Use object anchors to help place images in Word

If you’ve ever grappled with positioning an image in Word in just the right spot in relation to your wrapped text, you should turn on object anchors to show where the image is actually tethered. This works in Word 2007 and Word 2010. Go to File, Options, Display and check the box to show Object…

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Modify clip art for your presentations

If you use pictures in your Word documents and PowerPoint presentations, you probably hunt regularly for useful clip art on Office.com. But you don’t have to stop there. Make the imagery your own by changing the colors and even removing unwanted elements. First, make sure you use illustrations (not photographs). Go to the Insert tab…

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Automatically download images from trusted senders in Outlook 2010

When receiving HTML emails, you know doubt have noticed that Outlook 2010 blocks images by default, like so: The reason is to protect you from identifying your account is active when opening messages from unscrupulous spammers, who will detect when you open the message and increase the assault on your mail account. Loading an image…

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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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Create fancier signatures in Outlook

It’s easy to create an Outlook signature. Just click on the Signature button in a new message, select Signatures and then click New and start typing. The only problem with this approach is that the signature editor is fairly limited. A better option is to use the new mail message itself. You’ll have access to…

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Adjust the background on your PowerPoint presentation

If you’ve ever wanted to pick a theme in PowerPoint but didn’t care for its gaudy background, this tip is for you. There’s a very quick way to turn off the background in both PowerPoint 2007 and PowerPoint 2010. On the Design tab, select the theme that has the fonts and layout you want to…

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Get organized with Windows 7 libraries

There are those among us who carefully lay out hierarchies of folders, each clearly named, in which to store the many documents we create. These folks can very quickly access, for example, the budget spreadsheets from Q2, three years ago, for the Southwest region engineering departments. Or whatever else they need. These lucky people probably…

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Casual Friday: Using PowerPoint as a picture library

Most people think of PowerPoint as just a presentation tool, but it makes a great picture library as well. You can paste images into it and include all sorts of notes about when and how the pictures were taken or created, add the names of the people in the photos, and document details about the…

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New Year’s resolutions you can resolve with Office and Windows

It’s 2011, and if you’re like me, you know there are some things you should have mastered last year that you didn’t get to – so you resolve to tackle them when the calendar rolls over. Here are 65 popular tasks we frequently hear that customers want to learn – and which Productivity Hub can…

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