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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 Jess Stratton | Friday, August 01, 2014

Microsoft Office for iPad: New Features!

Microsoft has just released the first major update for its Office for iPad suite of apps, including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel for iOS. Every update has been made in response to vocal user feedback in the first iterations of using the Office suite on a tablet, and we see some nice new features including gestures, print options, and presentation tools.

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.

By lynda.com | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Five time-saving PowerPoint tips

5 tips for your next PowerPoint presentation

A powerful presentation can make or break your meeting. Don’t wing it; learn these must-know Powerpoint tips in just minutes from the experts at lynda.com.

Back up your presentations with hard data. Here’s how to import it from Excel.

By Jess Stratton | Monday, November 25, 2013

Protect the integrity of your documents: Monday Productivity Pointers

Protect the integrity of your documents with PDF files

Explore Monday Productivity Pointers at lynda.com.

Your business may involve creating and sending contracts to your clients—but the problem with using Microsoft Word documents for contracts is that they can be easily altered. It’s important to know when you receive a contract back from your clients that it’s the exact same contract you sent them.

In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’m going to show you how easy it is to turn your Word document into an unalterable PDF file right from within Microsoft Word. While it’s not impossible to alter a PDF file, it’s far more challenging, which is why PDF is becoming the industry standard file format for sending contracts over email.

By Jolie Miller | Friday, February 03, 2012

PowerPoint tips and tricks for business presentations

If your year is shaping up to include a lot of business presentations, PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations offers practical insider advice that will help you build painless presentations that convey your message in a way that is clear, meaningful, and engaging.

Author David Diskin starts the course with five quick tips you can use to make your PowerPoint presentations more effective, and continues throughout to offer his insights on ways to compose powerful, cohesive messages that resonate throughout your presentation. David also discusses how to apply successful slide design practices, ways to incorporate gestures, and suggestions for managing question-and-answer sessions. He closes the course with  a look at presentation skills, delivery tactics, and bonus tips to make your presentations run even more smoothly.

One of David’s favorite PowerPoint presentation tips is to add white space to your slides in order to make text more easily distinguishable and memorable.

For a sneak peek at this course, check out Sharing data with charts from chapter three (Successful Slide Design).

With David’s help and the right tips and tricks to guide you, you may be surprised by how fun a business presentation can be.

Interested in more? • The full PowerPoint Tips and Tricks for Business Presentations course• All business courses on lynda.com

Suggested courses to watch next:PowerPoint 2010 Essential TrainingPowerPoint 2010: Audio and Video in DepthKeynote ’09 Essential TrainingDuarte Design, Presentation Design Studio

By Bonnie Bills | Thursday, September 15, 2011

Business presentations in PowerPoint: How do you think they can be improved?

As a follow-up to PowerPoint 2010 Essential Training, we’re working on an intermediate course that covers business presentation design and delivery with PowerPoint. We’d like to hear what you want improved in the presentations you’ve participated in, either as a creator, presenter, or an audience member.

1. Neon colors, background images, cartoonish fonts: what’s attractive or fun to the creator might give the audience a headache. In terms of design, what kinds of things make you cringe as an audience member?

2. If you create business presentations, what aspects of design do you struggle with?

3. Some presenters make you sit up and take notes. Others make you watch the clock. When it comes to the delivery of a presentation, what are your pet peeves—and your best memories?

4. If you give business presentations, in what ways would you like to improve your delivery skills?

Please share your thoughts on any or all of these questions in the comments, and your suggestions and questions will help shape this upcoming course. Thank you!

By Megan O. Read | Friday, January 22, 2010

Microsoft Office 2010 Beta training now available on lynda.com

This week, lynda.com published five new Microsoft Office Beta 2010 online training courses.

Gini Courter, author of countless Microsoft Office books and partner of TRIAD Consulting, has been busy authoring many of these new releases, including Powerpoint 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, Word 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, Access 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, and Outlook 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects.

Also available now are Curt Frye’sExcel 2010 Beta: Real-World Projects, and David RiversOffice Beta Preview.

With more Office 2007 and 2010 online courses in the works, this is a rapidly expanding and exciting area of training for lynda.com. Let us know what you think.

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