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How to embed fonts in Word documents so they stay even if you send the file

When you send a Word document to someone else, you expect it to look the way you intended. But your intended fonts don't always show up on your recipient's screen.

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Powerpoint background tips: How to customize the images, colors and borders

PowerPoint's built-in templates are convenient, but everyone knows what they look like, and you look unoriginal if that's all you use. Try these tips to make something unique that will help your presentation stand out.

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Get started with Office 2016's streamlined sharing options

Where Office 2013 made file-sharing complex, Office 2016 makes it easy as pie.

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How to enable pop-up email notifications for Windows 10's Mail app

Windows 10 automatically puts new Mail notifications in the Action Center, but doesn't tell you about it. Here's how to fix that.

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Get started with Smart Lookup, Office 2016's handy Bing-powered research tool

Office 2016 has a few web-integrated smarts including a feature that lets you look up terms and phrases via Bing directly inside the Office suite.

Don't want a standing desk? Use Workrave as a break timer to remember to move around

Don't want a standing desk, but worried about the evils of sitting all day? Time yourself to make sure you take regular breaks.

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How to open files in Google Drive directly from Office

Love Office, but all your files are stored in Google Drive? Here's how to access Google's storage service similarly to OneDrive in Office for the desktop.

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Photoshop editing tips for portraits: How to make a snapshot look professional

Photoshop's editing tools can help you transform your snapshots into studio-like portraits. We'll show you how to use the Magic Wand, the Lasso, and other features to clean up images.

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Productivity smackdown! We pit Word vs. Docs on columns, headers, and bullets

You'd think the battle of Word vs. Google Docs would be over before it begins, because Word has more features. But more isn't always better. We tested both in a real-world use case to find out.

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Turn Chrome's new tab page into a to-do list powerhouse

Microsoft's Wunderlist offers a great Chrome extension that puts your to-do list in front of your face every time you open a new tab.

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Excel logical formulas: 5 simple IF statements to get started

This is where the number-crunching fun starts. Learn the ins and outs of the logical formulas that represent the heart of Excel.

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How to use OneNote to share notebooks, lists and more

Now that all Windows users have Microsoft accounts, sharing notes with family and colleagues is easy to set up.

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Word macros: Three examples to automate your documents

Use these step-by-instructions to turn complex procedures into one-click wonders.