Jazzing up your PowerPoint presentations with Transitions

People have a love/hate relationship with PowerPoint presentations… too many words, death by bullet point, having the speaker read the slides to them… a bad presentation can be a soul-sucking experience.

However, you can add a bit of motion and action to your slides when you go from one to another, and it can help keep your audience a bit more engaged (as in… “what’s gonna happen next time s/he changes the slide?”). You do that with Transitions.

Free tech books and documents from Microsoft!

It’s that time of year again!

Each year, Eric Ligman from Microsoft has a blog entry that posts links to a LARGE collection of FREE ebooks on Microsoft technology. There’s no catch, it’s all legal, and it’s simply a “thank you” to everyone who is a Microsoft customer or partner. They are full versions of the titles, they are not time-bombed, etc. They are really and truly FREE for downloading.

Break out of your rut with Office templates

When I go to start a new Word document or Excel file, I nearly always take the default blank template in the upper left corner. However, I recently decided to scroll down and see what Excel file templates were out there. I was amazed at what options I had to create something that was “out of the ordinary”.

Where did my Ribbon Bar commands go?

Some time and somehow over the last couple of days, my Outlook email started showing up with the Ribbon Bar tabs appearing but none of the commands underneath them. To do anything with my email, I had to click the Messages tab to get all the related commands. Since this had One Minute Office Magic tip written all over it, I decided to figure out what I did and how to fix it.

AutoRecover in Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

So have you ever been working away on a Word document or Excel file, only to have the power go out or your laptop throw the Blue Screen of Death? All your work… gone.

But not necessarily… if you have AutoRecover configured in your Office programs (specifically, I’m referring to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), you will only lose a limited amount of work. Here’s how you do that…