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Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010: Understanding The Basics

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Uploaded on Feb 15, 2010

Microsoft Office is very familiar to teachers. They have confidence using Microsoft OneNote, PowerPoint, Word and other programs.

But theres always something new to learn.

Microsoft Office 2010 has some improvements that can help save you time, accomplish more, and work better together with your students and peers.

Lets start with the program many teachers rely on the most. Microsoft PowerPoint.

If youre not yet familiar, the Ribbon is what runs along the top of the window and holds all your tools. Its a common thread from one Office program to the next and its a big help in making whatever youre doing, easier to do.

Take this PowerPoint. Lets say you want to give an old presentation, a fresh look.

Go to the Ribbon and choose the Design tab. Now, click around until you find a new one you like.

Maybe theres a slide that needs some visual impact. Choose the Insert tab along the top of the Ribbon. Then select Smart Art. Youll see a great selection of quality graphics with a preview on the right.

Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 has some dynamic new transitions, too. Go to Transitions in the top tabs. And just by hovering over the icon, you can see them in action.




Next, moving on to Microsoft Word 2010. The Ribbon is right there to assist you with your composition.
But did you know that a simple right click in a text area launches a mini-toolbar, putting the font tools conveniently in reach?

Now, say youre reviewing a students paper. Simply go to the Review tab at the top of the Ribbon. Choose a place in the students paper thats worth noting. Then click New Comment up in the Ribbon.

And enter your constructive comment or hearty praise. When revising their papers, ask your students to use Track Changes found in Word 2007 and 2010. Which saves you a lot of time not having to re-read the entire paper.

Backstage is a feature in Office 2010 that lets you quickly slip behind the curtain, so to speak, and get fast access print commands. So you can preview your document. Choose print settings.

Or with one click, send it to Microsoft OneNote to be filed.


Next, roll over to Recent to see all your most recent work in one convenient window, and jump to any file with just a click.

Backstage is a time-saver that every teacher can appreciate, and one that puts you back at center stage helping students to learn.

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