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Not only news and announcements, but a handy collection of hints and tips to help you get the most out of the software you use.

Bored of PowerPoint Bullet Points?

Written by Jane Hames

More and more, PowerPoint users want to avoid “Death By PowerPoint”. Bullet points can be overused in PowerPoint and during recent PowerPoint training we have been thining about how we could replace bullet points with something else. Most good presenters who use bullet points, just give a teaser or a summary of what they are going to talk about by adding a couple of words to a bullet point. Would you consider using images, maps, charts or some other visual indicator as an alternative? Here are a few ideas:

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Improve your Excel skills with Emotional Intelligence

Written by Fiona Doran-Smith

You may be surprised to even see Emotional Intelligence (EI) and Excel used in the same sentence. You might be wondering what on earth one has to do with the other. Well, read on and discover how using your EI can help you to be more effective in Excel.

As described by the originators of the theory, Jack Mayer and Peter Salovey, EI is “the ability to perceive emotion, integrate emotion to facilitate thought, understand emotions and to regulate emotions to promote personal growth”. The part that’s particularly helpful for us in the context of Excel is the second part; integrating emotion to facilitate thought, sometimes referred to as Using Emotion.

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Excel Vlookup using TRUE

Written by Jane Hames

This guide is aimed at Excel users who can already use the VLookup function and want to learn more about it. This is how to use the Excel Vlookup using TRUE

If you use a VLookup, the chances are you will use FALSE as the Range Lookup finding an exact match for the Lookup Value in the first column of your Table Array. I often get asked when you would use TRUE as your Range Lookup and this is good question as it’s not used half as often as FALSE.

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Nothing wrong with the old system, why change? Getting people on-side.

Written by Jane Hames

How do you prepare staff for a new system or software upgrade?

“People don’t resist change. They resist being changed” – Peter Senge


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I have been an IT trainer for over 17 years now, and during that time I have worked with many organisations who are upgrading their software or changing to a new system. In all projects of this type, I have found that the idea of change does unsettle many people. I can only assume that this is human nature, there’s nothing wrong it, and it certainly shouldn’t be ridculed or punished. The question I want to help answer is – how can we reduce the amount of fear, resistance and doubt that results from news of a different way of working?

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Need to remove underline from hyperlinks in PowerPoint? Here’s an easier alternative

Written by Jane Hames

Need to remove underline from hyperlinks in PowerPoint? Here’s an easier alternative

If you have added a hyperlink to text in PowerPoint, the default theme will make it blue and underlined. I often get asked how to change this, and one option is to create your own theme with a custom colour scheme. The alternative I am going to guide you through is often more popular with the people I meet on training as it is a bit quicker and easier than creating a custom theme.

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Easy ways to prepare to get the most from your training

Written by Jane Hames

When you have a busy workload, giving up a day or two to attend training can sometimes be a struggle and to prepare for the training doesn’t always make it to the top of the priority list. The tips I will share with you here really won’t take much time at all. Just a little bit of investment will enable you to get the best you can from your course.

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Turn a positive number into a negative in Excel using Paste Special

Written by Jane Hames

Turn a positive number into a negative in Excel using Paste Special

During Excel training last week, I was asked how to turn a positive into a negative in Excel. The Excel user was calculating balances but the expenses came in form Sage as positive values, whereas they needed to be negative values.

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Microsoft Outlook Shortcut Keys

Written by Jane Hames

Microsoft Outlook Shortcut Keys

When delivering training courses, the particpants are often very keen for me to share keyboard shortcuts with them. The invention of the touch screen does not seem to have reduced requests for help with saving time using keyboard shortcuts. I find that Outlook shortcut keys are not commonly known, so here’s a few that should save a bit of time. Have a practise of these as soon as you can so they they become embedded in your mind…they’ll soon become second nature!

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Reset a PowerPoint Slide to its Slide Master Settings

Written by Jane Hames

Reset a PowerPoint Slide to its Slide Master Settings

If you have edited the formatting of a PowerPoint slide individually you may have detached it from its slide master. This means that it will be inconsistent with other slides. Also, if you change the formatting on the slide master, the changes may not be carried through to this slide. You can reset a PowerPoint slide to its slide master settings. Here’s how:

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How to copy formatting in Excel, Word and PowerPoint using the Format Painter

Written by Jane Hames

How to copy formatting in Excel, Word and PowerPoint

I regularly want to copy formatting in Excel, Word or PowerPoint but rather than having to carry out the same formatting steps again, I use the Format Painter. This is a quick and easy tool to use, you just to need to know about it and then remember to use it.

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