Melissa P Esquibel

A Microsoft® Certified Trainer, Melissa Esquibel combines her 25+ years experience in information technology with a background in training, technical writing and business risk analysis. Her goal: To take you from "No, how?" to "Know how!"

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The email collaboration challenge

Is there a better way to make comments in reply email text other than different font colors?

Demystifying SharePoint permissions

Permissions can become confusing in SharePoint. A few basic principles help clear the mist a little. The more complex you allow your permissions structure to become, the less secure and, ultimately, the bigger nightmare it is to administer.

SharePoint solutions to frequently asked questions

One of the exercises to do while preparing for a SharePoint rollout is to think about how it can be used to answer questions that would otherwise fill up email or voice mail. A well-built company-facing team site should be a reliable resource for frequently asked questions. With a few tweaks, the Issues List app (or list template in 2010) can serve two functions: a place to record open issues or questions, and, when answered, an FAQ.

Accessing shared calendars on your smartphone

It seems smartphone users will not be able to see items in calendars other than their own for the time being, but there are a couple of things to try before accepting “No” for an answer.

How to put an end to Word time-wasters

Could you use one or two dozen hours returned to you? Most people would. If you use Microsoft Word a great deal, there are opportunities to do things much faster and more accurately. Here are three ways to save time and be more accurate.

PowerPoint: Why SlideMasters?

Q. I’m always customizing my slides even though I use a SlideMaster. Why should I even bother with a SlideMaster?

Four Things a Nightmare Excel Workbook Taught Me

If you’ve ever inherited a workbook that has been passed down from several individuals without a lot of Excel knowledge who had a very definite idea of what they wanted, but not how to get it in the best way possible, learning opportunities abound. Here are the biggest lessons that came out of a real whopper …

Three Word problems, three Word solutions

Microsoft Certified Trainer Melissa Esquibel takes to the Help Desk to respond to reader questions about MS Word.

Outlook hints for meeting replies and calendar analysis

Readers ask what to do about managing large numbers of meeting replies and how to analyze calendar data from previous years.

MS Word quick tips

Microsoft Certified Trainer Melissa Esquibel shares three tips to get the most out of Word.