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Tips and Tricks for the 2007 MS Office System
Nick Stillings - Microsoft Corporation

Nick is a great presenter.  He has a voice that projects out to everyone... he did a great job answering questions from the audience as they came up.  He just whipped through SOOOOOO much information from Word, OUtlook, Excel and PowerPoint.  Some really cool features that I talk about below.  Great presentation Nick!  I really enjoyed it and even learned some new things that I didn't know! 

He started out showing legacy versions of Office.... WOW.. things have come a long way!  do you remember them??  Do you remember "clippit?"  LOL

He showed copies of Word 6.0 in 1994... wow, only 8 toolbars... 800X600 resolution
MS Word 97 - 18 toolbars... the office assistant "Clippit" was there... toolbars on every side of the screen, menu bar can be docked anywhere, drag and drop, multi-level menues, icons on menus, green squiggle grammar check
MS Word 2003 - 31 toolbars, taskpanes, smart tags, alt+click, resolution settings up to 1024x768
He sowned how much screen space used to get lost in 2003 as it gets more cluttered... you should see the picture with all of the toolbars open and how small the screen is when you have everything open!

The new Office 2007 introduces the ribbon.  Focused on what users want to achieve, new features easier to discover, increases confidence and proficiency.

He opened a MS Word document and started demo'ing some things:
Preview fonts and formatting before you choose it
The design items available for tables (from the design ribbon)
Resetting default settings for formatting
Zoom features in the bottom right corner
Creating cover pages without having a PHD in Section Breaks
Quick part gallery\
Took away the file menu and replaced it with the Office button
New reviewing features (like the old track changes)
Turn on Final markups and email it out to others instead of accepting all changes.  Make sure that you accept all changes, otherwise the reciever of the message can see all of the revisions and maybe see things that they shouldn't!  (Wow, I know I'm guilty of this one!)
Document Inspector

He now has moved into Excel 2007
Showed the Fitering
Count feature when you select the cells (also shows average, sum and count together instead of having to right click)
Conditional formatting - and showed the data bars, color scales, icon sets... very cool

Picture formatting stuff is now very easy to use.. picture styles like shadows, round endges, make the shape of the picture change... it's really cool! 
Bulleted list - converting it to a graphic called SmartArt... another very cool features
zoom slider at the bottom right...

Outlook new features
opening multiple people's calendars (I use this new feature all of the time!)  it's great!
The To-do bar
Delay delivery option for messages in Outlook

Command tab in Word Excel and PowerPoint.  You can download it from Microsoft website... it shows up on the Get Started Tab in the ribbon... mini training included in the applications


  Posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 2:28 PM | Back to top

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