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Office Technology

Business Management Daily is your source for office technology tips and training. WE provide keyboard-tested advice on Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and more.

It is said that people only use 10% of their brains. Are you only using 10% of your office technology? We’ll help you unlock the other 90%.

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Move from the Title placeholder to the Content placeholder by using Ctrl+Enter ... Press B to put the screen on black when you want the audience to focus on you instead of the screen ... Nudge an object just a bit with Ctrl+Arrow ...

PowerPoint Slide Masters are the best way to change the general ap­­pearance of your presentations without changing each slide. But what if you’re always tweaking a particular slide to fit your contents? In­­stead of doing this each time, create a custom layout.

Microsoft Outlook does much more than you think. It can boost your productivity ... help you manage your workload ... even help you stay focused on your most important appointments, tasks and projects. Here are 6 great ways to use Outlook's calendars & tasks features for better time management.

Four web destinations to help you navigate terminals, master baggage claim, compare taxi and car fares, and have your itinerary always at your fingertips.

It’s hard to know exactly what new tech ideas will make the biggest im­­pact on business in the near future and change how we do things. But, according to John Brandon, here are a few worth keeping an eye on: predictive technology, HTML5, high-resolution displays, social analytics, speech for business, business-ready storage.

Q. Can I do a more complex search in Outlook than just a few keywords or sorting by columns?

PowerPoint isn’t the only game in town. Our favorite alternatives to PowerPoint: SlideRocket,  Google Docs and  Prezi.

Q. Why don’t tasks automatically set reminders?
Make text larger with this shortcut ...  Quickly change to smaller text in a place holder by selecting the text and ­hitting Ctrl+Shift+< ... Draw a shape and quickly make it a navigation button ...
Say you're trying to use an Excel spreadsheet to track weekly wages for office employees. It's simple enough to create a formula (hours x hourly rate) that calculates wages for someone who works 40 hours or less. But what if someone works 45 hours one week?

Q. This SUMIFs formula keeps getting an error that says, “The formula you typed contains an error." Here’s what I wrote: -SUMIF(C2:C278,>1000). What is causing the error?

In Word, the clipboard works well when you’re working on contracts, legal documents or policy documents that reuse certain language ... In Excel, it can be useful to copy and paste column headers and other static text. However, it can be quite confusing to understand how it behaves with formulas.

If you spend any time at all on Twitter, you’ll eventually run into this problem: It’s overwhelming. A person can easily be consumed by constantly scanning the scroll of a Twitter feed. You can’t possibly read it all, of course. The solution: Twitter lists.

Get your questions answered from our Microsoft Certified Trainer Melissa P. Esquibel. Here are some of her answers on how to navigate Outlook 2010:
If you write for a multilingual audience whose second language may be English, or if your audience may not possess the vocabulary required to really understand what you’re commu­nicating, it’s a good idea to check the readability statistics for your document.
Q. Can you animate SmartArt in PowerPoint?
It’s easy to think that just because your Facebook page has more than 1,000 fans that you’re doing well in the social media world. That might be so, but there is no way to know just from the number of fans, followers or connections.

Social networks are all about sharing: news, images, accomplishments, questions, recommendations and of-the-moment nuggets of information. Here’s a humorous (and accurate) take on the difference between social media tools:

Once you’ve mastered the basics in Outlook, don’t stop there. There’s more than one way to move items onto your Outlook 2007-2010 calendar. De­­pending on where you are in Outlook when you decide to make a calendar entry, this task could be only a click or two away.
Q. How do you create a project folder and then make tasks under that folder?
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