Certification Training, Microsoft Office Specialist, Word

Take a Break!

Footers, Page Numbers, and Breaks

How do you create different Headers and Footers in a Word document? Say you wanted to have each Chapter in a report have a different Header (Chapter I, Chapter 2, etc.). Say that the page numbering in each chapter restarted at Page 1. This little post will show the steps.

https://www.quora.com/What-is-the-way-to-show-page-numbers-in-a-Word-document-starting-from-a-specific-page

That’ll work. Please let me know if I answered your question.

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Certification Training, Microsoft Office Specialist, Outlook

Where Does the Outlook Archive Go?

Archiving Data in Microsoft Outlook Microsoft Outlook is a database. So, where is the data file? This lesson will review the Account Setting, Find the Data Files (PST) and edit the AutoArchive settings.

Here is a YouTube video that shows the steps that you can watch if you wish:

Microsoft Outlook 2013: Accounts

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Computers, Educational Technology, Microsoft Office Specialist

What Are the Differences Between Microsoft Office 2010 and 2016?

What Changed for Me
The big difference was the switch from desktop computers to devices: Phones, Tablets and iPads. Almost 60% of all computing is now done on a hand-held device, not a desktop PC. Microsoft bought Nokia, the phone company, and all of the Touch Screen patents that Nokia owned.

Bigger Ribbons
The Ribbons definitely changed from Microsoft Office 2007 to 2013. The Ribbon is almost twice as big, so that I can click with my fingers, instead of my mouse.

Word 2010 Home Ribbon

Word 2013 Home Ribbon

New Quick Clicks
The Quick Clicks provide rich options right next to whatever I am editing-Picture, Chart, Text-without having to scroll up to the top of a very little screen.

Excel 2013 Chart Style

If you look at the bottom of Microsoft Excel, you can see the plus (+) sign by the Tabs. Doesn’t that remind you of the (+) that you use on your SmartPhone to add a new Contact? Hello, New Tab

Consume or Create?
In class I make a distinction between consuming information:
I read it on my SmartPhone.

…And creating knowledge:
I analyze the data and publish the findings professionally.

My Humble Opinion
I believe that Microsoft is seeking the right pathway with their flagship product Microsoft Office. The options in Office 2016 are integrated with the business version of Microsoft Office 365. Being part of a server, especially an Exchange server, puts a lot of business savvy into the hands of a small business. These tools were very expensive to deploy and maintain in my own office: hardware, setup, support.

I am looking forward to the next steps.

Good question. Thanks for asking.
eBeth

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Certification Training, Excel, Microsoft Office Specialist

The Dynamic Duo: vLookUp and IF

The Lookup Function

Say your company offers a bonus for meeting sales goals. The bonus will be calculated as a percent of the sales. The best way to calculate the bonus is to look up the answer in a Table. Excel calls this the Lookup function. A vertical, or VLookup uses the values in the columns. A horizontal, or HLookup, uses the data in rows.

Microsoft Office is most effective when the tasks are strung together in a sequence. It is how we process our work: many little steps one after the other. Today’s post presents the Dynamic Duo: vLook and the Logical Function IF. This will be fun.

My Approach

As a database designer, I think of Excel as a “Prequel” to Access. The data in Excel and Access is the same, they can be linked. So the data should be normalized in both. There should be a Table for each type of information. In this example, there will be a Table for the Bonus (VLOOKUP). Then we can look up the right answer in the Tables.

Create the Lookup Table in Excel

Here is a YouTube video that demonstrates all of these steps that you can watch if you wish: Intermediate Excel: Using Lookup Tables

Can these formulas be used with the other Logical Options: And, Or, Not? Absolutely. But that is new story for another day.

Good question. Thank you to the people who invited me to post an answer on Quora.

https://www.quora.com/How-do-you-use-the-IF-and-VLOOKUP-functions-together-in-Excel/answer/Elizabeth-Nofs

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Certification Training, Microsoft Office Specialist, PowerPoint

Enhancing Photos in PowerPoint

What Can Be Done With This Picture in PowerPoint? It’s Ugly. 

PowerPoint is a visual program that speaks to a big audience. According to Temple Grandin, many people think in Pictures, while others think in Words. There are some excellent Picture Tools in PowerPoint. Here is the Computer Mama’s favorite: Brightness and Contrast.

In this example, there is a picture of the pumpkin field in Gregory, Michigan. It was taken on a bright summer day late in the afternoon, so there are strong shadows. The picture was taken with a digital camera using the automatic setting. The picture is good, but it could be better.

Adjust the Brightness and Contrast

Brightness is the amount of light on the subject. Contrast is the difference between absolute white and absolute black. Changing the Brightness can make an image much more alive and colorful.

Try it: Adjust the Brightness and Contrast

The picture on Slide 1 is selected. The Picture Tools should be available.

Go to Picture Tools->Format-> Adjust.
Go to Corrections->Brightness and Contrast.
Select: Brightness: 0% (Normal) Contrast: +40%.

What Do You See? There are three different Picture Correction options:

  • Sharpen and Soften
  • Brightness and Contrast
  • Picture Corrections Options.

Each little square in the library is a different percentage of Brightness or Contrast. When you run your cursor over the Correction, you should see a Live Preview.

Lots of Picture Tools

There are many other Picture Tools that you can use to make adjustments, recolor the image, or crop to shape.

Here is a YouTube video that you can watch if you wish.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Beginning: Every Picture Tells a Story

One More Thought: Compression

By default, Microsoft Office compresses all pictures to a very low resolution. In one way it makes sense: We have to consider Size and Resolution if this image is going to be viewed on the Internet. An image at full resolution (say 8MB) can take a loooooong time to download.

One way to handle this compromise is to use a small, compressed version of the image in the article or online publication. This thumbnail can link to the original, high resolution image.

More Information: Word Compresses My Pictures: Make it Stop!

Good question. Thank you for asking.

eBeth

Elizabeth Nofs, the Computer Mama

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Certification Training, Microsoft Office Specialist, Outlook

Manage Outlook Meeting Requests

Is It Possible to Schedule Meeting Invitations in Microsoft Office?

Yes, you can schedule when an Appointment and it’s Meeting Request are emailed. Meetings and messages go together like donuts and coffee. If you want someone to attend a meeting, then you need to invite them….if that doesn’t work, offer them ice cream.

In this lesson ) and the Attendees are the ones who respond to the Meeting Request.


The Calendar is open in Microsoft Outlook.

Try it: Create a New Appointment
Go to Home ->New-> New Appointment.
Enter the Subject: Team Meeting
Select the Start Time: 11:00 AM
Select the End Time: 1:00 PM
Type the Location: The Yum Yum Tree, Brighton

Go to Appointment->Options.
Show As: Out of the Office.

Try This, Too: Add a Hyperlink to the Meeting
Type the following, please.
Here is a link: http://www.yumyumtreebrighton.com/ .

Use the Forward Option to Create an Email Invitation
Try This: Forward this Appointment

Go to Meeting->Actions->Forward.


What Do You See?
The email Header will open at the top of this appointment. You can add the Meeting Attendees, now.

What Else Do You See? All of the Email Options are now available.
So, you can choose to Delay Sending this email.

Try This: Delay the Delivery
Go to Meeting->Options->More Options.
Click on Delay Delivery.

Try This: Delay the Delivery
OK, here are the options that you can edit: When it is delivered, what email should be used for replies, and when the email will self-delete.

Good Questions! Thanks for asking.

eBeth

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Microsoft Office Specialist, Uncategorized, Word

Word Compresses My Pictures: Make it Stop!

Certainly, you can change the default options in Microsoft Word 2016. Word automatically compresses the pictures. Say you have a document with a picture of your new products.

Try This: Find the Default Setting for Compression
Select the Picture. The Picture Tools should be available.
Go to Picture Tools->Adjust->Compress Picture.


What Do You See? The default settings are very low resolution. The option to High Resolution are not available. <sad face>

Now, Try This: Change the Options.
Go to File->Options->Advanced.
Scroll down to the Image Size and Quality.

Select: Do not compress images in file.
Choose the Default Resolution: High fidelity.

What Else Do You See? You can choose whether to make this setting the default for this one document, or all of the documents that you edit in Microsoft Word.

Here is a link from Microsoft that explains the options as well:
Turn off picture compression
Applies To: Excel 2016 Word 2016 Outlook 2016 PowerPoint 2016 Excel 2013 More…

Good question! Thanks for asking,
eBeth

Elizabeth Nofs, the Computer Mama

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Certification Training, Excel, Microsoft Office Specialist, PowerPoint

Add Excel Chart to PowerPoint?

Charts and Tables are both used to display data in a PowerPoint presentation. A Table is a fundamental method for organizing information into Rows and Columns. Your data is supposed to tell a story but rows of numbers can be difficult to read. The numbers, percents and formulas just get lost and your message isn’t heard.

Consider presenting your data graphically. People can look at a pie chart and see that one slice of “pie” is bigger than the rest. In this lesson, we will use Excel to create charts. Read more on Quora.

Here is a YouTube video that you can watch if you wish.

https://youtu.be/dxq2uN8vtAc

Enjoy! eBeth

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Certification Training, Microsoft Office Specialist, PowerPoint

Do You Do PowerPoint?

This question comes from Quora:

What is a good book to learn PowerPoint?

Hello, PowerPoint! This book on PowerPoint goes beyond the basics and teaches how to use PowerPoint with Tables, Excel spreadsheets, Charts, Animation, Media, and Videos. There is also a lesson on how to use the Presenter Tools to deliver professional presentations.

Here is a link to the Microsoft PowerPoint Certification Books at Amazon:

And here is a link to good Microsoft PowerPoint Certification course online:

If you wish to prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 77-422: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013, this course will help you build the skills and knowledge you need.

  • Step-by-step video demonstrations.
  • Companion eBooks with 550 pages of detailed instructions.
  • Sample presentations and images.
  • Practice, Quizzes and Skill Test.

The following resources are available to download throughout the lessons:

  • Beginning and Advanced Guides to Microsoft® PowerPoint 2013. (PDF)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Beginning and Advanced Sample files.

Good question. Thank you for allowing me to share my links,

eBeth

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Certification Training, Educational Technology, Microsoft Office Specialist

Developing Great Courses

It took me a couple of years to become a Microsoft Vendor of Approved Courseware. I already had great lessons and good examples. But it required significantly more effort to be qualified to work with Microsoft. Here is how it worked for me, an expert in Microsoft Office.  

Microsoft publishes a list of objectives for each certification test. The test writers and the course writers have the same list. One writes the questions (test) the other writes the answers (courseware). The official certification tests, including the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) are written by CertiPort, a Pearson company.

Here is a link to the certification topics for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

https://thecomputermama.us/home/mos-certification/

GETTING REVIEWED AND APPROVED

In the Microsoft Vendor of Approved Courseware program, courses must be reviewed by a third party, not Microsoft. My courses were reviewed by Procert Labs. http://www.procertlabs.com/

Procert Labs rigorous rules that writers need to follow. Here are the guidelines from their website:

1. COURSE OBJECTIVES & EXAM OBJECTIVES

Course objectives are often defined by the relationship between the technology and the job function it serves. Exam objectives are the principle of knowledge that are required to pass an exam and are ideally listed and specified somewhere in the course.

2. CONTENT READABILITY

Readability refers to the level of language the course is written to as well as the skill with which the words are put together.

3. COURSE ADDRESSES ALL OF THE EXAM OBJECTIVES REQUIRED BY THE EXAM

A complete review of every relevant exam objective is an essential baseline requirement of a training product designed to facilitate professional certification.

4. COURSE PROVIDES A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE TARGET AUDIENCE

In order to assure relevance of the course content and methodology, effective courseware identifies that a student’s level of comprehension, interests and experience should be in order to effectively learn from the course.

5. COURSE SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIES WHETHER PREREQUISITES ARE REQUIRED

Courseware should clearly state the prerequisite skills a student must have in order to effectively learn from the course.

A foundational table of contents is a critical element in demonstrating that content is presented in an understandable, logical and navigable manner.

7. COURSE INCLUDES A FOREWORD

A foreword gives the student a clear and concise direction for the course.

8. COURSE INCLUDES AN INDEX

An accurate index enables cross-referencing of concepts and facilitates the finding of specific topics and references.

9. COURSE INCLUDES A GLOSSARY

A glossary is a useful tool in the learning process as terms are continuously referenced throughout the text, providing an easy resource for learning refreshment if questions arise during additional study.

10. COURSE INCLUDES A RELATED PRE AND POST-ASSESSMENT EXAM

Learning is made more effective when students are able to establish a benchmark level of comprehension in the subject being studied.

11. COURSE INCLUDES A QUIZ OR ASSESSMENT AT THE END OF EACH SECTION

Quizzes and other assessments at the end of each chapter help solidify the concepts associated with each exam objective, and provide a basis for memorization.

12. COURSE CONTAINS LAB ASSIGNMENTS OR WRITTEN EXERCISES

Achieving success on a certification exam is highly correlated with experience and involvement with the skills being tested.

Here are the results of my review: November 11, 2012

ProCert Labs certifies the Complete Guide to Microsoft Excel 2010 for the Microsoft Vendor of Approved Courseware program.

Summary: This is an efficient instruction to prepare student to become Microsoft Office Specialists. Moreover, its uniqueness and accuracy of content stands out among other courseware.

Strengths: The course has a unique writing style and also covers the material concisely.Introduction: This course accurately and casually provides an introductory audience with an understanding of the needed information to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Series.

Test Results: This course offers you detailed, effective instruction to guide you through multiple lab exercises. Instructionally, you are provided with consistent and logical content, opportunities to practice the skills presented, and an accurate description of prerequisites and target audience.

Key Features: What works throughout the course is the use of conversational elements to move the student through the material. Additionally, the instructional graphics provide extra visual understanding cues to those working through the course.

Good question. Thanks for asking,

eBeth

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