How to Become Dangerous (and more productive)
Over the last thirty years, one piece of software has stood out – head and shoulders – over any other piece of software. In fact, for many people this ubiquitous software has been the first thing installed on any new computer and is often used every time the computer is turned on. Can you guess what it is...?
The Envelope, Please!What is this software? (drumroll, please...) It's Microsoft Office. The powerhouses of this suite are two programs: Microsoft Word and Excel, which provide word processing and spreadsheet capabilities to over a billion people around the world. It's been imitated by many, but never quite duplicated.
There's a good chance you use Word or Excel every single day, whether it is to type a letter, tabulate the figures for a budget, or track something in your office. These are the workhorse programs in many users' daily routines. Other Office modules include Access (for databases), Publisher (for newsletters and brochures), and PowerPoint (for creating presentations).
If you are like most people, you know enough to get by with Word and Excel. But what you don't know could actually be holding you back and hampering your productivity! When I've got questions about how to use Word or Excel, my go-to guy is Allen Wyatt. I've personally known him for over a decade, and for over 20 years he's been publishing newsletters about how to use both Word and Excel.
ExcelTips is a free weekly website and newsletter that provides guidance on how to get the most out of Excel. Similarly, WordTips, as you might suspect, provides hands-on guidance for Word. These are independent sites, and each provides a range of tips, from beginner to expert, that you can put to use right away.
Allen's Microsoft Words tips are written for people who have Word versions 2007-2019, and the version provided with Office 365. (If you need help with Word 97, Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003, visit this site. Similarly, if you need help with a pre-2007 version of Excel, you'll find those tips here.
After just a few issues you might actually "become dangerous" in how you use the software. You'll definitely become more of an expert, and you'll be able to wow your friends and co-workers with your ninja office skills. Take a look around at the WordTips website and the ExcelTips website. You'll find thousands (literally) of tips on how to use these programs. You can drill down to find tips by topic, or you can search to find just what you need. Here are a few examples:
- Want to know how many lines, words, and characters are in a document? It's easy!
- Add a Table of Contents to a document, with just a few clicks? Here's how.
- Need to create a chart with a single keypress? Got that covered, too.
- Want to protect your document? Not a problem.
- Ready to learn about the awesome power of PivotTables? Here's a great place to start.
- My personal favorite: Deleting duplicate entries from a column in Excel: Here are three ways to do it.
If you have Word, and need help with Formatting, Page Layout, PDFs, Tables, or Templates, Word Tips is a great resource. If you use Excel, and have struggled with Charts, Formatting, Formulas, Macros, Sorting, Subtotals, you'll find helpful tips. They're all written in plain English, with step-by-step instructions for getting it done.
In fact, there isn't a single thing I've wondered how to do with Word or Excel that I couldn’t find the answer for at Allen's sites, with a little digging around. He's been covering these Microsoft Office programs since the first version came out on stone tablets, and his depth of knowledge shows. Everything from beginner information to advanced programming with macros -- it's all there!
Do yourself a favor, though. When you visit either of these websites, do what I did -- subscribe to Allen's newsletters. They are published weekly and they are free. Each page on his websites has a sign-up form at the right side of the page.
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This article was posted by Bob Rankin on 4 Oct 2019
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