The Office Tech Pro

Keep vs. OneNote vs. Evernote

October 2, 2017 Categorized in: The Office Tech Pro

Depending on how deeply you or your organization is entrenched in Microsoft or Google technology, you will look to different types of note-taking apps to meet your needs. Let’s review and compare three popular (or soon-to-be popular) offerings.

Voice typing in Google Docs

September 6, 2017 Categorized in: The Office Tech Pro

The Docs app in Google Drive allows you to “type” a document with your voice. This can come in handy when you want to create a document with instructions on how to do something, while you are doing the thing the document is about. It is often so much easier to describe the steps while you are doing them.

Is Google+ still a thing?

August 7, 2017 Categorized in: The Office Tech Pro

You still see the logo sprinkled about, but if you’re not already a Google+ devotee, you might wonder why with all the other big social players around. Here’s the what and why of Google+ with some decision-making fodder for jumping on (or off) the bandwagon.

Present online like a pro

May 2, 2017 Categorized in: The Office Tech Pro

With Google Slides you can create and present slides online. And there are tools that can make it more interactive and more dynamic.
By creating custom columns, we make it easy to locate documents quickly and in any arrangement that makes sense for a particular use.
Google forms is an easy way to launch a survey or create a form to place on your website.

The art of SharePoint governance

October 3, 2016 Categorized in: The Office Tech Pro

Without a few guidelines, rules and boundaries, SharePoint can quickly become a weed-ridden mess in which it’s hard to find what you need.
After firing up Sheets in Google Drive, click on the Sheets icon in the upper-left corner of the screen. You’ll see template options for starting up a new spreadsheet. Let’s take a little tour…
If your organization uses SharePoint 2010 or greater, you can create, fully featured, automated surveys without using an external app or software.

PowerPoint questions answered

April 6, 2016 Categorized in: The Office Tech Pro

Re-arranging a presentation; dealing with an inherited presentation that does not fit your style.
There’s a gold mine of information in your calendaring data, whether you use Google, Outlook, Lotus Note or GroupWise.

Demystifying SharePoint permissions

January 11, 2016 Categorized in: The Office Tech Pro

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.
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.