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  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – Share and Broadcast Powerpoint Presentations

    Share presentations quickly, easily, virtually PowerPoint 2010 is no longer just for creating presentation or presenting in face-to-face meetings. Allow your ideas to shine even when you aren’t in the same room as your audience—or even running the same program. Broadcast Slideshow streams your slides...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips & Tricks – Be in the Loop with Conversation View

    Outlook Conversation View: Make it Work for You The new Conversation View in Outlook 2010 is one of the most talked-about new features—but how can you get the most out of it? Conversation View is designed to connect relevant information on a topic, allowing you to track email threads without diving into...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day - Excel 2007: How to Print a Portion of a Spreadsheet

    Setting the Print Area in Microsoft Office Excel Have you ever wanted to print only certain rows or columns from a spreadsheet? Here’s how: With a spreadsheet open, select all the rows or columns that you want to print. On the Page Layou t tab, in the Page Setup section, click Print Area , and...
  • Blog Post: Christmas Webcasts: Working Across Different Timezones in Outlook

    Merry Christamas! Here is a webcast tip that will quickly show you how you can add a second timezone view to your Outlook 'Day' calendar. Hope this tip helps you out.
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – Make Quality Diagrams with Visio

    Get a backstage pass to vibrant diagrams Microsoft Visio 2010 gives you fast and easy access to a rich set of diagram templates that meet your needs. Choose the right template for the job and you’re on your way to creating a professional-looking diagram that simplifies complexity and gets everyone on...
  • Blog Post: Do You Deploy Windows with Floppy Disks?

    Of course not, if you do, you're dumb.  Please unsubscribe from my RSS feed now please.  During a late night after-party recap, me and James started talking about cool stuff *deployment? Where's Kanye? *  that people should do but don't, stuff that is really practical to IT Pros and partners...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day – Word 2007: Quick Line Count and Word Count

    Quickly Know How Many Lines or Words You Have Typed One question I get from a lot of people who loved Word 2003 is how to get the line count and word counts for a given document.  1. Goto ‘Review’ tab 2. Goto ‘Proofing’ section 3. Click ‘Word Count’
  • Blog Post: Tips: ‘Group Policy Preferences’ are a Better Alternative to Logon Scripts

    One great new feature in Windows Server 2008 is a feature called Group Policy Preferences .  Unlike Policies , Preferences are not enforced.  Before this feature was introduced, IT administrators would have to often write a whole bunch of logon scripts or tediously build the settings into an...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Knowledge Base Upgraded to Become Soulless IT Troubleshooter

    Who needs people any way.  Of all the times I’ve had to deal with less than professional IT administrators who more closely resemble Nick Burns, company computer guy, than a well spoken service professional, it’s about time that IT troubleshooting has a level automation to it.  What I’m refering...
  • Blog Post: Vista Desktop Search Annoyance

    I thought people might find this fix interesting because it annoyed the hell out of me when I first started using Vista. In the XP days, I was a huge Windows Desktop Search (WDS) fan, and like many WDS fans Vista search wasn't that exciting because of new features but rather, it gave visibility to mainstream...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day - PowerPoint 2007: Creating Custom Slideshows

      2003 to 2007 Custom Slide Show Does showing the same Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003 presentation to different audiences require you to manually hide and unhide irrelevant or confidential slides? With custom slide shows in Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007, you can create and save multiple shows...
  • Blog Post: 8 Tips for Improving Collaboration and Presentations with Twitter

    Olivia Mitchell’s blog is dedicated to improving presentation skills. She has written a great post on her use of Twitter to make more interactive and meaningful presentations. I think the most interesting part of her post is the following section. “Encourage your audience to tweet Let your audience...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips - Create Super PivotTables in Excel with “Slicer”

    Zero in on the right data points, faster. Excel 2010 delivers new and exciting slice-and-dice capabilities. The Slicer feature provides you with a rich visualization of your PivotTable view so you can dynamically segment and filter the data to display just what you need. With the search filter, you can...
  • Blog Post: Online Office 2007 Training Resources

    During an internal discussion involving a secret plugin, an email was sent out basically giving a laundry list of training material for Office 2007.  Thanks Jessica for sending out this email! I particularly like the printable article and spreadsheets!  Web-based interactive command reference...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Patterns & Practices Guidance for November

    This guidance helps architects and developers design, build, test, deploy, and upgrade SharePoint intranet applications. A reference implementation that is named the Contoso Training Management application demonstrates solutions to common architectural, development, and deployment challenges. This guidance...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – Edit Your Pictures with Photo Filters in Office

    Create eye-catching visual effects in a flash Throughout Microsoft Office 2010, you’ll find new and popular tools to create high impact visuals to make your work really pop.  And they take just moments to use.  Pictures speak a thousand words New picture editing tools in Word , PowerPoint,...
  • Blog Post: Track Your FedEx Package from Outlook 2007

    I came across this little add-on from FedEx that allow businesses to manage their FedEx accounts directly from Outlook.  To quote their website, “FedEx has developed a fast and convenient way for you to easily access some of the most popular features found on fedex.com using Microsoft technology...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – One Click Quick Steps in Outlook 2010

    Simple. Efficient. More ways to connect. Outlook 2010’s new Quick Steps get you through your inbox faster.  Cut down on the number of steps to your common actions and find better ways to respond to your messages, easier and faster. Then explore Contact Cards to connect you to your colleagues instantly...
  • Blog Post: HOW TO: Removing Hidden Data From Office Documents

    Metadata is information within a document that provides indexing intelligence to other applications and subsystems. Metadata is what makes search engines and filters effective and almost every modern media file from a photo to an excel sheet has some. Metadata could be as simple as the "date created...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day - Excel 2007: Create a Linear Series of Values

    Create a Linear Series of Values in Excel Here’s how to use Auto Fill to create a series of values: Create the initial series. In a Microsoft Office Excel workbook, type 1 in the A1 cell and 2 in the A2 cell. Select cells A1 and A2. Click the Auto Fill handle (the little black box in the...
  • Blog Post: Audit Your IT Environment with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0

    The Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 is Now Available! With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 becoming available in the near future, the Solution Accelerators Team is offering customers and partners a head start on deployment planning with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit...
  • Blog Post: Finally A Reasonable Software Agreement for Home Users of MS Office

    I shouldn’t say “finally” because it has always been the case, but it amazes me that so many people do not know that Office Home & Student 2007 can legally be installed and used on up to 3 PCs.  You get Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote all for roughly a £100.   Plus, for a limited time...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day - Outlook 2007: Simply Sending an E-mail Message as an Attachment

      Simplify Sending an E-Mail Message as an Attachment Here is a simple way to avoid having to save an incoming e-mail message in My Documents and then retrieve it when you want to include it as an attachment in a new e-mail message: In the Actions section, click Other Actions , and then click Forward...
  • Blog Post: Tip of the Day - PowerPoint 2007: How to Inspect Documents Prior to Publishing

    Inspect Your Presentation for Comments and Metadata If you need to publish your presentation outside your organization, you may want to remove comments, notes hidden in the text, or other personally identifiable information. Often this type of information is added to the document in the process of creating...
  • Blog Post: Office 2010 Tips – Easily Edit Video in PowerPoint 2010

    Break out the director’s chair Embed and edit video files directly in PowerPoint 2010. Easily bookmark and trim your video to show only relevant sections. Video triggers let you insert text and captions to call attention to scenes. Style effects such as fades, reflection, soft bevels and 3-D rotation...