Sending Instant Message Attachments Directly from an Office 2013 Application

A tip from Directions' Senior Applications Instructor... Did you know you can instant message an office file directly from the application?  Simply … [Read more...]

Using Timeline Slicers in Excel 2013 Pivot Tables

More notes from “The Office Guy”… Excel has always had a lot of robust tools that allow users to analyze their data. Among the most popular tools … [Read more...]

Automate Common Tasks with Quick Steps

Quick Steps apply multiple actions at the same time to email messages. This helps you quickly manage your mailbox. For example, if you frequently move … [Read more...]

Conditional Formatting for Outlook Appointments

I recently joined the Directions Training team and learned quickly that classes could be at any one of our training facilities, or off-site at a … [Read more...]

Why Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013?

Here are just a few reasons why you should upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013. Office 2013 ventures beyond the mouse and keyboard to embrace … [Read more...]

Repositioning of the Chart Formatting Tools in Excel 2013

Creating charts using Microsoft Excel is nothing new, this has been a core feature of Excel for a very long time. However, in Excel 2013 there are two … [Read more...]

Using the Recommended Charts Tool in Excel 2013

Creating charts using Microsoft Excel is nothing new, this has been a core feature of Excel for a very long time. However, in Excel 2013 there are two … [Read more...]

Enhanced Presenter View in PowerPoint 2013

Delivering an effective PowerPoint presentation often goes beyond the text and graphics that are on the slides themselves. It is also a matter of the … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade to Office 2013

Cloud Compatibility With Microsoft Office 2013, it is now possible to store and sync all of your documents across all of your Windows devices, so … [Read more...]

Video Editing Tools in PowerPoint

While it has always been possible to embed Videos and Music into Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, it wasn’t always easy to manipulate them after … [Read more...]

Creating an All Documents View in Outlook

In Lotus Notes I had an All Documents View. Now that I’ve migrated to Outlook, is there any way to access an All Documents View? Even though … [Read more...]

Getting Started with Office 2013

Setting your Preferences As a new user to Microsoft Office 2013, you may find yourself wanting to change some of the default settings. For example, … [Read more...]

PowerPoint: Using the Reading View to Deliver a Presentation

This month we’re going to look at a new, often overlooked feature of PowerPoint: Using the Reading View to deliver a presentation. This feature was … [Read more...]

Text to Columns Function in Excel

Have you ever had an Excel worksheet where full names were combined into one cell and you needed to have the first name in one cell and the last name … [Read more...]

Become a Powerful PowerPoint Presenter

Before Microsoft PowerPoint 2013, it was difficult for you as the presenter to figure out which slide the audience saw and which one was on your … [Read more...]

Outlook 2013 Shortcut Keys & Tips

Addressing a Recipient for the First Time From a new mail message, click in the To:, Cc:, or Bcc: field and enter the recipients first and/or last … [Read more...]

Microsoft Outlook 2013 Templates

Do you find yourself sending the same emails over again and again? Outlook templates are a great timesaver. Use email templates to send messages that … [Read more...]

Thumbtacks in Microsoft Office

If you work in a busy office and have to create, edit and print many documents each day, one of the problems you may encounter is finding the file in … [Read more...]

The Eyedropper Tool in PowerPoint

More notes from the “Office Guy”: One of the things I’ve always been impressed with is the graphics capabilities built into PowerPoint, and in each … [Read more...]

Enhanced Comments in PowerPoint 2013

One of the big ideas behind the Microsoft Office 2013 suite is to provide more tools to work on documents in collaboration with others. This month, … [Read more...]