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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Word master class: How to make custom interactive forms

Word uses the Developer tools to make forms and collect the data with ease. Here's how.

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What to do with Excel 2016's new chart styles: Treemap, Sunburst, and Box & Whisker

Excel 2016 gives you six new chart styles. The three we explore here make it easier to compare data and show hierarchies and other relationships.

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Check out PowerPoint 2016's best new features: charts, effects and more

Give your slides a new bag of tricks with PowerPoint 2016's changes, which range from subtle to truly cool.

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Meet Excel 2016: 9 of its best new features, from databases to handwriting tools

Excel 2016 offers a compelling list of new features, from database enhancements to new charts and templates, even a tool for handwriting quations.

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Word timesaving tips: Random text, quick definitions, formatting tricks and more

Make it easier to format and read long Microsoft Word documents (and shorter ones) with these tips.

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Excel Boolean logic: How to sift spreadsheet data using AND, OR, NOT, and XOR

Boolean logical operators in Excel formulas make searching easier, and you can apply the same methods in Internet or database searches.

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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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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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Word macros: Three examples to automate your documents

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

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Bet you didn't know Excel could do: graph paper, address labels, award certificates

Excel does just as well as Word in creating and customizing these useful office supplies. Here's how.

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Excel's best tricks: How to make a calendar

Excel's formidable talents stretch into word processing and even graphics. Here's how to create a calendar, customized just the way you want it.

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Mail Merge master class: How to merge your Excel contact database with custom letters in Word

In part three, you're finally ready to use the data you exported from Outlook to Excel, to create a mail merge with a Word document.

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Adobe Photoshop essentials: How to crop, resize, and edit photos like a pro

Adobe Photoshop lets you use its deep toolbox to crop, resize, and edit photos, adjusting everything from proportions to image resolution and more.

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Mail Merge master class: How to import, set up, and manage your Outlook contacts in Excel

We show you how to clean up and prepare your data for the big mail merge, everything from trimming unnecessary data fields to setting up record ID numbers.

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Create an electronic card in Outlook for all your business email communications

It's quick and easy, just enter your contact info, add a graphic, and click OK.