Microsoft Office 2013 takes itself too seriously.
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Microsoft has gotten serious. It's time to go back to work and use the Office suite to increase our productivity. We've already taken a look at some of the weird things Excel can do. 7 Weird Fun Things You Can Create With Microsoft Excel 7 Weird Fun Things You Can Create With Microsoft Excel Imagine Excel was fun! Excel offers ample scope for projects that go beyond its intended use. The only limit is your imagination. These are the most creative examples of how people use Excel. Read More
So let's do some everyday things we've never thought to do.
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Now that you've mustered up the courage, let's dive under the hood and change the default search engine in Office from Bing to Google. Because while Bing is great, can Bing beat Google search through Windows 10 integration? Can Bing Beat Google Search Through Windows 10 Integration? Google eats Bing for breakfast. But Bing and Microsoft are a Phoenix in full renaissance mode. As Google faces antitrust accusations and Cortana meets the Windows 10 taskbar, Microsoft may soon turn tables. Read More Since Microsoft doesn't provide us with an easy way to change the search preference, we have to hack the Windows registry. What is Windows Registry Editor and how do I use it? [MakeUseOf Explains] What is the Windows Registry Editor and how do I use it? [MakeUseOf Explains] The Windows registry can be scary at first glance. It's a place where advanced users can change a wide variety of settings that aren't exposed elsewhere. If you're looking for how to change something in... Read More It's an easy 5-step process.
Go to Start menu or press Windows key + Q, type Regedit and press Enter to open the dual-pane Windows registry. The UAC alert screen might appear. Click Yes go forward.
In Registry Editor, drill down the hierarchy in the left pane to the following key:
We have to enter a new value to enter Google. In an empty area in the right pane:Make a right mouse button> Click New> Click String Value and name it SearchProviderName .
Double-click SearchProviderName . Enter Google in the value data box.
Next, we need to specify the URL. Click New> String value and name it SearchproviderURI (capital i , not url). Enter the following URL in the box and then click OK .
Close Registry Editor and restart Office 2013 to apply the changes. Query with a search.
To get back to Bing, just remove the string values mentioned above.
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Insights gives you the information within the Office app without having to open a new tab in your browser to perform a search. You can bring information to the document you're working on without being distracted by distracting search results on a browser page.
Plus, Office Online harnesses the power of Bing to bring relevant information from sources like Bing Snapshot, Wikipedia, Bing Image Search, Oxford English Dictionary, and the web along with your document. You can do a quick search or a more comprehensive review of facts and figures with the help.
Try Insights. Insights for Office is available in Word Online in Editing View (Vista> Editing View) .
Right-click a word or group of words that you want to know more about. Select Insights from the menu (or the Review Tab> Insights ).
You can also use the Tell me box to type the topic you want Insights to search for.
The information is clearly displayed in a panel to the right of the document. You can bring any information you want into the document you're working on.
The Microsoft Blog goes behind the scenes and gives you more information about the Insight experience.
The Mini Toolbar is the simplified version of the formatting tools (the Font group) available on the ribbon. The Mini Toolbar appears in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint when you select text with the mouse. It is not displayed when you use the keyboard for selection. It can be a useful shortcut or an annoying annoyance.
I find an annoyance only when you hide an excel cell. While not a huge productivity speedup, it's nice to know you can disable that.
Go File> Options> Choose the General tab.
Under User Interface Options > Uncheck Show mini toolbar on selection . Click OK.
Make note: You can still access the toolbar with a right click. Does this seem like a hassle or a help because it saves you a few trips to the treadmill?
With the Speak text to speech feature, you can have Word 2013 play your content as a voice. The applications use the installed TTS engines to generate the speech. If you are using the English version of Office, the English TTS engine is installed automatically. Speak works with Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote.
Add the Speak command to your quick access toolbar for quick access.
Customize Quick Access Toolbar By clicking the little arrow next to it.
Click More commands . From the Choose commands list, select All commands . Scroll to the Talk command and add it to the list of shortcut commands on the right.
To start the Speak command for single words or blocks of text, highlight the text you want to hear, and then click the Speak command.
It could be a great way to multitask while listening to your Outlook Inbox, reviewing your study notes in OneNote, or "by ear" editing a document in Word.
If Google can be used for scientific calculations, why should Microsoft Word be left behind?
Go to File> Options> Quick Access Toolbar . Choose All commands and click the Calculate command and Add to the quick access toolbar. Click OK.
A gray circle (Formula) appears on the quick access toolbar.
The calculator handles the basic functions addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, percentages, exponentiation and roots. A small advantage of the calculator is that you can use it anywhere in the Word document. Write your arithmetic expression. Select it and click on the Calculate button. The response is displayed in the status bar below.
It is useful for totaling:
The Calculate command How to do simple calculations in Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007 How to do simple calculations in Microsoft Word 2003 and 2007 More information has been around since Microsoft Word 2003. It is useful for small everyday uses. Heavy duty users will be happy with the arrival of Math Input Microsoft Office 2016.
Give the boring comment box any shape you want. It can be surprisingly useful for doing things out of the ordinary. You have to dive into one of the hidden commands and add it to the Quick Access Toolbar .
On the quick access toolbar, click the small dropdown arrow to open the menu.
Click More commands go to Excel Options and the quick access toolbar tab.
From the Choose commands from drop-down list, select Drawing Tools | Format tab .
From the list, select Shape Change and add it to the quick toolbar options on the right.
Click OK . The new Reshape icon is displayed on the toolbar.
To change the form of a comment, follow these three quick steps:
Yeah, you probably didn't see this one coming. OneNote is Jarvis's digital note in your hectic life. The ability to open multiple OneNote windows at once is just one of the ways to take advantage of OneNote 5 Ways to Take Advantage of Microsoft OneNote 5 Ways to Take Advantage of Microsoft's OneNote Read More. Use it for collaborative brainstorming or as a means of presentation through an office projector.
Open OneNote and the page you want to display. Click View> New window to open a mirror page.
Convert the mirror page to a full page view by clicking the double header arrow on the right. Full page view eliminates menu distraction. Display the entire page with a projector for the team to see.
Continue managing the page with the normal OneNote window that you have open on your computer. For example, you can use OneNote's Use the pen as a pointer function as a laser pointer to highlight key points in the note. You can scribble to annotate any point on the page. All doodles automatically disappear after a few seconds, so your notes stay clean.
The default PowerPoint aspect ratio is 4:3. High-definition widescreen monitors (plasma, LED TVs) and newer projectors typically have a 16:9 aspect ratio. 1280 × 720 and 1920 × 1080 are resolutions. common for these screens. If you take a default PowerPoint slide and display it on a larger screen, you'll notice a black space on the side. Design your slide according to the aspect ratio of the screen.
Here's how you can set up your PowerPoint presentation or video for a high-definition display before you start designing your slides.
Go to Ribbon> Layout> Slide Size> Custom slide size .
Set slide size as Show on screen (16:9) . This of course depends on what resolution you're looking for in your presentation.
After you create your slides, set up PowerPoint for viewing. Go to Slideshow> Set up slideshow .
In the Configure Show dialog box, select Primary Monitors from the dropdown menu in the Multiple Monitors group.
Select the Resolution from the dropdown below. Click on the I AGREE button and apply the new resolution to the slides.
PowerPoint includes many packaging options, from a simple slide show to a very high-quality video format for display on high-definition monitors. This is how you can save your presentation as a video.
Microsoft Office turns the Pareto principle on its head. 80% of users only use 20% of the features. If that is true, there is still much to be done. We will continue to bring you more tips and tricks hidden within the Office tools. But your own favorite tips and tricks could be a great trigger.
Tell us about the coolest or most unique things you've discovered while using Microsoft Office. Let's go to the fraction of users that can be called end-to-end experts.