Microsoft Office Specialist, Uncategorized, Word

Word Compresses My Pictures: Make it Stop!

Certainly, you can change the default options in Microsoft Word 2016. Word automatically compresses the pictures. Say you have a document with a picture of your new products.

Try This: Find the Default Setting for Compression
Select the Picture. The Picture Tools should be available.
Go to Picture Tools->Adjust->Compress Picture.


What Do You See? The default settings are very low resolution. The option to High Resolution are not available. <sad face>

Now, Try This: Change the Options.
Go to File->Options->Advanced.
Scroll down to the Image Size and Quality.

Select: Do not compress images in file.
Choose the Default Resolution: High fidelity.

What Else Do You See? You can choose whether to make this setting the default for this one document, or all of the documents that you edit in Microsoft Word.

Here is a link from Microsoft that explains the options as well:
Turn off picture compression
Applies To: Excel 2016 Word 2016 Outlook 2016 PowerPoint 2016 Excel 2013 More…

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eBeth

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Add Excel Chart to PowerPoint?

Charts and Tables are both used to display data in a PowerPoint presentation. A Table is a fundamental method for organizing information into Rows and Columns. Your data is supposed to tell a story but rows of numbers can be difficult to read. The numbers, percents and formulas just get lost and your message isn’t heard.

Consider presenting your data graphically. People can look at a pie chart and see that one slice of “pie” is bigger than the rest. In this lesson, we will use Excel to create charts. Read more on Quora.

Here is a YouTube video that you can watch if you wish.

https://youtu.be/dxq2uN8vtAc

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Certification Training, Microsoft Office Specialist, PowerPoint

Do You Do PowerPoint?

This question comes from Quora:

What is a good book to learn PowerPoint?

Hello, PowerPoint! This book on PowerPoint goes beyond the basics and teaches how to use PowerPoint with Tables, Excel spreadsheets, Charts, Animation, Media, and Videos. There is also a lesson on how to use the Presenter Tools to deliver professional presentations.

Here is a link to the Microsoft PowerPoint Certification Books at Amazon:

And here is a link to good Microsoft PowerPoint Certification course online:

If you wish to prepare for Microsoft Certification Exam 77-422: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013, this course will help you build the skills and knowledge you need.

  • Step-by-step video demonstrations.
  • Companion eBooks with 550 pages of detailed instructions.
  • Sample presentations and images.
  • Practice, Quizzes and Skill Test.

The following resources are available to download throughout the lessons:

  • Beginning and Advanced Guides to Microsoft® PowerPoint 2013. (PDF)
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2013 Beginning and Advanced Sample files.

Good question. Thank you for allowing me to share my links,

eBeth

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Certification Training, Educational Technology, Microsoft Office Specialist

Developing Great Courses

It took me a couple of years to become a Microsoft Vendor of Approved Courseware. I already had great lessons and good examples. But it required significantly more effort to be qualified to work with Microsoft. Here is how it worked for me, an expert in Microsoft Office.  

Microsoft publishes a list of objectives for each certification test. The test writers and the course writers have the same list. One writes the questions (test) the other writes the answers (courseware). The official certification tests, including the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) are written by CertiPort, a Pearson company.

Here is a link to the certification topics for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification.

https://thecomputermama.us/home/mos-certification/

GETTING REVIEWED AND APPROVED

In the Microsoft Vendor of Approved Courseware program, courses must be reviewed by a third party, not Microsoft. My courses were reviewed by Procert Labs. http://www.procertlabs.com/

Procert Labs rigorous rules that writers need to follow. Here are the guidelines from their website:

1. COURSE OBJECTIVES & EXAM OBJECTIVES

Course objectives are often defined by the relationship between the technology and the job function it serves. Exam objectives are the principle of knowledge that are required to pass an exam and are ideally listed and specified somewhere in the course.

2. CONTENT READABILITY

Readability refers to the level of language the course is written to as well as the skill with which the words are put together.

3. COURSE ADDRESSES ALL OF THE EXAM OBJECTIVES REQUIRED BY THE EXAM

A complete review of every relevant exam objective is an essential baseline requirement of a training product designed to facilitate professional certification.

4. COURSE PROVIDES A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE TARGET AUDIENCE

In order to assure relevance of the course content and methodology, effective courseware identifies that a student’s level of comprehension, interests and experience should be in order to effectively learn from the course.

5. COURSE SPECIFICALLY IDENTIFIES WHETHER PREREQUISITES ARE REQUIRED

Courseware should clearly state the prerequisite skills a student must have in order to effectively learn from the course.

A foundational table of contents is a critical element in demonstrating that content is presented in an understandable, logical and navigable manner.

7. COURSE INCLUDES A FOREWORD

A foreword gives the student a clear and concise direction for the course.

8. COURSE INCLUDES AN INDEX

An accurate index enables cross-referencing of concepts and facilitates the finding of specific topics and references.

9. COURSE INCLUDES A GLOSSARY

A glossary is a useful tool in the learning process as terms are continuously referenced throughout the text, providing an easy resource for learning refreshment if questions arise during additional study.

10. COURSE INCLUDES A RELATED PRE AND POST-ASSESSMENT EXAM

Learning is made more effective when students are able to establish a benchmark level of comprehension in the subject being studied.

11. COURSE INCLUDES A QUIZ OR ASSESSMENT AT THE END OF EACH SECTION

Quizzes and other assessments at the end of each chapter help solidify the concepts associated with each exam objective, and provide a basis for memorization.

12. COURSE CONTAINS LAB ASSIGNMENTS OR WRITTEN EXERCISES

Achieving success on a certification exam is highly correlated with experience and involvement with the skills being tested.

Here are the results of my review: November 11, 2012

ProCert Labs certifies the Complete Guide to Microsoft Excel 2010 for the Microsoft Vendor of Approved Courseware program.

Summary: This is an efficient instruction to prepare student to become Microsoft Office Specialists. Moreover, its uniqueness and accuracy of content stands out among other courseware.

Strengths: The course has a unique writing style and also covers the material concisely.Introduction: This course accurately and casually provides an introductory audience with an understanding of the needed information to pass the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Series.

Test Results: This course offers you detailed, effective instruction to guide you through multiple lab exercises. Instructionally, you are provided with consistent and logical content, opportunities to practice the skills presented, and an accurate description of prerequisites and target audience.

Key Features: What works throughout the course is the use of conversational elements to move the student through the material. Additionally, the instructional graphics provide extra visual understanding cues to those working through the course.

Good question. Thanks for asking,

eBeth

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www.certiport.com
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Certification Training, Educational Technology, Excel, Microsoft Office Specialist

What Are the Trends in Technology?

Our “Top Ten” Word and Excel courses have a new content release program: DRIP. Has anyone used this technology successfully in online courses?

With DRIP programming, the lessons are released one day at a time. Students receive an email each day with a summary of the day’s goals and benefits. The emails also include an invitation to return to our course and enjoy the next topic. The purpose of DRIP programming is to “engage students” with more interactivity.

In the course below, Top Ten Tools in Excel, students receive a daily email with a link to log in, watch a ten-minute video, download the eBook (PDf) and find sample spreadsheets.

This is BETA software and a new concept for me. What are your thoughts about this DRIP programming? Helpful or Inbox Overload? You can evaluate this DRIP programming by enrolling in our free course if you wish. You can also use this question to start a discussion. Please contact me HERE if you have questions.

Thanks, eBeth

DRIP EVALUATION: Top Ten Tools in Microsoft Excel

  • CLICK HERE to ENROLLTop Ten Tools in Excel
  • How to Enroll: Sign In to the school, then Enroll in the free course. (Two steps)
  • Our promise: No cost or ankle biters.

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Absolute Cell References in Excel

This question is from Quora:

How do you copy and paste a formula in Excel while changing one cell reference?

This is a little lesson that teaches the difference in Relative and Absolute Cell References: Legs, Eggs and Pigs. It is a spreadsheet that will calculate the daily sales for three products.

There is one sheet for each product: Legs, Eggs and Pigs. There is a summary sheet that adds up the sales for all products on each day.

Here is a YoutTube video that shows all the steps that you can watch if you wish.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Intermediate: Legs, Eggs and Pigs in a Basket

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Computers, Excel, Microsoft Office Specialist

Is Microsoft Excel Obsolete?

Today’s question comes from Quora:  Based on the linked article (Confessions of an Excel addict), do you agree that MS Excel may fade? Why do you think so? What might be the best alternative?

According to the article, Excel hasn’t changed but business has. I would ask, “How has business changed?”

Who Bought What? The fundamental question for all businesses is “Who bought what?” This task has been the same since the zero was invented. There has to be a method for entering data in Rows and Columns.

I agree that the User interface has changed. My grandfather was an engineer at Ford’s in Dearborn a hundred years ago. He had an adding machine and a slide rule.

My generation paid $600 for a programmable calculator! Now, the data could be added, compiled and reviewed…and plotted on a graph.

Today, I can use Excel on my phone. But the tasks are the same as when I ran my business with a calculator. There is a Table for the Customers, a Table for Products, another Table for Receipts.

Can a Business Outgrow Microsoft Excel?

Absolutely. The article describes in detail how Excel no longer fits his business needs. Very well: Excel can handle One-to-One relationships. Most offices enter customer and product information separately. There may be a spreadsheet for the customers (who) and another spreadsheet for the products (what). In our sample business the customers rent movies, so there will be a list of movies. A receipt lists who bought what.

Question: How Do You Show that in Excel?

A spreadsheet can record one-to-one relationships. Picture the receipt spreadsheet. Each row would have one answer in each column: receipt number, date, customer, movie, price. So far, so good.

Say the Business Grows

This sample shows a video rental store. Excel can handle one-to-many relationships with Lookup Tables and little drop-down boxes: one receipt has many items.

Databases Do Many-to-Many Relationships.

But, yes, a business can grow. One customer may get many movies, say 3 or 5 titles. At some point you need to document that many customers bought many products on many days.

Eventually, most businesses develop a database to handle what Excel cannot handle many-to-many relationships: many customers buy many products and return many times.

 

Here is a YouTube video that shows more options:

Microsoft Access 2013 Beginning: Hello, Access!

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Excel: Conditional Formatting on Text

Conditional Formatting is an excellent method for highlighting the Text in a spreadsheet. Each word or phrase can have different formatting for the Font and Cell Fill. This sample spreadsheet has three products: Legs, Eggs, and Pigs that are sold each day. The goal is to format each product with a different color.

Here is a YouTube video that shows more options:

Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced: Tables Work for Me!

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Hello, Animation!

Animation is the heart and soul of PowerPoint. Animation keeps your audience interested and focused on your key points. Animation Effects can be applied to pictures or text. A picture can have more than one Animation. For example, a baseball can fly in (Entrance) and fly out (Exit). The Animation can include sound as well. This lesson is fun, creative and playful.

Every picture tells a story. Pictures motivate your audience and focus on the message you are trying to convey. Here is a YouTube video you can watch if you wish.

PowerPoint 2013 Advanced: Top 10 Reasons to Hire Me!

I hope you enjoy these tools in PowerPoint. Thanks for stopping by.

eBeth
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The Right Tool for the Task

When something goes wrong, everyone wants to go through the data and find out what happened. The Data Tools are: Sort, Filter, Group and Subtotal. A PivotTable combines all of the best Data Tools together. A PivotTable presents the data in a visual, interactive format. PivotTables summarize, sort, compare and filter the data. A PivotTable summarizes data and displays the results. It is a reporting tool that works very well. Here is how you start.

Here is a YouTube video you can watch if you wish.

Microsoft Excel 2013 Advanced: PivotTables

Thanks for stopping by.
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