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  • Blog Post: Make your Excel rows and columns consistent

    As you enter data into cells in your Excel worksheet, you may notice that your rows change height - which can lead to a sloppy presentation if you're sharing the data. Likewise, you may want to adjust your column widths to make them more consistent. There's a quick way to do this. Simply select and right...
  • Blog Post: Change your tabs in Word

    The default, every-half-inch tab stops in Word 2007 are fine for most people. But maybe you're not like most people. No worries. Who wants to be like everyone else anyway? You can have it your way; at least with tabs. The easiest way to reach the tab settings is through the Paragraph dialog box on...
  • Blog Post: Create a pull quote in Word

    If your Word document looks like a wall of text and you have no pictures, tables, or diagrams to break up all of the gray, try adding some pull quotes. Find short statements to emphasize that will draw your readers deeper in to the document. Once you have your quote in mind, go to the Insert tab and...
  • Blog Post: Quickly add a cover page in Word

    If you're working on a report and want to add a cover page before printing or sharing it, just go to the Insert tab in Word 2007 or Word 2010 and click the Cover Page button: There are a number of designs built in, or you can download more from Office.com. Once you've selected a page design you like...
  • Blog Post: Make room for wide objects in Word

    You've probably printed wide Word documents in landscape mode, and you may have even changed a whole document to Landscape using the Page Layout tab's Orientation button. But did you know that you can selectively create individual pages in landscape mode for that really wide chart, table, or image? By...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Dress up your Excel documents with headings

    Excel can be used for just about anything—lists, charts, tables, and more—but if you plan on printing or sharing your masterpiece, you’re going to want to dress it up and label things for others. Neatness counts! One of the quickest ways to improve any Excel document is to add a heading across the top...
  • Blog Post: Quickly copy a design theme from one PowerPoint presentation to another

    How many times have you started a PowerPoint presentation and then realized you needed to use a different template? Fortunately, there's an easy way to copy over the theme from one presentation to another. This works in both PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. First, open both your source and destination...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Make eye-catching tables quickly in Excel

    If you spend a lot of time creating and manually formatting new tables in Excel, there's a better way. Simply select the range of cells that you want to include in your table and click the Format as Table button: You'll be prompted to confirm your cell range: And then you can go in and customize...
  • Blog Post: Dress up your Word documents with Drop Cap

    ou've probably seen books that started each chapter with a large letter. If you want that same effect for your work documents (say, an annual report or brochure), this is easy to accomplish in both Word 2007 and Word 2010. Simply select the paragraph where you want the drop cap (as these giant letters...
  • Blog Post: Save time on font and paragraph formatting

    If you're like me, you spend more than a little time adjusting your text in Microsoft Word to make it appear just the way you want. Here are some shortcuts that can save you from having to drag your cursor back up to the Ribbon to adjust your font size, paragraph spacing, and commonly used styles: To...