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  • view course page for Excel Tips

    Excel Tips with Dennis Taylor

    Get a new productivity-boosting tip every Tuesday from Excel expert Dennis Taylor.

    4h 49m
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  • view course page for Creating Accessible PDFs with Acrobat DC

    Make your content readable to everyone! Learn how to create valid, accessible PDFs that can be read by screen readers and users of other assistive technology, using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign, and Acrobat DC.

    5h 1m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Office Sway: First Look

    Office Sway: First Look with Oliver Schinkten

    Create and share interactive reports and presentations on the fly with Sway, the new Microsoft Office app.

    22m 11s
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  • view course page for Managing Resource-Constrained Projects with Microsoft Project

    Set up and manage projects with a limited supply of resources (people or equipment) with Microsoft Project. Learn to assign resources, find overallocations, substitute resources, and track project progress.

    1h 32m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Windows 10 Essential Training

    Learn all the essential features of Windows 10, including everything you need to know to install Windows 10, customize it to your liking, and start working with files and applications.

    7h 52m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for The 5-Day Excel Challenge

    The 5-Day Excel Challenge with Dennis Taylor

    Take this fun and fast 5-day Excel challenge to test your Excel skills.

    41m 47s
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  • view course page for Excel for Mac 2011: Charts in Depth

    Learn how to use Excel for Mac 2011 to create different kinds of charts—from column, bar, and line charts to Gantt and exploded pie charts—and understand which type works best for your data.

    4h 19m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Business Etiquette: Phone, Email, and Text

    Learn how to strike the right tone in emails, text messages, and phone calls; include the right information; and understand what communication method to use when.

    59m 3s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Solving Optimization and Scheduling Problems in Excel

    Learn how to use Solver, a free Excel add-in, to find optimal solutions to problems with multiple constraints.

    2h 19m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Agile Project Management with Microsoft Project

    Learn how to use Microsoft Project to manage agile projects including traditionally scheduled tasks and agile work.

    1h 33m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Excel for Mac 2011 Tips and Tricks

    Cool shortcuts, techniques, and tips for enhanced productivity in Excel for Mac 2011.

    4h 31m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Advanced Microsoft Project

    Advanced Microsoft Project with Bonnie Biafore

    Learn more advanced techniques for working with Microsoft Project 2010 and 2013, from reassigning resources and managing costs to customizing fields and reports.

    5h 17m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Foundations of Business Analytics: Prescriptive Analytics

    Understand the different classes of analytics—descriptive, predictive, and discovery— and be able to deliver prescriptive actions rather than analytics without action.

    2h 40m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Word 2013: Styles in Depth

    Learn how to use Word 2013 styles to help save time creating consistent and well-designed documents.

    3h 29m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Excel 2011 for the Mac: Managing and Analyzing Data

    Learn how to manage and analyze large amounts of data with the sorting, filtering, and statistical- and database-analysis features in Excel 2011 for the Mac.

    2h 11m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Excel 2013: Working with Charts and Graphs

    Discover how to work with charts and graphs in Excel, and visualize your data in a new way.

    1h 29m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Office 365: Outlook Essential Training

    Learn how to manage your inbox, calendar, contacts, and task list with Outlook 2013, and get the most out of your Office 365 subscription.

    3h 3m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Office 365: PowerPoint Essential Training

    Office 365 subscribers: Learn how to create, edit, and share presentations with PowerPoint 2013.

    3h 17m
    Appropriate for all
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  • view course page for Office 365: Word Essential Training

    Learn to create, edit, and format documents with Microsoft Word and your Office 365 subscription.

    5h 6m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Weekly Office Workshop

    Weekly Office Workshop with David Rivers

    Get a new Microsoft Office tip every Tuesday. Take a five-minute break to improve your productivity and efficiency.

    4h 11m
    Appropriate for all
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  • view course page for Going Paperless: Start to Finish

    Professional organizer Suzanna Kaye helps businesses and individuals go paperless.

    2h 17m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Word 2013: Templates in Depth

    Become more efficient in Word 2013 by using and sharing templates, one of the thousands available in Word or one you create yourself.

    1h 46m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Word 2013: Mail Merge in Depth

    Create personalized letters, envelopes, labels, and even email messages that address recipients by name, with the Mail Merge feature in Word 2013 and these expert-led training videos.

    2h 46m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Word 2013: Creating Long Documents

    Learn Word 2013 for authoring reports, white papers, books, and other long documents and explore best practices for planning, writing, and sharing them.

    3h 19m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for PowerPoint 2013 Power Shortcuts

    See how to get the most out of PowerPoint 2013, while learning cool tricks for making your presentations dazzle.

    3h 5m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Data Modeling with Excel Power Pivot

    Explore all the steps for data modeling with Excel's Power Pivot plugin—adding data sources, setting up relationships, and adding hierarchies—and discover the power of DAX expressions.

    1h 15m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Power Pivot and SharePoint 2013

    Learn how to combine the power of Excel's Power Pivot and Power View tools with SharePoint 2013, to view, analyze, and manipulate large amounts of data.

    48m 16s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Outlook for Mac First Look

    Office 365 members: learn how to install the new version of Outlook for Mac and get up to speed with changes to email, calendar, and contacts.

    24m 52s
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Securing Microsoft Office Files

    Keep your Microsoft Office documents secure and private with these tutorials for Office 2007, 2010, 2013, and even Office 365.

    1h 21m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Yammer Essential Training

    Yammer Essential Training with Gini Courter

    Learn how Yammer works, and find out how to join the conversation or create a new Yammer network at your organization.

    2h 27m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Up and Running with Office 365

    Get up and running with Office 365, the cloud-based version of Office that allows you to access email, contacts, calendars, and documents, anywhere and on any device.

    1h 59m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for SharePoint Designer 2013: Branding SharePoint Sites

    Learn how to use SharePoint Designer 2013 to alter the default appearance of SharePoint websites and brand them for your business.

    2h 42m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Excel Data Analysis: Forecasting

    Use Excel's data-analysis tools to create accurate and insightful forecasts.

    3h 7m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Outlook 2013 Power Shortcuts

    Get over 120 tips, tricks, and keyboard shortcuts to save time, increase productivity, and help you stay organized in Outlook 2013.

    3h 55m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Migrating from Office 2007 to Office 2010

    Upgrading from Office 2007 to Office 2010? Get used to the new interface, and explore the latest features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

    2h 10m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Making Business Projections

    Making Business Projections with Rudolph Rosenberg

    Analyze past performance data and get a realistic picture of your company's future performance using Microsoft Excel.

    1h 17m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Migrating from Office 2010 to Office 2013

    Upgrading from Office 2010 to Office 2013? Get used to the new interface and touch controls, and explore the latest features in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

    2h 4m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Financial Analysis: Analyzing the Top Line with Excel

    Learn how to analyze the top line (aka revenue) for your company and identify areas of under- or overperformance with Excel.

    1h 38m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Financial Analysis: Analyzing the Bottom Line with Excel

    Learn how to analyze the bottom line (or profitability) of your company, by analyzing your gross margin and operating expenses with Excel.

    1h 32m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Financial Analysis: Introduction to Business Performance Analysis

    Learn about the high-level concepts of business performance analysis, and find out how to make informed decisions about the financial future of your company.

    20m 19s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Windows 8.1 Tips and Tricks

    Get more done with Windows 8.1. Learn time-saving techniques and keyboard shortcuts for finding files, managing your display, optimizing system performance, and much more.

    2h 11m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Access 2013 Power Tips

    Access 2013 Power Tips with Adam Wilbert

    Create a better user experience for your Access database. Make it faster, more efficient, and fun with these power tips.

    2h 50m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for PowerPoint: Using Photos and Video Effectively for Great Presentations

    Learn best practices for using photos and videos in your PowerPoint presentations.

    2h 14m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Access 2013: Queries in Depth

    Find out how to get more out of your Access database, using queries—tools that help you translate complex raw data into information you can use to make better decisions.

    4h 23m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for SharePoint 2013 for Site Champions and Power Users

    Be your team's SharePoint site champion. Learn how to create and export libraries, override checkouts, manage permissions, work with webpages, and create views in SharePoint 2013.

    2h 58m
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Excel 2013 Tips and Tricks

    Excel 2013 Tips and Tricks with Dennis Taylor

    Discover the best tips and tricks in Excel 2013, and unleash the real power of this popular, powerful software.

    4h 34m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Migrating from Office 2007 to Office 2013

    Upgrading from Office 2007 to Office 2013? Get used to the new interface and touch controls, and explore the new features in each of the major application: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

    2h 6m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Cleaning Up Your Excel 2013 Data

    Learn how to clean up your Excel data with a few simple and easy-to-understand functions, commands, and techniques.

    1h 59m
    Appropriate for all
     
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  • view course page for Setting Up a Database in Excel 2013

    Learn how to create a simple database with Excel.

    49m 24s
    Intermediate
     
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  • view course page for Power BI Features in Depth

    Learn how you can easily search, access, and analyze data within and outside your organization in just a few clicks with Power BI—the business intelligence features that lie inside Microsoft Office.

    5h 57m
    Intermediate
     
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