The Office Tech Pro

A Microsoft® Certified Trainer, Melissa Esquibel combines her 25+ years experience in information technology with a background in training, technical writing and business risk analysis. Her goal: To take you from “No, how?” to “Know how!”

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Put pizazz in your newsletters with four great tools right inside Microsoft Word 2007. Learn how to use text box links, columns, Quick Parts and page borders.
Start with a simple circle and experiment with the new powerful graphics tools in PowerPoint® 2007/2010. Very soon, you’ll find yourself forgetting all about hours of working in custom graphics packages, painstakingly crafting creative objects to enhance your presentations.
Tired of wasting hours in complicated graphics packages? Try the new drawing tools in PowerPoint 2007 (and 2010).
SmartArt is one of the biggest timesavers in the newer versions of Microsoft® Office. Especially useful for PowerPoint® and Word, it is a powerful way to represent ideas in pictures, which is the preferred learning method for between 1/3 and 2/3 of the population, depending upon which expert you ask.
An introduction to using SmartArt in Office 2007 (also applies to Office 2010)
With the release of a stable new operating system, Windows 7, many organizations are making the leap to the newer versions of Microsoft® Office. There are five “must have” tips that will get you over the hurdles of the revolutionary new interface and back to work.
5 tips to get from perplexed to productive in Office 2007 and Office 2010
I had a great question last week on our Outlook® webinar. Could Outlook® be used to replace a CRM function when it came to generating tasks with predefined date dependencies. For example, a real estate closing. Earnest money (or binder) is due a certain number of days from the contract date. Loan docs are due a certain number of days after the appraisal, and so on. I answered, No.

After thinking about it for awhile, I came up with a possible workaround using a combination of Excel® and Outlook®.
Create project "templates" using Outlook Tasks and import/export files in Excel.
If someone asked you what a table was (in data speak), you would likely respond with something like a set of data presented in columns in rows. When Excel® 2007 says tables it means a very specific way of formatting data that not only visually arranges into a tabular format, but gives you tools that let you work with that data easily.
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