Office team posts new EDU content

The Office team has released a lot of new content to help students/teachers to kick off the school year.  This includes a slew of templates and content for office applications as well as training and tools that “Educationalize” the Office platform. Inside Office Online blog : School bells are ringing Manage classwork Add clip art…

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Online resource to help school districts learn to use data in Excel

Scott McLeod has posted a great resource over on http://www.dangerouslyirrelevant.org/ The tutorials on the web site highlight many of the Excel skills that are helpful when working with building- and district-level data. The tutorials are targeted at data managers, principals, guidance counselors, teachers, and other school personnel who have the responsibility for collecting, analyzing, and…

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An animated reference to help Students/Teachers learn Office 2007

I have had an opportunity to meet with school administrators on the value of Vista/Office in Education.  One common fear is whether students/teachers will be able to quickly transition to the new ribbon interface in Office 2007.  It is not well advertised but there is a free tool online that starts with the Office 2003…

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Save your keystrokes, press ctrl-enter to append ".com" in your browser

This is another trick that power users apparently are well adjusted to but haven’t publicized.  It’s not limited to Vista or IE7.  Just type the domain name you want in the address bar and then hit ctrl-enter to prepend “http://www.” and append “.com”.  Once again lifehack, you have made me a more effective human. http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/quick-com-address-bar-shortcut.html…

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Cool tip from Lifehack

Each day I gain a bit more appreciation for a site called “Lifehack”.  It’s the type of site I would love to contribute to.  As a blogger I respect sites who bring real material almost every day without introducing a bunch of opinionated nonsense just to get a rise out of people.  I have learned…

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Arrange your Outlook To-Do bar, Franklin-Covey style

 Quick tip  – I’ve been a Franklin-Covey user for many years now.  I might not have survived college without it faithfully by my side.  I learned through their training to use the priority method of assigning things based on have to, need to, want to, or whichever terms you would like to apply.  I then…

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How to quickly discover Office 2007 keyboard shortcuts

I use flagged items A LOT.  I live and die by the Outlook To-Do bar.  In fact, I always feel on top of Email because I can effectively triage it from my phone by moving it in to folders and then flagging those items when I get back to my laptop.  I have the process…

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Open PDF documents in Outlook preview

I’ve been using  this add-in for a couple of weeks now but Foxit has been my preferred PDF reader for several months.  I find it to be very fast and functional.  At last, with the preview handler I can open PDF files directly in Outlook! (update 3/7/2007 12:11 AM – I originally had a typo…

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Excuse me sir, does Vista still come with PowerPoint and Excel?

It’s a pet peeve of so many geeks…  For years now people have crossed the names between Office and Windows by saying things like “I think I’m running Windows 97” or “umm, I believe I am running Office 2000”, and then come to find out they are running Windows 2000 and don’t have Office installed…

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Good Link To Keep Handy: Alternate Access Mappings for SharePoint 2007

Ken IM’ed me just after he posted this to see if I happened to have run in to the same problem.  Ironically I have had a task in queue for a couple of weeks to build a public-facing WSS site for a side project I’m working on.  I got all the way through configuration and recalled I would need to…

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