Strengthen Your Microsoft Office Core
Microsoft Word is filled with productivity features that even seasoned users are missing out on. It’s human nature to stay with what you know but that isn’t productive. Have you raised the hood lately on the new productivity features in Microsoft Word? You could be missing out on hours of increased productivity.
How strong is your knowledge in the core apps within the Microsoft Office suite? For most companies, the core consists of Microsoft Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word. In addition, OneNote is gaining in popularity.
If you have used Microsoft Office for years, you may think that your core knowledge within these applications is strong. The way to strengthen your core is much like the exercises we do to strengthen the core area of our body – targeted training. That’s quite often what is needed to increase one’s knowledge in the use of these productivity apps.
Do you know where your weaknesses are in these core apps? Let’s start with Microsoft Office Word because this is an application that many feel they know well because they have done word processing for years.
NOTE: Many of the learning objectives (listed below) align with the Microsoft Office Word certification exam.
If you missed my live event on August 16, you can still purchase the recorded replay of my Webinar, which is almost two hours of training and includes a workbook. Read the learning objectives below.
50 Microsoft Word Productivity Features
Document Design – just a few clicks away
- Style Sets
- Cover pages
- Page color
- Page borders
- Theme colors (Have you ever used this feature? It came out in Office 2007. It is a time-saving design feature.)
- Theme fonts (Did you know that you should stick to two fonts within a document? That is the proper way. This feature does the work for you.)
- Quick ways to create page numbering (It seems simple but page numbering can cause a bit of grief. There is more to it than you might think.)
- Saving and reusing custom headers/footers (Microsoft has done us such a time-saving favor with this built-in options. So many overlook it.)
Create and store reusable content
How often to you type the same thing? Use the same table dimensions? Resize a graphic? Use a closing signature? Quick Parts to the rescue.
- Quick Parts overview
- Add AutoText to the Quick Access toolbar
Format Painter (A little feature with big time savings.)
- Copying formats
- Applying formats to multiple sections of a document
Designing quick graphics
- SmartArt (Visually connect the reader to key points.)
Navigating long documents
- Hyperlink to places within a document
- Use text Styles to navigate a long document
Time saving templates
- Quick Templates
- Saving a file as a template
Page and Section Breaks (Section breaks are crucial when you need to apply settings to a specific page or pages.)
- Page break shortcut
- Next page section break (The how and why you need this type of page break.)
- Continuous section break (I have a great example of use. The light is going to go on for you on this one.)
Table of Contents – the quick way
Have you been typing your Table of Contents? Oh my, you have to stop that.
- Identifying text for inclusion in a table of contents using heading styles.
- Automatically generate a table of contents from heading style text.
Saving and Sending files
- Save as a PDF
- Share as a PDF
Using the Selection Bar to select without dragging
Do you know what the Selection Bar is? Most people don’t but you will after my training.
- Selecting a word
- Selecting a sentence
- Selecting a paragraph
Changing default settings for current and future documents
- Default line spacing
- Default Font
Quick Keyboard Tips
- Create a new file
- Navigate the Ribbon with only the keyboard
- Quickly go to a page, section, bookmark
- Mark a table of contents entry (ALT+SHIFT+O)
- Apply subscripting (H2O) CTRL+Equal sign)
- Turn off subscripting (CTRL+Spacebar)
- Apply superscripting (CTRL+SHIFT+PLUS SIGN)
- Copy and Paste of up to 24 blocks from multiple documents. The 24 blocks will be collected in the Clipboard for use within another document.
- Using Smart Lookup (Word 2016)
- Looking up Word synonyms
- Navigating the Ribbon with the keyboard
- Show or hide the Ribbon
- Displaying other Ribbons
Adding Columns to a document
- Adding newspaper style columns to a document.
Quick Tables (Such a time saver.)
- Word quick tables
- Excel quick tables
- Changing the Style of a tableDate: August 16, 2016 (Note: a replay will be available for 45 days for all paying registrants.)
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Microsoft Office is one of the most widely used suites of productivity tools in the business world. In fact, it’s so essential that understanding it is a prerequisite to obtaining employment at some companies.
Given its prevalence in the corporate world, becoming Microsoft Office certified is one way you can stand out from the crowd and prove your level of proficiency.
According to a Microsoft report, a Microsoft Office certification can earn an entry-level business employee as much as $16,000 more in annual salary than uncertified peers.
So what MOS certification is right for you? How do you prepare for a MOS certification? And what can you expect during the exam? Where do you take the exams? I am going answer all those questions. As one who has been through many industry certification exams, inclusive of Microsoft Office Master, I want to share with you how you prepare for your certification, and increase your chances of successfully passing your exam.
Choose a Certification
Microsoft offers three levels of Office certification. At the Specialist and Expert levels of certification, you can get certified in a specific Office application, such as Word or Excel, which involves a single exam. Or you can become a Microsoft Office Master by passing multiple exams.
MOS 2013 exams are performance-based, which gauges the ability to perform real-world tasks similar to the projects you would encounter in your daily work.
MOS 2013 Specialist: The specialist exams validate core skills in the following Office 2013 applications. Passing at least one of the following exams will give you MOS 2013 specialist status.
- Office 365
MOS 2013 Expert: An expert exam certifies advanced skills in Microsoft Word and/or Microsoft Excel. To earn a MOS 2013 expert certification, you must pass the two-part exam for Word or Excel Expert.
MOS 2013 Master: A Master certification demonstrates expertise across multiple applications within the Microsoft Office suite. There are three master tracks to choose from within Office 2013. Each track requires you to pass four exams – three required and one elective.
For more information and full details on each MOS certification, click here.
Certification exams are available in MOS 2013/2010/2007. If you are certifying for the first time, I suggest that you consider certification in the most current version.
How to Practice and Prepare for Your Microsoft Office Certification Exam
The first step you should take to prepare for your MOS certification exam is to get familiar with the exam objectives. The links below offer a list of MOS exams and associated exam numbers. (Click on the link for your exam to view the specific objectives.)
I also recommend using practice tests to better prepare for the exam, and learn more about how it’s structured.
As described by Microsoft Press, “The MOS Study Guide is designed to help readers practice and prepare for the skills and knowledge measured by the MOS certification exams. The book divides exam coverage into chapters representing groups of core, related skill sets that correspond to MOS exam objectives.”
The guides include exam objectives, hands-on tasks for your practice and downloadable practice tests. You can find the MOS 2013 Study Guide Series here.
Preparing for a MOS certification can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming! Success is achieved one step at a time. And when it comes to MOS certification, it’s important to take it one exam at a time. Determine where you have the greatest expertise and start there. For example, if you work extensively in Microsoft Office Word, begin with that certification. Download the exam objectives and start studying. If you find you’re lacking in knowledge in some exam objectives, be proactive and get the training you need!
Getting a MOS certification is well worth the effort, and it can add value not only to your admin career, but it has potential to increase your paycheck, too! So get studying — you can do this!
Note: my article first appeared in a guest post for the All Things Admin newsletter. Their newsletter is excellent. ~ Donna Gilliland, Founder of MOSTraining, Inc.
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As an educator, I am all about providing others with more than one learning resource. If you are a social media marketer, you know how important it is to keep up with the ever changing landscape of social media. It takes more than one learning resource to stay informed, but which educators/bloggers in this space should you follow? A good starting point are blogs but which ones?
Each year Social Media Examiner runs a blogging contest, which they narrow down to 20 finalists and then pick 10 winners for their annual Top 10 Social Media blogs. I read this post every year but this year, I decided that not only is it important for you to know about the Top 10 winners but you should know about the Top 20 finalists (Social Media Examiner posts both lists.) All are ones that you should evaluate to decide which ones work best for what you need to learn. Let’s get started…
TOP 10 Social Media Blog Winners of 2015
This year’s Top 10 best social media blogs of the year is comprised of an amazing list of bloggers, providing learning content on an array of helpful topics such as Facebook Marketing, Blogging, Google, Visual Content Marketing, Social Media Tools, LinkedIn and much more. It’s a smorgasbord of topics, so step up to the social buffet and pick what is useful to you.
TOP 20 Finalists
While there could only be 10 winners (some of which are in the list below), all in the Top 20 finalist list produce excellent content. The ones that I have marked in pink are those that I follow regularly.
- Actionable Marketing Guide
- Antonio Calero
- Boom Social
- Buffer Social
- Convince & Convert
- Hot in Social Media
- Jenn’s Trends
- Jon Loomer (Facebook Advertising)
- Mike Gingerich (co-owner of TabSite and President of Digital Hill Media. This man is a marketing machine.)
- Peg Fitzpatrick (co-author of The Art of Social Media)
- Plus Your Business (Martin Shervington is a Google power house and creator of Plus Your Business Academy)
- RazorSocial (Ian Cleary is all about social media tools. This sweet and tech savvy Irish Man is the ‘Tool Man’ of social media.)
- Rebekah Radice ( Rebekah is a social media content machine and it’s all great.)
- Simply Measured
- Socially Sorted (I adore Donna Moritz. You will learn from this Australian power house of knowledge. She is the queen of visual content.)
- Top Dog Social Media (Melonie Dodaro is the author of The LinkedIn Code.)
I know from 25 years of corporate technology business training and 8 years in the social media marketing space that it takes more than one learning resource to stay on the cutting edge. These 20 social media blogs are amazing learning resources. I suggest that you also add Social Media Examiner to your social media blog list. Mike Stelzner, founder of Social Media Examiner picks only the best of the best to write for his wildly popular online magazine.
Happy social learning! ~ Donna