The F4 Key – Microsoft Office’s “Swiss Army Knife”

One of the lesser-known keyboard shortcuts is also one of the most versatile.  I am speaking of the enigmatic F4 key.  At its core, the F4 key simply repeats the last action you performed in the program.  Whether invoking a simple bold action in Word, deleting a row in Excel, or inserting a shape object […]

Microsoft Office – Quick Access Toolbar (Awesome “Hidden” Feature)

When Microsoft Office 2007 switched from the traditional dropdown menus and toolbars method of delivering program features to the now widely used Tabs and Ribbon delivery system, one of the abilities they revoked from the users was the ability to customize the program controls.  Knowing that they (Microsoft) would have angry hoards with torches and […]

Office 2016 Template Library – Worth a Revisit

If you have been a user of Microsoft Office going back to the “old days” of Office 95 thru Office 2003, one of the features you probably held in least regard were the templates.  Templates suffered several major disadvantages: Templates were stored on the local PC’s hard drive, which took up much needed storage space […]

Create a PowerPoint Presentation from a Word Outline

Imagine you need to create a PowerPoint presentation but you are plagued with one or a combination of the below problems: You aren’t very well versed in the use of PowerPoint You don’t have PowerPoint installed on the computer you are using You have very little time to put a presentation together Now suppose you […]

Merge Multiple Word Documents into a Single Word Document

Imagine putting together a research paper, training manual, or business proposal.  These documents are often the culmination of several separate documents assembled by a team.  If each member of the team is working on their part off the project in their own project file, the time will come when all of the pieces of the […]

Restoring FIND Keyboard Shortcut in Word 2016

There’s nothing like a good keyboard shortcut to help improve workflow efficiency.  Most Office users quickly learn the standard keyboard shortcuts, like CTRL+S for SAVE or CTRL+P for PRINT, but what about CTRL+F for FIND?  This is a great way to bring up the FIND dialog box. Somewhere along the way, Microsoft, in its infinite […]

Add Dropbox to Office 2016

We’ve come a long way over the years when it comes to where we store our files.  In the 80’s and 90’s it was all about local storage; the venerable C:, or “C-drive”.  Then in the 2000’s, when connecting all of the office computers together on a network became the norm, companies told us not […]

Office 2016–New Chart Types

As a seasoned producer of charts, you have probably wondered why Microsoft has not included certain type of charts that have previously only been available via third-party add-on programs.  Microsoft has heard your calls and added some new and exciting charts to the Office 2016 charting engine.  These charts type are not just available in […]

10 Word Features that will Improve Your Workflow

With so many features packed inside each Microsoft application, it’s easy to overlook some that can really add value to your daily workflow.  Below is a list of some of the features you may have never noticed but will quickly become part of your daily routine. Styles Styles are not only a great time-saver, but […]