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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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A successful SharePoint implementation has three characteristics, while other approaches to the project of making it your company's intranet solution can end in doom. Here's how to make SharePoint work for users and teams.
When most people think about creating handouts for a PowerPoint presentation, they think simply about printing copies of their slides, 1, 2 or 3 per page with note-taking lines. There are other options for creating handouts. Consider one or more of these suggestions.
There are plenty of groups for geeks, but what about end users of Microsoft Office tools? Well, it turns out there are lots of groups around where Microsoft Office users network and get help from one another, both online on platforms like LinkedIn and in person.
Microsoft has announced Microsoft® Office for Android® and IOS devices. The release, targeted for the 1st quarter of 2013, will finally allow you to read and work with your Office files on your Droid device.

Delete Fearlessly! Sort by sender, subject or organize by conversation. Delete those that are purely social. Even if you spend 5 minutes a day until the end of the year on this task alone, you will probably end up with hundreds of messages you can feel confident about deleting.

Can I hide documents that have a status other than approved in a document library? In fact it’s just a couple of clicks to set this up in an existing library: Navigate to the library that needs this feature. From the Ribbon, click on the Library Settings button. Select Versioning Settings in the General Settings [...]

How to Pivot a Pivot

by on October 15, 2012 11:52am
in The Office Tech Pro

For those with nice clean simple datasets to work with, this might seem like a silly thing to want to do. For those of us who deal with some monster-sized data exports, this could solve so many problems. While you can’t EXACTLY pivot a pivot, in Excel 2010 you can create a data subset with a Pivot Table that can be copied, pasted and “re-pivoted” in just a few clicks.
Multiple Duplicate Worksheets: Click on the first worksheet tab and hold down the Shift key. Keeping the Shift key down, click on the last worksheet. They should all appear white, rather than gray. Now, just start typing. What you do on one sheet will also be on the remaining selected worksheets.

The Clear Formats Button: Did you ever inherit a badly formatted document just wish you could start over? Use Ctrl+A to select all the text and on the Home tab, in the Font group, click the Clear Format button. Now, put in your own formatting!

If you find yourself looking for the most recent/best presentation from which to make a new one, or pondering the question, “Now, how did I do that last time?” it’s time to get familiar with custom PowerPoint templates. The basic steps are pretty straightforward: With the presentation from which you’d like to create a template [...]
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