When you are writing a document, you need to make it easy to read. Professional writers sometimes talk about things called “Entry Points”… points where a reader can quickly and easily start reading your document and pick up what you are trying to say.
Bullet points do exactly that!
Bullet points allow you to quickly structure information so your audience can easily interpret exactly what you are going on about!
So how do you use bullets in Word 2007?
Select the text you want to apply bullets to (you can do this by clicking and dragging across the text you want)
On the “Home” tab of the ribbon, look for the “Paragraph” group
In the top left hand corner of the paragraph group, you will find a button that looks like three lines with bullets. Click on it
That’s the easy way to use bullets in your document. But what if you don’t want to use the standard black dot bullet? Maybe you want to use something with a little more flair?
How to use custom bullets in Word 2007…
Again, select the test you want to apply bullets to, then find the bullets button in the “Paragraph” group on the “Home” tab of the ribbon
Instead of clicking on the bullets button, click on the little down arrow beside it. This will display a library of different bullets you can use. Feel free to use any of those, or….
Click on “Define New Bullet…”. This will allow you to create any bullet you like, whether it be based on a letter, a number,any character out of any font you have installed on your computer, or even any picture that you have on your computer!!!
Select the style of bullet that you want… then click ok.
There you have it… the quick and easy way to include bullets in your Word 2007 document!
Do you want to make your PowerPoint 2007 presentation look a little fancier than normal? Well you can add some very cool slide transitions!
A transition is what happens when you move from one slide to another. The transition could be as simple as a fade or a dissolve… or it could be much fancier using a “push and cover”, stripes and bars, or something totally random!
To insert a transition into your presentation, on the Ribbon in PowerPoint 2007, select the “Animations” tab, and then look for the very big “Transition to This Slide” group.
The easiest way to add a transition is to move your mouse over one of the dozens of transitions that appear in the transition gallery, and see what it look like (thanks to live preview!). If you like it, then click on that transition!
Here is an example, where I have put my mouse over the “Newsflash” transition, and I am seeing a live preview of it in the background. Very cool
So there you have it – an introduction to using transitions in PowerPoint 2007!
Do you have questions about Word 2007, Excel 2007 or Outlook 2007, but don’t know who to ask? Are you stumped by something in Access 2007, OneNote 2007, or Visio 2007? Do you know what to do with SharePoint Designer 2007, Publisher 2007, Groove 2007 or Communicator 2007?
Not only are their forums for all the desktop programs that are in Office, there are also forums for the server programs that make up the Microsoft Office System – SharePoint Server (MOSS), Performance Point Server, Project Server and Groove Server.
I will be on hand when I can to answer your questions – and most importantly members of the community will also be there to help out.
The worst part of software evaluation is having to wait for ages whilst you download all the different trial versions that you want to look at. Office 2007 is no different, with most trial versions being in the hundreds of megabytes region! Talk about a bandwidth hog!
But there is a much easier, faster, and less painful way to try out each of the Microsoft Office 2007 system products – even those niche ones like SharePoint Designer 2007, OneNote 2007, Visio 2007, Project 2007, and even InfoPath 2007! It is called the 2007 Microsoft Office Test Drive.
The Test Drive is a virtual environment that you can view from your web browser! (delivered via Citrix for those who want to know the technical side of it). Using the Test Drive is exactly like using the trial software if you had installed it on your own machine – only you don’t have the hassle of installing (and eventually uninstalling) all your favourite Microsoft Office 2007 programs.
The best part about the Office 2007 Test Drive is that it comes packed with tutorials for each of the products that you can evaluate. This feature alone is fantastic because you can get up to speed very quickly on each of the Office 2007 products, and make a fair and informed decision as to the benefits that the products will have to your productivity, your business, or your employees.
Now that Office 2007 and Windows Vista are now available for all of us at home… (the consumer launch is at Midngiht tonight!) it is time to purchase your copy today!
Get onto Amazon.Com, pick up your copies of Office and Vista, and check out all the Office 2007 Books that have been released in the last few months. Hopefully over time I will review a few of them and publish here – if you purchase a book, let me know your thoughts and I will share with the rest of the world 🙂
For all of you interested in following the consumer launch of Microsoft Office 2007, and Windows Vista, there is a great site on Microsoft.com which outlines all the details, including a webcast by Bill Gates… at 1:45PM PST Monday 29 January.
As all the advertising says… the WOW starts NOW! It is going to be a very exciting couple of days!
’till next time!
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So you have just purchased a version of Office 2007 (or your boss just made you upgrade your PC at work!), and want to get up to speed quickly on exactly how to use Word 2007. No sweat – here is the ultimate list of great posts to help you get your head around exactly how to use Word 2007 – fast!
I would start with the first couple, and as you build your confidence, start tackling some of the more advanced tutorials.
Over the next three weeks I will be in overdrive making sure that you have all the tips, tricks and tutorials you need to hit the ground running as soon as you take off the shrink wrap on your own copy of Office 2007.
Make sure that you subscribe to the feed, and if you have any areas that you would like me to focus on… make sure you leave a comment!
Are you a teacher, rx student, doctor or home user of Office, here and want to upgrade or buy a full version of Office 2007? Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 is probably the best version for you. Why? Well it is cheaper than most of the other office suites, but includes all the programs you are most likely to use every day.
What programs are included in Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007?
There are four different programs which come with Home and Student edition. They are:
Word 2007 For all your word processing, typing, document creation needs. Great for school, college or university homework and assignments.
Excel 2007 Covers all your number crunching spreadsheet needs. Great for creating graphs and reports for your homework or assignments
PowerPoint 2007 Enables you to create your own presentations. Capture your ideas, and share them with an audience. Again great for homework or assignments where you need to present in front of a class or audience
OneNote 2007 OneNote is great for taking notes, jotting down information, and keeping track of things. Just like a paper notebook, except electronic! Again fantastic for school, college of university, as you can keep your research notes all in one place.
Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007 (along with all other Microsoft Office suites, and individual products) will be available in late January, and will cost around USD$150
I am sure as soon as you thought about upgrading to Office 2007 and looked at the options available, cialis you thought – “dang it, this is going to be hard work deciphering exactly what version (or SKU) of Office I should buy.”
Well let me save you the hassle and let you know exactly what you are getting when you purchase Microsoft Office Professional 2007:
Word 2007 For all your word processing / document reading and creation needs
Excel 2007 For crunching the numbers
PowerPoint 2007 For presenting information to your peers
Outlook 2007 (with Business Contact Manager) To keep in touch with your colleagues through email (and keep track of customer details using the Business Contact Manager)
Access 2007 To build databases to store your important business data
Publisher 2007 To produce professional looking documents, marketing collateral, reports, business cards, banners, signs, websites etc.
Accounting Express 2007 To make managing the finances of your small business (or your EBay empire!) easy
There are two different versions of Microsoft Office Professional 2007 that you can buy. The first is a full version of the product, which you need to buy if you do not currently have a version of Office on your computer.
If you currently use Office on your computer, then you can purchase the UPGRADE version, which is a lot cheaper!