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7 Things You Should Know About Microsoft Office to Make Work Easier

7 Things You Should Know About Microsoft Office to Make Work Easier

Microsoft Office is a software which is present in every computer. It is a valuable tool as it comes in handy on a daily basis. You need it whether you are a professional, a retiree or a student. It helps in documentation as it can offer all the essential tools required for digital documentation. It is a highly user-friendly app, and it is very easy to use.

If you want to take the maximum advantage of this tool, it is important that you know all about the features of the tool. It is important that you know how to use each function so that you can create excellent and exceptional documents. Every year there is a new version of Microsoft Office launched, and it comes with new features.

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Here are some of the useful features.

1. The Smart Lookup Feature:

This is a feature which makes it easier to find facts through search engines. It helps to look at the context of the text which you have selected and examine the circumstances that may surround it and show you all the relevant results. This feature is available in a Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. You can use the browser to search the texts, but the feature is an excellent adjustment which is useful in saving time.

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2. Helping you with the Recent Documents:

If you want to email a document to your friend but you do not remember where you have saved it, then this can cause a lot of problems. The office has a feature which allows you to see all the recent documents that you have worked on. You do not have to spend any extra time looking through all the folders that you have to find the required document.

3. The ‘Tell Me’ Feature:

It is a highly useful feature as it is the fastest way of getting to the features you need to use or action you want to perform. All you need to do is to type a word or phrase that is related to the activities that you want to accomplish. The box will show a menu where you can see the suggestions. It helps in getting to the features that you need. If you need some help, you can also get that with the customary helper viewer.

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4. Keeping the Documents Up-to-Date:

By using the Microsoft Office Professional, you can maintain the material up to date. It offers the feature of adding the latest date and time to the document. When you use the document on any other date, then you can put the current time and date on it. It only takes seconds. It is possible that you may forget to update the date and time, so word offers a feature which helps in updating it automatically.

5. Word: An Excellent Brainstorming Tool:

If you need to gather some ideas before you start working on your document, then Word can help you. You can choose any place on the document, double click and start writing. It offers a freestyle writing. You can write down all of your ideas while leaving some space in between them for elaborating on the points. You can insert texts and graphics as well. It is an excellent tool for mind mapping.

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6. Easy Steps to Create Graphs from Tables:

If the document that you are writing has a lot tables in it and you need to create graphs, the new word feature has made it easier to convert the tables into graphs. There are three simple steps which can help in making graphs. All you need to do is to insert tab which is on the ribbon. The next step is to click the tool named object. It is available within the group labeled text and open the dialog box. When you open the object types, you need to select the Microsoft Graph Chart. You will get the graphs by clicking on it. There is also an option which will help in formatting the document.

7. Translation Options:

You can translate the document into different languages by using the translate feature. You can find this option in the research tab on the right side of the office. You can translate just a word or or as many sentences as needed. It also allows you to translate the whole document, no matter what the length of the document is. You can display it on the web browser.

These are some of the features that are highly useful in making sure that you can create your documents efficiently.

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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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