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By Gini Courter | Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Share Your Brand in Word, Excel & PowerPoint — with Office Themes

Use Office themes to brand your documents

Here’s some great news for business users of Microsoft Office 2010 and 2013: You have all the tools you need to apply your company brand—its unique look and feel—to documents, presentations, even spreadsheets.

Office themes are designed to enforce your branding efforts whether you’re building robust templates that support your organization’s communications, launching a fresh identity for a departmental initiative, or creating an innovative personal brand.

Many of the Office branding features are global, so the branding work you do in one Office application (for example, Word) is automatically available for use in Excel and PowerPoint.

Here’s how you can use Office themes to communicate your organization’s identity:

By Adam Wilbert | Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Buy or Rent? Office 365 Subscription vs. Office 2013

office 365 subscription or boxed tools?

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 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

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