you're done. If you only want to clip part of a screen image...
4 Oct 2010
Automatically download images from trusted senders in Outlook 2010
When receiving HTML emails, you know doubt have noticed that Outlook 2010 blocks images by default, like so: The reason is to protect you from identifying your account is active when opening messages from unscrupulous spammers, who will detect when you open the message and increase the assault on your...
23 May 2011
Convert text slides into engaging SmartArt in PowerPoint
If your PowerPoint slides are packed with engaging ideas that no one reads because your audience gets lost in the sea of gray letters, there's a quick solution: Make them pop using SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. First, select your bulleted text: Now click the Convert to SmartArt button on the...
30 Nov 2010
Use OneNote to take and crop screenshots
If you're still using the PrntScn button in Windows to take screenshots, you're missing out one of the best kept secrets of OneNote: its screen clipping tool. You don't even need to be running OneNote to use it (as long as it's installed!). Just press the Windows button + S on your keyboard, click and...
27 Aug 2010
Add impact to your Outlook emails with shapes and clip art
Whether it's for the office team-building offsite event or the weekly sales status summary, a quick way to add impact to your emails is with the Insert tab in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. You can add shapes, such as arrows, flowcharts, and word balloons: And search through clip art for the perfect...
14 Apr 2011
Enhance your images with Artistic Effects
If you have an image that you want to imbue with new life or perhaps alter for a special event or time of year, the artistic effects built in to Office 2010 can be used to quickly add visual flair. Let's take the Productivity Hub icon we use for our Twitter and Facebook page : I'm thinking that since...
6 Dec 2010
Use object anchors to help place images in Word
If you've ever grappled with positioning an image in Word in just the right spot in relation to your wrapped text, you should turn on object anchors to show where the image is actually tethered. This works in Word 2007 and Word 2010. Go to File , Options , Display and check the box to show Object anchors...
14 Jun 2011
Deleting a phantom image in Microsoft Word
I recently had to edit a file that someone sent me. In it, there was an image I needed to replace - but for some reason the image would not select when I clicked directly on it, so there seemed to be no way to remove it. I even tried a Special find and replace, searching on Graphic in the expanded Find...
1 Feb 2010
Modify clip art for your presentations
If you use pictures in your Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, you probably hunt regularly for useful clip art on Office.com. But you don't have to stop there. Make the imagery your own by changing the colors and even removing unwanted elements. First, make sure you use illustrations (not photographs...
10 Jun 2011
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 mails to you. This is a great feature for a number...
1 Jun 2010
Casual Friday: Using PowerPoint as a picture library
Most people think of PowerPoint as just a presentation tool, but it makes a great picture library as well. You can paste images into it and include all sorts of notes about when and how the pictures were taken or created, add the names of the people in the photos, and document details about the event...
18 Feb 2011
Create fancier signatures in Outlook
It's easy to create an Outlook signature. Just click on the Signature button in a new message, select Signatures and then click New and start typing. The only problem with this approach is that the signature editor is fairly limited. A better option is to use the new mail message itself. You'll have...
1 Apr 2011
Preparing and optimizing screenshots and photos for Office and the Web
If you're not using the Microsoft Office Picture Manager, you're leaving a powerful image editing tool on the table that's included free with Office 2007. When you take screenshots to illustrate your Word and PowerPoint documents, sure, you can simply resize them directly in the document. But, in terms...
30 Dec 2009
Insert a screenshot in Word 2010
In honor of the Office 2010 business launch today, here’s our first Office 2010 tip! We’ll start sprinkling these in for those users who have adopted Office 2010 or are thinking about it – but we’ll still post tips that work in Office 2007 for the foreseeable future. One of the nice new features in Word...
13 May 2010
Working with images in OneNote
As you know if you read this blog regularly, OneNote is one of my favorite programs. It's great for notetaking and managing large amounts of information. You can create notebooks and tabs for separate projects and even search within handwritten text, images, and embedded audio. If you paste an image...
6 Jan 2010
Casual Friday: Make your own postcards in Word
If you want to design your own postcard, there's no need to start from scratch. You can find some great templates on Office.com, which you can access from inside of Microsoft Word. Here's an example of how to modify a picture postcard template to make it your own. First, if working with high resolution...
15 Apr 2011
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