This workshop showcased a variety of the best-kept secrets, tips, and tricks in Windows Vista, Microsoft Word 2007, and Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, leading to more efficient, productive, and time-saving computer use.


Vista

Links:

About the operating system: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-vista/default.aspx
Help and how to page: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/help
Creating Folders, Organizing Files: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Working-with-files-and-folders

Tips and tricks:

To create a folder: right click in your file list > New > Folder
Select and drag files into folders
Use Control to select more than one file
Turn on preview: Click on Organize > Layout > Click Preview Pane
Choose Details in the Views dropdown for full information about files and to SORT by clicking on headings
Use the E-mail tool to quickly attach a document to an email message
Utilize the Tags for even more file organization: Click on Add a Tab in the details pane
Let Vista search for you by adding keywords into the search box
Drill further into search by searching file contents or using advanced search
Use Stack By for additional organization and searching: right click in your file list > Stack By > Type
Save the search: right click in your file list > Save Search
Create shortcuts to folders and files: right click on a folder or file > Send to > Desktop (create shortcut)
Snipping Tool: Start button > Programs > Accessories > Snipping Tool
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Use-Snipping-Tool-to-capture-screen-shots
Quick Launch Toolbar: right click on the taskbar to add toolbars; drag program to the Quick Launch Toolbar
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Add-or-remove-programs-on-the-Quick-Launch-toolbar
Sidebar fun: right click on the sidebar and add gadgets
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Customize-Windows-Sidebar


Word 2007

Links:

Word 2007 home page: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/default.aspx?ofcresset=1
Help and how to page: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word/fx100649251033.aspx
Word 2007 video tutorials: http://www.word07.com/
Interactive reference from 03 to 07: http://office.microsoft.com/assistance/asstvid.aspx?assetid=XT100766331033&vwidth=1044&vheight=788&type=flash&CTT=11&Origin=HA100744321033&app=WINWORD&ver=12
Download the locations of 03 commands in 07:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC102128591033.aspx?AxInstalled=1&c=0

Tips and tricks:

Hide the ribbon: Control – F1
Save as different versions and formats: 97-03 (doc) 2007 (docx) PDF (Office Button upper left)
Control - F to find (and replace, too)
Right Click & Floating Toolbar
Graphics text wrapping (double click on a graphic – picture tools, format ribbon)
Styles (home ribbon)
Clear Formatting (styles dropdown)
Control Key and Highlighting (use control to highlight various parts of a document)
Print Layout View and others (bottom right and the view ribbon)
Zoom Slider (bottom right)
Ruler (upper right – it’s a toggle)
Smart Art & Shapes (insert ribbon)
Insert Text (object) & Symbols (equation)
View Thumbnails (view ribbon)
Password Protect (office button, prepare, encrypt document)


PowerPoint 2007

Links:

PowerPoint 2007 home page: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/powerpoint/default.aspx
Help and how to page: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/help/FX100485361033.aspx?pid=CL100605171033
PowerPoint 2007 online instruction: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/CR100654571033.aspx
PowerPoint 2007 video tutorials: http://www.vtc.com/products/Microsoft-PowerPoint-2007-tutorials.htm
Interactive reference from 03 to 07:
http://office.microsoft.com/assistance/asstvid.aspx?assetid=XT101493271033&vwidth=1044&vheight=788&type=flash&CTT=11&Origin=HA101490761033&app=POWERPNT&ver=12
Download the locations of 03 commands to 07:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/TC102128641033.aspx
Downloadable templates:
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/templates/FX100595491033.aspx?pid=CL100632981033

Tips and Tricks:

Convert to Smart Art (home ribbon, paragraph group)
Drawing (home ribbon, drawing group)
Insert Photo Album (insert ribbon, illustrations group)
Hyperlink (insert ribbon, hyperlink) Use link to at left
Annotation Tool (awesome if using an IWB)
Notes (bottom of edit screen)
Embed a YouTube Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hChq5drjQl4
Arrow to Dialog Boxes (located in certain groups)
Slide Orientation (design ribbon, page setup group) for landscape or portrait
Set up Slide Show (slide show ribbon, setup group)
Record Narration (slide show ribbon, setup group)
Create a PDF (office button, save as, PDF)
Help (question mark at top right of screen)