Publisher Has Your Back

Designing is a tricky business. One forgotten element—like halfa logo hanging off the front page of my company newsletter—can be endlesslyembarrassing, for me and my company. I’ve learned to double- and triple-checkfor problems before I distribute a file from Microsoft Office Publisher, and Inever send out anything until I run the Publisher Design Checker. DesignChecker…

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Set Your Text Free by Linking Text Boxes in Publisher

Some projects take a lot of tweaking in Publisher—anewsletter, for example. What I want to do is lengthen the first columnand shorten the second and third columns to make room for a handyupcoming-events section. Shifting text and making everything fit seemed likeway too much trouble before I discovered linking text boxes. I would cut asentence…

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Microsoft Publisher—Using the Right Software for the Job

With all of the templates and features available in Microsoft Word, I have a tendency to never leave its familiar comforts. I’ll spend an hour using the excellent table tools in Word to patch together a complex table before it dawns on me: I don’t really want a table. All I really want is a…

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Have a Blissful Day—RSS Feeds in Outlook

When blogs first started to go big, it was exciting to checkall your favorites for updates. Then you found even more blogs you loved and itgot to be a long list of sites to check, and they didn’t all updateconsistently so sometimes there was nothing new. And then there was that blissful day when you…

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No More “Who’s Doing What?” with Assigned Tasks

Working as a team means dividing up the work. Clearly dividing project tasks and assigning roles is essential to making sure everything gets done. Everybody hates that awkward silence when you realize you all thought someone else was supposed to do a particular task. You can use Tasks in Outlook to assign action items not…

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Tagging in OneNote

OneNote is the quintessential notepad because you can use it just like you would a pad of handwritten notes, but it’s much more powerful. For instance, when I take notes by hand, I draw stars next to notes I need to remember. Similarly, in OneNote, I can use predefined tags, or create my own, so…

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Oops! I Forgot to Save It!

One of the best things about Office programs (and just about any other application, for that matter) is that when I close a file without saving, I get prompted with a familiar message: It’s simple, I know, but I can’t tell you how many times this has saved my bacon. I also can’t tell you…

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Download new SmartArt for Office 2010

If you already know how to use SmartArt to convert ideas into engaging graphics, you won’t hesitate to download the new SmartArt for Office 2010. The new Converging Text SmartArt is particularly helpful in showing how ideas feed into a process or outcome. Another new SmartArt graphic called Theme Picture Accent can help pull unrelated…

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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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Embed Office 2010 documents on the Web

If you have a blog or web site, you no longer need to worry about whether your site visitors have Office installed. You can embed Office documents directly onto your page. First, you’ll need a free SkyDrive account at https://skydrive.live.com/ – just login with your Windows Live ID, or create one if you don’t have…

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