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How SharePoint Can Help Your Business

In a recent Microsoft class, a student asked another student “So, what is SharePoint?” Most of the class had no answer. Microsoft SharePoint is an enterprise solution to achieve common business goals by communicating in one central location and managing information between a team. While not suited for every business, the tools SharePoint offers have become invaluable for those who wish to invest the time and resources to do it correctly. SharePoint includes collaboration technology, email and calendars packaged into one convenient resource. The information on SharePoint is often hosted...

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Text Functions Can Help You Master Microsoft Excel

The problems in Microsoft Excel that the average person comes across tend to be similar from one person to the next. While working on a recent project with a client, it occurred to me that there are many text functions that everyone might like to know more about. To start, all Excel functions have the ability to calculate or manipulate your data. Many people think of Excel as a resource to build financial spreadsheets and calculations, but the program can do much more than that. When working with text data, common problems arise such as capitalization issues, additional spaces, removing...

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Email’s Evolution Allows Seamless Communications on Multiple Devices

  I have no idea how many times I check my email each day. Whether from my phone, laptop or desktop, I use email most from within a few moments of waking up to right before I go to sleep. It’s become something of an addiction, but I also get a couple hundred emails each day, making it necessary to stay on top of the rush. Recently, I helped a friend set up Microsoft Outlook on her laptop. Outlook is a powerful application that helps control email, calendar, contacts and more. It’s called a “third-party” or “desktop” application because it must be installed on your computer. While...

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Microsoft Project: A Great Way to Stay on Task

At the Fort Collins Digital Workshop, we are extremely excited to be moving into a new Old Town location to better serve the community as a resource for digital arts classes and business computer training. However, with a big office move such as this, there are also a lot of headaches to organize and many phases of the project to consider. For a project of any size, including our moving plan, Microsoft Project is a powerful project management application that can help a team stay on track. Tracking time and cost resources effectively, Project has emerged as an industry leader for project...

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Using Microsoft Excel to Integrate Data Systems

Integrating multiple systems is a problem for any business. In the past few months, it’s been a good problem to have for the Digital Workshop. As our volume of students has increased dramatically, we’ve been trying to figure out how to better handle our multiple systems internally. One of the most common issues that come with having multiple systems is they don’t talk nicely to each other. By “talk,” I mean data does not transfer easily between them. For example, a system for human resources data may export a text file of employee info that a payment tracking system doesn’t understand....

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Going Further with Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook offers several features that can help organize your busy life. If you’re just getting started with Outlook, check out Part 1 of this series here. One often overlooked feature that exists within Outlook is the fact that you can click and drag emails in order to create new contact information, calendar items, and tasks. Dragging the selected message to the Calendar, Contact, or Task tab on the left-hand pane of your Outlook window will automatically pull up a prompt to create one of these new items with your email message already attached. You may need to add a few...

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