Enjoy an autumn Admin, HR, and Operations Conference with Nancy and Greg, Fri, Oct. 13, 8:30 – 4:00

We have postponed this event until the spring, stay tuned. Thanks!

Put on your soft skills and geek hats! It isPropeller Geek Hat an Education Celebration!

Autumn – The Season of Learning

A Training Day designed  for Administrative, Human Resources, and Operations Professionals

Hosted and Presented by
Nancy Colter and Greg Creech
Register Here!

Friday, October 13, 2017,  8:30—4:00 PM   

City of Light Church, 3125 Presidential Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30340

Learn soft and technical skills with these general
sessions:

  • Time Management and Using Outlook (Nancy and Greg),
  • HR and Administrative Data Analysis using Excel’s PivotTables (Greg),
  • Working with Difficult People (Nancy),
  • Presentation Skills and effective PowerPoint Presentations (Nancy and Greg).

Cost is $110 per person (register before October 1), $125 after October 1.
Save $25! Groups registering five or more people may register for $100 per person.

Includes four general sessions, handouts, lunch, prizes and entertainment. Register at this link or through gregcreech.com or  gregcreech.biz.

Enjoy!

Conferences in St. Augustine and Tucson

Recently I presented at the 2017 Florida Secretarial Leadership Conference on Winning Communication tools in St. Augustine, FL and then at the 2017 TEC IAAP conference on Access Relational Databases and Windows. Two very different areas of the country and two very different subject matters. I enjoy the diversity of our nation and the diversity of my clients and programs. I appreciate the opportunities and the great travel.

NEW! Windows 10 and Office 2016 Books and Classes

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I have a new Windows 10 manual updated for the Anniversary Edition and a hot-of-the-press Office 2016 and More manual. The “Win with Windows 10” book covers new features, like Cortana, Task View, and Settings. The “Sweet 16! Office 2016 and More” book includes versions 2010 and 2013 and covers new features and productivity with Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. These comprehensive books provide current Windows and Office clients with full color and step-by-step instructions with big fonts and lots of screen shots.

Order your books today at this link to my on-line store.

IAAP – Success Skills for the Administrative Supervisor and Manager

Hi,

Here are materials for being a successful administrative supervisor and manager. I use these materials for my webinars and on-site presentations. I would love to hear back from you and about your experiences in supervisory/management roles greg@gregcreech.com. Thanks!

Success Skills for the Administrative Supervisor and Manager – PDF

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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:

Happy Valentines! Free OneNote manual and webinar.

Happy Valentine’s!

Happy ValentinesFall in love with being an organizational maestro with Microsoft’s OneNote – a notebook for the digital age. I love my clients and friends and celebrate with technology gifts of Microsoft’s OneNote.  Let’s learn and have fun – download the 2010/2013 OneNote Manual as a PDF and register for the webinar. Webinar is WOneNoteednesday, February 18, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – use the Discount Code – loveonenote to register and attend at no fee with this link. Enjoy! 

 

MOS Webinar 4 – Project Based Exams

Thanks to Kathi Robinson, CAP-OM and MOS, our webinar proved successful with educating everyone on theses items:

  • Differences between task oriented exams and project oriented exams
  • Best learning tools and resources for preparation
  • Important tips and tricks in taking practice exams, such as the Reset and Save buttons
  • Her example of why as an Executive Assistant she is building and using Microsoft Access

After her interview, we demonstrated taking an Access 2013 project oriented training exam.

If you have not registered, you will need to register before watching the replay.

Here is the Registration Link: http://www.anymeeting.com/PIID=EB54DC84844639

Here is the Recording Link: http://www.anymeeting.com/gregcreech/E153DE858846

Our next webinar is Tuesday, February 27, 2015 at 7:00 PM EST. Let me know the application and version that you would like for our webinar.

Happy Computing and best wishes on your certification path.

 

MOS Support/Study Group – Webinar 3 and 2015 Plan

My Geek Hat

Hi, Everyone!
Special thanks to Richard Hemma, Senior Director of Sales Corporate and Commercial Pearson – Certiport for his presentation and information. He provided valuable information on the value of certifications, taking exams, location issues, and offered members of this MOS Study/Support Group a free trial of GMetrix – the practice test and training tool for MOS certifications. You will want to register and view this webinar. Here are the links: Registration link and Recording link.

Here are quick notes from the webinar and our plan for 2015.

  • Locations must honor vouchers from IAAP, Certiport, and other organizations. Locations may set their own hours and offerings and may charge a proctoring fee.
  • When taking an exam use the Ribbon rather than keyboard shortcuts, such as CTRL + S for Save, CTRL + C for Copy and so on. Using keyboard shortcuts rather than the Ribbon for commands may make part or all of a question incorrect.
  • You may use the new Office 2007, 2010, and 2013 feature entitled Key Tips as keyboard shortcuts by pressing the F10 or ALT key to activate the badges for Key Tips.
  • In the future there may be a re-certification process similar to the Adobe associate certification; however, once you certify as a Microsoft Office Specialist in a particular application and version that certification lasts forever.
  • Several webinar participants commended GMetrix for the practice tests and using the product.
  • We discussed text books; there are plenty of resources and books available. My personal favorite and that I recommend are the QUE In Depth series which are more detailed that most Office books. Richard concurred that these books follow the domains and learning objectives for the applications.
  • FREE! Richard will provide a free GMetrix trial for those people in this MOS Study/Support Group. I will collect emails and information over the next two weeks and provide them to Richard. If there is a limit to the number, I will prioritize the list based on regular attendance of these webinars including viewing the recording. Look for details in the coming weeks. Email me at creechgreg@bellsouth.net if you wish to be part of the GMetrix free trial offer.

In 2015, we will continue our monthly (or so) webinars with the next webinar in mid-January. We will update our certification plan and process and answer several exam questions for two applications. Plan now to make your New Years resolution about certifying next year and perhaps as you wait for Santa take some practice tests and study! I’ll send the content, date, and time for January’s webinar after January 2. Happy Holidays and Enjoy your learning.

Windows 8.1: Tip 3 of 8 – Keyboard Shortcuts

Thankfully our good, old (and some new) keyboard shortcuts are available. No matter what keyboard device you use tablet, laptop, or desktop these Windows shortcuts save time.

Click here for a free download of my Windows 8 or Windows 7 PDF cheat sheet of more shortcuts, but here are some of my favorite:

Windows 8.1 - Some of my favorite shortcut keys

Windows 8.1 – Some of my favorite shortcut keys

 

Windows 8.1: Tip 1 of 8 – The Start Screen – Off to a nice start

Microsoft has taken the good, old familiar Start menu and promoted it to its own screen after the login screen. Initially reaction to this new screen was less than enthusiastic (awful) by many users as we were use to our Desktop and Start button The new Start screen looks the same on any Windows device which is nice to have the same look and feel of our operating system no matter the device plus Windows 8 has great touch screen abilities.

You may right click using a mouse or tap and hold for a moment using a touchscreen to get a menu at the bottom of your screen that allows you some neat and productive actions for each of your application’s tile, such as Pin to your Taskbar, Pin to your Start, Uninstall, and other options. Some customize options offer the resize option for your tiles. You may group your apps and rename the groups, too. You can click and drag your apps as you like to rearrange your tiles to suit your needs and organize your apps.

As pictured below, I have rearranged my apps and grouped them by my favorites and Microsoft Office on my Start screen.  If you click the arrow at the lower left of your Start screen or swipe up on a touchscreen, the All Apps view appears. This displays ALL of your apps, tools, accessories, and other items. I have my Outlook tile selected with the customize menu displayed at the bottom of this post. You should pin your favorite and often used apps to your Start screen and your taskbar from the All Apps view – we’ll learn later why this is helpful too you. So, have it your way and customize your Start screen.

Start Screen

Start Screen

Customize WIndows TIle

Customize Windows Tile

 

Mission Control: ” Houston, we have a success!” Mac Attack – Mavericks Tips N Tricks

Mac Mavericks has Mission Control, an app that displays all of your open applications and associated files in an organized screen pane. Most Mac keyboards activate Mission Control through the F 3 key (or other assigned keyboard shortcut or Hot Corner). The Dock has a Mission Control button, too. Mission Control allows you to quickly select the app and the files associated with an app which are grouped together in a view entitled Application view. You may view an app and all open files using the Application view (usually the F 10 key on the keyboard). For example, if you have multiple files open and you are working on a file and want to view or edit another open file in the same app, pressing FN 10 key(s) displays the files that are open in the app for you to select.

 

Of course, there is always good, old Command key  + Tab to toggle through all of your open apps, but it doesn’t display the open files.Mission Control allows you to create multiple desktops, too. More about that later. My Mission Control view displays below.

Mission Control - "Houston, we have success!"

Mission Control – “Houston, we have success!”

Windows 8.1 PDF Manual

Windows 8.1 has some great new features and to help you in your conversion I have a Windows 8.1 PDF 55+ page manual for you to order. The price is only $7.50 and includes a free Windows 8 keyboard/touchscreen short cut sheet for you. Learn how to make computing great with Windows 8! Click here to order your PDF manual and Windows 8 cheat sheet. Look for upcoming videos, too.

“I’ve had my Windows 8 laptop for several months now, just upgraded to 8.1 (after your webinar).  I learned more in the hour with you than the previous few months!”

Best,
Jan

Fall into Technology Learning Success!

Propeller Geek HatFall into Success with Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint learning plus iPad learning to start the new year. Classes are 8:30AM  – 1:00 PM at First Metropolitan Community Church, 1379 Tullie Road, Atlanta, 30329 (I-85 and North Druid Hills across from Executive Park. The fee is $75 which includes practice files, extensive handout/manual, light breakfast, juice/water, and unforgettable learning.   Click here to register and for more information about the classes.  Here is a schedule of classes:

  • Analyze This! Data Analysis with Excel’s Pivot Table and More – December 11, Tuesday morning
  • PowerPoint FUNdamentals – December 13, Thursday morning
  • PowerPoint Pizzazz – December 20, Thursday morning
  • It All Adds up! Excel’s Formulas and Functions – January 10, 2013, Thursday morning
  • iPad for the iGeneration – January 17, 2013, Thursday, monring

WordPress: Creating a Dynamic Website Course

Learn to create and then maintain a dynamic website using WordPress with me at Emory University’s Continuing Education Center on October 10 and 17. This two day class will teach you how to create a WordPress from establishing a Domain Name and Web Hosting account to customizing posts, pages, media, and themes.  Here’s a link for the full syllabus:   WordPress and Greg Creech and here’s a link to the Emory University Continuing Education Center: www.ece.emory.edu. Come and learn with enjoyment and WordPress.