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Learn a Trick or Two with Taylor Made

Dread the thought of creating documents in software packages such as Excel and PowerPoint? Want to dazzle the audience with a powerful presentation but don’t have the knowledge necessary? Then help is at hand thanks to the launch of a new series of 90-minute evening seminars being staged by Taylor Made Training Solutions, a division of high profile Taylor Made Computer Solutions in Fareham.

Identifying essential time-saving features within the Microsoft Office suite and the ability to produce sharper and more eye-catching documents and presentations are promised by the events taking place over the next few weeks.

Sessions include an MS Outlook knowledge-booster on 11 July where tips will include creating new views in Inbox, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks etc; allocating tasks to others and keeping track of progress; creating folders within Outlook to organise mail and contacts, as well as using ‘voting buttons’ to collate people’s responses and message options.

While on July 25 regular users of Excel, can get to grips with how Excel deals with dates, tips and examples for date calculations, working days, weekday calculations, adding values by categories, looking up values in tables, using conditional formulas, array formulas and publishing spreadsheets on an intranet.

Put the wow into PowerPoint by learning the tricks of the trade on 8 August. Generate exciting displays by using different slide layouts, inserting or aligning objects or embedding and animating graphs or learn about hyperlinking, working with summary slides using Masterslides and using a company logo as a background.

At Integrating Office Tips and Tricks on August 15, attendees will become experts on Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access and Publisher and learn how to integrate some of the different aspects of the Microsoft Office suite. Focus will be on integrating a Word document with PowerPoint to create a presentation, using contacts in Outlook for efficient mail merging, embedding graphs that automatically update into Word and PowerPoint, moving data from Excel into Access and mail merging data into Publisher. There will also be the chance to learn how to add reference materials and images into Word documents and import PowerPoint presentations into Word.

Heather Slade, Training Manager at Taylor Made says: “These seminars have something to offer everyone from novices to the advanced user. They will help everyday computer users discover some excellent time-saving techniques that will enable them to produce even more effective and professional-looking documents and presentations.”

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.