Melissa P Esquibel

Trying to collaborate in email is always a challenge. However, if you have Outlook, you can make your comments stand out using an option on, of all things, Stationery.

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Permissions can become confusing in SharePoint. A few basic principles help clear the mist a little. The more complex you allow your permissions structure to become, the less secure and, ultimately, the bigger nightmare it is to administer.

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One of the exercises to do while preparing for a SharePoint rollout is to think about how it can be used to answer questions that would otherwise fill up email or voice mail. A well-built company-facing team site should be a reliable resource for frequently asked questions. With a few tweaks, the Issues List app (or list template in 2010) can serve two functions: a place to record open issues or questions, and, when answered, an FAQ.

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Word Online is a perfectly acceptable tool for run-of-the-mill document editing. Some tools are unavailable in the Online version, while others are either different or limited. Here’s an overview of what works where.

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Q. OneNote on my iPad and iPhone doesn’t look the same as it does on my PC. How can I get the same tools on my iPad as I have on my PC?

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Most “deaths by Power­­­­Point” are perpetrated by slide after slide of these supposedly helpful indicators. So, what can be done?

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It seems smartphone users will not be able to see items in calendars other than their own for the time being, but there are a couple of things to try before accepting “No” for an answer.

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Q. Everybody seems to be denigrating the use of PowerPoint presentations. Is PowerPoint still a relevant application?

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Could you use one or two dozen hours returned to you? Most people would. If you use Microsoft Word a great deal, there are opportunities to do things much faster and more accurately. Here are three ways to save time and be more accurate.

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Q. I’m always customizing my slides even though I use a SlideMaster. Why should I even bother with a SlideMaster?

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