Getting Word to read your document to you

Haven’t you wished at times that your computer could just read a Word document to you so you could… “multi-task” while getting the document content? Or, in a more realistic scenario, you have vision issues and having the document read to you would be more accessible? Actually, there *is* a way to make that happen. Here’s how…

Changing your user initials in Office programs

A colleague pointed out this option to me the other day, and it’s a good one to share. In Office programs like Word or OneNote, the system often uses your initials to note who made changes. But perhaps you need to change your initials for some reason (duplicate of someone else, you don’t like them, etc.). Here’s how you do that…

Making research easier in Word with Researcher

If you are responsible for writing papers for school or work, you know you spend a lot of time cruising web sites, copying information, and then trying to remember where you found everything so you can cite it properly. There’s a feature in Word that can help with that, and it’s called Researcher. I found out about this tip from Christian Buckley during one of our Productivity Tips sessions. Here’s how it works…

The new Icons feature in Office ProPlus

This is one of those things that was easy to overlook in all the new features in Office ProPlus (aka Office 2016), and that’s the new Icons feature in the Insert section of the Ribbon Bar. In fact, when it first rolled out, it really didn’t work very well as it was trying to pull the icons from a 3rd party site (or so it appeared), and I couldn’t get any of them to load. But now it’s working fine. Here’s how you can use them…

Fixing your quirky spelling errors in Office

Admit it… you have a few(?) words that you always misspell or mistype when working on a Word document, a PowerPoint deck, an Excel file, a OneNote notebook, or an Outlook email. And, for whatever reason, the program decides that your quirky spelling isn’t important enough to fix for you automagically. Well, you can actually add your own spelling quirks to Office so that you don’t have to wear out the backspace key fixing your errors. And yes… this is a case where you can fix it once, and *all* the programs will pick up the change!