Solution - Novice Challenge 10: Skip It

Did you like the first slide in this challenge? We hope so. The first slide turned out to where Binder Clippy has been hiding throughout OfficePalooza. We wanted to give Binder Clippy a little bigger role throughout this competition, but, well, there were some contract issues…. As a result, Binder Clippy got demoted from emcee…

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Solution - Novice Challenge 9: I Need a Break

It’s true: we all need a break once in a while. A break from work, a break from the kids, a break from the in-laws…sometimes we just need to power down for a little while and take it easy. But sometimes this can be overdone. The breaks at work come a little too often, or…

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Solution - Experienced Challenge 10: Don’t Get Ten of Those Little Red Cells

You know, if we were a little smarter we would have made Challenge 10 an easy one; after 2 solid weeks of copying Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) subroutines from emails, pasting those subroutines into a Microsoft Office application, and then running that subroutine to make sure it actually worked, well, we definitely could have…

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Solution - Experienced Challenge 9: And They’re Off!

This was one challenge that we actually had to think about. (Does that mean we didn’t think about the other challenges? Um, well ….) That’s because we were initially tempted to try and use Microsoft Office PowerPoint’s animation capabilities to try and create a very smooth, very realistic-looking race. But the more we thought about…

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Solution - Experienced Challenge 8: Twenty Questions

So were we able to come up with a solution to challenge 8? Good question. As it turns out, we wrote the first half of our solution, then put it to the test, just to make sure everything was working correctly. When we did so, we discovered that not only was the code working, but…

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Solution - Experienced Challenge 7: It’s Showtime!

This was an interesting challenge for us. We knew that there was no simple, straightforward way to implement a countdown timer in Microsoft Office PowerPoint. In addition, we assumed that there was a way to implement a countdown timer in Microsoft Office Excel; however, we weren’t positive that this could be done. So did we…

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Solution - Novice Challenge 8: It’s Not My Fault

We all make mistakes, right? Like maybe we say something we really shouldn’t have said, or even worse, we write down something we really shouldn’t have written down. Or sometimes we say or write something down that’s perfectly okay, unless someone thinks a different person was responsible for saying it or writing it down. Or…

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Solution - Novice Challenge 7: Switcheroo

This was an interesting challenge. As with just about any coding challenge, there were multiple ways of accomplishing this task. For the challenges so far we’ve seen code ranging three lines long to code 20 lines long, with the outcome of both being identical. We usually would never presume to tell anyone which way is…

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Solution - Novice Challenge 5: You Name It

We’ll start out by admitting something to you: we messed up. That probably isn’t a big surprise to anyone. What is a surprise (and a nice one at that) is that we messed up in a way that made things harder on us, but easier on you. (Okay, that really shouldn’t be a surprise either:…

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Solution - Novice Challenge 6: How Animated Am I?

For the first five challenges we sort of eased you into all the Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) stuff. This is, after all, the Novice division, so these challenges aren’t supposed to be too hard. But after easing beyond the halfway point, it was time to make things a little more, well, challenging, here in…

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