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Learn to make the most of Microsoft Office features

Emory Report | Jan. 19, 2016

Maximizing the use of Microsoft Office products is the topic of a workshop on two dates this month at the Candler School of Theology's Pitts Theology Library.

The first session of "Microsoft Office Hacks" will be Wednesday, Jan. 20, at noon in Room 369 at the Pitts library. The workshop is also offered on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 3 p.m. in Room 560A.

Sarah Bogue, reference and instruction librarian at the Pitts library, will present tips and tricks for making better use of the features of Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

"The MS Office workshop will focus on doing basic, everyday things more efficiently (and with less stress)," Bogue says.

"For example, MS Office has templates for almost everything you can imagine—  leveraging those features can drastically cut down on the time spent formatting. We will also talk about keyboard shortcuts and best practices for managing calendar and email systems."

Participants will learn about formatting tables and headings, creating chart and graphs, finding presentation templates, and navigating signatures and out-of-the-office messages.

The event is part of the Pitts Weekly Workshops, a series of information sessions designed on using digital tools in research and scholarship and professional capacities.

While registration is not required to attend these sessions, it is encouraged. Register for the Jan. 20 or Jan. 26 workshop.

Lunch is provided to the first 12 registrants, who sign up one week in advance, at Workshops on Wednesdays. Attendees for lunch must also confirm their registration the day before the workshop.

Coffee is served at Tuesday workshops.

While the Pitts Weekly Workshop has been ongoing, "this semester's offerings are intentionally wide ranging, encompassing the professional needs of both our Candler students and the broader Emory community," says Bogue.

"For example, in addition to the MS Office workshop, we are holding workshops on Zotero (citation management software), the basics of cloud storage, and the practice of self-editing. All of these workshops could be valuable for Emory students and staff," she adds.

For more information, contact Bogue at 404-727-1221.