Using Office 2010 for Seniors

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For Seniors: Microsoft Word Interface Focuses on Text Features

Microsoft Word differs from the other Office applications primarily in the depth of its text-handling tools. Whereas PowerPoint is all about graphics and Excel is all about numbers, Word is all about — [more…]

For Seniors: How to Choose Paper Size and Orientation in Microsoft Word

The default paper size in Microsoft Word is 8.5 x 11 inches –the standard size (called Letter), which conveniently fits in most printers and copy machines in the United States. You can choose a different [more…]

For Seniors: How to Set Document Margins in Microsoft Word

A document’s margin is the space between the edge of the paper and where the text begins. You can set the document margins in Microsoft Word to best fit your needs. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Enter Text in a Microsoft Office Document

After you create document, you’re ready to start typing. Putting text on the page (or onscreen) is a little different in each of the three major Microsoft Office applications: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint [more…]

For Seniors: How to Edit Text in Microsoft Office Documents

The same commands that you use to edit text in one Microsoft Office program work almost exactly the same way in another. In Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, you just click where you want the new text to go [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use Headers and Footers in Microsoft Word

You can create headers and footers in Microsoft Word that repeat the same text at the top or bottom of each page. For example, if you’re typing the minutes of a club meeting, you may want to put the club’s [more…]

For Seniors: How to Change Paragraph Line Spacing in Microsoft Word

You’re probably familiar with the terms single spacing (one line of space between every line of type) and double spacing (two lines). In Microsoft Word, the Spacing feature lets you fine-tune the spacing [more…]

For Seniors: How to Align Text in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, you can apply alignment that applies to entire paragraphs. Each paragraph has a horizontal alignment, which determines how each line aligns between the right and left margins. The default [more…]

For Seniors: How to Indent Text in Microsoft Word

By default, each paragraph in a Microsoft Word documents starts in relation to the right and left margins, depending on what alignment you choose. Sometimes you may want to indent text, or shift its position [more…]

For Seniors: How to Create Bulleted and Numbered Lists in Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word makes creating bulleted and numbered lists in your documents easy. Whether you’re creating a bulleted list for a packing list for a trip to see your grandchildren or a numbered list for [more…]

For Seniors: How to Explore Microsoft Excel’s Unique Features

Excel has many elements in common with the Microsoft Office interface, but the number-crunching program also has the features that are unique. For starters, sheets [more…]

For Seniors: Get Familiar with Spreadsheet Structure in Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is all about data and spreadsheets. Each cell in a spreadsheet has a unique cell address consisting of its column letter and row number. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Enter Text or Numbers in Microsoft Excel

To enter text and numbers in a cell in a Microsoft Excel worksheet, you simply select the cell and begin typing. Whatever you type appears both in the cell and in the Formula bar. When you finish typing [more…]

For Seniors: How to Format Text in Cells in Microsoft Excel

Text formatting within a cell in Microsoft Excel works very much like it does in Word and PowerPoint. You can change the font, font size, color, attributes [more…]

For Seniors: How to Row Height and Column Width in Microsoft Excel

You can adjust the row and column sizes in a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to create space between columns or rows of text. That feature is handy because by default, each column and row in an Excel spreadsheet [more…]

For Seniors: How to Apply Gridlines or Borders in Microsoft Excel

You can apply gridlines or borders to your Microsoft Excel worksheets. Gridlines are the faint, gray-blue lines you see onscreen that separate the rows and columns. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Fill Color in Microsoft Excel

Fill color — also called shading — is the color or pattern that fills the background of one or more Excel worksheet cells. Applying shading can help the reader’s eyes follow information across a page and [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use Multiple Excel Worksheets

Each Microsoft Excel workbook contains three worksheets by default: Sheet1, Sheet2, and Sheet3. You may not even notice at first that the workbook contains three sheets, because you see only the spreadsheet [more…]

For Seniors: How to Insert and Delete Rows and Columns in an Excel Worksheet

Even if you’re a careful planner, you’ll likely decide that you want to change your Excel worksheet’s layout. Maybe you want data in a different column in your worksheet [more…]

For Seniors: How to Move and Copy Cell Content in an Excel Worksheet

When you’re creating an Excel spreadsheet (or worksheet), you may place your data in a cell that you decide later that you don’t want it to be in. Fortunately, moving content between cells in an Excel [more…]

For Seniors: How to Understand Excel Functions

Sometimes, writing a formula to perform an Excel calculation is awkward or lengthy. In Excel, a function refers to a certain math calculation. Functions can greatly shortcut the amount of typing you have [more…]

For Seniors: How to Assign a Color to an Excel Sheet Tab

Here’s a formatting trick to keep your Excel workbooks organized. Each Excel worksheet tab can have a different color, or you can color several tabs all the same to indicate that they’re somehow related [more…]

For Seniors: How to Write Excel Formulas

A formula is a math calculation, like 2 + 2 or 3(4 + 1). In Microsoft Excel, formulas are different from regular text in two ways: [more…]

For Seniors: How to Create a Basic Excel Chart

When you have a lot of numeric data on a Microsoft Excel worksheet, using a chart can help make more sense out of the numbers. Excel offers various chart types, each suited for a different type of data [more…]

For Seniors: How to Identify the Parts of an Excel Chart

Every part of the chart has a name, and learning the Microsoft Excel lingo can help you format the specific parts. The following list points out some of the key features of a chart: [more…]


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