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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

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 - 15 answers

How to transfer Excel data to Powerpoint easily?

I have a list of names on an Excel file. I'd like to transfer each name (along with other details) to one PowerPoint slide. Is there any way I can do this without having to manually type in each name?
posted by AngryTypingGuy on Apr 18, 2014 - 12 answers

New windows installation and language change

My company currently has a computer that has a Japanese version of Windows 7 Professional installed on it. We want to install an English language version of Windows 8.1 on the computer. Will the language for the Microsoft Office software (currently also Japanese) already installed on the computer also change to English when we change to the new English language version of Windows 8.1? [more inside]
posted by tokaidanshi on Apr 7, 2014 - 5 answers

How big of a security risk is Office 2003 for my limited personal usage?

I am still using Office 2003 for personal use. It meets my limited needs perfectly well, and I want to avoid learning curves and costs associated with alternatives if at all possible. I understand that Microsoft will no longer be issuing security patches for it soon, so there are potential risks in continuing to use it, but how serious are those risks given my actual pattern of use? And can they be easily mitigated by avoiding various features or behavior? [more inside]
posted by philipy on Mar 21, 2014 - 8 answers

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

Purchasing an Macbook Air?

I need a new laptop. Replacing my old MacBook Pro. Considering a MacBook Air. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Feb 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Is Office 365 university for mac able to be bought by teachers?

Hi, I am a high school teacher in the UK (11-18). Can I buy office 365 for mac at (£54) and be eligible to install it? It is unclear about the installation process. I have my school email, bank slips etc. but it is not a .ac address so do I need to get the home and student addition instead? Don't want to waste money either way! Thanks
posted by starrjenny on Oct 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Most cost effective way to purchase Office 2010 in volume?

What is the most cost effective way to purchase roughly 50 Microsoft Office Standard 2010/2013 licenses? [more inside]
posted by lattiboy on Aug 14, 2013 - 2 answers

Learning to use VBA

I have read that John Walkenbach's books are the de-facto standard for learning to use VBA in Microsoft Excel. I'd like to know what books are recommended to learn to use vba in other Office products - primarily Access, but also Word and Powerpoint. I'm more interested in books than in websites.
posted by Proginoskes on Apr 6, 2013 - 3 answers

Help on moving from MS Office Pro 2000 to 2010?

Advice for help on moving from MS Office Pro 2000 to 2010? [more inside]
posted by InsertNiftyNameHere on Dec 26, 2012 - 12 answers

Recovering Office 2010 product key from dead Windows 7 system

How might I recover an Office 2010 product key from a Windows install now located on an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by dumbland on Dec 19, 2012 - 4 answers

Microsoft Office Professional Plus 10 authentication code help, please?

I bought a Thinkpad through Gumtree (UK) last year and now Microsoft Office Professional Plus 10 is asking me for an authentication code. When I got the computer, windows had just been installed but I don't know if I got a trial version or a corporate version that was imaged onto the machine. Do I need to pay for an authentication code or is there a way to otherwise disable the authentication request message?
posted by parmanparman on Aug 7, 2012 - 3 answers

Old computer for a new employee?

Help me set up my old computer for a new employee, and make this easier the next time. [more inside]
posted by OrangeDrink on May 25, 2012 - 9 answers

Word 2004 to Word 2011

Switching from Word for Mac 2004 to Word for Mac 2011. Formatting and compatibility issues. Really truly clueless. Help? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Jan 18, 2012 - 12 answers

How do I open and fill out an .oft template in Entourage?

An important, newly ISO-9001 standard form in my office is an Outlook template (*.oft) that we have to fill out. I use a Mac with Entourage. How do I fill out this form? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Oct 25, 2011 - 3 answers

Word won't type my square brackets and more!

Microsoft Word 2010 doesn't seem to recognize some of my keyboard inputs. Maybe due to the language my keyboard is set. Can't figure how to customize or otherwise tell it that a [set keyboard shortcut] is already equated to a [set character]. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Help with Microsoft Word 2007 Space Formatting

Help with default space formatting on Microsoft Office 2007. [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Upgrade from Outlook 2003 or no?

Should I upgrade from Outlook 2003 or just keep using it forever? [more inside]
posted by mono blanco on Apr 21, 2011 - 8 answers

Good help forum for Office 2010?

Can anyone recommend a good, well-trafficked forum for Microsoft Office (particularly 2010) questions? Seems like this should be eminently Googleable, but maybe because there are so many of them, I'm not finding the one that is the one. Thanks!
posted by The Dutchman on Mar 19, 2011 - 7 answers

Examining 300 MS Word documents, looking for shortcuts

How would one go about the task of recording the word-counts of hundreds of MS Word documents? Is this something that could be automated? [more inside]
posted by cac on Feb 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Is there an app for it?

Is there a Mac app to convert OpenOffice documents to Word? [more inside]
posted by jfricke on Oct 13, 2010 - 12 answers

Why does changing my keyboard layout in Windows change my editing language in Word?

I often write in several languages (French, Dutch, and English) and so I use multiple keyboard layouts (on Windows 7) and multiple editing languages (in Microsoft Office 2007). I find that when I have Word open and I change the keyboard setting in Windows (from US to US-International or vice-versa), Microsoft Word will change the editing language back to English (United States), Word's default language, no matter what other language (Dutch or French) I was working in at the time. [more inside]
posted by dhens on Oct 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Excel hell

Excel 2007 filter: How do you change the dictionary language for specific cells/columns/rows? [more inside]
posted by bethist on Oct 1, 2010 - 3 answers

How to create Outlook email links in plain text?

How can I get Outlook to create a text link to an email instead of a graphical icon link when drag-and-dropping into another MS app? [more inside]
posted by sprocket87 on Sep 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Need alternative MS office 2010 download link

Purchased MS Office 2010 Academic version yesterday. Exceeded 25 download attempts somehow. Is there another place I can download from? [more inside]
posted by fallsauce on Sep 26, 2010 - 2 answers

Collapse That Field!

Outlook->Access->Word Merge: A client asked me to help merge from Outlook to Word in order to be able to print out the contacts with Notes field. [more inside]
posted by geekyguy on Jun 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Excel 2003 ... is an update making this product non-functional?

Why doesn't excel 2003 work on my computer anymore? [more inside]
posted by candasartan on Jun 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Does Crossover Office actually work?

Have you used CrossOver Linux (the Codeweavers version of Wine)? Does it work well with MS Office 2007? I've installed regular Wine and MS Word on my (Fedora 12) computer, and it works like crap. I was curious if the commercial version worked any better. Thanks. [more inside]
posted by bluefly on May 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Need to print Excel spreadsheet so it turns out like a vertically-folded half-sheet card.

Need to print Excel spreadsheet so it turns out like a vertically-folded half-sheet card. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on Mar 23, 2010 - 7 answers

using .doc, shoud i move my business to .docx?

should i move my office to word 2008 (.docx) or stay with 2004 (.doc)? [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on Jan 2, 2010 - 25 answers

enhance...rotate, now uncrop!!

[CSIfilter] Need to find out who has modified certain records in Office Access. [more inside]
posted by jstarlee on Jan 2, 2010 - 7 answers

microsoft office volume licensing

how do i buy a microsoft office for the mac volume license? [more inside]
posted by alcahofa on Dec 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Word 2007 formatting question

How do I keep a particular tab in Word2007 from automatically disappearing? And other Word2007 and Excel 2007 questions inside. [more inside]
posted by jujube on Dec 17, 2009 - 15 answers

Looking to up my presentation skills in NYC

I'm looking for a job doing presentation graphics (in law firms, possibly financial firms); this is about 30% of my current job at a law firm. I'm one of very few "experts" at my firm which isn't very technologically advanced in this area, so I'm afraid that my skills won't cut it in the outside world. I need advice on how to upgrade my skills. [more inside]
posted by kenzi23 on Sep 30, 2009 - 2 answers

Footnote problem

I'm writing in Word for Mac and all of my footnotes have suddenly turned into little boxes. What's going on?
posted by anonymous78 on Aug 13, 2009 - 4 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

Do I have to Rebuy MS Office When replacing a computer?

Do I need to rebuy MS office if I'm replacing a computer? [more inside]
posted by GregX3 on Jan 17, 2009 - 12 answers

Office two thouand and why ?

In Office 2007 Microsoft has changed the user interface radically. I'm interested to find material which describes why they did that ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Dec 17, 2008 - 25 answers

Mac OS X / Excel problem - recovered file causing endless crashing

Mac OS X / Microsoft Office 2004 (Excel) crash and failed file recovery has left excel in an endless loop of restore and crash. Can anyone help me to find and delete the (unwanted) auto-saved excel sheet that is causing this problem? [more inside]
posted by urban greeting on Dec 4, 2008 - 3 answers

After the restoration

A couple of weeks ago I had to do a System Restore on my PC, after which I had to reinstall Microsoft Office (2007). Ever since, every time I I open an office program like word or Excel, the program has to go through a long configuration process. [more inside]
posted by Sara Anne on Nov 14, 2008 - 4 answers

I see you've used Microsoft Word before.

How do I get 'rock hard' Microsoft Office skills? [more inside]
posted by greytape on Oct 29, 2008 - 8 answers

Stumped by VBA-ising an array formula in Excel

How to do a VBA version of the following array formula in Excel? The following array formula (entered with ctrl,shift,enter) will produce the string 'Bank statement'!H842, which is the name of a cell I would like to be able to manipulate via VBA: {="'Bank statement'!H"&MATCH(C1&D$39,'Bank statement'!A:A&'Bank statement'!C:C,0)} [more inside]
posted by Mokusatsu on Oct 17, 2008 - 3 answers

Segoe UI Font Missing

Where can I get Segoe UI font? [more inside]
posted by paulyballs on Oct 14, 2008 - 1 answer

How can I make Microsoft Word print a complete document wirelessly?

Why are we getting incomplete printouts when attempting to print wirelessly from a laptop? [more inside]
posted by newfers on Aug 19, 2008 - 3 answers

How to buy Office 2003 online ?

Buying Office 2007 Small Business Edition online - new, sealed, licensed and legit. Where from ? [more inside]
posted by southof40 on Aug 19, 2008 - 11 answers

Microsoft Exchange Server for Epsilon Semi-Morons?

How do I set up Microsoft Exchange (or Outlook) Server for a small office? [more inside]
posted by loquacious on Jul 3, 2008 - 9 answers

Medialess

Can I actually buy an Office 2007 DISC? As in, the actual media? I have really struggled with this, since reinstalling Office 2007 on a reformatted 'Office-ready PC' is impossible: Reformatting obviously wipes out your Office install and the the trial version (which is the only thing available to download) is incompatible with (some of?) Microsoft's own license keys. [more inside]
posted by chuckdarwin on May 23, 2008 - 8 answers

Microsoft Office is accessing my wi-fi - how do I stop it?

How do I prevent Microsoft Office from going online? [more inside]
posted by Unsomnambulist on Apr 10, 2008 - 10 answers

Is there an actual name for the "Start Menu" user interface element in Vista?

Is there an actual name for the "Start Menu" user interface element in Vista? It also shows up in Office 2007 and holds all the "Open, Save As . . ." file operations. [more inside]
posted by dhacker on Mar 3, 2008 - 6 answers

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