There are many visions of our online future. Google and many others envision a world of cloud computing, where our programs and our data are both hosted online. Google Docs provides a word processor and spreadsheet, and online storage of files, all accessible from any computer anywhere. At the moment these services are mostly presented in an Internet browser but the technology is already appearing to let online programs run in their own windows like any other program, giving us access to programs that look elegant and can be accessed from anywhere. […] continuedRead more
Did you know you can have multiple Outlook windows open? Try right-clicking on “Calendar” or “Contacts,” then clicking on Open in new window.
This will be very exciting for some of you. But wait! There’s more!
By default, Outlook opens into your Inbox. You can change the default folder by clicking in Outlook on Tools / Options / Other / Advanced Options. […] continuedRead more
Sharp-eyed Microsoft Office users might have noticed that the default fonts are changed in Office 2007. The old familiar names are still there – Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana, and Courier New – but the defaults are newcomers Cambria, Calibri, and more.Read more
When I set up a new computer these days, I spend almost no time describing new features in Windows Vista – people are generally able to start using it right away with a minimum of fuss. Outlook 2007 is so similar to Outlook 2003 that I don’t even mention that it’s a new version. […] continuedRead more
Here’s a short article from the ABA’s Law Practice magazine noting the many ways that Microsoft OneNote 2007 can be used by lawyers for everything from trial notebooks to business transaction notes. There are law-specific templates available for OneNote (as well as templates for the other Microsoft Office programs) on Microsoft’s Office Templates page. […] continuedRead more
If you are using Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Desktop Search 3.1, then you should install a small update to the search program. The “2007 Office System Converter: Microsoft Filter Pack” will allow Windows Desktop Search to index the new file formats in Office 2007 – .DOCX, .XLSX, .PPTX and the rest. […] continuedRead more
OneNote collects your notes and lets you find them later. It keeps anything you want to put into it – scraps of information, web links, photos, videos, files, whatever. You can keep things organized or create a freeform jumble and search for things later (everything is immediately searchable). […] continuedRead more
By now you’ve installed the updates and patches released last Tuesday on Microsoft’s regularly-scheduled “Patch Tuesday.” Some of you with new computers might have also found Microsoft Office 2007 Service Pack 1, an unexpected addition to the list of optional updates. If you’re not in a hurry, you’ll still deal with it eventually – Office 2007 SP1 will be installed as an automatic update in the next few months. […] continuedRead more
Thinking about a new computer – home, home office, small business? Let me give you some generalizations that will help you get started. (As always, gamers will be looking for faster processors and hard drives, more memory, and – particularly important – choosing from an array of high-end video cards. Notebook computers also require consideration of size and weight, which will trump some of the considerations below.)
There’s a remarkable world of applications designed to work with Microsoft Office. In fact, there’s probably more programs included under the “Office” banner than you realized – the official name is “2007 Office System,” with programs you’ve never heard of and deep connections to eight different specialized servers from Microsoft alone. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft has released Service Pack 3 for Office 2003. It will be included in the Automatic Update system at some point in the next few weeks, but I don’t expect it to be installed automatically – I haven’t seen it confirmed but normally a service pack will require some affirmative OK click on a license agreement. […] continuedRead more
Here’s an odd promotion from Microsoft: for the next few months, college students can buy the most complete version of Office 2007 for $59. The Office Ultimate 2007 suite includes Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook, Access, Publisher, OneNote, Groove, and InfoPath, with a normal retail price of $679.Read more
It’s fun to browse for a few minutes over at The Art Of Office – a collection of files contributed by artists and businesspeople, all created with Word, Excel, or Powerpoint. The files are sorted into “most useful” and “most artistic” – some of them might demonstrate an advanced Office feature, others are just pretty. […] continuedRead more
Microsoft OneNote 2007 is the best program you’ve never heard of.
Let me give you a little history, then tell you about OneNote 2007.
Microsoft Outlook has a rudimentary “notes” feature for jotting little bits of information on scraps that visually resemble post-it notes. Outlook’s notes are capable of being sorted and searched but there’s something about them that just doesn’t feel right. […] continuedRead more
I don’t use Microsoft Word all that often, so I’ve lost a deep knowledge of its features. I’ve never fully understood the paragraph formatting that inserts an extra line between paragraphs, all too frequently leaving something double-spaced that’s intended to be single-spaced. Eventually I learned how to hit Shift-Enter for a single line space, but I know there’s a better way to handle it buried in paragraph styles or somewhere. […] continuedRead more