Using Office 2010 for Seniors

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For Seniors: How to Format an Excel Chart

You can format nearly every aspect of a Microsoft Excel chart. You can change the color of every data series, for example, and change the font and size of each text item. You can adjust the rotation of [more…]

For Seniors: How to Work with PowerPoint Slide Masters

A theme is a design set that you apply to a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation to change several elements at once, including background, color scheme, fonts, and the positions of the placeholders on the [more…]

For Seniors: How to Insert Clip Art in a PowerPoint Slide

Clip art is predrawn generic artwork, and Microsoft provides many clip art files for free with its Office products. You can insert clip art into your PowerPoint slide layout. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Insert Pictures in a PowerPoint Slide

Microsoft PowerPoint lets you personalize it by giving you the chance to display your own digital photos. You can insert individual photos into PowerPoint presentations, or you can create a special Photo [more…]

For Seniors: How to Add Transitions to a PowerPoint Slide

Transition effects are much like animations except that they apply to entire Microsoft PowerPoint slides. A transition effect is the flourish that occurs when you transition between one slide and another [more…]

For Seniors: How Animate Objects on a PowerPoint Slide

By default, all the objects on a Microsoft PowerPoint slide appear at once. To add more visual interest to the presentation or to reveal bits of information at a time, you can use animation in PowerPoint [more…]

For Seniors: How to Display PowerPoint Slide Animation on a Delay

After setting up animation on a Microsoft PowerPoint slide, you can adjust a number of its settings. The most common change is to set the animation to occur automatically on a time delay rather than having [more…]

For Seniors: How to Adjust Animation on a PowerPoint Slide

After setting up animation on a Mircosoft PowerPoint slide, you can set up your own custom animation effects from scratch. This adjustment is where the real power of custom animation comes into play! [more…]

For Seniors: How to Add a Musical Soundtrack to a PowerPoint Presentation

As your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation plays, you may want to play music in the background. PowerPoint enables you to load an audio CD on the PC that’s being used to show the presentation and play the [more…]

For Seniors: How to Run a PowerPoint Presentation

The whole point of a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation is to deliver a show to an audience. If that audience is in the same room with you, you can display your slide show onscreen. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Use the PowerPoint Slide Show Tools

When you’re working in the Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show view, a very faint set of buttons appears in the lower-right corner. When you roll your mouse over these buttons, they brighten up so that you [more…]

For Seniors: How to Print a PowerPoint Presentation

You may want to print your Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. When you print in PowerPoint, you’re given a choice of the type of printout you want. Here are the choices available: [more…]

For Seniors: How to Move around an Excel Worksheet

You can move around a Microsoft Excel worksheet using the cell cursor (also called the active cell indicator). The cell cursor is the dark outline around the active cell. To change which cell is active [more…]

For Seniors: How to Format an Entire Excel Worksheet

To save time, you can format an entire Excel worksheet (also known as spreadsheet) at once. The Page Layout tab contains various formatting controls that affect the entire worksheet. These controls affect [more…]

For Seniors: How to Explore the PowerPoint Interface

In Microsoft PowerPoint, you work with slides and presentations rather than documents (as in Word) or worksheets (as in Excel). A slide is an individual page of the presentation. The term page [more…]

For Seniors: How to Understand PowerPoint Views

Like other Office applications, PowerPoint provides several different views for you to work with. Each view is useful for a different set of activities. Normal view — the default — is the most commonly [more…]

For Seniors: How to Save and Open a PowerPoint Presentation

Microsoft PowerPoint is best known for creating business presentations — slide shows, if you will. When you start PowerPoint, it automatically starts a new blank presentation for you, with a single slide [more…]

For Seniors: How to Create a New PowerPoint Slide

Each new Microsoft PowerPoint presentation begins with one slide in it: a title slide. You can easily add more slides to your PowerPoint presentation in any of these ways: [more…]

For Seniors: What Are PowerPoint Slide Layouts and Placeholders All About?

A Microsoft PowerPoint slide layout is a combination of one or more content placeholders. For example, the default slide layout — Title and Content — has two boxes: a text box at the top for the slide’s [more…]

For Seniors: How to Move or Resize PowerPoint Slide Content

Each placeholder box on a Microsoft PowerPoint slide is a separate object that you can move or resize freely. To resize a placeholder box, select it and then drag a selection handle. [more…]

For Seniors: How to Enter and Fit Text into a PowerPoint Slide

To add text to a content placeholder in Microsoft PowerPoint, click the Click to Add Text area and type what you want. To add any other type of content, click the icon in the placeholder for the type you [more…]

For Seniors: How to Wrap Text in Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, you can wrap text around a picture. The default text wrapping for a picture is In Line with Text. This type of alignment makes Word treat the picture like an individual character of [more…]


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