Casual Friday: Make your own postcards in Word

If you want to design your own postcard, there’s no need to start from scratch. You can find some great templates on Office.com, which you can access from inside of Microsoft Word. Here’s an example of how to modify a picture postcard template to make it your own. First, if working with high resolution art,…

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Add impact to your Outlook emails with shapes and clip art

Whether it’s for the office team-building offsite event or the weekly sales status summary, a quick way to add impact to your emails is with the Insert tab in Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. You can add shapes, such as arrows, flowcharts, and word balloons: And search through clip art for the perfect image from…

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Internet Explorer 9: Wow, the Web is New Again

Some of us have been around long enough to remember the Web in its infancy. It was an amazing time—and I’m experiencing some serious deja vu with the introduction of Internet Explorer 9. Have you seen Internet Explorer 9? You really must! Here’s a little of what you’ll find. True speed, realized. Internet Explorer 9…


Formula Watch: Quickly CONVERT measurements in Excel

If you’ve ever need to translate Celsius to Fahrenheit, miles to kilometers, or teaspoons to cups, all you need is the handy CONVERT function in Excel. Simply enter your value, its measurement unit, and the target unit for conversion, and you’ll get your answer. Here are some useful examples: =CONVERT(30.4,"C","F") =CONVERT(65,"mi","km") =CONVERT(10,"tsp","cup") You don’t need…


Force recipients to Reply All in Outlook

Have you ever sent a mail and asked that recipients use Reply All, only to have some people respond just to you? Then YOU have to forward the mail to the rest of the group. Thankfully, there is a way to force Outlook to send replies to a specific list of recipients regardless of whether…

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Quickly copy a design theme from one PowerPoint presentation to another

How many times have you started a PowerPoint presentation and then realized you needed to use a different template? Fortunately, there’s an easy way to copy over the theme from one presentation to another. This works in both PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. First, open both your source and destination documents (and close any others…

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Create wiki links in OneNote

If you’ve ever worked on a wiki, you’ll appreciate this next tip. And if you haven’t, this brief intro will make you a faster linker in OneNote 2010 and ready to start authoring collaboratively should you ever find a wiki in need of tending. Sure, you can link sections in OneNote the traditional way. But…

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Personalizing your Windows 7 PC, flying monkeys optional

There’s no place like home—where have I heard that before? Whether you live and work in Kansas or elsewhere, you’ve likely set up your home to reflect your own tastes and lifestyle. Wouldn’t it be great to experience that same, comfortable-as-an-old-pair-of-ruby-slippers feeling every time you fire up your PC? Sure it would. So come along!…


How to select more highlight colors in Word

If you color-code the text in your Word documents, you may feel constrained by the 15 Highlight Color choices: Fortunately, there’s another command available if you want to expand your color palette: Shading. The button is not far from the Highlight Color selector on the Word toolbar: It’s just about seven spots to the right…

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Make eye-catching tables quickly in Excel

If you spend a lot of time creating and manually formatting new tables in Excel, there’s a better way. Simply select the range of cells that you want to include in your table and click the Format as Table button: You’ll be prompted to confirm your cell range: And then you can go in and…

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