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Embed a YouTube Video in PPT

Embed a YouTube video in a PowerPoint slide

Microsoft PowerPoint has been around for a long time, circa 1990 according to most online sources, either way it’s aging gracefully. No longer do we have to sit and watch ...
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Conditional Format Dates

Use conditional formatting to identify dates earlier than today

During a Microsoft Excel training session a few week's ago, I had a great question about using conditional formatting to highlight dates earlier than the current one, in other words, how can ...
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Embed Excel in a Word Document

Embed an Excel worksheet within your Word document

Whenever I run Excel or Word training a common question pops up. What is the best way to add Excel data into a Word document? Like many things related to ...
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Inbox Repair Tool

Scan Outlook for errors using the Inbox Repair Tool

If you have tried to open your Microsoft Outlook client and have received an error relating to your .pst file then you have come to the right place. The Inbox ...
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Create speaker notes in your PowerPoint presentation

When creating a presentation the author should have a clear idea of the topic to be discussed. Generally, the person creating a presentation will be the one delivering the presentation ...
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How to convert documents to the latest file format in Word

Does your document show [Compatibility Mode] in the title bar? You'll be happy to know that this is a simple fix. Compatibility mode identifies to the user that a document ...
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The best keyboard shortcuts in Excel

The best keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Excel

Want to become more efficient using Excel? Let me show you the best keyboard shortcuts in Excel. Anyone who has ever attended training with me, or even anyone who has ...
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How to create a new contact in Outlook

How to create a new Contact in Outlook

Microsoft Outlook gives users the ability to create and manage contact details in a personal address book. Because Outlook encompasses email, contacts, scheduling and more, you can utilise these features ...
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How to disable the Start Screen in Office

How to disable the Start Screen at startup in Office programs

In recent versions of the Microsoft Office programs, users now see a Start screen appear when any of the programs are launched. This Start Screen gives you quick access to ...
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Customise Windows 8.1 to display the desktop at Start-up

A common complaint I hear about Windows 8 and 8.1 is the fact that the computer does not display the desktop at Start-up. Instead, it goes straight to the new ...
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Set a login PIN for Windows 10

A great feature of Microsoft Windows 10 is the ability to login to your computer using a PIN, or Personal Identification Number. In August 2014, Australia saw a change from ...
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Create your own email template in Outlook

Create your own custom email template in Outlook

For anyone who sends emails on a regular basis, you may find yourself sending the same information over and over. This is especially relevant for people running a business and ...
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How to upgrade to Windows 10

In October 2015, I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my laptop to Microsoft Windows 10. I only started using Microsoft Windows 8.1 in June 2015 and was thankful ...
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Customise the Windows 8.1 Start Screen

I don’t think I need to discuss in depth the issues that users have had when migrating to the Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 operating systems. It was meant to ...
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How to create a recurring appointment in Outlook

How to create a recurring appointment in Outlook

I don't know about you, but I have many appointments which repeat on a regular basis. I for one, certainly do not want to have to put those into my calendar ...
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Turning 1, our 1st Birthday.

Today marks 1 year since my first post was published as "The Training Lady". Our 1st birthday see's us with over 70 posts, and lots of fun. It's been a ...
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How to insert a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint

How to insert a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint

Being able to represent content in a graphical way can add immense meaning and visual appeal to any presentation. I always find that graphics can portray information in a better ...
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Use Windows Disk Cleanup

Free up disk space using Windows Disk Cleanup

Microsoft Windows includes a great tool which allows you to easily perform a clean-up of your computer’s hard drive. The Disk Cleanup tool will help you to free up disk ...
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Create a basic table in Word

How to create a basic table in Word

A fantastic feature of Microsoft Word is the Table feature. Tables provide an easy and versatile way to present content on the page in a column and/or row format. Many ...
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Control Hyphenation in Word

Control hyphenation in Word

A common question I hear is “why are my words breaking across separate lines with a dash connecting them?” It’s a common question on discussion boards online and thankfully it’s ...
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Compress file sizes of graphics or photos in Word

Compress file sizes of graphics or photos in Word

Quite often when working with long documents using Microsoft Word, you need to be mindful of file sizes. If you are utilising multiple graphics or photos within your document then ...
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Open any Microsoft Office product

How to open any Microsoft Office product

For those starting out using Microsoft Office and even for those familiar with the programs, our computers can sometimes be a treasure trove full of so many programs that it's ...
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Basics of using Placeholders in PowerPoint

How to use a Placeholder in PowerPoint

The reference “placeholder” is used in Microsoft PowerPoint to identify the boxes on a slide represented by a dotted external border. Placeholders are specifically used to position different types of ...
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My favourite shortcut keys in Microsoft Outlook

My favourite shortcut keys in Microsoft Outlook

Anyone who has ever attended training with me, or even anyone who has read my other "shortcut key" posts, will know that I am a big fan of keyboard shortcuts ...
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Copy formatting using Format Painter

Copy formatting using Format Painter

Whenever I conduct a training course in any of the Microsoft products, I always touch on the Clipboard group of tools. These include the Cut, Copy and Paste functions and ...
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