[thechat] Using Microsoft Office or any other "Office" pack
ron.luther at hp.com
Mon Aug 25 13:37:47 CDT 2003
Elfur Logadottir asked:
>>I've been asked to teach new law students in our school the fundamentals of
>>the programs they are likely to use in their study. I've narrowed it down
>>to five items, four of which are MS Office Programs,
>>What parts of these programs do you use and why?
Good luck with the class. I don't think I do much "trickery" with these
programs, but here goes:
Outlook - Creating folders/subfolders and rules. Turning off the *&^&*^#
'preview' modes and changing the sorts. Modifying a folder to add in a "size"
column. [I modify the subject lines by pre-pending a sequence number - and
then use the 'edit-copy' and paste to a subdirectory on the hard drive so I
can archive old email off to CDRs.] Oh! You could warn them that you will
chop their tonkers off as bandwidth bandits if they paste screen shots
directly into Outlook messages.
Word - I don't think I use too many of the 'fancy' features. I haven't done
a mail-merge in over a decade. [I'm pretty sure my lawyer has 'boilerplate'
Word templates for wills, prenups, etc. that she uses as a 'starting point'.
Maybe something like that would appeal to this crowd.]
Excel - I'd ask you to put in a footnote for my old buddy Bill. (He's a good
guy - we used to work together in Akron.) His "mrexcel.com" site has more
tricks and insights into Excel than any other place I know. I think Bill's
just published his 3rd book on Excel - the site pimps his consulting biz -
but there's a heck of a lot of 'meat' there if you look around.
Powerpoint - I hate powerpoint. Show them that they can cut and paste charts
and graphs from Excel and Visio into powerpoint.
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