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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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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 [...]
by Melissa P. Esquibel, Microsoft Certified Trainer Did you ever feel like you needed more help after getting help in Microsoft Office? There are tips and tricks to getting the right help fast, and get you back to work. The #1 best tip for getting help in Microsoft Office is to know what things are [...]
Rachelle asks: “I would like to set up excel spread sheet to track my hours for work but can’t figure out how to set it up, can someone please help!” There are several great templates on Office Online which you can access with File (or Office Button) New and looking for templates on Office Online. [...]
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