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Version control solutions for Office documents?

I work with a remote team that needs to edit office files (primarily documents and presentations) simultaneously, and we're collapsing under emailed file versions or multiple versions with updates saved to a shared drive. I am wondering if there are functional workflows for using version control software like Git to save and share files. I am not looking for Track Changes, which is still too limited for our use cases. I need a solution that supports branching and merging, not just saving binary files. [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Mar 10, 2016 - 8 answers

For Dummies

I'm embarrassed to have a question about MS Publisher, but I'm asking anyhow. [more inside]
posted by anastasiav on Nov 20, 2015 - 1 answer

What exciting things can I do with SharePoint?

I'm the SharePoint admin for a Scientific Affairs department, about thirty people. Half of our people are at our corporate headquarters, half are scattered around the globe. I feel like we have barely scratched the surface of what SharePoint can do, but I don't know how others use it. [more inside]
posted by pH Indicating Socks on Feb 23, 2015 - 11 answers

Can't move image within PowerPoint crop

I am using PowerPoint 2010 on a PC. Normally when you insert an image then crop it, you can click on the image while the crop handles are still live and drag the image around, then reposition it within the crop, before actually applying the crop. But it's not working like that anymore! [more inside]
posted by KateViolet on Aug 5, 2014 - 1 answer

What are some interesting facts about Microsoft Excel?

I work extensively with Microsoft Excel, and I'm putting together a list of little known facts about Excel for a presentation. I haven't found much on the interwebs that's exceptionally interesting. Does anyone have any facts they can share that come from off the beaten path? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Jun 25, 2014 - 52 answers

Help me use Excel to save my job

So, I just got promoted to a new position at my company (Yay!). Unfortunately, the new requirements involve scheduling a ridiculous number of people. It turns out my predecessor has just been doing dozens of iterations manually until one kind of worked, but every slight change puts a bunch of other things out of wack. I feel like Excel could probably be capable of doing it, but I have no idea how I would go about designing such a spread sheet. [more inside]
posted by cacofonie on Jun 19, 2014 - 17 answers

Why does Microsoft Word always come to the foreground on Mac?

For some recent while, probably since updating the OS X Mavericks, Microsoft Word for OS X keeps coming to the foreground on its own when I'm doing other things, as long as a document is open in Word. If I click out to the Finder, Word makes itself the frontmost program. If I click into the browser, Word comes forward. [more inside]
posted by Mo Nickels on May 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Please help me gain Microsoft Office skills!

I will soon be starting a project/new job that requires better Microsoft Office skills than I currently have. I've used Outlook, Word and Excel in a fairly basic way for years, but need to come to grips with some of the more sophisticated elements of those programs. Plus, I need to learn how to use Powerpoint and Visio, which I've never touched. Yikes. Can you recommend some good online tutorials? I am also considering doing a paid course (online or otherwise) if I can find one based in London that's not too expensive or a rip-off. Can you help?
posted by handclaps on Apr 25, 2014 - 8 answers

Does the Surface (RT) make sense for kids and homework?

I'm considering a Microsoft Surface (the cheaper one with Windows RT) for basic productivity work, but it's been so maligned that I'm scared of it even though it seems to make sense. [more inside]
posted by Ickster on Sep 30, 2013 - 25 answers

Access Training similar to Excel Everest?

Is there a good Access training option where you learn it by working in the program interactively rather than just watching videos or reading text?
posted by ewiley28 on Jul 25, 2013 - 2 answers

How to create consequitive, non-list numbering system in Word?

I am working with long Word documents with many footnotes and appended documents. Most footnotes contain "See Appendix [#]" and the "#" is manually entered. Is it possible to create a system in which subsequent appendix numbers auto-populate to 'previous # + 1', similar to 'above cell + 1' in Excel? [more inside]
posted by Kingsk on Jun 9, 2013 - 6 answers

WordStarter doesn't do footnotes and I don't do Windows

I use WordStarter 2010. I'm editing footnotes in a manuscript for a client, and have discovered to my great dismay that WordStarter 2010 doesn't have footnotes enabled — I can change the wording in existing notes, or delete them, but not add new ones or renumber existing ones. Does anyone have any suggestions for a work around that won't involve my having to buy Microsoft Office?
posted by orange swan on Dec 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Microsoft Office document forensics, original author?

Microsoft Office forensics: Is there any way to discover the true original creator (or pinpoint a machine or login, maybe) of a Microsoft Office 2007 document after it's been moved around and edited--AND the author field under the document's properties within Office was only listed as "Generic"?
posted by Ky on Aug 2, 2012 - 10 answers

What are the best ways to increase Excel skills?

What are the best free and paid resources or training courses for Excel? [more inside]
posted by ramenopres on Jul 1, 2012 - 7 answers

All Gmail All the Time, please

I'm on Mac OS X, Chrome, Gmail. How do I get MS Word and Excel to play nice with Gmail? Right now, when I go into Word or Excel and click File/Send To/Mail Recipient (as Attachment), a Mac Mail window opens up. Same thing if I happen to click an email link in a Word or Excel doc. I've installed Gmail Notifier, which opens a Gmail window for mailto: links on web pages, but doesn't help with Word or Excel. (In Mail, I've gone into Preferences/Default Email Reader and selected Gmail Notifier (1.10.7) but this makes no diff.) So: how do I make Gmail the default email client for Microsoft Office "send to" and "mail to"?
posted by beagle on Sep 27, 2011 - 7 answers

How can I reuse a Query Builder query?

Is there any way to save a query in MS Office 2011's Query Builder that isn't tied to a specific spreadsheet? [more inside]
posted by mph on Feb 1, 2011 - 0 answers

Looking for Outlook 2010 features on Outlook 2011 for mac.

I've switched over to a MacBook Pro for work and Outlook 2011 is currently driving me batty. I'm used to Outlook 2010 for PC and am getting frustrated with some features that don't seem to be available. I'm looking for solutions to the following... [more inside]
posted by lychee on Dec 8, 2010 - 1 answer

Replacing the Microsoft Office "Ribbon" With a Menu

Microsoft Office 2007 filter: Can you recommend a program/plugin (or the like) which will replace the "ribbon" interface with a traditional menu interface? Free is ideal, but for-pay is okay, too. Running Windows XP. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Nov 7, 2010 - 4 answers

Print highlighted text in Word 2007

Is there a way in Word (2007) to highlight a text string and then have the highlighting print out also. [more inside]
posted by notcostello on Jul 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Losing my hard-drive virginity

n00bfilter: formatting hard drive, need all the help I can get! Specifically with Windows XP. everything inside... [more inside]
posted by alona on Apr 9, 2009 - 15 answers

Compare and output greater value.

Spreadsheet question: Display Greater Value? I know this is one of those "you-either-know-it-or-you-don't" situations, and I just don't know. [more inside]
posted by guptaxpn on Feb 5, 2009 - 6 answers

Help me choose a video card that is good but not too good.

I need a suggestion for a video card to create a dual-monitor setup for my assistant. I'm not as concerned with getting too little power in a card as I am paying for much more than I need. [more inside]
posted by 4ster on Dec 31, 2008 - 13 answers

Is there a Vista equivalent for Office 2004 Mac's "Notebook Layout View"?

A friend of mine is a schoolteacher with the Chicago Public Schools. On his Mac, he uses Office 2004. He was showing me a feature in the Office 2004 version of Word that I really like. It allows you to open up a document in something called "Notebook Layout View" (I think) that simulates a page of ruled notebook paper as if you were writing in a spiral notebook. It even allows you to format a title and heading and other features. Anyone know if there is a Vista equivalent for Office 2007? I tried looking through the templates (both what's included with 2007 and at Microsoft Online) and I can't seem to find anything similar. (and please, no flames or exhortations to "get a Mac!" I'm stuck with I have and there's no changing for the time being) Thanks!
posted by zooropa on Sep 15, 2008 - 5 answers

How do I get rid of, then keep MS Office?

My Win XP laptop came with a trial version of Microsoft *small business* office 2007. Without really thinking about it, I imported a lot of email and Outlook data from my old laptop. Now that the trial is almost over, I bought a retail copy of Outlook 2007 and the Home/student version of Office 2007, and the product keys don't work, since I'm trying to use the product key on the Small Business edition. Can I simply uninstall the trial small biz version, install the Outlook and home/student office, and have my Outlook data intact? Or is there more to be done to accomplish this?
posted by edjusted on Jul 22, 2008 - 7 answers

Decimal seconds, please.

Microsoft Excel VBA question: Converting decimal degrees to degrees-minutes-seconds (DMS), with rounding customization. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Jun 10, 2008 - 5 answers

Excel 2007 - Duplicate Data Removal Issue

Excel 2007 - Is there a way to remove ONLY a duplicate row leaving the first unique entry? [more inside]
posted by Sandor Clegane on Apr 16, 2008 - 5 answers

Save me from working over the weekend!

BoringFilter: I have to send out a large group of emails (around 175), and I would love to use mail merge to do it, but there is an annoying twist... [more inside]
posted by BobbyDigital on Apr 4, 2008 - 6 answers

How to view OneNote content on a mac?

How to access information and files embedded in Microsoft Onenote on a Mac? [more inside]
posted by chrisalbon on Apr 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Help me save my sanity from Powerpoint 2007!

Powerpoint Filter: How can I set the default font size for a chart axis in powerpoint 2007? [more inside]
posted by There's No I In Meme on Mar 11, 2008 - 2 answers

Is there such thing as an Excel formatting template thingie?

Excel Experts: Is there a way to apply a custom formatting template to an unformatted worksheet? [more inside]
posted by kmtiszen on Dec 12, 2007 - 4 answers

Why won't Office let me be legit?

I'm trying to clean up my act and bought a legitimate copy of Office for my Mac. Problem is, after deleting my (bootlegged) copy, it's still recognizing that copy over th legimitate one. What's up? [more inside]
posted by itchie on Mar 15, 2007 - 2 answers

Why is my iBook suddenly unstable?

All of a sudden, my G4 iBook is incredibly unstable. All sorts of programs keep crashing (though not the whole machine). What could be wrong? [more inside]
posted by sindark on Feb 28, 2007 - 19 answers

MS Office Small Business Accounting Help?

What is the easiest way to set up Microsoft Office Small Business Accounting 2006 for a simple business? [more inside]
posted by idledebonair on Jan 30, 2007 - 4 answers


MailMergeFilter: I want to print a large number of uniquely numbered gift certificates for different businesses using Microsoft Office, and I can't seem figure out a good solution. [more inside]
posted by TurkishGolds on Sep 6, 2006 - 9 answers

Help me Access my data please.

I play with a rather large and multi-layered database. Using the Enter Parameter Value function, is there a way to make that Prompt box into a drop box displaying all the options? [more inside]
posted by ilikecookies on Aug 3, 2006 - 2 answers

Standardizing Micro$oft Word templates-

I need to have everyone 'on the same page' so to speak. [more inside]
posted by bdave on May 9, 2006 - 3 answers

Seamlessness between Open Office and Microsoft Office?

Let's say that I got a new computer without MS Office on it and I install Open Office. Let's also say a person sends me a Word or Excel file via email. Will I be able to read it and edit it in Open Office without messing up the format? If I make any changes to the file and email it back to my friend, will he be able to read it and make further edits to it while using the Microsoft Office applications?
posted by NoMich on Jan 10, 2006 - 10 answers

Clear Formatting in Word

How can I get Microsoft word to paste things as plain text by default? Why would I want the formatting of the website I'm copying my homework from anyway?
posted by Orange Goblin on Jun 22, 2004 - 15 answers

Should I get a raise?

How much should an Advanced Excel (PivotTable, lookups, etc.) hombre in Manhattan be getting paid? I've been temping in this hole of an office for a few months and almost all spreadsheetery has become my responsibility. I think some sort of raise is in order, but I'm not sure what my target should be.
posted by skryche on May 27, 2004 - 17 answers

XP won't let me type in Thai.

Internationalising email in WinXP. My wife can read emails sent to her in Thai script using Outlook on our Win XP machine, but I can't work out how to configure the machine so that she can type in Thai (using out Thai/ English keyboard) in a non-html email. Outlook help mentions configuring using Microsoft Office Tools from the program manager - but that requires using the XP discs, which we don't have as it was preinstalled by the PC manufacturer. Anyone got any ideas? I don't want to change the language of the whole O/S/ (there's a download from microsoft.com to do that) as I don't read Thai. We're by no means married to Outlook; Moz, Opera etc would be fine. We have Thai fonts.
posted by Pericles on Feb 18, 2004 - 5 answers

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