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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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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Add popular commands to your Office 2010 ribbons

The Office team has compiled customers’ favorite commands across all Office 2010 applications, which you can download to add as a Favorites tab in Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Word. For example, the Favorites tab in Word puts Save, Send, Properties, Spelling & Grammar, Quick Print, Word Options and other…

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Let Office read documents to you

Too busy to read all of the documents on your To Do list? If you want, you can have your Office applications read them to you. This will work in any Office 2010 program except Access. First, click the arrow icon to the right of your Quick Access Toolbar on the Office application for which…

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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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Using Actions in Office 2010

If you’re an old pro at Office, you may be wondering what happened to Smart Tags when you upgraded to Office 2010. They have been renamed Actions, and you have a lot of flexibility in how you use them. Actions are also less obtrusive. There’s no longer an icon that pops up when Office detects…

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Compare and merge slides in PowerPoint 2010

One of the little trumpeted but extremely valuable features in PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to compare and merge slides from separate decks. To use this feature, first open your main presentation file and go to the Review tab. Click the Compare button: Select the file you wish to compare it with and click Merge:…

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Close Office application misfires while they load

Have you ever mistakenly launched the wrong Office application? I know I have – sometimes my mouse slips and I click the wrong icon locked on my Windows 7 taskbar, or I’m rushing and mix up the Outlook and PowerPoint icons. The good news is that, if this happens, Office 2010 users don’t have to…

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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…

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