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By Adam Wilbert | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Buy or Rent? Office 365 Subscription vs. Office 2013

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The subscription model is here to stay, and that’s a good thing.

When you dig into the benefits of a subscription—and evaluate the actual costs of “buying” versus “renting” your Office software—you might be surprised at what the numbers tell you.

Here’s why I think an Office 365 subscription is an unbeatable deal.

By Alicia Katz Pollock | Friday, February 06, 2015

How to Automate Page Breaks in Word — with Heading Styles

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When working on a complex document, it’s common to have each chapter or section start on a new page. Instead of manually inserting Page Breaks in Word, I prefer to create them automatically as soon as I assign a Style to my section title.

That way, there’s never any confusion as to where a page ends. The Page Breaks don’t move around on me. And my formatted text never loses its Style as I add and remove spacing around it.

To automate my Page Breaks, I like to add them right inside my Heading Style definition!

Here’s how:

By Starshine Roshell | Saturday, January 31, 2015

Microsoft Releases Outlook for iOS and Office for Android Tablets

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Yesterday Microsoft released Office for Android Tablets, which allows users to perform basic functions in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for free while requiring an Office 365 subscription for more advanced functionality.

They also released the long-awaited Outlook for iOS, rounding out the Office for iPad suite of individual apps. Available for free, this elegant app gives users the flexible email, calendar, and schedule workhorse on their iPads and iPhones.

An Android version is also available, though currently in Preview only. A final release for Android is most likely coming in the next few months.

Here’s what impressed us about these new apps.

By Toni Saddler-French | Monday, January 05, 2015

Give New Employees a Head Start with a SharePoint Wiki

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It’s hard to carve out time to help new employees when they join your department. Often, you need the new person to dive into the workload right away—or even yesterday—but no one’s had time to think about getting the new person all the resources she needs to get up and running.

While your company likely has a set of formal procedures or guidelines to share with new people, there’s usually so much more “collective knowledge” that employees need in today’s complex workplaces. A New Employee Wiki site in SharePoint provides newcomers with all the information they need to be productive and feel in control.

With a wiki, it’s easy for you and others to add helpful information as you think of it, or as details change. The information is all captured in one place, and it’ll be there waiting each time a new employee comes on board.

By Curt Frye | Thursday, November 20, 2014

Set Up Worksheets Faster with Excel Flash Fill — and More

Excel Flash Fill and other tools make data entry easier

Setting up worksheets often means entering long strings of data, such as row numbers or dates, to create a framework for your data. This work can be repetitive and boring. What’s worse, it takes time away from analysis.

Let me show you how to make it go faster—with Excel Flash Fill, fill handle, and more.

By Starshine Roshell | Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Work Faster and Easier in Microsoft Office — Weekly!

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Over a billion people use Microsoft Office software: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. That’s one in seven people—on the planet.

If you’re one of them, you need the essential time-saving tips in our new Weekly Office Workshop. (Or as we like to call it around here, “W.O.W.”)

By Jolie Miller | Thursday, March 27, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPad hits the App Store

Office for iPad First Look - now available

If you watched Microsoft’s San Francisco press event earlier today, you know there’s big news–the much anticipated Office for iPad applications are available for download in the App Store today as of 11 Pacific. Excel, PPT, and Word are all available individually and for free download. If you’re looking to just read Office documents from your iPad, you can use the apps for free, but editing rights will cost you an Office 365 subscription.

With the auto-save feature ensuring you won’t lose your work and the friendly ribbon interface and document editing abilities, you’ll see a lot of familiar features as you download each app. Plus, access your Camera Roll photos to add to docs or presentations, and get used to the 123 numerical keyboard in Excel. Get used to making your PowerPoint presentations on the iPad and then presenting them from it.

Downloaded the new Office for iPad apps and ready to dive in? Be sure to watch Jess Stratton’s free course Office for iPad First Look to get a head-start.

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