Forget learning Illustrator and Photoshop—that's both overkill and a time suck. Instead, use PowerPoint to create simple graphics for your small business.
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Not everyone's an Excel maven, but these five Excel mistakes just scream, "You're a rookie!" We'll show you how you can avoid the mistakes, save professional face, and produce better work results.
The new apps tool in both Microsoft Office 2013 and Office 365 lets you add features to extend their functionality—and your productivity.
We look at four free Microsoft Excel alternatives and show why you can easily keep any of these spreadsheet apps in your office applications toolkit.
Not at your office? These five tools let you access and run your computer as if you were there in person.
Skype might be the bigger name in free or low-cost phone calls and video conferencing, but it is by no means the only game in town. Check out these five apps to keep your communications flowing.
An email marketing service can help tame your customer contact list and make it easier to engage customers. We look at features to consider and an overview of popular email marketing services.
Need to resize images to post on the Web? Try this collection of handy image-editing tools for pixel-perfect pictures every time.
Animated video is a great way to spice up your small business marketing. And it can boost your bottom line. We look at five animation software tools—four online and one computer-based—to help you get moving.
Publishing a newsletter? You don’t have to spend a lot of money or have a design degree to get professional results. We take a look at range of desktop publishing tools to get you started.
When you need great looking graphics for anything—from a small business blog to a business presentation, make Canva your go-to application.
From call forwarding to file transfer, Skype provides a range of small business needs. We look at five of our favorite things you can do with Skype.
Stop spending money on expensive small business software. We show you how to create, complete, view, split, and merge pdfs for free.
What does your email say about your small business? These email tips will make sure you're making the right impression.
Tired of the same-old presentations? These five free tools can help you add visual oomph to your PowerPoint slides.
Keep your small business focused, organized and inspired with online tools that help you brainstorm and map ideas.
You can do more than make slides with PowerPoint. Helen Bradley shows you five interesting and productive ways to use the presentation software.
We look at five of the best to-do list managers for small business. And these apps travel with you wherever you go. No more excuses, it's time to get 'er done.
Turn raw data into compelling infographics with five online tools that do the design work for you.
You don’t need to be, or hire, a design expert to create great images for your social media marketing. These five graphics tools can help your small business look its best on social media.
You need images for your small business websites, newsletters and blogs, but don’t just grab any image off the Web: that's illegal. Here's how to find perfect pics without breaking the law.
Customer feedback is invaluable to your business. Learn how to make your own customer surveys quickly and easily using Microsoft's Excel Web App.
Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) offers more features than you might imagine. Helen Bradley reveals seven that can help increase your productivity.
Dropbox does a whole lot more than let you store files. It's the Swiss Army knife of online storage. Check out 10 different ways you can use Dropbox.
Still taking notes by hand? These apps make it easy to jot down and access the details of everyday work and life—no matter where you go.
When you need to give or receive computer help, screen-sharing software makes the whole process much easier. Helen Bradley show how it's done.
In this small business software tutorial, Helen Bradley shows how to create, split, merge and edit PDFs: no expensive software required.
Don't like PowerPoint? Don’t stress: Helen Bradley shows how to create slideshow presentations using free online tools.
You can do better than Print Screen. Helen Bradley looks at free and low-cost tools to grab and annotate screenshots for your business documents.
Small business marketing doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Helen Bradley looks at free and low-cost options you can use to design and print promotional materials for your business.
Windows 8 doesn’t ship with a built-in photo editor. Helen Bradley shows you how to get around that deficit and offers a better alternative to Win 8's inadequate Photos app.
This guide will help you overcome the most confusing aspects of Windows 8 and get you ready to start your day's work.
We show you how you can share files, collaborate and even give PowerPoint presentations online using Microsoft SkyDrive and Office 2010 or 2013.
It's easier than ever to edit Microsoft Office and Google Docs documents on mobile devices – including the iPad – so you can work wherever and whenever you want. We'll tell you what's new.
We take a look at four websites where you can create custom-printed gifts to thank your customers and to advertise your business.
With the release of Office 2013 just around the corner, we look at some of the suite's new features. Spoiler alert: there's a lot to like.
These free or low-cost add-ins and templates give PowerPoint extra features and functionality.
Headers and footers make navigating documents easier. These creative tips will show you how to make the most out of headers and footers in Microsoft Word.
Helen Bradley explains how and where to distribute your small business videos online for maximum exposure.
Get on board with Google Plus. Helen Bradley gives you must-know tips, tricks and features to make working with the social network easier and more effective.
Learn how you can create great video content for your business. Helen Bradley explains everything you need to know.
Helen Bradley explains what Google Plus could mean to your business and how to get started with the social media site.
Helen Bradley explains why adding video to your marketing arsenal can give your online business an edge.
Helen Bradley explains how canned product descriptions can hurt your small business ecommerce site ranking and how to approach writing your own.
In part three of our series on Windows 8, Helen Bradley takes an in-depth look at the new desktop.
Helen Bradley shares her favorite Microsoft Word 2010 tips that let you customize the Ribbon and reinstate missing commands.
In her series on Windows 8 for small business, Helen Bradley explores the new Metro interface. Plus, she provides a dozen Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts.
Here comes Windows 8. As the sun sets on XP, will SMBs look to the future with Windows 8 or choose the tried-and-true Windows 7? Helen Bradley offers insight into Microsoft's newest operating system.
Helen Bradley shows you three ways to grab data from a Web page and move it into an Excel workbook.
Helen Bradley shows you some Google Docs spreadsheet gadgets that add functionality to your worksheets and provide sophisticated tools for your small business website.
Improve your small business productivity by creating interactive presentations with the free PowerPoint add-in, PptPlex.
Helen Bradley explores Microsoft Office 365 and discusses how it might fit into your small business IT strategy.
Ready to put your iPad to work? Helen Bradley explores the options for moving content from your iPad to your PC or Mac and back.
Ready to put your iPad to work? We compare the four best mobile office iPad apps to see which ones do a better job handling documents in the work-a-day world.
Helen Bradley looks at four free Microsoft Excel alternatives and shows why you could easily keep any of these spreadsheet apps in your office applications toolkit.
How to open a file when you don't have the small business software that created it.
Build your own Google maps and post them on your small business website to let your customers quickly find your store or other places of interest. Helen Bradley shows how easy it is.
Helen Bradley looks at free, cloud-based small business software that lets you work from anywhere -- whether you're across town or halfway around the world.
The colors you choose for your small business website say a lot about your business and can make the difference between visitors staying or clicking away.
Harness the power of Google's online small business software to create custom surveys for any purpose. Helen Bradley shows you how.
Small business software expert, Helen Bradley, shares 15 keyboard shortcuts to help you move quickly in Microsoft Word.
Learn to calculate ROI for your small business ecommerce site so you can maximize your investment and make adjustments when before problems start.
Want more out of your small business software? Helen Bradley explains how Xobni makes using Microsoft Outlook easier, faster and more productive.
Low-cost website maintenance services might look like a good deal upfront, but they could end up costing you customers -- and even your business.
Helen Bradley introduces you to Windows Desktop Search -- a free application that saves you time and money by finding missing documents quickly.
We look at seven tools in Office 2010 and show you how to customize or disable them to make your life easier.
Want to harness the power of small business software to gain insight into business your data? Helen Bradley explains how to use Excel to get your analysis in gear.
Our small business software expert, Helen Bradley, provides tips to help you write accurate formulas in Microsoft Excel.
Helen Bradley lays out the steps you need to know to plan a small business website without spending a fortune.
Does your small business software work as hard as you do? Helen Bradley offers five Microsoft Word tips to save you time and help you write great business letters.
Microsoft Office 2010 is packed with changes and cool new features that can help any small business. Let our tour guide show you what's different so you can make the most of this small business software staple.
Simple touches can make your small business Web design stand out. Helen Bradley explains how to create a great-looking collage banner for your small business website.
Helen Bradley explains how any SMB can project and track cash flow with a budget in Excel.
Helen Bradley shows you five ways to make your small business website photos look better using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.
Helen Bradley explains how you can leverage your small business software using Microsoft Office Live Workspaces and SkyDrive.
Helen Bradley introduces Microsofts note-taking and research tool (not to mention unsung hero), OneNote 2003.
Surveys are a great way to find out what your customers are thinking. This Word 2007 tutorial will teach you how to create your own survey forms, plus it offers a few tips on writing better surveys.
Creating Surveys in Word 2007.
A strong customer database is a valuable asset and a great small business marketing tool. Are you making the most of yours?
Use small business technology to your advantage. These seven handy Excel charting features make the data in your charts easier to read and comprehend.
A Web site is one of the most essential Internet marketing tools for a small business. Helen Bradley explains the basics of creating a Web site without spending a fortune.
Need a creative boost to your small business marketing materials? Helen Bradley shows how to add multimedia to your presentations with Producer for PowerPoint 2007.
Give your small business marketing a boost by making your own custom e-mail newsletter. Helen Bradley shows how easy it is to do in Microsoft Publisher 2003.
Helen Bradley explains how to create clickable hotspots, or image maps, that simplify navigating a PowerPoint presentation.
Helen Bradley walks you through Word 2007s built-in indexing tool and shows how to make document indexes by hand or automatically.
Helen Bradley explains how to create a moving picture background that, when used sparingly, makes a more compelling PowerPoint slideshow.
Whether youre redesigning your Web site or starting from scratch, consider using CSS itll make future style changes much easier down the road.
Ready for do it yourself signage? Our Microsoft tips guru explains the basics of creating professional, functional signs in Word.
A consistent Web design not only makes visitors more comfortable on your site, it increases your chances of converting them into customers.
Helen Bradley shows how you can gather information from someone while they view a Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 presentation.
Helen Bradley walks you through the steps to create and customize bulleted and numbered lists in Word 2003.
Helen Bradley explains how you can chart your data without ever leaving Microsoft Access.
Helen Bradley shows how custom Excel functions save time and effort and how you can use your custom functions in all your workbooks.
Helen Bradley shares design tips to create great-looking brochures in Microsoft Publisher.
Helen Bradley looks at simple ways to avoid introducing errors in Excel worksheets.
Helen Bradley walks you through building a PowerPoint slide show that can run automatically a handy promotional tool to use at events or in reception areas.
Publishers a terrific tool, but a few simple tweaks can customize templates so your business documents look original and fresh. Helen Bradley shows you how.
Helen Bradley shows you how to add finishing touches that make Word documents look polished and professional.
Helen Bradley shows how to create duplicate and sequential numbering in Microsoft Word 2007.
A good e-mail-marketing strategy helps drive sales and retain customers. Helen Bradley discusses the right way to conduct a campaign.
Helen Bradley explains the benefits of laying out a Microsoft Word document using columns and shows you how to do it.
Helen Bradley illustrates how to add handy form elements to your Excel worksheet.
If you haven't added a blog to your Web site, now is a good time to do it, as they are an affordable way to market your business.
We outline the steps for using PowerPoint's Photo Album feature to produce product catalogs and presentations.
Helen Bradley demonstrates Excel formatting tricks that will help you when things don't work as planned.
We show you how to summarize important data in your Excel 2007 worksheets and reduce the data to more manageable levels with the ultra-efficient outline tool.
Helen Bradley shows you how to create Word document templates to quick start your day-to-day tasks.
Helen Bradley introduces the basics of creating a worksheet and chart in Microsoft Excel.
Microsoft maven Helen Bradley explains how to place an object from one Office application inside of another.
New features in PowerPoint 2007's can help you create charts that are much more sophisticated and attractive than you could create in earlier versions of PowerPoint.
Our Microsoft application guru Helen Bradley explains how to make Access database forms and reports more functional and attractive.
Helen Bradley covers tips and tricks for using Excel's Filter tool as well as some of the new filtering features available in Excel 2007.
Helen Bradley shows how to unleash the power of functions in Excel spreadsheets to increase your efficiency.
Helen Bradley shows how to use Microsoft Publisher to build a basic Web site for your business. Bonus: you can use the same design set for your Web site that you use for your print marketing materials.
Our resident document diva, Helen Bradley takes us on a tour of the rudimentary, but essential, formatting features in Word 2003.
Tapping into the new document properties and content controls in Word 2007 generates some very sharp-looking professional building blocks.
Our designing diva, Helen Bradley shows you how to create your own sharp, professional marketing materials using Microsoft Publisher.
Our application expert Helen Bradley explains ways you can add animation effects to your slide shows.
With a little imagination and skill you can work on one part of a spreadsheet and see data in other areas at the same time.
We look at ways to harness the power of Word Field codes to automate and simplify document production.
Getting Work Done with Word 2007 Fields
We step through the process of creating a Dashboard chart and data display in Excel 2007 for more efficient analysis of and quick access to your critical information.
This article reveals a handy new tool in Word 2007 that makes it easy to quickly add professional formatting options such as cover pages and headers and footers into your documents.
You've put in the time and effort to build and populate a database now what? We take a look at the ways to create queries to find pearls of business wisdom. Plus: watch the video.
Improve efficiency and accuracy in your spreadsheets by using Excel's function tools. Helen Bradley shows you how.
There's a lot more to Office Word 2007's spell-checking options than first meet the eye. We look at the new spell-checking enhancements and explore how to adjust Word's built-in capabilities for maximum productivity ... not to mention accuracy.
Dont get caught up in repetitive typing and correcting common typos. The AutoCorrect and AutoText tools in Word can help you to increase your efficiency and speed up your day.
It's critical to understand the problems that might occur in your Excel worksheets. In this article, we'll show you how to keep them as error-free as possible.
Mastering the art of PowerPoint masters will save you time, repetition and a whole lot of aggravation.
We take a look at handy new features in PowerPoint 2007 that let you create attractive hand-drawn charts to give a visual boost to your presentations while still getting your message across to your audience.
Creating a database in Access can be a bit daunting for the uninitiated. We’ll walk you through how to build your own, plus a report and a query, too.
There are many times in Excel when you find yourself entering the same data over and over again. In many cases, you can spare your fingers the work of typing and fast-track repetitive data entry. As the latest article in our Exploring Office 2007 series shows, it's all about working smarter and more effectively.
Microsoft Word 2007 is a great editing tool to use when you're working with others on a project. We explore the features in Word 2007 that allow you to manage workgroup changes and contributions to documents.
Action buttons let you navigate quickly through a PowerPoint presentation, add sounds or any number of other interactive effects. We'll show you how easy it is to do.
They say a picture's worth a thousand words, but wait 'til you see what Word can do with that picture. We take a look at the application's image tools and how using them lets you add pop to any document.
Tables let you organize information in a concise, visual way, but working with them in Word can be a bit tricky. We'll take a look at some of the tools and show you how to make the most of Tables.
Working with Styles in Word 2007.
With a little pre-planning and some knowledge of the print options that can be configured to your advantage in Excel, you can turn your next Excel print job from an exercise in frustration to an effortlessly simple and successful procedure.
Excel offers a simple way to manage lists of data without resorting to the complexity of a database. We show you how it works in both Excel 2003 and 2007.
One of the new features in Microsoft Office 2007 that has everyone talking is Themes. Discover how this new feature can improve your everyday productivity and efficiency while helping you create attractive, professional-looking documents and presentations with minimal effort.
Excel makes comparing business decisions a bit easier with its Scenario Manager tool. We take a look at how you can use the spreadsheet to set up different scenarios whether it's comparing products or budget numbers.
Excel charts have been given a makeover in Excel 2007 and the Chart Wizard of earlier versions is now gone. Our Exploring Office 2007 series continues with a list of the top tips for creating functional and attractive charts in the new Excel 2007 release.
Excel jockeys saddle up. We take a look at how using Reports, Views and Outlining saves you time and simplifies your spreadsheets.
PowerPoint 2007 delivers a wealth of new features and enhancements that make it easier to create attractive, professional-looking presentations. Our Exploring Office 2007 series continues with a list of the top tips for getting the most out of the new PowerPoint 2007 release.
While Outlook 2007 may look a lot like older releases, there's a great deal to like about the upgrade and plenty of new tools to help you be more productive. Our Exploring Office 2007 series continues with a list of ten top tips for using Outlook 2007.
Microsoft Word can merge more than just mail. Use the popular app's mail-merge feature for create lists, nametags and even catalogs with images. We'll show you how.
Office 2007 delivers an abundance of new features and enhancements, many of which aren't exactly obvious at first glance. The first article in our new Exploring Office 2007 series takes a closer look at working with the SmartArt tool to easily create everything from simple diagrams to cutting-edge business graphics.
Add some life to your spreadsheets and make your data easier to understand. These five tips can make Excel charts sing.