Your entertaining and educational Summer School is here!

Let the Geek Speak!Here’s your technology and soft skills summer school. Attend Millennium Manager – How to Supervise and Manage in the Digital Age at no cost with the discount code ManageMe. Move from zero to hero with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint with the popular Excelling @ Excel series and How to present like a Pro – PowerPoint Pizazz. Also, Office 365/2013/2013 and Windows 8 in August. Stay tuned and stay informed.
Here are the links to register with the subjects, dates, and times:

Microsoft Office Certification Study/Support Group Webinar 7


Our seventh MOS Study/Support group webinar consisted of PowerPoint 2013 and new features. The webinar displayed areas of PowerPoint for which the certification exam will cover. After demonstrating using features of PowerPoint, I took a practice project exam and scored a 1000! Shocking, I know. So, please watch perfection in PowerPoint exam in progress. ENJOY! Here are the registration and replay links. You must register, if you haven’t already, and then you may view the webinar at no cost. THANKS!

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Technology Across America with IAAP’s TEC15

I am honored to present in February – April for the International Association of Administrative Professional’s (IAAP) TEC 15 conferences. These technology conferences cover a wide range of technology and office productivity sessions and span a variety of job titles from Administrative/Executive Assistants to Program Managers/Coordinators, Project Managers and Coordinators, CPAs, Lawyers, you name the job title and these conferences benefit. Here is a list of cities and dates:

Here’s the link for more information:

I’m teaching Microsoft’s Office Applications including Data Analysis and Functions of Excel, PowerPoint Pizzazz, Take Note! It’s OneNote, and performing my popular technology humor show, “Technology Bytes: And it just bit my funny bone” at lunch.

Here are links to some of my sessions:

Smart Guides: A New Microsoft Office 2013 Feature

How Smart it is! Office 2013 New Feature Smart Guides.

Placing pictures, text boxes, and other items EXACTLY aligned can be a painful process in PowerPoint, Word, or Publisher. Microsoft Office 2013 provides Smart guides that pop up to show you when you have items centered, aligned with each other, when you are going outside the margins and other areas. PowerPoint’s Dialogue box at right displays your option. The screenshot at right shows PowerPoint 2013 View tab’s Show group that you may turn on or off your Guides, Gridlines, and Rulers. You’ll find these very helpful in aligning your objects. I’ve circled the Dialogue Box launcher that activates the Grid and Guides options displayed here.

2013 PowerPoint Grid and Guides

2013 PowerPoint Grid and Guides

Common MS Office Function Keys – Adds Functionality, Saves time

TechTip: In Word, Excel, Outlook (Email, Appointment), and PowerPoint (PC versions) these four Function Keys at the top of your keyboard work the same:

  • F1 is Help (not that I would EVER need help HA!),
  • F7 runs your Spell Checker,
  • F10 is Key Tips (Keyboard shortcuts for using the Ribbon and tabs), and
  • F12 (my personal favorite) key quickly activates Save as for you.

The other Function Keys work differently in the applications, such as F5 is Go To in Excel and Word, but begins your PowerPoint presentation from the beginning and activates Find and Replace in Outlook.

Stay Tuned! Plenty more keyboard shortcuts coming soon.

Text-to-Speech – Talk to me, Baby!

TechTip: Text-to-Speech – Talk to me baby! Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook (2010 and 2013) can read any of your selected text. Outlook speaks my selected email text and Word helps me proofread by reading back my document. Add the Speak button to your Quick Access Toolbar by clicking the arrow at the end of your toolbar and clicking More Commands – pictured below. At the next pane (displayed below), in your Choose commands from list choose Commands Not in the Ribbon and scroll to Speak and click the Add button. Click OK. Now, in your application select text (paragraphs, pages, sentences – whatever) and click the button – Michael Microsoft reads to you! I’m not so lonely anymore.Text-to-Speech - Talk to Me!

Text-to-Speech – Talk to Me!