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Find Free or Affordable Classes, Certifications, Testing, Tutorials, and More Because Microsoft Office is still the most widely-used office software suite in the world, you can find a lot of options for brushing up on skills or getting additional training. You may, however,  find it difficult to track down classes, certifications, and other learning opportunities in your area. Also, sometimes Office training is overpriced, in my opinion. Both of those reasons may be good inspiration to look at online training for Microsoft Office, which tends to be free or affordable. • Office Software Tutorials – Free! If you are looking for a specific skill or question, chances are we feature an answer. Don’t forget to search this site for those types of issues as well as in-depth tutorials. Here are a few I recommend to get you started: Hundreds of Microsoft Office Quick Tips (365, 2013, 2010, 2007, 2003) Microsoft…

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Repair Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Publisher, and Other Programs It makes sense to try Microsoft’s free Fix It tool if other troubleshooting methods have not proven successful. Specifically, this free and simple tool is the next things to try if you have not been able to uninstall and reinstall Microsoft Office 2013, 2010, or 2007 from the Control Panel of your Windows PC. This Fix It tool (also written as FixIt in some documentation) is unfortunately not available for Mac. https://marmal-aid.org/wp-admin/post.php?post=23&action=edit Please read all steps before deciding if this is the right solution for you to try next. 1.  Find and Download the Fix It Tool Online…Free! On this page of Microsoft’s Help site, you should see a link labeled: Go to This Fix It. Clicking this starts an automatic download, which you would then run to uninstall your installation of Microsoft Office. Installation help is just one example. Many other…

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Switch Your Programs Between Two Windows or Mac Desktops You should be able to move a desktop installation of Microsoft Office as many times as you like, but most users do not do so often because it is a bit of a process. These steps help you remove Office from a Windows or Mac computer for use on a different desktop computer. Note: As you likely know, different devices use different versions of Office. You therefore cannot move a desktop Windows installation to your Mac, for example. 1.  Install Office on the Second Computer Install Office on the new computer the same way you did on the first one.  Tip: If you have purchased a suite in the past year or two you likely have multiple though limited installations available to you, as part of what you purchased. This means you can use Office on that many computers simultaneously without moving…

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Solve Error 0x80070005, Error 1073422308, Error 25004, and Other Hiccups Microsoft Office installs cleanly for most users, but sometimes frustrating activation errors occur. For example, this can happen because your new computer came with a pre-installed trial version that is now complicating the full version. Here is how to overcome installation hiccups as quickly as possible so you can get back to being productive. The following applies to error messages such as ‘Unlicensed Product Error’, ‘Error 0x80070005’, ‘System error: -1073422308’, or ‘Error 25004: The product key you entered cannot be used on this machine.’ 1.  Make Sure You Don’t Need to Buy or Renew Office This may sound obvious, but take a minute to make sure you have the right to use Office long-term. Some newer computers and devices include Microsoft Office but you may still need to activate it. On the other hand, some devices come with a free trial…

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Why You May Be Over-sharing Through Your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint Files Metadata is hidden personal information captured in your documents—even though you may have never told programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and others to collect or share it. This collected information can be elusive because it does not print or show up on your screen when you view the main document interface. Furthermore, some information may appear to not be included unless you actually type it in (such as Author, Subject, or Document Title) yet may be alluded to in other types of metadata.  Here are 12 examples of document statistics and user information that Could be readily available to more than yourself, as well as links to what you can do about it! 1.  Your Author Details Microsoft Office programs may reflect information about you, and the computer that is an extension of you, including your name…

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How Holograms Could Change How You Work and Play Holograms are an exciting productivity trend that is gaining speed, as evidenced by Microsoft’s HoloLens headset and sensor system for home, work, and education. But what exactly is it? Virtual reality? Can you edit and work with these holographic interfaces? Here is some perspective on what users of Windows 10 and other Microsoft products can look forward to. What is Holographic Computing? On its official HoloLens site, Microsoft describes it this way: “For the first time ever, Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life in your world, where they integrate with your physical places, spaces, and things. Holograms will improve the way you do things every day, and enable you to do things you’ve never done before.” While we do not know specifics yet in regards to how this could affect Microsoft Office, upcoming changes to how we use Word, Excel, PowerPoint and the…

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Quantify Your Skills and Boost Your Chances of Getting An Interview Whether you are currently searching for a job or know life is likely to take you there in the future, office software certifications add clout to the ‘Technical Skills’ section of your resume. While Microsoft Office is still the most widely used office suite, and therefore the most strategic certification to start with, a few alternative office suites offer certifications as well. Quantify Your Skills to Get More Interviews Nearly every resume lists ‘Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.’ As an interviewer, I realized that this same phrase can mean an applicant knows how to concatenate a complex formula in Excel or merely how to open the program and save. When I really needed someone who knew their stuff, resumes stating a credential such as Microsoft Office User Specialist really rose to the top of the stack. Someone without a…

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How to Automatically or Manually Remove MCI or Click to Run Installations You can uninstall Microsoft Office from your Windows or Mac desktop computer a number of ways.  The following steps take you through the simplest procedure, as well as two alternatives in case you run into problems. 1.  Go to Your Computer’s Control Panel or Applications List Your Windows desktop should allow you to uninstall Office from the Control Panel. Depending on your version, either select Start – Control Panel, or search for “Control Panel”. For Mac, select Go – Applications. 2.  Search for ‘Office’ and Uninstall For Windows computers, select Programs (or Programs and Features) then Uninstall a Program. You will then search for ‘Office’ in the upper right. When the undesired installation pops up, right-click it and select Uninstall. For Mac computers, find ‘Microsoft Office 2011’ or other versions then drag the icon to the Trash. 3.  Alternative…

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Current March 2020 Patch Tuesday Security Notifications Fix Vulnerabilities It pays to stay updated, protected, and compatible with the latest free Microsoft Office updates and downloads from Microsoft’s Download Center and TechNet community.  https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download This list of updated Patch Tuesday links makes it fast and simple! Patch Tuesday is typically the second Tuesday of every month. Below, you will find a summary and action link for this month’s fixes, helping you keep Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Publisher, Outlook, Project, Office Online, and more), as well as Lync, Server, and other tools updated. You will also find updates for Windows and other Microsoft products and services.  Running List of 2020 Microsoft Office Security Bulletins and Patch Tuesday Summaries Please know that when you install the most recent patches on this list, you should automatically get all previous ones. I’ve left earlier patches from this year on this running list for your…

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How to Download Early Versions of Productivity Apps from Microsoft Microsoft Garage is an experimental  part of the software giant’s Office Labs initiative. Initially it was a space for employees to invest effort in side projects. A Garage portal for consumers now makes it possible to stay updated on new productivity apps developed by these teams.  If you do decide to download these innovative mobile apps for Android and Windows Phone (and a few for iOS, though not as many), you may want to consider yourself a tester. While these tools are downloaded from major app stores, they are still early versions. So, if you enjoy being on the cutting edge of mobile productivity, check out the following free downloads! 1.  Keyboard for Excel on Android For spreadsheet aficionados, this app provides your mobile device with a keyboard specifically designed for Excel. 2.  Mouse without Borders on Windows This app…

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