FYI: SharePoint Sites and SharePoint Pages

Learn  how Pages make a Sharepoint Site GREAT!

We all love food, so…
Here’s a Cooking analogy:

You’re having friends over for a formal dinner. Not a casual dinner where everyone gathers in the kitchen. No. This time you have told all your guests that they are not allowed in the kitchen for this special night of dining.

In your kitchen, you have all the ingredients to make a fine, wonderful meal for your guests.
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What are you doing with all your business DDK?

time is money

What are you doing with your business D D K?

We have been storing our documents in network shared drives for a very long time. The system of a shared drive works well enough, but is lacking in dramatic ways that ultimately cost you and your business a whole lot of money and time.


You and your business depend on data. Data comes from everywhere and is stored pretty much everywhere. Data stored in spreadsheets. Data stored in databases. Data stored in attachments hidden in someone’s email inbox. OMG Where is all the data? Answer: Everywhere!!!

data sheet

Does this sound like you and your business? Sure, it does. It’s the way we have been storing documents and data for 30 years. Locating a document, or a snippet of data is a wondrous, magical thing that happens every day and no one really knows how.

It’s a wonder that we can locate what we need, when we need it.
I’m convinced that we manage to get things done by sheer will and muscle.
Things get done, simply because they must get done.

What is your business strategy for storing knowledge? The stuff you and your experienced team know, and will know in the future. Do you have a tool-set or process to store and retrieve the vast amounts of knowledge you have amassed? What? You have no means of storing knowledge?

You may feel that gathering and storing knowledge would be nearly impossible, and for that reason you haven’t done so, yet.
That is a good excuse. But I am here to tell you that you can start collecting and using knowledge, and make use of it every single day. Starting now. Using stored knowledge can increase productivity, ensure greater success and save you gobs of time and money.

In my next post, I will share with you 2 easy ways to start gathering and using the knowledge of your team, right away.

By gathering and making knowledge accessible in 2 key ways, you can decrease document and data search time, and increase productivity.

What if I could help you save each person in your organization 10 minutes per week by making your documents, data and knowledge more accessible? Imagine how much money that counld save a  20,  100,  1000 person organization?

time is money

Here is a clue:
The two Cs of knowledge storage: Context and Collections

I’ll explain later. Watch for my next post (Click here to read it now)

Tom Vorves  Collaboration Evangelist

Outlook Signatures – How 2 in 3 Minutes

Set up and switch Outlook Signatures in 3 minutes. Fast and easy. Make all your email more personalized with custom signatures.

Read the step by step instructions below or watch these quick videos.

Create your signatures in less than 3 minutes

Learn to use  signatures in less than 3 minutes


Let’s learn how to set up multiple signatures in Microsoft Outlook.

Go to the ‘File’ tab, select ‘Options’ then select ‘Mail’ from the left panel of options.

Next select ‘Signatures…’

Outlook Options

Now you are ready to add your new signatures.

Start by selecting the ‘New’ button and give the signature a name such as “Internal” or “External” or perhaps “Personal”.

Outlook New Signature

After clicking ‘OK’ you can type the signature text to the lower box. Of course you can apply font settings such as size, font family, color… Also, you can add a graphic to your signature, if you wish.

Once you get the signature completed, click ‘Save’.

Repeat this process until you have all the signatures for all the hats that you wear and for all the differing types of people you communicate with (Clients, Coworkers, Boss, Project Team, Family, Beer Buddies…)

Outlook Default Signature

Next you will want to set your default signature by selecting the signature from the ‘New Message’ drop-down list on the right side of the dialog box.

Now you can start using your amazing new signatures.

Start a new email and notice the signature you selected for new messages is already in the body of your email!

Outlook Switch Signatures

Here is the best part: Hover your mouse over any part of the default signature and click your ‘Right Mouse‘ button. Would you just look at that! All your signatures are ready and waiting for use. Simply select the one you need for this email.

Click here for More Amazing Outlook Tips and Tricks

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Power BI – Business Intelligence just got Smarter

Power BI


Watch the webinar here:

We just conducted the first Power BI webinar at Learn iT! with a full house of on-line attendees. We all had an awesome session of discovery!

Power BI is a great platform of programs designed to put powerful data analytics in the hands of all of us.

The beauty is you don’t need to be a “big data” person to use the tools of Power BI and see the benefits straight away.

All you need is some data, a little training and you can be producing amazing, stunning visuals in no time.

You will produce visuals that allow for better, timely business decisions based on any type of data you can imagine.

Watch for my next post for a link to our next Learn iT! Power BI webinar!!

If you sign up for our next Power BI Bootcamp (Nov 29) before Nov 4 you will get a 55% discount on the price of admission.

Learn more at Learn iT!

There is a reason it’s called POWER BI.  Come find out for yourself.

Watch the webinar here:

The Keyboard Shortcuts You Need are here

Microsoft Corp Office Web Apps

Microsoft Office Web Apps Keyboard Shortcuts Here are the official links to Microsoft Office Web Apps Accessibility Features, including helpful keyboard shortcuts, tips and tricks. Enjoy.

Keyboard shortcuts in Outlook Online

Keyboard shortcuts in Word Online

Keyboard shortcuts in Excel Online

Keyboard shortcuts in PowerPoint Online

Keyboard shortcuts in OneNote Online

Learn more about Office 365 and Microsoft Web Apps


VLookup – Let’s Learn Together

Vlookup Microsoft Excel 1

VLookup. V stands for ‘Victory’.  Well, not this time. It actually stands for ‘Vertical’. But, once you learn to use this popular function of Microsoft Excel, you WILL feel victorious.

Use VLookup when you have two sets of data that you would like to turn into one. For instance: You may have a list of invoices of products purchased. You may also have a separate list of products on another Excel sheet. The challenge is to ‘marry’ these two lists, bringing the needed information from both lists into a single, complete list.

I have included a link to a file you can download so you can follow along as you read through this blog lesson. For your reference, the completed file is available for download as well.

Vlookup Microsoft Excel 2

In this example we will use VLookup to bring the Sales Price from the Products list over to the Invoices list Rate column. We will use the Product Name in the Invoices list to ‘look up’ the same Product Name in the Products list.

Vlookup Microsoft Excel 3

Once we find the correct product name, we can ‘index’ over to the Sale Price column and send it back to the Invoices list Rate column. In this case invoice ‘A001’ shows a ‘UPS’ unit was purchased. Take a look at the Products list and notice ‘UPS”, glance over to column 2 and see the price for a UPS is $148. Now we will put the $148 into invoice line A001 under the Rate column.

Vlookup Microsoft Excel 4

To start a VLookup formula, we must first reference the cell we want to “look up”. In this case we will look up cell D2 in the Invoice list and compare it to the first column (column 1)  in the Products list. The ‘vertical’ aspect of VLookup refers to the fact that VLookup will start looking from the top of  column 1 in the Products list and continue looking down (vertically) until it finds a match.

Vlookup Microsoft Excel 5

When a match is found, we then instruct VLookup to ‘index’ over to the column we would like to return to the Invoice list. Since we are looking to find the Sale Price/Rate of the Product, we specify column 2. (If we wanted to return the corresponding Product Category we would specify column 3)

Vlookup Microsoft Excel 6

There is one more part of the VLookup we must consider. VLookup has two modes of operation: True and False. Think of this as a question: “Is this a RANGE lookup?” In other words are we looking for a product name that is similar to “UPS”, or are we looking for “UPS” exactly? We are looking for an EXACT match, not a ‘close enough’ match. So in this example, the answer would be FALSE to the question: “Is this a range lookup?”

Vlookup Microsoft Excel

Carolyn, here is the VLookup formula entered into cell F2 of the Invoices list:

=VLOOKUP(D2,‘Products List’!$A$2:$C$23,2,FALSE)

D2 is the relative cell reference we want to look up

‘Products List’!$A$2:$C$23 is the absolute range where VLookup will find the information on the Products sheet in cells A2:C23

2 refers to the 2nd column in the lookup table. This is the column we want to send back to Invoices when a product match is found

FALSE instructs VLookup to find an exact match, not simply a ‘close’ match

Vlookup Microsoft Excel 7Now that you have the formula entered into cell F2, use the Autofill Handle on the lower right corner of F2 (the active cell) and double click (or drag) to copy the formula to the bottom of the list.


If  you downloaded the exercise file for this lesson, you will notice that I have included a ‘Salesperson List’ sheet for you to practice VLookup. Using what you have learned, try to build a VLookup formula to look up the Country of Sales and bring it to the Invoice sheet.

Here is the formula if you want to check your work:

=VLOOKUP(C2,’Salesperson List’!$A$2:$D$17,3,FALSE)

I have included a link to a file you can download, so you can follow along as you read through this blog lesson. For your reference, the completed file is available for download as well.

Enjoy the sweet taste of Victory.

Your quest for power. You want it all, and you want it NOW.


Your quest for power. You want it all, and you want it NOW.

For quick access to everything on the Internet:
Place an always-accessible address bar on your Windows 7 Taskbar.

Follow these steps to realize your full-power-potential:

1 Right mouse click on an empty area of your Taskbar


2 Select ‘Properties’

3 Click the ‘Toolbars’ tab and turn on the ‘Address’ option.

Taskbar Properties


Feel the Power of the Internet surging through your fingertips. Wow


Visual Storytelling. Make Powerful Presentations

If you use Microsoft PowerPoint or Apple Keynote, you know how challenging it can be to present compelling, informative, motivating content. Today, while teaching a group of people about making presentations powerful using thought-provoking visual stories, we ran across a great article on Getty ImagesI would like to share it with you here:


More Windows Key Tricks

More Windows Key Tricks





If you have programs pinned to the Windows Taskbar, you can use Windows Key + 1 to launch the first pinned program, Windows Key + 2 to launch the second pinned program, and so on 3, 4, 5…




Take a closer look

Quickly Zoom In and Zoom Out using your keyboard and mouse

While using a Microsoft Office program, you may need to zoom in to get a closer look, or zoom out to see your work from a birds-eye view. Although using the zoom bar on the lower right corner of any Microsoft Office program is easy, there is an even faster, and more convenient way to zoom in or out.

Microsoft Office zoom bar

If you have a mouse with a roller button (in between the left and right mouse buttons), you are ready to zoom in and out at super-sonic speeds.
Simply hold down the Control Key and then roll that middle knob on your mouse.

Let the zooming begin. Instantly you are looking at your document as close up as you need, or just as quickly zoom out to see the big picture.

This amazingly fast zoom trick works exactly the same in most of Microsoft’s programs: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Visio, and Internet Explorer (as well as in some non-Microsoft programs).

Control + Roll = Fast Zoom In and Zoom Out



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