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Office team posts new EDU content
The Office team has released a lot of new content to help students/teachers to kick off the school year. This includes a slew of templates and content for office applications as well as training and tools that "Educationalize" the Office platform. Inside Office Online blog : School bells are ringing...
5 Sep 2007
Online resource to help school districts learn to use data in Excel
Scott McLeod has posted a great resource over on http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/ The tutorials on the web site highlight many of the Excel skills that are helpful when working with building- and district-level data. The tutorials are targeted at data managers, principals, guidance counselors, teachers...
4 Sep 2007
An animated reference to help Students/Teachers learn Office 2007
I have had an opportunity to meet with school administrators on the value of Vista/Office in Education. One common fear is whether students/teachers will be able to quickly transition to the new ribbon interface in Office 2007. It is not well advertised but there is a free tool online that starts with...
21 Aug 2007
Save your keystrokes, press ctrl-enter to append ".com" in your browser
This is another trick that power users apparently are well adjusted to but haven't publicized. It's not limited to Vista or IE7. Just type the domain name you want in the address bar and then hit ctrl-enter to prepend "http://www." and append ".com". Once again lifehack, you have made me a more effective...
3 Aug 2007
Cool tip from Lifehack
Each day I gain a bit more appreciation for a site called "Lifehack". It's the type of site I would love to contribute to. As a blogger I respect sites who bring real material almost every day without introducing a bunch of opinionated nonsense just to get a rise out of people. I have learned from Lifehack...
26 Jun 2007
Arrange your Outlook To-Do bar, Franklin-Covey style
Quick tip - I've been a Franklin-Covey user for many years now. I might not have survived college without it faithfully by my side. I learned through their training to use the priority method of assigning things based on have to, need to, want to, or whichever terms you would like to apply. I then go...
8 Jun 2007
How to quickly discover Office 2007 keyboard shortcuts
I use flagged items A LOT. I live and die by the Outlook To-Do bar. In fact, I always feel on top of Email because I can effectively triage it from my phone by moving it in to folders and then flagging those items when I get back to my laptop. I have the process down to where it only takes seconds. Once...
12 May 2007
Open PDF documents in Outlook preview
I've been using this add-in for a couple of weeks now but Foxit has been my preferred PDF reader for several months. I find it to be very fast and functional. At last, with the preview handler I can open PDF files directly in Outlook! (update 3/7/2007 12:11 AM - I originally had a typo in the title...
6 Mar 2007
Excuse me sir, does Vista still come with PowerPoint and Excel?
It's a pet peeve of so many geeks... For years now people have crossed the names between Office and Windows by saying things like "I think I'm running Windows 97" or "umm, I believe I am running Office 2000", and then come to find out they are running Windows 2000 and don't have Office installed at all...
17 Feb 2007
Good Link To Keep Handy: Alternate Access Mappings for SharePoint 2007
Ken IM'ed me just after he posted this to see if I happened to have run in to the same problem. Ironically I have had a task in queue for a couple of weeks to build a public-facing WSS site for a side project I'm working on. I got all the way through configuration and recalled I would need to configure...
13 Feb 2007
Using TabletPCs for studying
I love reading the Student Tablet PC blog. This is a really interesting idea that includes the value of not just a tablet but the applications such as OneNote and how they can add value to studying. Link to The Student Tablet PC » Blog Archives » Expert Tiny-Writing Cheat Sheets In my life, I use OneNote...
30 Dec 2006
Search folders in tools
Interesting post The gist of this article is even if the tool you're using does not support search folders you can place a search folder within a real folder and it should pick it up. That really gets my mind working on scenarios... Theoretically I could craft all kinds of uses for this. Two posts...
23 Dec 2006
It's a beautiful day
No really, it's unbelievable outside today. I'm going to take my phone and dog and take my next conference call outside on a short hike. Then I'm going to meet a friend and hit some bike trails... Link to This is Vista - Time to get Vistafied... : Vista: Shadow Copies However, I'm not falling short on...
14 Dec 2006
ODF Converter for Word 2007
I listened to a Port 25 webcast yesterday and they mentioned the ODF Converter project on Sourceforge . The project is Microsoft sponsored and community driven . I pulled down the converter but since I'm going to rebuild my WDS environment for RC1 and haven't had lab time today, I haven't had a chance...
3 Sep 2006
Good RMS questions
Received a few good questions today on Rights Managemet Server: Does RMS work with PDF? RMS works with a defined set of applications out of the box but can be extended. We have several partners that provide value-add including Adobe Reader. The RMS site includes a list of partners such as Liquid...
2 May 2006
Microsoft TechTalks for Education in May
Microsoft’s Education team is pleased to announce its May TechTalks series. These Live Meetings are hosted every Wednesday and are designed for education customers (K-12 and Higher Education) to get technical information on our products and solutions. They are open to all K-12 and Higher Education customers...
2 May 2006
.docx sample files on OpenXML Developer
The guys over at OXD are ever-impressive. John Greer has posted 2 sample documents originally created in Word 97-2003 format and converted to Office 2007 .docx format. http://openxmldeveloper.org/articles/SampleDocs2.aspx I believe the point is to provide samples of the file formats and let users...
2 May 2006
Great article on creating .docx files using .NET
I just found the OpenXMLDeveloper.org site. Cool! I found the site after searching live.com for more information on open xml formats. There's a great article that provides source code for a simple tool to generate text in XML and store it in .docx (Word 12). Just yesterday I spoke with a university...
15 Apr 2006
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