Create a pull quote in Word

If your Word document looks like a wall of text and you have no pictures, tables, or diagrams to break up all of the gray, try adding some pull quotes. Find short statements to emphasize that will draw your readers deeper in to the document. Once you have your quote in mind, go to the…

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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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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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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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Quickly add a cover page in Word

If you’re working on a report and want to add a cover page before printing or sharing it, just go to the Insert tab in Word 2007 or Word 2010 and click the Cover Page button: There are a number of designs built in, or you can download more from Office.com. Once you’ve selected a…

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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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Make your Excel rows and columns consistent

As you enter data into cells in your Excel worksheet, you may notice that your rows change height – which can lead to a sloppy presentation if you’re sharing the data. Likewise, you may want to adjust your column widths to make them more consistent. There’s a quick way to do this. Simply select and…

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Dress up your Excel documents with headings

Excel can be used for just about anything—lists, charts, tables, and more—but if you plan on printing or sharing your masterpiece, you’re going to want to dress it up and label things for others. Neatness counts! One of the quickest ways to improve any Excel document is to add a heading across the top and…

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Convert text slides into engaging SmartArt in PowerPoint

If your PowerPoint slides are packed with engaging ideas that no one reads because your audience gets lost in the sea of gray letters, there’s a quick solution: Make them pop using SmartArt in PowerPoint 2007 and 2010. First, select your bulleted text: Now click the Convert to SmartArt button on the Home tab and…

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Dress up your Word documents with Drop Cap

ou’ve probably seen books that started each chapter with a large letter. If you want that same effect for your work documents (say, an annual report or brochure), this is easy to accomplish in both Word 2007 and Word 2010. Simply select the paragraph where you want the drop cap (as these giant letters are…

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