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Microsoft Excel VLOOKUP – What would I use that for?

Exploring this Excel Function

At the start of a Microsoft Excel course I always ask people  - "What do you Need to Know".  I'm trying to find out what each attendee wants to achieve from their time spent with me. Often the VLOOKUP function is mentioned.  "I've heard other people talk about it, but I'm not really sure what it does". You won't be surprised to learn that it is designed to look things up!  However, there are two distinctly different ways that it can be used. (more…)

Microsoft PowerPoint – Organisation Charts

Are they really that difficult?

Sue got in touch with me as she had been asked to create and maintain the "organograms" for the company she works for. It is a large multi-national organisation with plants all over the world, so the charts would be quite complex. "I've no experience of using Microsoft PowerPoint and my colleagues are telling me that modifications to an existing chart are a nightmare". That didn't match up with my experience of working with Organisation Charts in PowerPoint, so we arranged a session together to explore the possibilities. (more…)

Office 2013 – Should I make the move?

You may be asking yourself – “should I move to Microsoft Office 2013”.  This blog investigates.

I’ve got Office 2003

Your world ends on April 8th 2014. All right that is a bit of an exaggeration.  That is in fact the date that Microsoft will withdraw official support for Windows XP and Office 2003. (more…)

Taming Windows 8

For most people, the operating system that they use is merely a method to reach the application programs that they want to use.  It is the DVD player.  All they want to do is watch Pirates of the Caribbean.  (Other movie franchises are available!). When Microsoft released Windows 8, it was clearly aimed at Smartphones and Tablets.  With Tiles to launch programs and features for Touch and Swipe, it is well suited for those devices. (more…)

Training is Boring!

Now that might sound like an odd statement to come from a training provider. But sadly, in most cases, it’s true.

 Remember the time when learning and training meant someone standing at the front of the class, delivering their material, on their subject.  Lecturing you.  Yes, it was school.

And guess what?  As adults, we don’t like to be treated as though we are still at school.  We don’t want a school-teacher or lecturer and we don’t want to be talked at.  We just don’t learn well using those methods that we experienced at school.


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