JD Sartaintech journalist, PCWorld

JD Sartain is a technology journalist from Boston. She writes for PCWorld, Network World, CIO, & several other tech magazines.

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How to add music to your PowerPoint presentations

Play background music across all the slides

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Can Excel convert currency? Using the EUROTOOL.XLAM Excel Add-in

Excel can convert currency given the right tools. Here's how to use the Excel Add-In called EUROTOOL.XLAM 

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Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? How to freeze panes and split screens

Can Excel show the column headers on every screen? Yes: Here's how to freeze and unfreeze columns and rows.

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Can PowerPoint speak aloud & read the text in my slideshows?

Yes, with the Speak command (aka Text to Speech feature)

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Can Excel track changes? How to add Track Changes to the Ribbon menu

Can Excel track changes? Yes, similarly to how Word does it. Here's how to add Track Changes to the Ribbon menu and use it with your spreadsheets.

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Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter's Custom Sort

Excel can sort by cell color, font color, cell icon, and values. Here's how.

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Excel Stylesheets: Cell Styles and Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture and Chart Tools

You may have used Excel for years without delving into Styles (or stylesheets). We’re going to cover Cell Styles, and Smart Art, Drawing, Graphics, Picture, and Chart Tools.

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How to create Excel macros and automate your spreadsheets

Excel macros are like mini-programs that perform repetitive tasks, saving you a lot of time and typing. Here's everything you need to know to start programming macros yourself.

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Use Excel's DATE, WEEKDAY, IF, and IF/OR to make weekly schedules by task, event and team member

Using Excel as a scheduling tool is a great skill to have under your belt. Learn how to use SUM, DATE, WEEKDAY, IF, Nested IF, and IF/OR functions.

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How to export PDF files from Acrobat to Excel, and Excel to Acrobat

You have just a few choices when working with PDFs and Microsoft Excel. We'll show you how to export PDFs from Excel to Acrobat, and export from Acrobat to Excel.

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How to export PDF files from Acrobat to PowerPoint, and PowerPoint to Acrobat

You have just a few choices when working with PDFs and Microsoft PowerPoint. We'll show you how to export PDFs from PowerPoint to Acrobat, and export from Acrobat to PowerPoint.

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How to edit PDFs in Microsoft Word

For light PDF users, everything you need is in a tool you use every day.

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Excel’s top 12 most popular formulas with examples

Excel has over 475 formulas in its Functions Library, but we've selected the 12 most popular to make sure you have them all, from date and time functions to mathematics and simple data manipulation.

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How to create and use custom forms in Word

It’s a lot easier to create custom forms in Word than it used to be. This article covers six Content Controls, pre-programmed tools for adding and customizing interactive content in your Word forms, templates, documents, and web pages.

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Excel Add-Ins: How to find and use them

Excel Add-Ins are applications written by independent programmers that provide enhanced capabilities for the primary software. Here's how to install, manage, and choose the best Add-Ins available.