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applied office tips : June 2006


  word: become a word artist

Word contains dozens of fonts and text formatting features, but sometimes you need something more exciting. When you want to really make a splash with dynamic text effects, you need WordArt. With WordArt, you can add colors and shadows to text, and rotate, stretch, or reshape it.

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  excel: row, row, row your cells

It is often useful or necessary to work with entire rows or columns at a time in Excel. For example, you may want to move all the data in a certain row, add a column, or make all the cells in a column wider. Instead of adjusting individual cells, it is much quicker to work with the whole row or column.

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  excel 2: four spreadsheet shortcuts

Almost every business uses Excel, but despite how much time we could save by knowing the shortcuts we never take the time to learn them. Here’s a few real quick ones that are sure to save you some time.

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  outlook: forms (part II)

In April we embarked on a new journey in Microsoft Outlook: creating a custom form. This month we return to the topic, showing you how to customize a form so that it looks and works exactly the way you want it to.

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  powerpoint: the perfect template

The appearance of your presentation is almost as important as the content itself. If your template is effective, your presentation will be too. And a great template can even save you hours of work.

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  access: calculating dates

Databases are great not only for storing data, but also for performing calculations on that data. For example, you can calculate the number of years it has been since a particular date in your database.

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  bonus: Windows Vista and Office 2007

In case you haven't heard, the newest version of Windows will be called Vista (just like the current version is XP).  The next release of Office will be simply titled Office 2007.

Will they be worth the hype?  What are the system requirements?  And why bother with an upgrade anyway?

Windows Vista Preview

Learn more here -- including information about attending a live demonstration!

  lunchtime workshops

Applied Office's series of lunchtime workshops continues with three classes scheduled:

  • Excel Shortcuts
    June 26

  • Using Outlook Efficiently
    July 12

  • PowerPoint: Quick and Easy
    July 24

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