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By Gini Courter | Thursday, September 24, 2015

Best Practices for Creating a Template in Word

In Microsoft Word, it’s wicked easy to create powerful templates that you can personally reuse or share with other members of your team. The key to creating a template in Word is thinking about how it will be used and handling page and paragraph formatting as part of your template design.

By Gini Courter | Monday, May 25, 2015

The Wicked Easy Way to Create a Table of Contents in Word

create a table of contents in word

You already know that a table of contents makes it easier for your readers to work with long documents of 10 or more pages. They give printed documents a sophisticated look and feel, and add ebook-like navigation to onscreen documents.

But did you know that tables of contents are wicked easy to create and update in Microsoft Word? I created the following table of contents with just three clicks—and so can you. Here’s how!

By Gini Courter | Monday, May 11, 2015

Your Site, Your Style: Branding with SharePoint 2013

branding sharepoint 2013

With SharePoint 2013, you can quickly create websites full of features—from lists and libraries to custom forms and workflow automations.

Adding some colors, fonts, and images that reflect your company’s style is just as easy. Using your browser and SharePoint’s built-in design tools, you can choose a new theme, add your organization’s logo, and apply a background image to give your site a fresh visual identity.

I’ll show you how:

By Gini Courter | Monday, April 27, 2015

Use Outlook Time Zones to Make Travel Easier

outlook time zones tools make travel simple

As a frequent flyer, I rely on my Outlook calendar and its three travel-related tools to build and manage my travel schedule—so I’m not constantly taxing my jetlagged brain with time-zone math.

First, when I’m scheduling my work in another time zone, I display a second time zone on my calendar so I can accurately visualize my appointment times.

Second, I use the Time Zone feature to display the correct local time zone in all my travel-related appointments.

Finally, whenever possible, I download my travel appointments to my calendar.

These travel tools make it wicked easy to correctly keep tabs on time zones as you travel. Here’s how:

By Gini Courter | Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Automate Team Tasks with SharePoint Workflows

SharePoint workflows save time

Every company has tedious and repetitive tasks like onboarding and expense approval that drain employees’ time.

By taking advantage of SharePoint’s unlimited custom workflows, you can streamline those processes, enforce complex business rules—and free up your employees’ time so they can focus on more creative, complex, and satisfying work.

Let me show you how workflows operate, and how to customize one of the SharePoint workflows I use frequently: the Three-state workflow.

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 Gini Courter | Thursday, March 5, 2015

Streamline Your Team with SharePoint — Like This

what is sharepoint?

Sometimes a tool comes along that’s so powerful, it’s hard to fathom how to harness that power. SharePoint is such a tool—and it’s oh-so worth the timespent learning to use it!

SharePoint is a platform for creating websites that help you and colleagues work together for collaboration, document storage, project management, work management, and more. It’s customizable, so you can create sites that meet your organization’s specific needs, including sites with automated workflows that enforce your business rules.

Where do you begin? Start with a simple problem that SharePoint can help you solve then expand on your success.

I’m going to show you how my colleague Julie used SharePoint to streamline her team’s communications and give them 24/7 access to important data—even while reducing her own workload.

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