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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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Depending on how deeply you or your organization is entrenched in Microsoft or Google technology, you will look to different types of note-taking apps to meet your needs. Let’s review and compare three popular (or soon-to-be popular) offerings.
You still see the logo sprinkled about, but if you’re not already a Google+ devotee, you might wonder why with all the other big social players around. Here’s the what and why of Google+ with some decision-making fodder for jumping on (or off) the bandwagon.
If you create letters, reports, contracts, memoranda or other documents that are very similar except for some key information, you may be able to save yourself some time.
Without a few guidelines, rules and boundaries, SharePoint can quickly become a weed-ridden mess in which it’s hard to find what you need.
After firing up Sheets in Google Drive, click on the Sheets icon in the upper-left corner of the screen. You’ll see template options for starting up a new spreadsheet. Let's take a little tour...
Almost everyone has a Gmail account. And, if you do, you also have access to many other tools, including Google Drive, which allows you to create spreadsheets, documents, presentations and more.
If your organization uses SharePoint 2010 or greater, you can create, fully featured, automated surveys without using an external app or software.
There’s a gold mine of information in your calendaring data, whether you use Google, Outlook, Lotus Note or GroupWise.

Permissions can become confusing in SharePoint. A few basic principles help clear the mist a little. The more complex you allow your permissions structure to become, the less secure and, ultimately, the bigger nightmare it is to administer.

One of the exercises to do while preparing for a SharePoint rollout is to think about how it can be used to answer questions that would otherwise fill up email or voice mail. A well-built company-facing team site should be a reliable resource for frequently asked questions. With a few tweaks, the Issues List app (or list template in 2010) can serve two functions: a place to record open issues or questions, and, when answered, an FAQ.

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