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Add a pie chart to a Word document without opening Excel

Takeaway: You can bypass Excel and insert a pie chart into a Word document, from inside Word. Susan Harkins explains.

Convert Office 2007 files to a 2003 readable format

Takeaway: This quick tip is still one of the most popular Microsoft Office Blog posts, which begs the question: Are you still using Office 2003?

Launch Word with the most recently used document

By Susan Harkins
February 7, 2012, 8:09 AM PST
Takeaway: Show users how to open the most recently used file when launching Word. Or, provide them with a shortcut that does the same thing.

Some of us begin most work sessions opening the last file we were working with. When this is the case, users can save a few keystrokes by opening the most recently used file when they launch Word. Fortunately, doing so is simpler than you might think - just flip a switch.

To launch Word with the most recently used file, do the following:

Quickly highlight matching values in Excel with keyboard shortcut

By Susan Harkins
January 27, 2012, 6:42 AM PST
Takeaway: When you just need to see matching values and you don’t want to filter or sort, try this Excel keyboard trick.

There are numerous ways to find matching data in an Excel sheet. Filters are probably the most versatile. Sorting is probably the easiest way, but even that’s unnecessary if all you want to do is review matching values. In other words, if you don’t need the values rearranged or filtered, there’s a quicker way. Excel offers a keyboard shortcut trick that’s quick to implement and easy to remember.

Change Word's default line spacing

Change Word's default line spacing to what you want it to be.
By Susan Harkins,
January 6, 2012, 7:59 AM PST

Takeaway: Word 2007 and 2010’s line spacing default isn’t the same as it was in 2003. Here’s how to change it to what you want it to be.

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