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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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 – [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
I want to right align part of a line. For example, in a resume the company name might be flush with the left margin, but the dates of employment should be flush with the right. How do I do that? Make sure your ruler is turned on. On the View tab, in the Show group, [...]
If you design diagrams with layered objects, especially with animation, it can be a bit frustrating to keep things stacked the way you like as you make changes and add movement. Here are a couple of tips to keep your sanity with layered objects. The Selection Pane Reveal the selection pane by clicking on the [...]
Just about everything you need with regard to changing your view in Outlook can be found on the View tab in Outlook 2010. Here’s a little tour through the View ribbon. Current View In this group you’ll find 3 handy buttons. Have you assembled a view that met a specific need, but now just want to [...]
My Ribbon is gone! This is a common exclamation by new Office 2007 and 2010 users. We come from a long line of “double clickers” even though precious little needs a double click. One of the things you might actually double click on is a tab on the Ribbon (Home, Insert, Page Layout, etc.). If [...]
Beyond Find Many people have used Find for years in Microsoft Word without ever clicking on the More>> button. Here are all the things you can look for specifically: Your search words in the case you type them in, so This, THIS, or this. Words that sound like other words (searching for cash, will also [...]
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