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Why you Should buy Microsoft Office

Why you Should buy Microsoft Office

For any freelancer, professional, hobbyist, or other, having access to a good General Purpose Package is very useful. For many the option to buy Microsoft Office is something that they will grab with both hands. However, with other free options on the market such as OpenOffice, it’s easy to ignore the clamor to pick up Microsoft Office. Why should you bother? If you can save money and still get a similar level of output why should you consider buying Microsoft Office Professional or any of the other countless iterations that exist?

Universally Used

It will be rare that you get a client or user who cannot open a .doc or .docx file. If they cannot, it’s likely because they are using an Apple device. You can easily find a .doc to .pages converter online anyway, so that won’t be an issue for most people. With that in mind the universal side of using Microsoft Office is one of the major benefits. The odd person who cannot read your documents can still get a .pages copy or something similar just by using one of the many conversion tools on the web. For this reason it makes sense to look into using Microsoft Word. From writing blog posts to college essays, it’s a piece of cake to get the content and make it look the very best that it can for your professional usage and viewing.

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Deciding to go against the grain is fine but you will find that the limitations of using .doc or .docx files is almost non-existent. If you want to get your content moving in the right direction, MS Office offers everything you need, and something others can load also.

Always Improving

Another major factor in using tools like MS Office Professional comes down almost entirely to its constant state of improvement. Yes, you have to buy more than one edition and yes, it gets more updates and refreshes than some may deem necessary. As a result, the software never feels outdated or weak compared to market alternatives. You can have a safe level of trust, consistency, and proven usage when using this hardware. It ensures that you can see continual growth in a piece of software that, as you keep using it, you grow to further understand. As such the software is unlikely to cause you to rue a feature for too long. The continued support and improvement is a major factor why Microsoft Office professional has ruled the roost since it first arrived. Without a doubt, the consistent speed and state of improvement is one of the main reasons why this software holds such a high place in the hearts of many. Simply put, it does the job that people ask of it which ensures that it offers a level of support that will make every task easier to accomplish.

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Work as One

When you have access to MS Office it’s much easier to work and collaborate as a team. New included features make sure that you can easily share documents and data with your colleagues. You can even see who has access to the document(s) that you wish to see. Best of all, it comes with real-time typing from all parties. As you work together you can all see what others are doing and improving, and view edits live. It’s a wonderful feature that makes managing and implementing needed changes much easier.

Greater Flexibility

Many of the new MS Office features include modern attachment systems. This allows you to share items via OneDrive or SharePoint. It’s a nice feature and one that can go a long way to making your business easier to work with in live time. From working on a project with friends to being able to give clients a sneak preview via the cloud, this works perfectly. It’s one of the most useful services that you can have on your side and definitely goes a long way to making sure that you can produce work in which you feel 100% confident. Added depth in share permission also allows you to control the selection process regarding who can and cannot see what you are doing.

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Easier Data Transfer

Today when you buy Microsoft Office, the most striking feature is how easy it is to get information to and from the main pieces of software. For example, you can easily get data into MS Excel just by using the Get and Transform feature. This allows for easy data gathering and shaping, allowing you to form the perfect excel files for easy refinement and analysis that aids efficiency. This new feature makes your life a whole lot easier when it comes to data analysis.

Tell Me!

This is the ultimate feature for all newbies. It allows you to give the software a list of ideas about what you want to do and it will do everything that it can to decipher what you are asking it to do. Whilst not always perfect and certain to take you down the wrong path from time to time, it’s an improving feature and one that can be hugely useful. As long as you can word the way that you want the tool to be used, it can usually find the feature. This makes it easy for you to start making changes to your projects using functions that you likely never even knew exist! With it you can being to make crucial changes to your business and your overall performance. Remember though, buying Microsoft Office is something you should consider whether it’s for writing blog pieces or for creating content to sell as a freelancer. Whatever your need, you’ll likely find that MS Office can completely meet that need.

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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