Melissa P Esquibel

I recently heard a train-the-trainer presenter refer to all animations and transitions as unnecessary fluff and distractions. While I agree that animation beyond basic slide transitions can be distracting, I do think there is a place for well-placed advanced features in your PowerPoint. Here are my basic guidelines: Have a purpose for the pizazz – […]

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Q. What is the best way to create identical worksheets? I do a lot of copying and pasting, but I’m sure there is a better way.

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Q. I used to highlight emails from certain people in a particular folder. I can’t find this option in Outlook 2010.

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Q. I need several versions of a PowerPoint presentation. For some audiences, I’ll need to show all the slides, for others just the topic summaries and some of the detail. Another audience needs just a section or two of the whole thing. Do I have to make multiple copies?

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You’ve plugged in the values for a PMT (payment) function to determine how much the payment will be only to find that the payment is a bit too much for your budget. You could keep plugging in numbers until you get the right answer, find out the exact answer in a couple of clicks with […]

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Microsoft hit it out of the park with Quick Steps in Outlook 2010. On the Home tab, in the Quick Steps group, you’ll find several out-of-the-box Quick Steps. Reply and Delete will help you tame unwieldy email threads by choosing to reply and then delete the e-mail to which you are responding. By default, it […]

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Are you using SharePoint 2007 or 2010 as a glorified file server? There are many opportunities to make SharePoint do some heavy lifting beyond just keeping your files organized. One such opportunity is the actual creation of a complex document like a procedures manual. Using a template called a Document Workspace in SharePoint. The basic […]

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Q. Can I do a more complex search in Outlook than just a few keywords or sorting by columns?

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Q. Why don’t tasks automatically set reminders?

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Some people ask why I keep teaching these applications? “Don’t I get bored?” Not with great questions like these! One of the following questions I had solved awhile back for my own use. The other two started out as “I don’t know, let’s see…” An attendee at a webinar recently asked, “Can I show Sum, […]

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