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How to password protect your Sway presentation

How to password protect your Sway presentation

If you create a presentation using Microsoft Sway, you can give access to others by sharing the Sway link. You may, however, want a little more security for your Sway by means of password protection. Applying a password to your ...
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The Training Lady Turns 6

Turning the big 6

That time of year has come around again when this website celebrates another milestone. This year we turn 6. When I started this website back in July 2014, I didn't have a long term goal. I simply wanted to create ...
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How to use Immersive Reader in OneNote

How to use Immersive Reader in OneNote

Immersive Reader is an amazing tool which uses proven techniques to help users read and comprehend texts regardless of age or reading ability. If you have not yet discovered Immersive Reader in OneNote then you are simply missing out. This ...
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How to add a section to Microsoft Forms

How to add a section to Microsoft Forms

If you are creating forms using Microsoft Forms then let me show you how to incorporate sections into those forms. Sections allow you to divide your form into, as the name implies, sections! This allows your users to fill out ...
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How to convert a document in Word to PDF format

How to convert a document in Word to PDF

Back "in the day" your ability to convert a document from Word to PDF format meant you needed to install a third-party program or have Adobe Acrobat available. There are many websites which also offer this functionality but in most ...
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How to use Countif in Excel

How to use Countif in Excel

When working with large amounts of data in Excel, you can find yourself needing to count the number of records which meet specific criteria. This is when the Excel Countif function is going to come in very handy and save ...
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Which version of OneNote do you have

How to tell which version of OneNote you have

As much as I am a dedicated fan of Microsoft products, I feel this is a really confusing area for many. Microsoft has several different versions of OneNote available and being able to tell which version of OneNote you have ...
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/ Microsoft OneNote, Notes, Version
Conditional formatting an entire row

How to conditional format an entire row based on dates older than today

It seems my conditional formatting posts have become quite popular and with that, I've had some amazing questions asked about variations of how to use conditional formatting. If you haven't already taken a look at my other conditional formatting posts, ...
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How to create a Sway presentation

How to create a digital presentation using Microsoft Sway

This past week I had the pleasure of presenting at the Leading a Digital School Conference and showing attendees how to use Microsoft Sway. To provide participants with some additional resources I am publishing a series of posts which contain ...
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/ Microsoft Sway
Create a quiz using Microsoft Forms

How to create an online quiz using Microsoft Forms

This week I am presenting a few sessions at the Leading a Digital School Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia. This post outlines my second session which is going to show you how to create an online quiz using Microsoft ...
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/ Feedback, Form, Microsoft Forms, Quiz, Survey
3D Model Animations in PowerPoint

3D Model Animations in PowerPoint 365

This week I am presenting a few sessions at the Leading a Digital School Conference being held in Melbourne, Australia. To provide participants with some additional resources I am publishing a series of posts which contain information from my sessions ...
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Conditional Formatting date ranges

Use conditional formatting to identify dates within a specific range

My conditional formatting to identify dates earlier than today post has proven to be extremely popular. This post talks about how to conditional format dates within occur in the past. I have had plenty of questions and comments based on ...
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BIDMAS acronym

Excel giving you the wrong answer? Discover BIDMAS and Excel

An important part of understanding how Excel calculates formulas and functions is understanding BIDMAS. Let's think back to math class. I remember the teacher talking about BIDMAS and vividly thinking that I'd never need to use it. Attend any Excel ...
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How to add a second time zone to your Outlook Calendar

How to display a second time zone in your Outlook Calendar

For anyone with friends, relatives or colleagues living in a different time zone, it can be a fun maths game to work out what the time is where they are located. Personally I'm having to do this now after a ...
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How to change line spacing between bullet and number lists

How to change spacing between items in a list in Word

I use bullet and numbered lists a lot. They help me to summarise information and make my text stand out. I like to have my list items spaced apart a little, I don't want them all squashed together. Let me ...
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How to Mail Merge bulk emails in Word

How to send bulk emails using Mail Merge in Word

For the most part, I find people have heard of a Mail Merge. The process of combining a list of contacts with a letter which you can then merge together and print. Did you know that you can also use ...
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Create a custom list in Excel

How to store a custom list in Excel

Do you have a list of entries you use frequently in Excel? Sick of having to type them in or copy and paste from another workbook? What if I told you that you could save these entries as a custom ...
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Create folders to store emails in Outlook

Create folders to store emails in Outlook

Inspired by my achievement this week of reducing the number of emails in my inbox from over 1,000 down to 296, I thought it would be a great idea to touch on the processes of how to store emails in ...
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Receive automatic updates from your favourite websites using RSS

How to subscribe to your favourite websites using RSS

How often do you check back on your favourite website to see if new content has been uploaded? How would you like to automatically subscribe to your favourite websites? If you are like me, then the answer to this question ...
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/ Microsoft Windows, rss, subscribe, updates
How to reuse text and images using Quick Parts in Outlook

How to reuse text and images using Quick Parts in Outlook

As a business owner, I spend a significant amount of time responding to and sending email messages. Often I need to respond to the same question once or twice a week. Instead of going into my Sent Items to copy ...
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Rehearse timing for your presentation

Rehearse timings of your PowerPoint presentation

A common concern for any presenter is knowing if they have enough content or too much in their presentation. The Rehearse Timings feature in Microsoft PowerPoint provides a quick and simple way to rehearse the timing of your presentation. This ...
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The Training Lady Turns 4

A Happy 4th Birthday

The 24th of July marked the 4th birthday of "The Training Lady" blog. This year I spent this occasion with my two girls playing in the snow! We had a lovely break away with friends in the crisp clear air of ...
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How to create a folder shortcut on the Taskbar

Last week one of my clients experienced a hardware failure on their main computer. It's a computer users worst nightmare and occurred in the middle of an important week of work. Long story short, a new hard drive was sourced ...
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How to crop an image using Microsoft Paint

This week I had a request to show participants how to crop an image using Microsoft Paint. Most of the Microsoft Office products include a cropping tool but it only crops the image within that specific program. Microsoft Paint can ...
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Backing up your data

Back up data using Windows Backup and Restore

In an earlier post titled Backing up your files – a vital step to securing your data, I outlined the basic information needed for any user to begin the process of backing up data on a regular basis. In this post, ...
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