Ribbon Hero 2 makes learning about Office features even more fun

You might remember how Ribbon Hero, introduced last year, made learning about Office features as you work seamless and enjoyable. But it wasn’t really a game, even though it did track your score and progress. Now Ribbon Hero 2 is here, and it really is more of a game – but one that teaches you…


Customize your work week in Outlook

Not everyone works 9 to 5 or Monday through Friday. If your schedule is different from the norm, simply change your work week calendar view in Outlook to match. In Outlook 2010, go to File, Options, and select the Calendar tab: Here you can adjust start and end times, which days you work, and even…


Five ways Windows 7 frees up your time

People like to become more productive for varying reasons. Some want to get to The Top, wherever that is, more rapidly. Others have a mission they fervently want to fulfill—the sooner, the better. And some of us just want to make more time for a workout at the gym, or quality time with the family….


Formula Watch: Lock Excel formulas so they don’t change when you paste

How many times has this happened to you? You’re copying and pasting some Excel functions and they change to reflect the cells relative to where you pasted them, but you want the original values intact. There’s a neat trick that will make this problem quickly vanish. Just use the F4 key. Here’s how it works:…


Save time when reviewing tracked changes in Word

If you review and Accept/Reject changes regularly, here’s a quick tip to add some time back to your week and reduce wear and tear on your clicking finger. Don’t accept any changes as you read through the feedback from your stakeholders, just reject the ones you don’t want. Then click the arrow under the Accept…


Speed up your PowerPoint presentation with keyboard shortcuts

When you’re presenting, the last thing you want to do is lose the flow of your presentation when moving around your PowerPoint deck to answer a question or activating a presentation feature. Here are some handy keyboard shortcuts that will help make your talks go smoother: Launch from the beginning: F5 Next slide or animation:…


Make vertical selections in Word

Have you ever wanted to quickly delete unneeded symbols in front of a bulleted list, or select text in a column in Microsoft Word? There’s actually an easy way to make vertical selections. Simply hold down the Alt key and then drag across the area you want to select. This works in both Word 2007…


Top-secret Windows 7 keyboard shortcuts unmasked

Simply because I can, I herewith expose little-known but potentially powerful forces at work—in this case, five keyboard shortcuts that could simplify or enrich all our lives. I leave it to the world to decide what to do with this declassified intelligence. + Tab: Desktop Cirque de Soleil. Hold down the key and begin tapping…


Office 365 public beta is now available

The cloud-based version of Microsoft Office and related services, called Office 365, is now in public beta. This means you can sign up to try the subscription service, which offers your favorite Office applications plus SharePoint, Exchange, and Lync services via the Web using most devices. This delivers unprecedented access to your documents, e-mail, calendars,…


Correct mistakes using Print Preview Edit Mode in Word 2010

If you find you spend a lot of time switching between editing and the default print preview in the Print pane, Word 2010 has a hidden Print Preview Edit Mode you should try. First, you’ll need to add it to the Quick Access Toolbar so you can find it quickly when you need it. Click…