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Creating a PowerPoint Deck from a Word Outline
Great trick to use when creating a presentation in PowerPoint. If you start out when planning your presentation by just firing up PowerPoint and adding slides, it can be difficult to keep track of the overall flow of the presentation. If only you could create an Outline in Word, and then automagically...
19 May 2008
Resolution to missing datasheet view with 64-bit versions of Office
I just saw the following from our Product Quality team, and thought I would pass along the resolution. While 64-bit installations of Office 2010 are still relatively uncommon, there are a few known issues/growing pains, and this is one of them Issue: Datasheet feature on SharePoint not available...
26 Jul 2010
When managing projects or people, delegation is A Good Thing™. I have had a problem, however, that emails I send (no matter how clear I make it that a response is needed) are often simply ignored by the recipient. Since I send and receive about 4 million emails a day, I tend to not notice that...
5 Sep 2008
Even more Virtual PC/Server images
2007 Office System Demo and HOL Images This virtual machine demonstration environment contains almost 50 Hands-On-Labs, ~25 demos, and more than 10 software packages. A mere 50GB is needed on your hard drive to install this (large) image! Once you have walked through all of the Hands-On-Labs and demos...
14 Dec 2007
Office 2007 - What ever happened to that menu option?
Have you ever wondered where that menu option went in the new Office 2007 applications? Now you can find the answer with the following interactive guides which can be accessed online or downloaded to your computer. Excel 2003 to Excel 2007 Online: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel/HA101491511033...
28 Jun 2007
Jumpstart your Windows 7 and Office 2010 Deployment
In case you are starting to evaluate the deployment of Windows 7 and Office 2010 in your environment (especially now that Windows 2000 is no longer supported ), I just found an excellent resource on TechNet: Building a Technical Proof of Concept for the Joint Deployment of Windows 7 and Microsoft Office...
21 Jul 2010
MOF licensed under Creative Commons
I know this has been in the works for a while, but I see over on the MOF blog that Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) 4.0 has been licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license. From the post: One of the first things people realize when looking at implementing a service management framework...
13 Sep 2008
Pre-order Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
I see over on TUAW that Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac is now available for pre-order from Apple and Amazon , with delivery scheduled on January 15th. It really is a sweet release. You'll want to check out the official Product Site and the Mac Mojo blog , which have lots of information, screenshots, etc...
10 Jan 2008
Office 2010 IT Professional User Readiness Resources
If you are planning an upcoming rollout of Office 2010, the Office team has released some readiness materials to help get your end users excited about Office 2010. The download includes posters, flyers, and weekly e-mails with tips and tricks. Good stuff! Download Here: Office 2010 IT Professional...
20 Jul 2010
February TechNet Magazine is out
And it is all about SharePoint and OCS baby! http://www.microsoft.com/technet/technetmag/ Sharepoint A Smart Approach to Gathering Data in the Enterprise Information is one of the most important assets in an enterprise. But it can be a challenge to manage the mountain of data being gathered through e...
2 Feb 2008
Uploading Spreadsheets into SharePoint Lists
Ran into an interesting issue when trying to upload a spreadsheet from Excel 2007 into SharePoint 2007. To do so, you would normally click on Site Actions --> Create --> Import Spreadsheet. In the past, I have found this to be the easiest way to create and populate a SharePoint List. ...
27 Sep 2007
Microsoft Office Binary File Format Specifications Released!
Just saw this over on Brian Jones' Blog , and I'm surprised this hasn't made more of a splash on the interwebs... Microsoft has just released the specification documentation for our binary Word, Excel, and PowerPoint file formats. This means that if you write another office program like OpenOffice ,...
16 Feb 2008
Make Outlook 2007 Much Much Faster
If you have a large (1-2 GB or larger) mailbox in Outlook 2007, you have undoubtedly noticed that it can take a long time to start up in the morning. Like startup-Outlook-then-go-get-a-cup-of-coffee long. (There is a reason I am not in Product Marketing). You may have also noticed long shutdown times...
27 Feb 2009
The Demented Borg Mind
As I mentioned earlier , Microsoft has released the specifications for our binary Office 97-2003 file formats. Joel Spolsky of Fog Creek Software has a great take on the announcement (and specs): If you started reading these documents with the hope of spending a weekend writing some spiffy code...
19 Feb 2008
Hyperlinks in Entourage
I've been playing around with Entourage on my Mac for the last couple of days (in order to access my Email from Exchange while I am out of the office). It turns out that there is a curious feature missing from Entourage... You can't highlight a word and then insert a hyperlink. (Don't ask me why, I have...
23 Aug 2007
Combining Smart Art Diagrams in Word 2007
One of the coolest features of Office 2007 is SmartArt . It makes it incredibly easy to create great looking diagrams to show a process, cycle, hierarchy, or relationship. During some business planning recently, however, I had the need to actually COMBINE two different diagrams to show a relationship...
21 Apr 2008
Creating a PST in Outlook 2010
I have a friend that is moving from Outlook 2003 to 2010, and who had trouble figuring out how to move their mail to a PST (offline mail store). In case anyone else is looking to do this, here we go: In the top left of Outlook, click on “File”. Click on the Account Settings drop down, and then...
24 Jan 2010
Technical Diagrams for deploying Office 2010
I love the technical diagrams that the Office/SharePoint teams release… if you have access to a plotter (or Kinko’s), you can print them out and hang them on your wall. Why wouldn’t you? ;) All of the diagrams are available in PDF, XPS, and VSD (Visio) format in case you want to edit the...
9 Jul 2010
A Weekend with Project Server
Well… I have set a goal to learn Microsoft Project by the end of the year, which gives me through… <checks calendar>… Monday. Crap. I run a decent number of projects simultaneously, and want to be able to publicly report on progress to stakeholders through SharePoint. Project has lists, SharePoint...
29 Dec 2007
Two Decks and PowerPoint
Learned a neat trick today that I thought I would share with you all. If you are ever working on a PowerPoint presentation, and want to copy slides from one presentation to the other, you might think it nice to be able to open up one PowerPoint Deck on one monitor, and the other deck in a different window...
11 Dec 2007
Project Sundance – Managing Your Baseline
If you are in charge of maintaining the security baseline at your company, you know that there are two key problems you face. First of all, there are a LOT of security settings to tweak within Windows. The services you harden and lock down on a Domain Controller are very different from those...
12 Dec 2008
How Do I Use OneNote?
In older versions of OneNote, you were greeted on startup with a built-in OneNote Guide that walked you through the basics of using OneNote. With OneNote 2010, the Personal notebook is the only notebook that shows up by default. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to restore the OneNote Guide for OneNote...
4 Oct 2010
Office for Starving Students
Are you a starving student? Would you like a copy of Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate for cheaper than MS Employees can pick it up at the Company Store? I honestly think that Office 2007 is the best product we have released in a long time. I am a student myself, and Office 2007 makes it incredibly easy...
12 Sep 2007
Viewing RSS Feeds Chronologically in Outlook 2007
Wow... that is a painful post title. Titles like that that make my wife re-affirm her decision to not read my blog ;) However, the title will work well in search engines when someone is trying to figure out how to sort their RSS feeds chronologically in Outlook 2007... I guess you win some...
28 Jul 2008
The “Get Real Work Done” Button
If you find yourself living in your inbox, finishing the day with hundreds of e-mails sent and received, but no productive work completed, it would be great if there was a “Get Real Work Done” button in Outlook. Fortunately there is, although the Outlook team gave it a different name ;) Under the...
29 Apr 2013
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