Power up your proficiency with this genius guide to popular Microsoft 365 apps Do you want to make your Microsoft 365 account a productivity behemoth? Do you want to squeeze every last bit of awesome from Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and learn a little more about Outlook, too? Microsoft 365 Portable Genius has got you covered. A seasoned tech expert and trainer, author Lisa A. Bucki shows you how to build Word documents, Excel workbooks, and PowerPoint presentations the right way, as well as how to use high-impact design techniques to make your documents pop. This book answers 11 key questions about how to make the most of Microsoft 365, providing genius tips as it leads you through the essentials. You'll learn how to: * Tackle common skills like creating files, adding basic content, navigating in a file, making selections, copying and moving content, and saving files * Build a new Word document by using outlining, bullets and numbering, columns, and other features for creating and enhancing content * Enhance Excel workbook files by organizing data on different sheets, filling entries, creating range names, and entering powerful, accurate formulas * Develop a PowerPoint presentation by choosing the right layout for each slide and adding content to placeholders, and then transform it into an on-screen show with transitions and animations * Add punchy design and branding by using text formatting, themes, and graphics in your files * Use lists, tables, and charts to make data easier to interpret * Create, send, reply to, and organize email in Outlook, as well as add contacts Share file contents on paper or digitally * Check out the Online Bonus Appendix at Wiley for more genius coverage of topics including additional Excel formula review techniques, essential Excel functions, theme colors and fonts changes, and WordArt Whether you have used Office in the past or are new to its subscription successor Microsoft 365, Microsoft 365 Portable Genius provides the expert guidance you need to work smarter in Microsoft 365.
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About the Author
How Do I Start Using Microsoft 365?
Starting and Exiting an App
Taking a Look Around
Working with Files
Typing in a Word Document
Making Your First Cell Entries in Excel
Adding Slide Content in PowerPoint
Making and Working with Selections
Refining Your Content
Saving and Closing a File
How Do I Develop Document Content in Word?
Using Outlining to Organize Your Thoughts
More on Navigating, Selecting, and Editing in Word
Creating Bulleted and Numbered Lists
Working with Tabs and Indent Settings
Working with Line, Page, and Section Breaks
Creating Columns of Text
Using Review Tools to Improve Your Writing
How Do I Make Changes in Excel?
Working with Sheets
Cell Editing Basics
Using Auto Fill and Filling Series
Inserting and Deleting Rows, Columns, and Cells
Working with Column Width and Row Height
Creating Range Names
Freezing Rows and Columns On‐Screen
How Do I Do Math with Excel Formulas and Functions?
Entering a Basic Formula
Learning More About Operators and Order of Precedence
Making a Cell or Range Reference Absolute Rather Than Relative
Understanding and Using Functions
Using Range Names in Formulas
How Do I Create a PowerPoint Presentation?
Understanding Slide Layouts
Rearranging and Deleting Slides
Working with Content Placeholders
Editing Slide Content
Changing Slide Size or Background
Preparing and Playing the Slide Show
How Do I Use Formatting to Enhance My Documents?
Changing the Number or Date Format in Excel
Changing Text Formatting
Changing Paragraph and Page Formatting in Word and PowerPoint
Working with Borders and Shading
How Do I Use Graphics?
Inserting Simple Graphics
Selecting and Formatting Graphics
Creating and Working with SmartArt
How Do I Manage Lists of Information?
Adding a Table in Word or PowerPoint
Arranging a List in Excel
Understanding Excel's Table Feature
Sorting and Filtering Lists and Tables
Changing Table Styles
Converting a Table Back to Regular Content
How Do I Present My Data in Charts?
Using Different Chart Types
Creating a Chart in Excel
Creating a Chart in Word or PowerPoint
Changing the Chart Type and Layout
Formatting Chart Elements
Changing the Charted Data
Deleting a Chart
How Do I Manage Emails and Contacts in Outlook?
Adding Your Account
Creating and Sending Messages
Receiving, Reading, and Replying to Messages
How Do I Print and Share My Content?
Creating Headers and Footers
Changing Page Settings
Changing Sheet Settings in Excel
Working with Page Breaks in Excel
Previewing a Printout and Printing
Sharing Information in Other Ways
End User License Agreement
Table 1.1 Word Keyboard Shortcuts
Table 4.1 Arithmetic, Comparison, and Text Operators for Excel Formulas
Table 4.2 Order of Precedence in Excel Formulas
Table 9.1 Overall Chart Types in the Microsoft 365 Apps
1.1 Choose the app name when using Windows Search to start a Microsoft 365 a...
1.2 You will work with these tools in Microsoft 365 apps.
1.3 Use the View tab choices to adjust screen appearance.
1.4 Click the File tab and then choose Blank Document, Blank Workbook, or Bl...
1.5 You get to preview a template before downloading it.
1.6 Use the Open dialog box to locate and open an existing file.
1.7 You can also work with a window's size and position to facilitate workin...
1.8 Word's default formatting settings make attractive, legible text.
1.9 These screen features facilitate your work in Excel.
1.10 You can make basic entries like these in sheet cells.
1.11 Excel recognizes dates and times typed using these and other formats.
1.12 The way you type some number entries helps Excel apply a number format ...
1.13 Add content to placeholders in PowerPoint.
1.14 Range A5:B14 is selected.
1.15 You can select one or more rows or columns.
1.16 Using the mouse works well when copying or moving a selection within th...
1.17 Word's Editor suggests corrections and refinements.
1.18 Files have generic numbered names until you rename them.
2.1 Word's Outline view and Outlining tab make it easy to outline and reorga...
2.2 When you reopen a document, Word prompts you to return to the location o...
2.3 Use Change Case to apply a new capitalization style to selected text.
2.4 Use these Paragraph group choices to create simple lists in Word.
2.5 You also can choose another bullet or number style.
2.6 You can use the Tabs dialog box or the ruler to set tabs.
2.7 Create indents to set a paragraph off from the left or right margin (or ...
2.8 The Layout tab enables you to insert various types of breaks in a docume...
2.9 It takes only a single command to create columns in a document.
2.10 You can use the Thesaurus to replace a word with a better synonym.
2.11 You can track changes and comment on a document.
3.1 Sheets have generic numbered names until you rename them.
3.2 Copy a sheet to reuse its information.
3.3 Click the Enter button on the Formula bar to finish editing a cell.
3.4 You can use a shortcut menu to clear the contents from a cell.
3.5 Use Auto Fill to enter a series of labels by dragging.
3.6 Right‐click a row or column header and then click Insert or Delete.
3.7 Excel prompts you to specify how it should shift cells when you're inser...
3.8 Changing column width or row height can help cell entries display proper...
3.9 You can create a range name using the Name dialog box.
3.10 The New Name dialog box enables you to choose the scope for a new range...
3.11 Deleting a range name removes it from the workbook file.
3.12 Rows 1 through 12 and column A are frozen on‐screen in this sheet.
4.1 You can start with creating basic formulas like these with constants, ce...
4.2 You can click a cell with the mouse to enter the cell reference in the f...
4.3 Select a range of values and then check the status bar to see Average, C...
4.4 In some cases, Excel displays a message box prompting you to correct a f...
4.5 Use pairs of parentheses to group calculations and override the order of...
4.6 Press F4 when entering or editing a formula to change the cell or range ...
4.7 Relative references increment when a formula is filled, copied, or moved...
4.8 Absolute references do not increment when a formula is filled, copied, o...
4.9 AutoSum provides a quick way to enter common functions in a formula.
4.10 You can keep or adjust the range suggested as the argument or simply dr...
4.11 Formula AutoComplete lists matching functions.
4.12 The SUBTOTAL function's first argument calls for another function, whic...
4.13 The Function Library organizes common functions into several categories...
4.14 Each category presents a list of functions.
4.15 The Function Arguments dialog box appears after you insert a function f...
4.16 Use the Insert Function dialog box to search for a function.
4.17 Formula AutoComplete lists matching range names (among other matches) a...
5.1 Work in Slide Master view to make changes to slide layouts.
5.2 Choose a slide layout to use for a new slide after clicking the New Slid...
5.3 You can move slides by dragging them in Outline view (shown here), Norma...
5.4 Content placeholders are set up for bulleted lists and other types of co...
5.5 You can discuss additions, corrections, and changes using the comments f...
5.6 Change the slide size to reflect the screen size to be used for on‐scree...
5.7 Set up transitions between slides using this ribbon tab.
5.8 Animations apply motion to individual slide objects.
5.9 Customize slide show playback using the Slide Show tab's choices.
6.1 Use the Number group of the Home tab to change the number format applied...
6.2 The Number Format drop‐down list and Number tab of the Format Cells dial...
6.3 Use number formats to control the display of financial values.
6.4 The Font group holds choices for adjusting the appearance of selected te...
6.5 Check the Live Preview of the font choice in the text.
6.6 You can choose another font color for the selected cell or range.
6.7 You can change the alignment, indention, and some other aspects of the s...
6.8 I've applied various formatting settings to enhance this example workshe...
6.9 You can preview and apply a line spacing preset in Word, PowerPoint, and...
6.10 Specify custom paragraph and line spacing in Word, PowerPoint, and Outl...
6.11 I've applied the Page Border settings shown here in the Borders and Sha...
6.12 You can apply multiple border settings at once using the Border tab.
6.13 Find predefined formatting in Excel's Cell Styles gallery.
6.14 Change the theme in the Themes gallery.
7.1 Use the Illustrations group of the Insert tab to add graphics.
7.2 Shapes are grouped by type in the Shapes gallery.
7.3 Thousands of royalty‐free stock images are available to insert in your d...
7.4 Online Pictures uses a search engine to search the Internet for matching...
7.5 You can search for an icon to add in this window.
7.6 Shapes become more explanatory with added text.
7.7 It's easy to apply a preset style to a shape or icon, as well as to chan...
7.8 The Picture Format tab offers numerous types of presets.
7.9 You can drag a resizing handle or use other methods to resize a graphic....
7.10 Aligning objects relative to one another creates a neater layout.
7.11 Preview the SmartArt diagram type before inserting the graphic.
7.12 Enter the text for each SmartArt shape in the Text pane.
7.13 The Create Graphic group holds the choices for working with the shapes ...
8.1 Point and click to insert a new row or column in a Word table.
8.2 A list of data occupies a contiguous range in Excel.
8.3 Tables have their own styles and added features.
8.4 Excel may prompt you for some details when you import data.
8.5 Get Data both imports data as a table and creates a data connection.
8.6 Choose the function to use to calculate a column in a total row cell.
8.7 Use the Sort dialog box to sort by multiple columns.
8.8 Filtering displays only matching rows.
8.9 A new table style quickly updates a table's appearance.
9.1 Use the chart type buttons in the Charts group of the Insert tab in Exce...
9.2 The Insert Chart dialog box offers Recommended Charts.
9.3 The Ideas pane enables you to ask questions about the data and create a ...
9.4 When entering data for a Word or PowerPoint chart, you can drag in the E...
9.5 The position of chart elements depends on the layout.
9.6 Use the Quick Layout gallery to preview and apply a new layout.
9.7 Update a chart with new colors or a new style.
9.8 Select a chart element to format.
9.9 Adjust series plotting using the Switch Row/Column button.
9.10 You can change the source data range for the selected chart.
10.1 Outlook by default displays a Simplified Ribbon.
10.2 Create your own signature to include with messages.
10.3 An email message in the message window has one or more recipients, a su...
10.4 Read and respond to your emails in the main Outlook window.
10.5 Message organization activities include trashing messages and emptying ...
10.6 You can add as many or as few details about a contact as needed.
11.1 Word offers header and footer presets.
11.2 In PowerPoint, you can create headers and footers for printouts of your...
11.3 In Excel, the choices on the Header & Footer tab enable you to build he...
11.4 The Margins button in the Page Setup group enables you to apply a prese...
11.5 Scale an Excel printout to a set number of pages or to a percentage.
11.6 Specify print titles to repeat on every page of a multipage printout in...
11.7 Vertically and horizontally centering page content yields a more polish...
11.8 You can drag a page break to a new position in Page Break Preview view....
11.9 The preview appears with the Print settings.
11.10 You have options when exporting your file to a PDF.
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apps designed to work together, such as Microsoft 365, offer many pros, including a common user interface, similar commands and features, and a robust set of tools that enables you to communicate effectively and explore your creativity to the max. Even so, some users can find the hundreds—if not thousands—of choices and features to be a little intimidating.
Microsoft 365 Portable Genius aims to help you answer 11 key questions you may come up against when using the top four Microsoft 365 apps—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. The book covers the features that you need to know, along with some others that you should want to know. I try to get right to the point in describing features and steps so you can power through, problem‐solve on your own, and free up time for other activities.
A few special elements provide guardrails and inspiration. Notes help you delve a bit deeper into some topics, Cautions give advice and help you steer clear of problems, and Genius icons convey the pro tips that will make you more efficient, more productive, and (I daresay) more impressive in the results that you crank out from the Microsoft 365 apps.
I need to mention one last item from the “need to know” category before you dive in to Chapter 1. The screenshots for the figures in this book were shot at a low 1024 x 768 resolution to enhance their final appearance within the book's format. Most users now have their screens set to a much higher resolution, so you may see differences between the figures on your screen and those in the book, particularly with regard to the appearance of the ribbon. Also, users with touchscreen systems may see additional screen options and features not shown in the book's figures. Finally, there may be variations in screen features, depending on the type of Microsoft 365 subscription you have and your update cycle.
Thank you, reader, for adding Microsoft 365 Portable Genius to your library. You can find more bonus material in the Online Bonus Appendix for this book, available at www.wiley.com/go/ms365portablegenius.
The Microsoft 365 applications, or apps, are easy to navigate yet loaded with powerful features designed to save you time and work. The core apps this book covers—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook—share similar commands and procedures, meaning skills learned in one app translate smoothly to the other apps. Dialing in on all the basics will enable you to spend more time developing content. This chapter introduces you to the “must know” skills for your work in Microsoft 365, including essential command and interface navigation features, key techniques for creating and working with files, making selections, copying and moving information, and proofing content.
Starting and Exiting an App
Taking a Look Around
Working with Files
Typing in a Word Document
Making Your First Cell Entries in Excel
Adding Slide Content in PowerPoint
Making and Working with Selections
Refining Your Content
Saving and Closing a File
Windows 10 gives you a few options for starting a program so that you can get to work. You may already have your preference for how to start up, but if not, you can try one of these methods:
Click the Start button at the left end of the Windows taskbar. Move the mouse pointer over the right edge of the list of programs in the Start menu so that a scroll bar expands, and then use the scroll bar or the scroll wheel on your mouse to scroll down until you see the Microsoft 365 app that you want to start, such as Word, in the list. Then choose the app name. You also can pin a larger tile for starting an app to the right side of the Start menu. Right‐click the app name in the list of Start menu programs, and choose Pin to Start. Then you can open the Start menu and click the large tile. If you need to remove the tile later, right‐click it, and choose Unpin from Start.
Windows logo key.
Press the Windows logo key on your keyboard. Press the down arrow on your keyboard as needed until the app name is selected, and then press Enter.
Click in the Search box to the right of the Start button on the taskbar. If a tile for the app appears in the Top Apps section, click it. If not, start typing the app name, such as
, and then choose the app when it appears under Best Match, as shown in
1.1 Choose the app name when using Windows Search to start a Microsoft 365 app.
Additionally, if you choose Office from the Start menu, an Office window with icons for all your apps opens. You can click an app's icon to be prompted to create a document and open the app, and you can leave this window open to launch other Microsoft 365 apps as needed.
If using the Start menu to launch a Microsoft 365 app isn't for you, then you can pin a button for the app to the taskbar. With the app open, right‐click its button on the taskbar, and then choose Pin to Taskbar. Click the pinned button on the taskbar to start the program. If you decide you want to unpin the button, right‐click it on the taskbar and choose Unpin from Taskbar.
When Word, Excel, or PowerPoint open, they prompt you to create a new document or open an existing one. (Outlook works a little differently when you start it.) The later section called “Working with Files” provides more details about those choices. For now, you could just click the Blank Document, Blank Workbook, or Blank Presentation thumbnail to create a new file.
When you've finished all your work for the day, you should close or exit the program. You could shut down Windows without closing open apps, but it's better to close the app first to ensure you've saved all your work. As when starting an app, you have these options for closing or exiting the program:
Click the Close (X) button at the upper‐right corner of the screen.
To close the current file without exiting the app, click the File tab near the upper‐left corner of the window, and then choose Close. If you have a file with unsaved work open and exit the app or close the file, a message box asks whether you want to save changes to the file. You can click the Save or Don't Save button as needed.
If you have multiple Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files open or multiple Outlook windows open, closing one of them doesn't close down the program overall. You have to close every open file or window to make sure you've completely exited the program.
You interact with the Microsoft 365 apps through their user interfaces or UIs. Microsoft specifically designs the user interface in each of the Microsoft 365 apps to have similar features, making it easier to perform similar tasks from app to app. The apps still have their differences, which I'll highlight in the areas where I cover the individual apps. Let's start first, however, with the UI features that the apps have in common.
The Account (or Office Account in Outlook) choice on the File tab takes you to a screen where you can sign in and out of your Microsoft 365 subscription and manage updates to the apps, among other choices. The Options choice on the File tab opens an Options dialog box where you can change settings affecting how the app appears and behaves.
The common interface features in the Microsoft 365 apps enable you to identify the file, give commands, work with the content in your documents, view status information, and change the document view. Figure 1.2 illustrates these common features. (I'll cover screen features specific to the individual apps throughout the book as needed.)
Here's what you need to know about the screen features shown in Figure 1.2:
The title bar identifies the name of the current file and holds other tools.
Quick Access Toolbar.
Found at the left end of the title bar, the Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) offers Save, Undo, and Redo buttons by default. The Undo and Redo buttons become active after you start performing actions. Clicking the down arrow at the right end of the QAT opens the Customize Quick Access Toolbar menu, where you can choose the name of another button that you want to add to the QAT.
The ribbon below the title bar uses tabs to organize the majority of the commands that you'll use in your apps. Click a ribbon tab to see its commands. The names along the bottom of the ribbon identify commands that are grouped together because they have related or similar functions. In most cases, you click a button on the ribbon to choose a command, though clicking a button with a drop‐down list arrow on it opens a list of additional choices. Still other ribbon buttons are split, with both a regular button on the top and a down arrow on the bottom part of the button. Clicking the top half of a split button executes the command immediately, while clicking the bottom part with the arrow opens a list of choices. Other buttons are split the other way, with the main button on the left and a drop‐down list arrow on the right. Pressing the Alt key displays letters and numbers, sometimes called
, that you can press to choose a ribbon tab and then a command.
1.2 You will work with these tools in Microsoft 365 apps.
I'll use a type of shorthand throughout the book to tell you which ribbon command to choose, giving the tab, group, and specific button. For example, if I say “Choose Review ➔ Proofing ➔ Thesaurus,” it means to click the Review tab on the ribbon, look for the Proofing group of commands, and in that group, click Thesaurus. Some command sequences can be longer if a list or menu appears.
Dialog box launcher.
Some groups on the ribbon include a small button called a
dialog box launcher
in the lower‐right corner. Clicking one of these buttons opens a dialog box with more detailed choices, such as the Font or Format Cells dialog box.
When you're using the mouse in various apps, the mouse pointer changes shape often to cue you when it's in the correct position to perform a particular action. By default, when the mouse pointer is over the document in Word, the pointer resembles an I‐beam with lines of text beside it, as shown in
. However, it may change to a white arrow, a two‐headed arrow, and other shapes. The default mouse pointer in Excel is a bold white plus, but at other times it changes to a black plus, a split black arrow, and more. PowerPoint and Outlook use the white arrow and a plain I‐beam as the main app pointers, but you may see other mouse pointers in those apps, too.
This area below the main work area displays status information and has tools for changing the zoom that I'll cover shortly.
The more recent Microsoft 365 app versions have made it easier to get help about a feature or task. Make sure your computer is connected to the Internet to receive the maximum results, and then press F1 or choose Help ➔ Help ➔ Help to open a Help pane at the right. Enter a command name, task, or other search keywords, and then press Enter to see matching results. You also can use Microsoft Search (Alt+Q) in the title bar to search for help.
The View tab on the ribbon enables you to change the view and turn some view features on and off. The default view for Word, Print Layout, was shown in Figure 1.2. The default view in Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook is called Normal. Figure 1.3 shows the View tab in Excel as an example.
1.3 Use the View tab choices to adjust screen appearance.
Generally speaking, the View tab in each of the apps has a main group with the overall view choices, plus additional groups with other settings. Here's the name of the group with the overall view choices for each app, plus a briefing on the available views:
Views group in Word.
Word's default Print Layout view approximates how the document will look when printed in hard copy, showing margins, spacing between pages, headers and footers, and so on. It also includes Web Layout view so you can see how the document would look when published as a web page. Outline view, which you will learn more about in
, enables you to organize or reorganize a document. Draft view shows just the text, without any of the features in Print Layout view. Finally, Read Mode hides most of Word's screen features, so you can read a document more easily.
Workbook Views group in Excel.
In addition to the default Normal view, which is shown later in this chapter, Excel offers Page Break Preview view. Use it when you want to print and think you might need to adjust how the contents break between separate pages. The Page Layout view not only shows page breaks, but also shows how headers and footers will appear when printed.
Presentation Views group in PowerPoint.
Beyond the default Normal view, this group in the PowerPoint View tab has an Outline View choice, like Word. It also has a Slide Sorter view for rearranging the order of the slides, or pages, in the file. The Notes Page view enables you to see a speaker notes layout for presentation slides. As in Word, you can choose the Reading View to see the presentation without app tools getting in the way.
Current View group in Outlook.
Even though Outlook has a Normal view and a Reading view, this group doesn't offer those choices. Instead, you can choose Change View to adjust aspects of how messages are displayed, or View Settings to change details such as which columns of message information display.
The buttons near the right end of the status bar (refer to Figure 1.2) also enable you to change between views. In Outlook, these buttons are the only way to change between Normal View and Reading View.
You also can tinker with whether the ribbon is fully visible. The small up arrow button in the lower‐right corner of the ribbon is called the Collapse the Ribbon button. You can click it or press Ctrl+F1 to hide everything but the ribbon tabs, allowing more of the file's contents to appear on‐screen. When you need to choose a command, just click a tab to expand the ribbon temporarily, choose the desired button or item, and then continue working. The ribbon will collapse again on its own. To return the ribbon to its normal appearance and function, click a ribbon tab, and then click the Pin the Ribbon button—it has a pushpin on it—in the lower‐right corner of the ribbon or press Ctrl+F1 again. You also can double‐click a ribbon tab to collapse the ribbon or pin it back open.
The button in the lower‐right corner of the Outlook ribbon looks like the Collapse the Ribbon button in the other apps, but its name is Switch Ribbons. Clicking the button toggles between a one‐line Simplified Ribbon or the Classic Ribbon that looks like the ribbon in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Today's trend of computers offering ever‐higher screen resolutions has its pros and cons. While graphics and video look gorgeous in hi‐res, screen features and content in business‐oriented programs can look small and difficult to read. Whether you've forgotten your glasses or just have eyestrain from a full day of screen time, increasing the zoom or zooming in can make screen contents easier to read. On the other hand, decreasing the zoom or zooming out allows more of the file's contents to appear on‐screen at once, which can be handy in some situations. For example, you might want to zoom out when working in Excel to show more rows and columns, which would make it easier to select a large set of data for a chart. Or, you might want to zoom in when performing design tasks in Word or PowerPoint, such as aligning graphic objects, and then zoom back out to see how your changes look in context with the rest of the contents.
The Zoom group of the View tab holds choices for changing the zoom. Word offers the most preset zoom choices, enabling you to zoom to One Page, Multiple Pages, or Page Width size. In Excel, you can select an area on the worksheet and then click the Zoom to Selection button in that group so the selection will fill the screen, usually by zooming in. PowerPoint has a Fit to Window choice that zooms the slide in or out as needed to fill the available space on‐screen. To return to the normal zoom in Word and Excel, click the 100% button in the group. Clicking the Zoom button in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint opens the Zoom dialog box, which enables you to choose a preset zoom percentage or enter your own setting in the Percent text box (Word and PowerPoint) or Custom text box (Excel); click OK to apply your choice and close the dialog box. Outlook's View tab doesn't really have zoom settings per se, but you can choose the Use Tighter Spacing button in the Layout group to see more messages on‐screen.
All four apps have the Zoom slider shown in Figure 1.2. Use it to change the zoom on the fly. You can drag the slider “thumb” to the left to zoom out or to the right to zoom in. Or, you can click the Zoom Out (‐) or Zoom In (+) buttons at either end of the slider to zoom out or in at preset 10% increments. When you change the zoom using any method, the change applies to the current file only, and normally only to the current sheet in Excel.
A zoom setting of 120–125% strikes a good compromise between increasing the zoom enough to reduce eyestrain and allowing plenty of the work area to appear on‐screen at once.
Now that you've had an overview of how the Microsoft 365 apps tick, it's time to turn to the practical business of starting to work with files in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. But what does the term file mean when it comes to the various apps, anyway? Generally speaking, you can refer to any Microsoft 365 file as a document. And in fact, Word files are called documents. However, an Excel file is called a workbook, with the name stemming from how Excel enables you to organize your data in an orderly fashion on separate worksheets. Because PowerPoint files are intended for a speaker to use while giving a presentation, PowerPoint files are called presentations, each holding individual slides of information.
When you click the File tab on the ribbon, a screen loaded primarily with choices for working with files appears. This screen is sometimes called Backstage or Backstage view. You can use the choices on the File tab to create, save, export, and print files, among other actions.
While Outlook has a File tab and you can save messages as files, using the app to create and manage email messages differs substantially from how you use the other three apps covered in this book. If you're eager to learn more about Outlook, skip ahead to Chapter 10.
You learned at the start of the chapter that when you start Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, the app prompts you to open or create a file. You can click the Blank Document, Blank Workbook, or Blank Presentation thumbnail to create a new blank file at that point. If you've already started the app and opened a file (blank or otherwise), you can click the File tab and then choose Blank Document, Blank Workbook, or Blank Presentation (Figure 1.4) to create another blank file. But for my money, it's fastest to press Ctrl+N to create a new file. No matter the method, the app assigns a placeholder name to each blank file you create until you save it under a new name. The placeholder names reflect the app's file type, so Word assigns Document1, Document 2, and so on; Excel assigns Book1, Book2, and so on; and PowerPoint assigns Presentation1, Presentation2, and so on.
1.4 Click the File tab and then choose Blank Document, Blank Workbook, or Blank Presentation to create a new blank file.
If you work in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for the web, the cloud‐based versions of the apps, you might have gotten very comfortable with how the cloud apps automatically save the file for you as you work. Unfortunately, the desktop versions of the apps aren't as helpful, so you should make sure you save your work frequently. See the later section called “Saving and Closing a File” to learn how to save.
If starting from a blank slate sounds like too much work, if you're looking for design or content ideas, or if you're fairly certain someone else has already created just the type of file you're looking for, then you might find what you need in the huge selection of templates offered through the apps. A template is simply a pre‐made file that typically includes section or slide titles and labels, placeholder content or prompts, formulas, and formatting. When you use a template file, which has a slightly different file format than a regular file, it creates a new file with the same contents as the template. You fill it out with your own content from there and save the copied file. Thousands of business and personal templates are available for download, including resumes, flyers, brochures, planners, calendars, budgets, invoices, inventory lists, sales pitches, and financial or scientific results presentations. PowerPoint also enables you to download a new presentation theme and create a file from it. “Understanding Themes” in Chapter 6 covers themes in more detail.
To find and download a template after starting an app, follow these steps:
Choose File ➔ New.
The options for creating a new file appear. To display only themes and not templates in PowerPoint, you also need to click Themes under the Search for Online Templates and Themes text box.
Scroll down to see thumbnails for suggested templates.
Click a template thumbnail to select it.
As shown in
, a larger preview of the template appears, along with a description and the download size information.
1.5 You get to preview a template before downloading it.
If the template looks like what you want, click the Create button.
The template downloads to your computer, and a new file based on the template opens in the app. You can then add your own content and save the copy of the template file.
If you didn't see a template that looked promising in Step 2, you can scroll back up and click one of the Suggested Searches choices under the Search for Online Templates text box (called Search for Online Templates and Themes in PowerPoint). Or, you could click in that text box, type a search term or brief description, and press Enter. The screen displays thumbnails for matching templates in the search results. At that point, continue with Step 3 to select and download a template.
The templates you download through the Microsoft 365 apps are from a trusted source, so they should be free from viruses. If you obtain a template from another source, make sure to check it for viruses and other malware.
Each app automatically stores each template you download into a subfolder of your Windows 10 user folder so that you can reuse it. The next time you choose File ➔ New, downloaded templates will appear at the top of the screen to the right of the Blank Document, Blank Workbook, or Blank Presentation thumbnail. If you've downloaded numerous templates, you may have to click an arrow button to scroll right to find the one that you'd like to reuse. To remove a template from the choices at the top of the screen, right‐click it and choose Remove from List.
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