NOW An All-In-One App: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and More) 

This Android App has been in the works for quite a while… It is a unified Android app that bundles the Microsoft Office products into one app, instead of having to download each app separately.

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint combined in one app:

  • The most widely used tools for working with documents, spreadsheets, and presentations, all from a single app.
  • Create, edit, and work together on Office documents with others in real-time.
  • Use templates to easily get started with your resume, budget, presentations, and other documents.
  • Easily store, access, and search for Word, Excel, PowerPoint files stored in your personal cloud storage, on your device, or across your organization (if using a work account).

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Source: Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, PowerPoint & More – Apps on Google Play

Choose From Thousands Of FREE Microsoft Office Templates

Many folks do not know that Microsoft maintains, on their web site, pages of FREE Microsoft Office templates. There you will templates for resumes, cover letters, calendars, flyers, planners, newsletters, presentations, brochures, reports invoices and themes. I have found that many of these templates are compatible with third party office suites, such as LibreOffice.

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Choose from thousands of free Microsoft Office templates for every event or occasion. Jump start your school, work, or family project and save time with a professionally designed Word, Excel, PowerPoint template that’s a perfect fit.

Source: Office templates & themes

THREE FREE Alternatives to Buying Microsoft Office… (actually FIVE)

Yesterday I posted the article, “A Microsoft Office Alternative That Is Totally FREE…” and I received comments suggesting some alternatives that you may want to explore. If you know of additional alternatives to Microsoft Office, feel free to use the comment section to add your suggestions.

I have installed and experienced each of the software options below. All three are good options that will save you the cost of subscribing to a long term software option like Microsoft Office. As I mentioned in my previous post, it is a matter of personal preference and circumstance. If Microsoft Office is the core product required in your workplace or school, then purchasing Microsoft Office for home is a good choice (and makes sense). If you are in a situation where Microsoft Office plays no role in what you are doing in life, then any of the choices below are good choices.

To prove my point… I managed a network in a government agency where the core product I used and installed on all the PC’s was Microsoft Office. When I retired, I stopped using Microsoft Office (to save myself money) and now use one of the FREE options below. Many people get hooked on that they “have to install” Microsoft Office or their world will fall apart.

Also, just to point out, if you set up a FREE Microsoft Outlook account with Microsoft, you can use the FREE online watered-down versions of Word, Excel, and Powerpoint that works quite well. Oh, don’t forget you also have Google Docs

THREE FREE MS-OFFICE
SOFTWARE ALTERNATIVES


LibreOffice – LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most versatile Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).


WPS Office – Your dream solution for a low-budget, no-commitment, (cross-platform) free productivity office suite. The smallest size office suite consisting of Writer, Presentation, and Spreadsheets.


FreeOffice – is a complete Office suite with a word processor, a spreadsheet application and a presentation program – all compatible with their counterparts in Microsoft Office.


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A Microsoft Office Alternative That Is Totally FREE…

Many of you that explore the world of tech already know of LibreOffice. Many of you at home, do not. If you work in the business world where Microsoft Office is the core product needed to perform your job functions, then I can understand buying the product for use at home. Same goes with Students (to a certain extent), but most of us at home do not need to be paying out a handsome sum for a product that you will occasionally use and most likely will be financially tied to for many years. A good option, that is FREE and very compatible with Microsoft Office (and Google Docs) is LibreOffice. Here at “What’s On My PC” LibreOffice is my office suite software of choice that I frequently recommend to others.

LibreOffice is a powerful and free office suite (that is Open Source software), used by millions of people around the world. Its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most versatile Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).

Source: LibreOffice – Free Office Suite

Quick Tip: How To Use “Tell Me” In Microsoft Office 2016 and Microsoft Office 365

I captured this tidbit “quick tip” directly from Microsoft. It is a tip on how to use “Tell Me” in the suite of Microsoft Office 2016 (i.e. Word, Powerpoint, Excel) and Microsoft Office 365. Many folks fail to use this readily available feature that will save you time and help you get answers to specific features you want to use.

Do things quickly with Tell MeYou‘ll notice a text box on the ribbon in Office 2016 and Office 365 apps that says Tell me what you want to do. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases about what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform.

Shows the "tell me" search box on the ribbon in Word.

Source: Microsoft – Do things quickly with Tell Me

Google Docs will let you natively edit, collaborate on Microsoft Office files soon | The Verge

This is big news…

Editing Microsoft Office files in Google Docs is a pain. You can view them there, but you’ve previously had to convert them to Google’s format before you could edit, comment, and collaborate inside Docs. That’s about to change: Google just announced that it’s adding native support for Microsoft’s Word, Excel, and PowerPoint formats — like .docx, .xls, and .ppt — which will let you do real-time collaboration in Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

Source: Google Docs will let you natively edit, collaborate on Microsoft Office files soon – The Verge

Adding a “Watermark” in Microsoft Word 2003 or 2007

A watermark is a recognizable background image or pattern that is embedded in a document at various shades of lightness or darkness. The standard placement of a watermark is done in such a way in the background (e.g. diagonal) to catch the reader’s eye and to convey a readily recognizable message that portrays the status of the document (e.g. confidential, draft, ASAP, etc.). Of course there are other non-standard methods of embedding a watermark, such as adding your own image. Today, I had a situation where I had to embed a watermark in a Microsoft Word document; which provided me with the idea of sharing this process with others.  Actually it is quite simple, and this tip may be helpful to others.

WatermarkMicrosoft Word 2003

The watermark commands are available only in normal, print layout, and outline views.

  1. On the Format menu, point to Background, and then click Printed Watermark.
  2. Do one of the following:  To insert a picture as a watermark (watermark: Any graphic or text, such as “Confidential,” that when printed appears either on top of or behind existing document text.), click Picture Watermark, and then click Select Picture. Select the picture you want, and then click Insert.To insert a text watermark, click Text Watermark, and then select or enter the text that you want.
  3. Select any additional options that you want, and then click Apply.
  4. To view a watermark as it will appear on the printed page, use print layout view

Microsoft Word 2007

You can insert a predesigned watermark from a gallery of watermark text, or you can insert a watermark with custom text.

  1. On the Page Layout tab, in the Page Background group, click Watermark.
  2. Do one of the following: Click a predesigned watermark, such as Confidential or Urgent, in the gallery of watermarks. Click Custom Watermark, click Text watermark and then select or type the text that you want. You can also format the text.
  3. To view a watermark as it will appear on the printed page, use Print Layout view.

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