More articles by "Helen Bradley"

Create Gorgeous Graphics with Canva

When you need great looking graphics for anything—from a small business blog to a business presentation, make Canva your go-to application.

5 Interesting Ways to Use Skype

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.

How to Work with Pdfs for Free

Stop spending money on expensive small business software. We show you how to create, complete, view, split, and merge pdfs for free.

Avoid These 5 Common Email Mistakes

What does your email say about your small business? These email tips will make sure you're making the right impression.

5 Cool PowerPoint Slide Design Tools

Tired of the same-old presentations? These five free tools can help you add visual oomph to your PowerPoint slides.

5 Great Tools for Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Ideas

Keep your small business focused, organized and inspired with online tools that help you brainstorm and map ideas.

5 Creative Ways to Use PowerPoint

You can do more than make slides with PowerPoint. Helen Bradley shows you five interesting and productive ways to use the presentation software.

5 Apps to Help Tame Your To-Do List

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.

DIY Infographics Tools for Non-Designers

Turn raw data into compelling infographics with five online tools that do the design work for you.

5 Tools for Creating Kickass Social Media Images

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.

How to Find Free Images for Small Business Websites

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.

Make Custom Surveys with Microsoft's Excel Web App

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: 7 Tasks You Didn't Know It Can Do

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) offers more features than you might imagine. Helen Bradley reveals seven that can help increase your productivity.

Beyond Online Storage: 10 Cool Ways to Use Dropbox

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.

The Best Note-taking Apps for Small Business and Beyond

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.

Simple Screen-sharing Software for Small Business

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.

How to Work with PDFs

In this small business software tutorial, Helen Bradley shows how to create, split, merge and edit PDFs: no expensive software required.

3 Free PowerPoint Alternatives

Don't like PowerPoint? Don’t stress: Helen Bradley shows how to create slideshow presentations using free online tools.

Screen Capture Tools for Small Business

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.

DIY Small Business Marketing Materials

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: How to Manage Photos and Photo Editing

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.

How to Survive Your First 24 Hours with Windows 8

This guide will help you overcome the most confusing aspects of Windows 8 and get you ready to start your day's work.

Share & Collaborate with SkyDrive & Microsoft Office

We show you how you can share files, collaborate and even give PowerPoint presentations online using Microsoft SkyDrive and Office 2010 or 2013.

Mobile Editing with MS Office Web Apps and Google Drive

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.

Marketing with Custom Photo Business Gifts

We take a look at four websites where you can create custom-printed gifts to thank your customers and to advertise your business.

What's New in Microsoft Office 2013

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.

Power Up PowerPoint with Add-ins and Templates

These free or low-cost add-ins and templates give PowerPoint extra features and functionality.

Handy Tips for Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word

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.

Small Business Marketing and Online Video Distribution

Helen Bradley explains how and where to distribute your small business videos online for maximum exposure.

A Google Plus Cheat Sheet for Small Business

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.

How to Make Videos for Your Small Business

Learn how you can create great video content for your business. Helen Bradley explains everything you need to know.

Is Google Plus a Plus For your Business?

Helen Bradley explains what Google Plus could mean to your business and how to get started with the social media site.

The Small Business Video Marketing Advantage

Helen Bradley explains why adding video to your marketing arsenal can give your online business an edge.

Small Business Ecommerce: The Perils of Canned Content

Helen Bradley explains how canned product descriptions can hurt your small business ecommerce site ranking and how to approach writing your own.

First Looks: The Windows 8 Desktop

In part three of our series on Windows 8, Helen Bradley takes an in-depth look at the new desktop.

How to Customize the Word 2010 Ribbon

Helen Bradley shares her favorite Microsoft Word 2010 tips that let you customize the Ribbon and reinstate missing commands.

First Looks: Windows 8 Metro Interface

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.

First Looks: Windows 8 for Small Business

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.

How to Enter Web Data into Microsoft Excel

Helen Bradley shows you three ways to grab data from a Web page and move it into an Excel workbook.

5 Ways to Work Faster in Microsoft Outlook

5 Knock 'Em Dead Google Gadgets

Helen Bradley shows you some Google Docs spreadsheet gadgets that add functionality to your worksheets and provide sophisticated tools for your small business website.

How to Create PowerPoint Presentations with Pizzazz

Improve your small business productivity by creating interactive presentations with the free PowerPoint add-in, PptPlex.

An Overview of Microsoft Office 365

Helen Bradley explores Microsoft Office 365 and discusses how it might fit into your small business IT strategy.

How to Transfer Files To and From the iPad

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.

The 4 Best Mobile Office iPad Apps

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.

4 Free Spreadsheet Alternatives to Microsoft Excel

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.

Unlocking Your Data

How to open a file when you don't have the small business software that created it.

How to Create Google Maps with Google Docs

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.

Your Small Business Office in the Cloud

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 Power of Color in Website Design

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.

Quick and Easy Surveys with Google Docs

Harness the power of Google's online small business software to create custom surveys for any purpose. Helen Bradley shows you how.

Exploring Office 2007: Outlook 2007 Tips and Tricks: Top 10 Tips for Outlook 2007

15 Keyboard Shortcuts for Fast Navigation in MS Word

Small business software expert, Helen Bradley, shares 15 keyboard shortcuts to help you move quickly in Microsoft Word.

How to Calculate Small Business Ecommerce ROI

Learn to calculate ROI for your small business ecommerce site so you can maximize your investment and make adjustments when before problems start.

How to Tame Microsoft Outlook with Xobni

Want more out of your small business software? Helen Bradley explains how Xobni makes using Microsoft Outlook easier, faster and more productive.

The Hidden Danger of Affordable Website Maintenance

Low-cost website maintenance services might look like a good deal upfront, but they could end up costing you customers -- and even your business.

Save Time and Money with Windows Desktop Search

Helen Bradley introduces you to Windows Desktop Search -- a free application that saves you time and money by finding missing documents quickly.

How to Change or Chuck 7 Features in Microsoft Word

We look at seven tools in Office 2010 and show you how to customize or disable them to make your life easier.

How to Analyze Accounting Data in Excel

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.

How to Write Formulas in Excel Spreadsheets

Our small business software expert, Helen Bradley, provides tips to help you write accurate formulas in Microsoft Excel.

6 Steps for Planning a Small Business Web Site

Helen Bradley lays out the steps you need to know to plan a small business website without spending a fortune.

5 Time-Saving Tips for Better Letters in Microsoft Word

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.

Small Business Software: Microsoft Word 2010

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.

How to Make a Small Business Website Banner

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.

Small Business Solution: Manage Your Money in Excel

Helen Bradley explains how any SMB can project and track cash flow with a budget in Excel.

5 Image-Editing Tips to Improve Any Photo

Helen Bradley shows you five ways to make your small business website photos look better using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements.

MS Office Live Brings Small Business Computing Online

Helen Bradley explains how you can leverage your small business software using Microsoft Office Live Workspaces and SkyDrive.

Microsoft Small Business Software: OneNote

Helen Bradley introduces Microsoft’s note-taking and research tool (not to mention unsung hero), OneNote 2003.

Small Business Software: Survey Forms in Word 2007

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.

Exploring Office 2007: Working with Survey Forms in Word 2007

Creating Surveys in Word 2007.

Customer Databases as Marketing Tools

A strong customer database is a valuable asset and a great small business marketing tool. Are you making the most of yours?

Small Business Software: 7 Tips for Excel Charts

Use small business technology to your advantage. These seven handy Excel charting features make the data in your charts easier to read and comprehend.

Small Business Marketing: How to Create a Web Site

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.

Multimedia How-To: Producer for PowerPoint 2007

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.

E-mail Marketing: Create a Newsletter in Publisher

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.

How To Make Image Maps in PowerPoint 2003

Helen Bradley explains how to create clickable hotspots, or image maps, that simplify navigating a PowerPoint presentation.

Find Info Fast: How to Create an Index in MS Word

Helen Bradley walks you through Word 2007’s built-in indexing tool and shows how to make document indexes — by hand or automatically.

PowerPoint 2003: How to Animate a Slide Background

Helen Bradley explains how to create a moving picture background that, when used sparingly, makes a more compelling PowerPoint slideshow.

Web Site Design: Simplify with CSS

Whether you’re redesigning your Web site or starting from scratch, consider using CSS — it’ll make future style changes much easier down the road.

Microsoft Tips: How to Make Signs in Word

Ready for do it yourself signage? Our Microsoft tips guru explains the basics of creating professional, functional signs in Word.

Good Web Design Turns Visitors Into Customers

A consistent Web design not only makes visitors more comfortable on your site, it increases your chances of converting them into customers.

How-To: Make a Feedback Quiz in PowerPoint

Helen Bradley shows how you can gather information from someone while they view a Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 presentation.

How to Create Lists in Microsoft Word

Helen Bradley walks you through the steps to create and customize bulleted and numbered lists in Word 2003.

How to Make Charts in Microsoft Access

Helen Bradley explains how you can chart your data without ever leaving Microsoft Access.

Create Custom Functions in Excel 2007

Helen Bradley shows how custom Excel functions save time and effort and how you can use your custom functions in all your workbooks.

How To Design Brochures in Microsoft Publisher

Helen Bradley shares design tips to create great-looking brochures in Microsoft Publisher.

Microsoft Excel: Design Error-Free Worksheets

Helen Bradley looks at simple ways to avoid introducing errors in Excel worksheets.

How To: No-Hands PowerPoint 2007 Presentations

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.

Microsoft Publisher: How to Customize Templates

Publisher’s a terrific tool, but a few simple tweaks can customize templates so your business documents look original and fresh. Helen Bradley shows you how.

Working with Word 2003: Add a Professional Look

Helen Bradley shows you how to add finishing touches that make Word documents look polished and professional.

Word 2007: Working with Numbered Elements

Helen Bradley shows how to create duplicate and sequential numbering in Microsoft Word 2007.

How to Build an E-mail Marketing List

A good e-mail-marketing strategy helps drive sales and retain customers. Helen Bradley discusses the right way to conduct a campaign.

How to Use Columns in Microsoft Word

Helen Bradley explains the benefits of laying out a Microsoft Word document using columns and shows you how to do it.

How to Use Scrollbars and Spinners in Excel 2007

Helen Bradley illustrates how to add handy form elements to your Excel worksheet.

How to Set Up a Blog for Your Business

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.

How To Create A PowerPoint Photo Album

We outline the steps for using PowerPoint's Photo Album feature to produce product catalogs and presentations.

How to Create Custom Formatting in Excel

Helen Bradley demonstrates Excel formatting tricks that will help you when things don't work as planned.

Microsoft Excel 2007: Outlining Worksheets

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.

How To Make Templates in Microsoft Word 2003

Helen Bradley shows you how to create Word document templates to quick start your day-to-day tasks.

Excel 101: Create Worksheets and Charts

Helen Bradley introduces the basics of creating a worksheet and chart in Microsoft Excel.

Link or Embed: How To Add an Excel Chart to a Word Doc

Microsoft maven Helen Bradley explains how to place an object from one Office application inside of another.

Create Eye-Catching Charts in PowerPoint 2007

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.

Microsoft Access: Customize Forms and Reports

Our Microsoft application guru Helen Bradley explains how to make Access database forms and reports more functional and attractive.

Filtering Data in Excel 2007

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.

Working with Even More Functions in Excel

Helen Bradley shows how to unleash the power of functions in Excel spreadsheets to increase your efficiency.

Create a Web Site in Publisher 2003

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.

Basic Formatting in Microsoft Word

Our resident document diva, Helen Bradley takes us on a tour of the rudimentary, but essential, formatting features in Word 2003.

Create Custom Headers and Footers in Word 2007

Tapping into the new document properties and content controls in Word 2007 generates some very sharp-looking professional building blocks.

Create Marketing Materials in Publisher

Our designing diva, Helen Bradley shows you how to create your own sharp, professional marketing materials using Microsoft Publisher.

How-To: Animate Microsoft PowerPoint Presentations

Our application expert Helen Bradley explains ways you can add animation effects to your slide shows.

Office 2007: Keep Excel Data Visible At All Times

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.

Microsoft Word: Working with Field Codes

We look at ways to harness the power of Word Field codes to automate and simplify document production.

Exploring Office 2007: Finding Your Way with Word 2007 Fields

Getting Work Done with Word 2007 Fields

Discovering Dashboards in Excel 2007

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.

Office 2007: Building Word Docs With Building Blocks

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.

Access 2003: Extracting Data Through Queries

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.

Working with Functions in Excel

Improve efficiency and accuracy in your spreadsheets by using Excel's function tools. Helen Bradley shows you how.

Exploring Office 2007: All the Makings of a Spelling Maven

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.

Microsoft Word Tips: AutoCorrect and AutoText

Don’t 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.

Exploring Office 2007: Error-Free Worksheets in Excel 2007

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.

PowerPoint Tips: Slide and Title Masters

Mastering the art of PowerPoint masters will save you time, repetition and a whole lot of aggravation.

Hand-Drawn Charts in PowerPoint 2007

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.

Build Your First Database with Access

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.

Exploring Office 2007: Quick and Efficient Data Entry in Excel

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.

Exploring Office 2007: Collaboration in Word 2007

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.

Working with Action Buttons in PowerPoint 2003

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.

Working with Images in Word

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.

Working with Tables in Word 2003

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.

Exploring Office 2007: Taming Word 2007 Styles

Working with Styles in Word 2007.

Take the Guesswork Out of Printing in Excel 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.

Learning About Lists in Excel

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.

MS Office 2007: Applying and Customizing Themes

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.

Analyzing with Excel

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.

Exploring Office 2007: Top Ten Excel Chart Tips

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.

Three Must-Know Excel Tools

Excel jockeys saddle up. We take a look at how using Reports, Views and Outlining saves you time and simplifies your spreadsheets.

Exploring Office 2007: PowerPoint 2007 Tips and Tricks

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.

Exploring Office 2007: Outlook 2007 Tips and Tricks

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.

Word Mail Merge: It's not Just for Letters

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.

Exploring Office 2007: Using SmartArt Graphics

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.

Take Your Excel Charts Beyond the Basics: Five Cool Tips

Add some life to your spreadsheets and make your data easier to understand. These five tips can make Excel charts sing.

Excel's Best-Kept Secret

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