Microsoft Office is the broad family of software that includes Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. With the addition of the subscription model Office 365 you also have cloud storage with OneDrive. All of that in one package leads to a lot of tips, all of them gathered here. PS–you may see some tips that show up here as well as in an individual program tips list, such as Microsoft Excel.

The More Button in Microsoft Office

There are a lot of “hidden secrets” in Microsoft Office that are actually sitting there right out in the open. A little bit of curiosity will go a long way toward making you into a Microsoft Power User. One of my favorites is the More button. The More button is ubiquitous throughout Microsoft Office, and… Keep Reading

Creating your first macro using visual basic

The computer is first and foremost a time-saving device. My husband was just telling me about how the railroads used armies of clerks to keep track of each box car and it’s contents “back in the day,” and how all of that labor was now being handled by a few desktop computers. Imagine Mr. Scrooge meets… Keep Reading

Real Time Co-Authoring in Word: Office 2016 New Feature

Real Time Co-Authoring in Microsoft Word

It’s so exciting that Microsoft won’t commit that it will be ready in time to ship, but the scuttle butt is that real time co-authoring is in our future. What does this mean for you? Team members will be able to store documents in the cloud on OneDrive for Business and Office 365 SharePoint servers,… Keep Reading

Accessibility Features in Office 2016 Strengthen

Office 2016 Accessibility Strengthens

Features that make computer software accessible are often over-looked by mainstream bloggers because they don’t understand them. People who work with the disabled, and those who work for organizations that want to communicate with them, however, know that this is the place where we need to put our strongest efforts. Like most people, I hadn’t… Keep Reading

Tell Me: Office 2016 New Feature Preview

Office 2016 Tell Me

I have often lamented when teaching classes that Microsoft’s Help features are so… yucky. In fact, I have a running gag: I offer people a secret website address where they can find all of the latest help information. It is spelled g-o-o-g-l-e-dot-c-o-m. The new Office 2016 Tell Me feature is trying to put my career… Keep Reading

Microsoft Office 2016 Coming Soon…

Office 2016 Coming Soon

In fact, it is coming sooner than many people expected. Even though Microsoft had already launched Office 2016 for Macintosh earlier this year, some people were expecting the launch of the Windows version to be delayed. Microsoft seems to be having a lot more success with their Windows 10 rollout, however, and is looking more… Keep Reading

Ribbon, Ribbon, who’s got my d@$#n Ribbon!?

The introduction of the Ribbon in Microsoft Office 2007 programs rocked a lot of peoples’ worlds. In fact, it was the number one reason many long-time users felt compelled to go back and starting taking software classes. It’s ubiquitous today, but there was a time when many people predicted its demise. And that day is… Keep Reading

Using Hot Keys in Microsoft Office

I want to follow up on yesterday’s post about using keyboard shortcuts, and show you a different type of shortcut that’s built into Microsoft Office. Microsoft Office products use something called Hot Keys that give you the ability to navigate the Ribbon without ever actually touching the mouse. This type of keyboard shortcut doesn’t involved… Keep Reading

Keyboard Shortcuts and Option Tweaks for Microsoft Office Programs

I want to talk with you today about one of my favorite tips for getting around in Microsoft Office programs: keyboard shortcuts. Microsoft has given us multiple ways to accomplish any task, including the Ribbon, right-clicking the mouse and keyboard shortcuts. Any power user will tell you, however, that you will work more proficiently if… Keep Reading