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Looking for an advanced Excel/Access crash course

VBA and Macros and VLookup, Oh My! I might be ending up on a work assignment where they want someone who can create and edit complex Excel templates that interface with Access and Adobe Forms. I've used all these programs extensively, but I've only used advanced features sparingly (either editing someone else's creation or googling for a specific fix for a specific problem.) Difficulty level: I only have a week to cram on this before I would start. Is it possible for a quick learner to get up to speed enough not to crash and burn on a project like this? Can anyone recommend an online course I could binge on before having to take on this project?
posted by firechicago on May 19, 2014 - 2 answers

Is it possible to open multiple instances of Excel 2010 in Windows 7?

I want to be able to open multiple instances of Excel 2010 in Windows 7 on a PC. This is the default for opening Word docs but for some reason Excel limits me to multiple windows inside one instance. Is there a way to do this? Challenge: I do not have the ability to edit the registry on this (work) computer.
posted by Wretch729 on Apr 22, 2014 - 12 answers

printer settings in MS Word 2013

Sweet mother of mercy, when did Microsoft decide it wanted me to go bald before graduating? [more inside]
posted by spunweb on Mar 3, 2014 - 1 answer

Help me help somebody else learn Office 2013.

My church is upgrading its computers and the old copies of Office are long since vanished, evidently. (If they ever existed; I kind of suspect the last person who did IT stuff may have pirated it.) So, we're buying new versions. But our office manager is... well, she's not at all computer literate. She's kind of continuing to be employed more on a charity basis than because she's actually very capable. But I need to get her able to actually use the basic features of Word, Excel, and Publisher on the new versions, in the simplest way possible that does not involve my personally sitting with her for days at a time. Help? [more inside]
posted by Sequence on Mar 3, 2014 - 17 answers

Free doesn't mean inferior, right?

Is it time to abandon LibreOffice/OpenOffice and go back to MS Office instead? [more inside]
posted by Zelos on Jan 22, 2014 - 24 answers

What is proficiency in Excel and Word?

What do you need to know to be "proficient" in Excel and Word? [more inside]
posted by ichomp on Jan 19, 2014 - 14 answers

Viewing Embedded Powerpoint Slides Without MS Office Installed

I'm trying to help a friend (via phone) who is unable to view some content on web pages for her chemistry class. From her description, I'm pretty sure that the content is an embedded Powerpoint slide. [more inside]
posted by gimli on Oct 24, 2013 - 10 answers

Seeking on-line training in MS Office

Seeking recommendations for on-line training on business applications, particularly MS Office. [more inside]
posted by dg on Sep 4, 2012 - 8 answers

Unfortunately Libre Office is not where I want to go today

Where can I download a legit installer for MS Office Standard Edition 2003 with volume licensing? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Aug 26, 2012 - 10 answers

Wait, did Bill Gates just walk into my house and card me?

I inherited my desktop Mac from my girlfriend last year when she got a new one. We now live together and have our computers on the same network, and now MS Office complains that I don't have a license for this computer. Do I have any options other than buying a whole new MS Office license/package? [more inside]
posted by scaryblackdeath on Aug 12, 2012 - 17 answers

And maybe something with dollar signs I don't know

Need help with (possibly?) "indirect" in Excel. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on May 16, 2012 - 21 answers

Track Changes in MS Office on Mac and PC

Will I run into any formatting or track changes problems if working on the same documents in MS Office 2007/2010 for PC at work and in MS Office 2011 for Mac at home? [more inside]
posted by RedMapleWhiteOak on Mar 16, 2012 - 3 answers

How to prevent accepted tracked changes from carrying over into an excel + word + outlook email to 50 people?

Hi everyone, Hoping someone can help me sort this problem ... It's a excel + microsoft word document + mail merge to outlook email to 50 people. I am trying to help someone out - this is is as it just as it was described to me: Track changes were accepted and turned off and the email looked as it should - so off went 50 customized emails. ..unfortunately the sent email then shows that all the emails are sent showing all of the tracked change revision markings! Sorry if this is too vague. Thanks for your efforts :)
posted by anewnormal on Nov 30, 2011 - 3 answers

Displaying "From" in Outlook 2010 Shared Inbox Messages

Outlook 2010 Filter: When I send an email from a shared inbox (standard exchange server), I need to fill out the "from" field. How do I get that field to display? I can only find a toggle for BCC. Thanks
posted by Kalatraz on Oct 28, 2011 - 1 answer

MS Office themes that provide good design to my documents?

What Themes and Style Sets to pick in Office 2007? Some design and typography advice please. [more inside]
posted by joost de vries on Jul 30, 2011 - 7 answers

How best to ensure consistency output from MS Office?

How best to ensure consistency of output whilst using MS Office? As part of my role as a maths teacher I create (design) worksheets and presentations for my class. I spend a fair bit of time making sure things are consistent (e.g. Space for Name, Class), Header here etc. There must be a better way, using Forms? Templates? Themes? Can you suggest one, and some tutorials in how to best use. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by 92_elements on Mar 19, 2011 - 7 answers

What should we charge to teach a class?

My small IT services firm is being asked to bid for a contract for an ongoing MS Office training class. What is the going rate for this sort of training? [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on Mar 3, 2011 - 2 answers

MSWord shortcut madness! Cmd+V won't paste.

Why is cmd+V bringing up the insert hyperlink dialogue, rather than pasting in Word? [more inside]
posted by liss on Nov 15, 2010 - 1 answer

I am NOT the right person to be terafamily tech support!

Help! My mother's old computer no longer works, and I am helping her set up the new computer. I am trying to retrieve files from the online backup service (Quicken Online Backup) and set up Outlook 2010 on the new machine (Windows 7). [more inside]
posted by teragram on Sep 5, 2010 - 1 answer

help me Excel

Passing an MS Office test with flying colors. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 26, 2010 - 12 answers

Funnel Charts for Excel 2007?

Where can I download more attractive funnel chart templates for Excel 2007? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Apr 1, 2010 - 2 answers

MacgyverFilter: link sharing using MS Office

Macgyver IT: I want my team to use something like del.icio.us to share links. But since this is ask.metafilter, I can't use the obvious right answer. I need to make something like it myself, using bubblegum and string the MS Office 2000 suite and my knowledge of VB. What would be my best approach? [more inside]
posted by Monday, stony Monday on Nov 19, 2009 - 7 answers

Excel AVERAGE questions.

Trying to get some modified AVERAGE results in Excel. [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Aug 5, 2009 - 5 answers

Sweet suites?

Experiences with StarOffice? [more inside]
posted by NekulturnY on Apr 4, 2009 - 14 answers

Word formatting problem

MS Word formatting issue: it applies any changes to entire document. How do I make Word only apply formatting changes to the selected text? [more inside]
posted by sulaine on Mar 12, 2009 - 11 answers

How do I get Word and Excel to work together?

I need MS Excel and Word to play together nicely. I can do what I need to in Word, and I can do what I need to in Excel; it's the Relationship that's Complicated. Maybe I need workflow advice? Basic knowledge? Please, please keep reading. [more inside]
posted by cheeken on Feb 5, 2009 - 14 answers

Excel date arithmetic problem

MS Excel Question: If I have a column with a range of dates in it, is there a formula that will tell me how many years ago that date was from today? [more inside]
posted by Rock Steady on Nov 14, 2008 - 13 answers

Convert asterisks to bullets?

Word 2007. Table with cells with lots of text. Need to convert asterisks to bulleted lists. Example inside. [more inside]
posted by limon on Nov 5, 2008 - 2 answers

Dual-boot Mac: which version of MSOffice, 2007 or 2008?

Dual-Boot Macbook; OSX (home)/ Windows (work). Need MS Office on both without rebooting. Office 2007 on the Windows partition + Parallels seems to make the most sense. Anything I should know about? [more inside]
posted by bartleby on May 29, 2008 - 10 answers

How to make MS Office Mail Merge create varied colored boxes (or similar effect)

I need to do something very specific with Mail Merge (I think thats the best way to do it) but I have no idea how. Basically I want to take info from a spreadsheet and convert it into a variable number of different colored boxes of a constant size in a document. [more inside]
posted by DetonatedManiac on Mar 26, 2008 - 1 answer

This would be a perfect job for an intern. If I had one.

MS Excel filter: I'm editing a huge spreadsheet and Excel doesn't like my zip codes. How can I quickly fix this? more after jump... [more inside]
posted by LiveToEat on Jan 24, 2008 - 9 answers

Why doesn't Word work right?

Word 2003 won't open after double-clicking on a document, and the mouse doesn't work in the document area. [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter on Jan 9, 2008 - 5 answers

Why should I use Pages instead of Word?

Someone gave me iWork '08 as a gift and I already have MS Office for Mac. I have no experience with iWork. Why would I want to use Pages instead of Word? Why would I want to use Keynote instead of PowerPoint? [more inside]
posted by GardnerDB on Dec 3, 2007 - 26 answers

Moving MS Office

I'm trying to move MS Office Pro. 2003 to a new computer, but I'm having trouble. I've lost the certificate and CD, but can extract the product key... [more inside]
posted by BrotherCaine on Aug 13, 2007 - 5 answers

The learning curve to switch to Firefox from IE6

How much work will it take me to change from IE6 to Firefox? Looking at the list of problems in AMF, should a person not highly computer literate make the change? I use XP and have MS office installed and am now learning to write web pages -- CSS, HTML, Java.. Thanks in advance for your advice.
posted by orlin on Dec 9, 2006 - 25 answers

Help me become a Vista and Office 2007 pro!

Help me become a Microsoft Vista and Office 2007 pro! [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Nov 14, 2006 - 5 answers

How do I turn off single-window mode in Powerpoint?

MS Office question: How do I stop Powerpoint from using a single window to display all documents? I'd like to be able to look at two powerpoint files side by side and copy/paste between them, but powerpoint insists on opening them in the same window. [more inside]
posted by chrisamiller on Sep 22, 2006 - 17 answers

I need a fix for an excel formula recalculation error.

I can't get a formula in excel to recalculate when copied and pasted to another cell. Help! [more inside]
posted by batcrazy on Sep 21, 2006 - 6 answers

Champagne scheduling app on a beer budget.

OfficeApp Filter: How can I seamlessly convert lists of project assignment names and deadlines to a calendar view that can be shared? Or can I? [more inside]
posted by Marnie on Aug 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Synchronize Outlook with Palm Pilot in Office 12 Beta?

Anyone else using Office 12 Beta? I've recently installed it on my laptop, and I can't find a way to synchronize Outlook 12 with my palm pilot. Anyone know how to do this?
posted by lisaj32 on May 31, 2006 - 3 answers

MS Office Upgrade

Will I lose files by upgrading my version of MS Office from 2002 to 2003 Professional? [more inside]
posted by SoftSummerBreeze on Mar 7, 2006 - 8 answers

MS Office on Macs

Do you find that MS Office for OS X runs faster than MS Office for Mac OS 9...., run on an OS X Mac in Classic mode (or, whatever it's called...) [more inside]
posted by ParisParamus on Jan 26, 2005 - 8 answers

How do I get 1200 people in three different countries upgraded from dumb terminals to PCs and MS Office?

Here's a question from 1992: How do I get 1200 people in the US, Canada, and Mexico up and running with PCs and MS Office from a previous dumb terminal environment? (More inside of course) [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Oct 8, 2004 - 4 answers

Help me identify this software- is it spyware?

I have something on my MS Word window I can't get rid of, and I think it's spyware. Pic of offending thing inside. [more inside]
posted by johnnydark on Aug 5, 2004 - 8 answers

OpenOffice Saves in MSOffice Format -- So Is Buying MS Office Worth It?

I've been thinking about plunking down the cash to buy a licensed copy of MS Office (or Office XP, or Office 2003, etc.) for my new laptop. Can anyone tell me why I shouldn't just run Openoffice instead? From what I've read, it appears that I can "save as" most MS formats with it. Any firsthand experience?
posted by trharlan on Feb 23, 2004 - 19 answers

How do I retrieve Microsoft Office file metadata?

Does anyone know of a program that will display metadata from Microsoft Office files (such as revisions from Autosave, track changes, etc.)? My searching has documented the range of metadata that is available and I have located numerous programs for removing the data, but nothing that will allow me to retrieve the data easily. I am looking for something a little more advanced than Notepad.
posted by ajr on Jan 31, 2004 - 6 answers

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