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Word 2013: Better by Design … Part Three of an Ongoing Series

This article authored by Jeffrey Roach originally appeared in the February 2015 issue of ALM’s LJN LegalTech Newsletter.

Welcome back. If you have read my previous two articles you are well on your way to Word nirvana. If not, I recommend you take a moment to catch up on those articles before you tackle this one. The good work we did to set up the default look and feel of the Microsoft Word environment can have a huge impact on the usability of the product. Another way that we can improve the overall experience is to tweak the variety of settings that lurk behind the scenes. That’s right, it is time to talk about Word Options.

There’s a reason why I call my two-day strategic planning session for Office 2013 Black Holes & Revelations. Word is full of mysteries. When you start to dig into them, if you are lucky you may be rewarded with that elusive a ha! moment: a revelation. But just as often, the deeper you dig the more confused you become: a black hole. Read more

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Word 2013: Better by Design … Part Two of an Ongoing Series

This article authored by Jeffrey Roach originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of ALM’s LJN LegalTech Newsletter.

Judging by the default setup of Word 2013, it seems that the good folks at Microsoft have never heard the old adage that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. My initial reaction to Word 2013 with its ALL CAPS TABS and glaring white theme was too long for the good ol’ days of Word 2010. This proves another well known adage in technology training: “no matter how much someone complains about something being broken, they will complain even louder when you try to fix it.” Read more

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Word 2013: Better by Design

This article authored by Jeffrey Roach originally appeared in the September 2014 issue of ALM’s LJN LegalTech Newsletter.

Hey, wanna know the one rule for a flat stomach? How about the secret $5 wrinkle buster? [Spoiler] There is no one rule or $5 secret. But it must be part of the human condition to seek out quick solutions to thorny problems, because we keep clicking these ads. This trickles into my little corner of world through a seemingly harmless question: Should I turn that off? “That” could be anything from Keep track of formatting to Prompt to update style. People will run up to me at a conference or after a speech and ask me crazy things like whether they should turn off Set left- and first –indent with tabs and backspaces. Although the details of the question change, my answer is always the same. I don’t know, should you? Read more

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Getting Started with Power View and Other Great New Features of Excel 2013 – ILTA Webinar

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If you missed the ILTA Webinar  “Getting Started with Power View and Other Great New Features of Excel 2013”, it’s recorded!  Jeffrey Roach reviews the best new features of Excel 2013!

To View the recording of this ILTA webinar, please click HERE.

Resource: Sample File for Excel 2013

Sponsored by: Encoretech

Description:
In this session, we will review the best new features of Excel 2013, including Power View, which lets you combine tables, matrices, maps and a variety of charts in an interactive view that brings your data to life.

Speaker:
Jeffrey Roach has spent the past 25 years working with companies to design and deliver their adult learning strategies. Working with the top law firms and training departments in the country, he has shown them how to deliver outstanding and engaging learning experiences. Jeffrey is the President and co-owner of Encoretech, a premiere learning and development organization delivering software training and migration solutions to the legal and corporate community. Contact him at jroach@encoretech.com.

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