GETTING A NEW WINDOWS 8 COMPUTER

Just when we thought we’d heard every complaint about Windows 8 computers, we heard a new one. A friend wondered where in the world she should save her files, because now she sees two choices: “Skydrive,” and “This PC.”

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PRESENT YOURSELF

“Present Yourself,” by Seeborg and Meyer, $25 from OReilly.com, is about SlideShare, a free program used by 60 million people. They call it “the Youtube of PowerPoint presentations.”

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LEARNING THROUGH PICTURES

InPics.net teaches with pictures. They have tutorials for Microsoft Office, web coding (PHP, MySQL, and so on), and OpenOffice.org.

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BACK TO THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Microsoft Office just came out in a new version for 2013. But some of us (Joy’s looking at you, Bob) haven’t upgraded Microsoft Word since 2003. This can be a problem when Joy sends Bob a file created in a newer version.

If Joy forgets to save a Word document in the “Doc” f

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NEW MICROSOFT OFFICE

Previewing the new Microsoft Office 2013 is a blast. It’s totally unlike our experience trying to preview Windows 8, which crashed our test computer every few minutes. Office 2013 Preview is a free download from Microsoft.com/Office/Preview. The preview leaves your existing copy of Office in place, so there’s no risk of overwriting it. Unfortunately, 55 percent of Windows users won’t be able to try it, since it doesn’t run on the still widely used XP or Vista operating systems. But here’s our take for the Windows 7 users: While the Office 2013 preview is installing on your machine or tablet, you can experiment with a PowerPoint presentation that comes up automatically to tell you about the new features. You can […]

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ONLINE TRAINING MADE EASY

Mindflash.com is a web-based service that makes it easy to create online courses. It’s free if you have ten trainees or less.

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BULLET PROOF

Just two weeks before Joy was scheduled to give a PowerPoint presentation at a statewide convention for P.E.O. women’s clubs, she was sent a copy of the book, “Beyond Bullet Points” to review. Death by PowerPoint was narrowly averted! Most PowerPoint presentations are deadly. We have been the recipients of more than our fair share as public relations people stop by to present formal pitches. They take so long to get to the point that we’ve nodded off before they get there. Joy says this new book has changed her life. “It is terrific” she says. “It gets you to stop putting in the usual baloney that most people do when they create PowerPoint presentations, which are usually a series […]

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POWERPOINT ON THE WEB

Put your PowerPoint presentation on the web for free.

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USING MICROSOFT OFFICE ON FACEBOOK

You can share Word docs, Excel spreadsheets and Powerpoint presentations on Facebook.

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SMARTDRAW 2010

“SmartDraw 2010” is very similar to Microsoft’s Visio diagramming and charting program but costs less: $197 versus Microsoft’s $259 for Visio.

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