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Tip of the Week: Use PowerPoint for More Than Presentations

Tip of the Week: Use PowerPoint for More Than Presentations

PowerPoint is one of the better-known Microsoft Office applications, primarily for putting together slideshow presentations. However, there are other ways you can use it that might not seem immediately noticeable. This week’s tip is dedicated to how you can use PowerPoint for other purposes besides slideshow presentations.

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Other Options for Visual Excel Data

Other Options for Visual Excel Data

If you need to condense data into a concise and comprehensible form, Microsoft Excel is tough to beat. This is despite the fact that your average spreadsheet isn’t exactly an eye-catcher. However, Excel provides a few native options that boost your data’s visual appeal, making it more engaging and much more meaningful. We’ll review a few today.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Handy Tips for Microsoft Word

Tip of the Week: 5 Handy Tips for Microsoft Word

You would be hard-pressed to find a better-known software suite than Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word probably leading the pack in terms of name recognition. When a solution is so well-known, it can be hard to call anyone who uses it a power user. However, for this week’s tip, we’re doing a deep dive into its capabilities to take your use of Word a few steps up.

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Microsoft SharePoint Makes Team Collaboration Easy

Microsoft SharePoint Makes Team Collaboration Easy

Businesses are taking advantage of new tools every day to make sure that their projects are handled in the most successful way possible. One of these tools is Microsoft SharePoint, which can eliminate many of the major pain points of project management. Regardless of what type of business you run, we’re confident that Microsoft SharePoint can be a valuable asset for your organization. Here are three ways you can take advantage of SharePoint.

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Tip of the Week: Did You Know Microsoft Word Calculates Math Equations?

Tip of the Week: Did You Know Microsoft Word Calculates Math Equations?

You know Microsoft Word as a word processor that lets your organization compose documents. Yet, you may not know the extent to which you can use this application. You might be surprised to hear this, but you can even perform mathematical calculations using Microsoft Word!

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4 Reasons Why Businesses Love Office 365

4 Reasons Why Businesses Love Office 365

Decision makers for small and medium-sized businesses certainly have a tough job. Each choice they make on the behalf of the business has repercussions, which could potentially influence the rest of the company, for better or for worse. Therefore, we’d like to take some of the pressure off of the decision makers with a recommendation: if you haven’t done so, consider utilizing Office 365 for your business’s various needs.

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4 Office 365 Business Premium Features that Every Business Owner Will Appreciate

4 Office 365 Business Premium Features that Every Business Owner Will Appreciate

Microsoft Office 365 can enhance a company's operations in a variety of ways. Yet, due to the fact that not every business is the same, your organization will benefit more from a solution that’s customized to meet your needs. This is a big reason behind Microsoft’s customizable offering: Office 365 Business Premium.

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Tip of the Week: Enable Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365 to Improve Security

b2ap3_thumbnail_smart_multi_factor_security_400.jpgWith hackers having their way with seemingly-impregnable organizations (like the IRS and Sony Entertainment), companies are investing more into network security. Thankfully, a simple solution like multi-factor authentication presents an easy (and often free) way to dramatically improve security. More applications are making multi-factor authentication available to its users, like Office 365.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Limit Yourself to 1 Page in Microsoft Word

b2ap3_thumbnail_word_icon_400.jpgWhen working in Microsoft Word, it can be helpful to view more than one page at a time. Did you know that Word allows you to view up to eight pages at once? Here’s how you do it.

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Meet Sway, Microsoft’s New Office App

b2ap3_thumbnail_sway_presentations_400.jpgDesigned to meet the changing needs of computer users is Sway, a new addition to the family of Microsoft Office apps. Sway is a cross-platform content aggregation tool allowing users to easily develop and share web-based presentations that are rich in both pictures and text. How can a tool like Sway help your business?

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Even Prosecutors Take Advantage of PowerPoint to Make Their Cases

b2ap3_thumbnail_prosecutors_powerpoint_400.jpgAre you a master of making brilliant Microsoft PowerPoint slideshows to augment your presentations? You’re not the only one; it’s widely known as one of the best mediums to create a compelling, professional slideshow. It’s used in classrooms, training sessions, and much more. However, there’s one profession where PowerPoint’s effectiveness is questionable: A prosecutor in a court case.

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Tip of the Week: Retrace Your Steps in Microsoft Word with Go Back

b2ap3_thumbnail_microsoft_word_400.jpgHave you ever been working in Microsoft Word and needed to go back and check an edit you made, but you didn’t remember what you did, or where in the document you did it? Going back and reviewing your edits in Word is easy using the little-known Go Back command.

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Alert: Critical Microsoft Office Flaw Patched

b2ap3_thumbnail_Microsoft-Office-icon_400.jpg‘Tis the season for technology vulnerabilities and exploits. In addition to Sandworm and Cryptowall 2.0, another flaw has been found in Microsoft Office. This particular threat allows a hacker to gain control of a computer system, making it a dangerous and potentially threatening gamble for your business to ignore it. Thankfully, the issue has been patched, and the fix is now available to the public.

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Organize Your Microsoft Outlook 2013 Contacts the Easy Way

b2ap3_thumbnail_outlook_logo_400.jpgAs a business owner, your email contacts list is probably chock-full of clients and customers you've met over the years. This can make it difficult to find your target without sifting through countless names. Instead of getting flustered by an unorganized list, try sorting your contacts in various ways.

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How to: Make Infographics in Microsoft PowerPoint

b2ap3_thumbnail_powerpoint_for_presentations_400.jpgIf there's one thing that you can learn from today's marketing trends, it's that visual content sells. Images and videos are a powerful marketing tool that should be taken advantage of at all costs, but an infographic can also help you keep a balance between content and visuals. If you can master the art of the infographic, your business will soar high above your competitors.

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Formulas and Reactions 101: Microsoft Excel 2013 Edition

b2ap3_thumbnail_microsoft_excel_400.jpgDo you have trouble keeping track of your budget and expenses within your company? It's not your fault - prices change over time, and paperwork can be tedious to go through. By taking advantage of Microsoft Excel's basic mathematical formulas, you can simplify the way that keep track of your business's budget.

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Never Lift a Style Guide Again With Microsoft Word’s Built-In Citation Machine

b2ap3_thumbnail_Microsoft-Word-Logo.jpgDespite what many people think, Microsoft Word is far from a normal word processor. Microsoft has thrown all sorts of nifty new toys in there for its consumers to enjoy, such as a built-in citation machine for all of your research needs. When writing a white paper, you want to use specific examples and you want to give others credit when it is due. That's the only professional way to do it.

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Misunderstood: The Story of Clippy

b2ap3_thumbnail_clippy400.jpg"It looks like you're writing a letter. Would you like help?" No matter how many times we told him "no", Clippy just didn't seem to get the hint. Microsoft's animated office assistant, Clippy, was last seen in 2003. Where has his journey taken him over the last ten years?

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Tip: 3 Steps to Check Excel Workbooks for Errors

b2ap3_thumbnail_excel400.pngWorking on a team means that projects are passed from person to person. If one person makes an error, passes it on, and the error is not caught, then the whole project is in jeopardy. When working in Excel with a team, here are three steps to take to help you find mistakes and keep the project moving forward error-free.

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Tip: Open Old Office Files Previously Blocked

b2ap3_thumbnail_mologo400.jpgSo your boss gives you the task of creating a presentation based on your company's expense vs. profit over the last seven yearsl. He wants to know what was spent, what it was spent on, and what was done to minimize those expenses. You finally find the old files on your server. The problem is, it's from an outdated version of Office and you can't open it!

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