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The Best How-To Geek Articles About Microsoft Office


We’ve published a lot of articles about Microsoft Office 2007 and 2010 and the programs in the suite. This article compiles many useful tips for Office, Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, OneNote, and a few links to articles about the latest version, Office 2013.


The following articles cover Office 2007 and 2010 in general and using multiple programs within the Office suite. We show you how to add security to your important documents, use templates, customize the Quick Access Toolbar, create a customized tab on the Office ribbon, and backup and restore the ribbon and Quick Access Toolbar, among other useful tips.



Below is a long list of some of the articles we’ve published about Word 2007 and 2010. We show you how to change the default font size and formatting, create a flow chart, create a master document and an index, summarize a document, add comments to a document, how to speed up Word, and even how to use Word to create holiday cards.



The following articles provide some useful tips for using Excel, such as creating custom charts, creating pivot tables, hiding worksheets and workbooks, converting a row to a column, using online data in spreadsheets, and creating a hyperlink to another document.



If you use Outlook to handle email, here are some useful tips and tricks, such as adding a signature using the ribbon, using the notes feature, creating and managing contact groups, using blind carbon copy (Bcc), easily marking items as read, and managing the AutoArchive feature. If you use Gmail as well, there are also articles that help you add your Gmail account to Outlook 2007 or 2010.



Here are some articles that will help make creating and delivering presentations using PowerPoint easier. We show you how to add transitions to slideshows, convert a presentation to video, add live web pages and video from the web to your presentations, share your presentations using the web, and use your mouse as a laser pointer, among other useful tips and tricks.



OneNote is a digital notebook that allows you to gather and organize your notes and information. You can organize text, pictures, digital handwriting, audio, video, and more, in one notebook. It provides powerful search capabilities to easily find information and you can share your notebooks and work together with others more efficiently. Below are some tips and tricks for using OneNote, such as importing Evernote files into OneNote, using OneNote to memorize information easier, saving OneNote documents in different formats, among other useful tips. We also provide a guide to getting started with OneNote 2010.


Office 2013

If you’re trying out the trial version of Office 2013, here are some tips and tricks that will help you while using it.


These tips and tricks should help improve your efficiency and productivity when using the Microsoft Office suite.

Lori Kaufman is a writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

  • Published 12/1/12

Comments (7)

  1. Ya YA

    Could HTG maybe mention other capable “office” programs like Libre Office or even IBM Lotus Symphony? Here is just one link I found when searching for alternatives:

    Don’t misunderstand. Microsoft Office is great – if you have the MONEY! But for the average user who doesn’t really need all the expensive extras, I find Libre Office or even Open Office (which is pretty much the same thing except for the licensing) to be quite good. About the only things most other office suites don’t come with is an email client. But even there, alternatives like Thunderbird from Mozilla (probably with a calendar add-on) will likely fill the need over Outlook and for absolutely no money as well.

    So “geek out” with Microsoft Office if you have it. But for anyone else considering buying it, why not at least TRY other alternatives? And don’t just install it, get confused and then swear it off. That’s not really trying. You might be surprised!

  2. LadyFitzgerald

    Thank you for listing all the articles on MS Office in one place.

  3. Matthew Roach

    Where’s publisher?

  4. mdbergman

    There is a lot of great stuff here, but how long will it be here? Add Publisher and Access, and put it book form. Maybe even expand it with more information. Let me know how much for down load in PDF form.

  5. joe

    How to access Menu Shortcuts by holding down the ALT key.
    eg: Insert signature: long ALT then N, G

  6. Nick

    Very helpful listing. I hoppe you don’t remove it for long time. If XP lasted for 12 years, user of Windows 7 are going to do almost the same.

  7. Ian

    If anyone has got any tips about Microsoft Access, that would be great, thanks.

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