Desert Island Office


If I had a pound for every time someone told me they "only use about 20% of the features" in Office then I wouldn't need to be writing this blog... The cool/amusing/incredible/trivial (delete depending on your personal geek factor) thing though, is that almost everyone uses a different 20%. (Back in 2005, Darren blogged about an interesting experiment that proves this nicely.)

So, with a view to uncovering some of the different 20%s, I'm going to be asking various colleagues which three Office features they couldn't live without.

chartHere's what Karen Buckley (Marketing Manager) picked:

1. Excel charts

In Office 2007, charting has been given a major face-lift. Now it's even easier to make a rather-dull list of numbers sing.

2. Windows + S

windowsbutton This was new to me, but I think it's going to get a lot of use! Press the Windows key and S, and you can take an instant screen clipping - just drag the cursor over the area you want to "clip". Then paste the clipping wherever you need it. [Great for copying online receipts into OneNote while you wait for the email confirmation to arrive.]

3. Calendar button in Outlook

calendar A really quick way to check your calendar when you receive a meeting request. Just click on the calendar button and it opens up a new window with your diary showing the date of the proposed meeting - you can quickly check your availability and then close the calendar window when you're done.

Comments (3)
  1. Ian J says:

    Is the Windows Key + S trick just a vista thing?

  2. Dermot Coll says:

    Tried the Windows + S feature but it didnt seem to work – what am I doing wrong or does it just work with One Note? (which I dont have !!!)

    Regards

    Dermot

  3. GillLeFevre says:

    The Windows + S feature is part of OneNote and will work with Office 2003 SP1 as well as 2007 (although you can paste the clippings anywhere, not just OneNote). There is a separate screen clipping tool included with Vista.

    Sorry not to make that clear in the original post.

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