Hot Microsoft Office How-Tos

How To: Create a Basic Attendance Sheet in Excel

If you're a teacher in any type of school, whether it's high school, college, or middle school, it's imperative that you keep an attendance sheet. The paper and pen route can get pretty messy, and very disorganized, and that's where Microsoft Excel comes in. With this software, you can create a simple yet functional attendance sheet to keep track of your students.

How To: Generate random numbers (with decimals) in Excel

This video shows you how to generate random numbers with decimals in Microsoft Excel.When generating random numbers you must have a lower and upper limit, so that your number will be generated between the two limits. For a number without decimals, you only have to use the "=randbetween" function. If you want to use decimals, you will have to use a different but similar function. Start by typing "=rand()". Next, you multiply this by the difference between the limits and add the lower limit. Fo...

How To: Create a Tangent Line with Excel

Given a function, you can easily find the slope of a tangent line using Microsoft Excel to do the dirty work. That is to say, you can input your x-value, create a couple of formulas, and have Excel calculate the secant value of the tangent slope. This is a fantastic tool for Stewart Calculus sections 2.1 and 2.2.

How To: Hide scroll bars, sheet tabs & charts in Excel

This video is a tutorial on how to remove scroll bars, sheet tabs and objects in Excel. To remove scroll bars and sheet tabs, go to the Office button, then Excel Options. On the screen that comes up go to the Advanced tab and scroll down to “Display options for this workbook”, where you will see some check boxes. Uncheck the boxes for horizontal scroll bar, vertical scroll bar and sheet tabs. This will remove them from the current workbook. This feature only works with the current workbook.

How To: Create a savings plan with Excel's FV & PMT functions

Whether you're interested in learning Microsoft Excel from the bottom up or just looking to pick up a few tips and tricks, you're in the right place. In this tutorial from everyone's favorite digital spreadsheet guru, ExcelIsFun, the 22nd installment in his "Highline Excel Class" series of free video Excel lessons, you'll see a lifetime savings plan using the FV and PMT functions and other formulas. See how to calculate how much you will have at retirement from a basic savings plan. Then see ...

How To: Check your voicemail in Microsoft Outlook

In this how to video, you will learn how to check your voice mail in Microsoft Office Outlook. Your exchange administrator must enable unified messaging for these messages to appear. First, open the program to set up your voice mail options. Go to options and click the voice mail tab. Your phone number should appear in the correct form. Click call to check your voice mail. Enter your number and click x and okay. Now you are ready to listen to your voice mail messages on your computer. From Ou...

How To: Use Boolean operators in Microsoft Access queries

The Microsoft Office Access 2007 relational database manager enables information workers to quickly track and report information with ease thanks to its interactive design capabilities that do not require deep database knowledge. In this Microsoft Access video tutorial, you'll learn about using the Boolean logical operators AND OR and NOT in queries in Access. To get started using Boolean operators in your own Access queries, take a look.

How To: Open, close & save documents in MS Word 2007

In this beginners video, the instructor shows how to use Word 2007 by opening, closing, and saving documents. When you open the Microsoft Word software with out any documents, the window looks gray indicating the same. There is an office button present in the top left corner of the window through which you can access various options. Click on it, and select the open button which brings up the open dialog box. Now, you can browse through your computer and select any Word document to be opened....

How To: Change Excel options directly in the Registry

This video shows us the method to block the formula bar, scroll bars and the status bars in Excel. Click on 'Start' and type 'regedit'. Click on 'regedit' and go to 'HKEY_CURRENT_USER'. Open it and go to 'Software' and 'Microsoft'. Expand it and go to 'Office' and open the version of Office on your computer. Expand it and go to Excel. Choose the options folder. Go to the 'Options' item and right click on it. Go to 'Modify' and type 150 in the text box. Click on 'OK'. Now restart the Excel and...

How To: Build a 15-minute schedule in Microsoft Excel

Want to make a time schedule in Microsoft Excel partitioned into perfectly regimented 15-minute intervals? It's easy, provided you know how to go about it. And in this Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 543rd installment in their series of Excel magic tricks, you'll learn how to do just that using the Fill Handle. For a complete walkthrough, watch this Microsoft Office how-to.

How To: Create dynamic sub tables in Microsoft Excel

New to Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly advanced as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 538th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to create dynamic sub tables based on master sheet array as well as how to create array formulae quickly with the Drill-Through method. All this is accomplished with recourse to the COUNTIF, IF, ROWS, INDEX, SMALL, ROW functions.

How To: Do matrix multiplication and inverse in MS Excel

This is a video about the multiplication, determination, and inverse of matrix using excel. First we have to take two matrix in excel. If you take two 3x3 matrices and multiply it then you will get a 3x3 matrix as a result. First we have to select 3x3 cells in the excel and give then a formula of =mmult(and then select the first matrix it will automatically takes the row and cell numbers, next select the second matrix). Then it will give the answer. Next if you want to find the determinant of...

How To: Identify the first occurrence of a value in a column in Microsoft Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 697th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to create a column of 1s and 0s (ones and zeroes) where 1 indicates the first occurrence and 0 indicates any remaining duplicates.

How To: Insert movie files into a MS Word document

In order to insert movies into Microsoft Word 2007, Click on Insert. For AVI, go to Object, Create From File, and select the location of the file. Then, click on Insert. It will now appear on your document. The video should play. The video can be repositioned or adjusted. It can be saved with your document, although this is not true for other movie formats.

How To: Use Microsoft Excel's built-in VLOOKUP function

Looking for a primer on how to create and work with lookup queries in Microsoft Office Excel? You've come to the right place. In this free video tutorial from everyone's favorite MS Excel guru, YouTube's ExcelIsFun, the very first installment in his series of Excel lookup formula series, you'll learn how to use the VLOOKUP function to deliver a value to cell.

How To: Cross tabulate categorical data with formulas in Excel

If you use Microsoft Excel on a regular basis, odds are you work with numbers. Put those numbers to work. Statistical analysis allows you to find patterns, trends and probabilities within your data. In this MS Excel tutorial from everyone's favorite Excel guru, YouTube's ExcelsFun, the 17th installment in his "Excel Statistics" series of free video lessons, you'll learn how to cross tabulate & do percentage cross tabulation for categorical data using formulas rather than pivot tables.

How To: Chart cross-sectional and time series data in MS Excel

If you use Microsoft Excel on a regular basis, odds are you work with numbers. Put those numbers to work. Statistical analysis allows you to find patterns, trends and probabilities within your data. In this MS Excel tutorial from everyone's favorite Excel guru, YouTube's ExcelsFun, the 11th installment in his "Excel Statistics" series of free video lessons, you'll learn how to work with, and create charts for, cross-sectional and time-series data.

How To: Change margins in Word 2007

Mike Callahan aka Dr. Filefinder of Butterscotch explains how to adjust the margins in Microsoft Word 2007. While working on a document navigate your mouse to the 'Page Layout' tab at the top, center of the page. On the far left of the resulting page you will find 'Margins', click on that. A drop down window will display some default options that may suit your needs. If not, then click on the bottom option 'custom margins' to change the margin width to any size that you choose. You will now b...

How To: Completely hide the Ribbon menu in Excel

The instructor of this video shows you how to completely hide the ribbon, or the menu, in Excel. If you only want to partially hide the ribbon, you can use the shortcut control + F1. To completely hide the ribbon, though, go to the Visual Basic screen, hit Alt + F11. Then, go to insert, then module, and type in the macro "sub (Your name for macro)" then hit enter, then type in the code "application.executeExcel4macro''show.toolbar(""Ribbon"", false)''". To set up the code to show the ribbon a...

How To: Calculate stock value based on the value of future dividend cash flow in Excel

As you might guess, one of the domains in which Microsoft Excel really excels is finance math. Brush up on the stuff for your next or current job with this how-to. In this tutorial from everyone's favorite digital spreadsheet guru, YouTube's ExcelIsFun, the 61st installment in his "Excel Finance Class" series of free video lessons, you'll learn how to calculate the value of a stock based on the present value of a future dividend cash flow.

How To: Create a sudoku puzzle in Excel with array formulas

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 242nd installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to create a sudoku puzzle using array formulas, the INDEX function with criteria and data validation.

How To: Retrieve the name of a lowest-bidding vendor in Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 283rd installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to use the INDEX, MATCH and MIN functions to retrieve vendors name when they have made the low bid.

How To: Force text formulas to wrap with Excel's CHAR function

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 228th installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to use the CHAR (10) function to add hard line returns (forced wrapped text) to a text formula created with the ampersand (&) and concatenation tools.

How To: Download a free beta version of Microsoft Office

This how to video describes how to download and install a free beta version of Microsoft Office. This video directs you to a Microsoft site that allows you to download the beta version of Office. The author warns you that this is the beta version of Office and that the software is still in the testing phase and is prone to many bugs and unknown problems and issues. This video is perfect for the penny pincher or those who want to be on the bleeding edge of technology.

How To: Use conditional formatting for a student attendance report in Microsoft Excel

You can use conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel to create an easy attendance report for you classroom. This can also be applied to other similar types of reports. The report in this video includes the names of the students, the total possible days of attendance, the actual amount of days attended by each student, the percentage of attendance, and their rank in the class. Just follow along with the video to see how it's done.

How To: Use the Format Cells dialog box in MS Excel 2007

See how to use the Format Cells dialog box and the pop-up mini-toolbar in Microsoft Excel 2007. Whether you're new to Microsoft's popular digital spreadsheet application or a seasoned business professional just looking to better acquaint yourself with this particular iteration of the program, you're sure to be well served by this video tutorial. For more information, including step-by-step instructions, watch this free video guide.

How To: Allow only Monday dates in a cell in Microsoft Excel

New to Microsoft Excel? Looking for a tip? How about a tip so mind-blowingly useful as to qualify as a magic trick? You're in luck. In this MS Excel tutorial from ExcelIsFun, the 593rd installment in their series of digital spreadsheet magic tricks, you'll learn how to add data validation to allow only Monday dates in a cell using the custom option and the WEEKDAY function.

How To: Create confidence intervals for proportions in Excel

If you use Microsoft Excel on a regular basis, odds are you work with numbers. Put those numbers to work. Statistical analysis allows you to find patterns, trends and probabilities within your data. In this MS Excel tutorial from everyone's favorite Excel guru, YouTube's ExcelsFun, the 86th installment in his "Excel Statistics" series of free video lessons, you'll learn how to construct confidence intervals for proportions using NORMSINV function and other formulas.

How To: Create collapsible and expandable cell ranges in Excel

This video demonstrates how to create collapsible and expandable cell ranges in Excel. The first thing that you will have to is to prepare your Excel worksheet that contains the data which you need to be expandable and collapsible. On the first cell under your Running Total column, type in the function, "=SUM". Select the Sales cell corresponding to that cell then type in Shift+Colon. Click on the first value and hit the F4 key to lock your row reference. The result will automatically show. Y...

How To: Calculate proportions and percentages in Excel

This Excel Statistics series of video shows how to calculate proportions and percentages in Microsoft Excel. This video shows how to do percentage calculations using formulas in Microsoft Excel. To make a formula for a percentage, you need to first make a formula to calculate the total sum of objects you are going to use. To do that, use the sum formula. Now, divide the current object's value with the previously generated sum formula, which gives you the frequency. When you multiply this by 1...

How To: Schedule Meetings in MS Outlook

In this tutorial First, we will discuss what a meeting is, How can we schedule it in Outlook. A meeting can be defined as a mass of two or more people have a common motive. All the people present in a meeting can share their ideas and exchange information, to carry out the actions to achieve their goal. This tutorial helps those people who are looking for the steps to Schedule a Meeting in MS Outlook.

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