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Let MS Office 2013 Custom Apps Help You Increase Your Productivity!


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Did you know there is much more you can do to enhance your experiences with the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite than what is already included in Word? Excel? PowerPoint? or Outlook? While the applications within the Suite are literally crammed with tons of powerful features, there additional ways (through add-ins) that you can customize your specific office needs even further, which can save you time and effort. These apps range from

  1. Converting PDF files to text (recognizes text in six different languages).
  2. Generating a tag cloud of text from a Word document.
  3. Sending fax documents without leaving Word.
  4. Searching the web via Google within Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—no need to toggle back and forth between your Office applications and your web browser.
  5. Creating a graphical idea map from any of the Office applications.
  6. Converting the case of your text in Excel files quickly—This can be a life saver if you are importing information into Excel from a variety of sources because it saves you time and energy by not having to make “hand edits” that are slow and manual.
  7. Creating Excel data as a “heat map” – provides a visual of data for the United States and is color coded.
  8. Previewing hyperlinks from Outlook email messages—helps to prevent messages sent that contain broken links.
  9. Integrating key information from LinkedIn from your profile with Outlook—can help with your networking capabilities.
  10. Sending Direct Messages from Outlook to Twitter.

Vangie Beal previewed a total of 30 MS Office apps that can help you increase your productivity and efficiency, but there are many others that have been added that may fit your needs also.

Many of the apps are free, while others may have a one-time charge or a subscription fee. If you see any that can help you, simply click this link to go to store.office.com and then “shop until you drop”!

P.S. I just found another app (for Excel) that can be very engaging when you are trying to transform data to a simple graphic quickly and easily. It’s free, it’s easy, and the name is Bubbles—try it, you might like it!

Take a look at the sample screen shot below.

06-29-2015 Bubbles App

If you want to learn new software or if you need to update your software skills, consider enrolling in the Business Office Systems & Support program at Richland College. You will have a wide selection of courses (offered online and face-to-face) from which to choose. These courses range from basic keyboarding, computer literacy, business communications, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access (includes preparation for the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam**), office procedures, etc. These courses can all lead you towards a college-credit certificate or a 2-year associate’s degree.

Richland College is located in northeast Dallas at 12800 Abrams Road. For more information contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu at 972-238-6215.

**Richland College is an authorized Microsoft Testing Center.

***Get a Free Copy of Microsoft Office Pro Plus 2013***If you are a student in the Dallas County Community College District, you are eligible to download a FREE version of Microsoft Office 2013 Pro Plus (or 2011 on the Mac) which includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher, and OneNote.


What will you like about Word 2013?

Ever wondered why you might want to upgrade to Office 2013 or Office 365? Those of you with Office 365 will be using Microsoft’s new subscription service which also provides automatic downloads of updates and revisions.

Regardless of how you currently use Microsoft Word, the information provided in this Microsoft blog, should be of interest. It discusses the top 10 reasons why students (or anyone) will love Word 2013. Click below to read the blog and preview the features discussed.

Top 10 Reasons Students Will Love Word 2013

Richland’s first Summer session begins on June 4; it is not too late to register. Come learn more about any of the Office 365 suite of products, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Publisher!


For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.

A Change You May Want to Make if Using Office 2013

The new version of Microsoft Office is here!  Office 2013 or Office 365 (a subscription version) is currently the only version of Office sold by retailers.  Therefore, if you purchase a new computer and have Microsoft Office installed on the computer; you will be using Office 2013.

One of the new features in Office 2013 is one that you may wish to turn off.  When launched, several of the Office 2013 applications show a “dynamic Start screen” by default.  This screen, in Excel, is shown below.

Excel Start Screen

If you prefer to simply see a new blank workbook, Select File, Options, the General tab, and uncheck, Show Start screen when the application starts, under Startup Options.

You will need to make this change in Word 2013 and PowerPoint 2013 if you wish to avoid seeing the Start screen in those applications also.

Making this change will save you several clicks!


For more information on the Business Office Systems and Support department, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu (972-238-6215).


Get Ahead of the Crowd and Register for Spring 2014 BOSS Classes at Richland College!

Registration began Tues., November 19, for Spring 2014 Business Office Systems & Support (BOSS) classes at Richland College!

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Learn Microsoft Office 2013 and Get MOS Certification—Earn college credit, get a “leg up” on the competition, and improve your employment/promotion chances. Get your Microsoft Certification in Word or Excel or Access or PowerPoint, by following this link to more information on these exciting classes and the MOS certification.

11-18-2013 Blog Computer Literacy and Software Basics

  • Computer Basics—Do you need to learn computer basics such as file management, computer and Internet security, Windows operating systems, cloud storage? Then you need to take either ITSC 1401 or POFI 1301—which are introductory computer courses.
  • Intro to MS Office—Do you just need to learn the basics of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint)? Then ITSC 1409 or POFI 1341 will help you get a handle on these office applications.  

11-18-2013 Blog Business Writing SM and Grammar Image

  • Business Writing Skills—If you want to improve your business writing skills and business-based social media skills, enroll in POFT 2312 Business Correspondence & Communications. Because more and more companies depend on social media today to get their messages out to customers, clients and others, employees are expected to be savvy with SM and to know how to use SM professionally.
  • Business Grammar—Do you need help with basic grammar and punctuation? If so, then POFT 1301 Business English is the class for you! An in-depth review of basic grammar and punctuation rules can help you strengthen these all important skills. 

11-18-2013 Blog Introductory Office Skills

  • Need Basic Office Basic Keyboarding & Document Formatting?  Are you tired of the old “hunt and peck” method? Does it take you an eternity to type a simple message? If you are only interested in learning how to type letters and numbers,  POFT 1127 is the class for you. However, if you want to learn how to keyboard AND how to format messages professionally, let POFT 1329 help you in both of these areas. If you are needing to improve your speed, accuracy, and develop intermediate keyboarding skills and document formatting; consider enrolling in the POFT 2301 intermediate class to enhance all of these skills.
  • Business Soft Skills—Research shows that today’s employees also need to have great “soft skills” as part of their employment tool kits. They need to know how to work in teams effectively, how to be flexible, how to think critically, and how to manage time efficiently—just to name a few. Let POFT 1309 Administrative Office Procedures help you explore and develop those all‑important “soft skills” so that you are viewed as even more desirable by potential employers.
  • Records & Information Management—Want to improve your ability to manage business records accurately and correctly? Consider enrolling in POFT 1319 Records and Information Management. This course covers basic alphabetic indexing rules, uses technology to create electronic records, explores records security, examines and compares various records management systems—alpha, subject, numeric, and geographic.
  • Business Math—Do you need to improve your “real world” math skills? Let POFT 1321 or POFT 1325 (includes 10-key) help you in this area. Learn how to quickly calculate discounts, payroll, markups/markdowns, balance your bank account, loan payments, interest rates, and much more.  

11-18-2013 Blog Medical Office Courses

  • Medical Software Applications—If you need to use the Microsoft Office 2013 suite in a medical office environment, enroll in POFM 1302 Medical Software Applications.
  • Medical Administrative Support—However, if you need an introduction to medical front office operations such as terminology, forms, patient appointment scheduling, etc., then why not take POFM 1317 Medical Administrative Support? The POFM 1317 course will help you become acquainted with many of the tasks performed by today’s medical office workers. 

Take a look at the exciting lineup of on-campus and online BOSS classes from which to choose by clicking this link.

Don’t delay! Earn college credit, keep your skills updated, and enhance your professional growth by taking BOSS credit classes that can help you right now as well as in the future!

Are you a returning student? If so, then take advantage of Priority Registration, which starts tomorrow Tues., Nov. 19 through Sun., Nov. 24.

Registration for all students—begins Mon., Nov. 25 and ends Wed., Jan. 15.

Note: Full-semester Spring classes begin Tues., Jan. 21, and end on Thurs., May 15. However, there are a number of flex-term classes that are also available and that may fit your schedule better.

For more information on BOSS Spring 2014 course offerings, the BOSS degree and certificates, contact Becky Jones, Associate Dean, bjones@dcccd.edu 972-238-6215.

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