Novice Challenge 4: I Need a New Style

Office Programs Required Microsoft Word 2007 Goldfish Awarded 10 Deadline for Submission Friday, April 24, 2009 (8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time) Files Required NoviceChallenge04.docm in the OfficePalooza Challenge Pack. Before beginning this challenge, feel free to take a break and read the contents of NoviceChallenge04.docm, which just happens to contain the first chapter of Pride…


Novice Challenge 3: What Do I Owe You?

Office Programs Required Microsoft Excel 2007 Goldfish Awarded 10 Deadline for Submission Friday, April 24, 2009 (8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time) Files Required NoviceChallenge03.xlsm in the OfficePalooza Challenge Pack. When you open NoviceChallenge03.xslm in Microsoft Office Excel, you’ll see a spreadsheet with information (fictional, of course), about authors and their book sales. Like this:  …


The Story of Binder Clippy

   Who (or What) is Binder Clippy?   What would a fun, exciting, online competition be without an emcee, or at least a cute and fuzzy mascot? It would really be missing something, wouldn’t it? So, we thought, who better to guide us through an Office-related competition than our old pal Clippy the Paperclip?  …


About OfficePalooza

About OfficePawhatza?   OfficePalooza is a two-week event (April 20 – May 1, 2009) that is open to just about everyone around the world. (Read the official rules to find out if you’re eligible to enter.) The first day of OfficePalooza we’re going to present you with a set of challenges, and you’ll have to…


OfficePalooza Challenge Summary

OfficePalooza is like a big online carnival. Well, okay, there isn’t any food and there aren’t any rides, but it’s like a carnival nonetheless in that it has fun, games, and prizes. The games at this festival come in the form of challenges, challenges that will put your Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) skills to the…


April 20 – May 1, 2009

The countdown has begun! We’re closing in on the debut of OfficePalooza, some of the most fun you’ll ever have with Microsoft products. (Okay, Xbox might be a little more fun, but this is a close second.) We have a little preview here of what you’re in for.   Here are the official rules.  Note…


Introduction to VBA

Introduction to VBA If there’s a truism to modern life it’s this: if something is good for you then it’s probably no fun at all. No fun at all. Need an example? Take cod liver oil (please). According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, “There is hardly a disease in the books that does not…


OfficePalooza FAQ

OfficePalooza FAQ Why OfficePalooza? Hey, why not OfficePalooza!?! Most of us spend our days using Microsoft Office for such practical tasks as managing finances, writing up contracts, scheduling projects, and so on. For many of us, that also means using Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) to create some very serious and complicated applications. What we…


Novice Challenge 1: Color My Column

Office Programs Required Microsoft Excel 2007 Goldfish Awarded 5 Deadline for Submission Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time) Files Required NoviceChallenge01.xlsm in the OfficePalooza Challenge Pack. The flashing lights and bright colors of a carnival are nothing compared to what you can do in Microsoft Office Excel. You’ll get a little taste…


Novice Challenge 2: What Did I See?

Office Programs Required Microsoft Word 2007 Goldfish Awarded 5 Deadline for Submission Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (8:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time) Files Required NoviceChallenge02.docm in the OfficePalooza Challenge Pack. In this challenge we’re going to use Microsoft Office Word to tell a story. The story is mostly written, with one exception: there’s no subject. Instead,…