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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Mail merge master class: Exporting Outlook contacts to Excel for data management

Part One: Start with exporting your Outlook contacts to a .CSV file.

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Microsoft Word watermarks: How to customize them for business and personal use

This light, background lettering is the most reliable way to label and identify documents, especially for sensitive, private, or legal purposes.

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Work faster in Word: How to customize the Ribbon menu just the way you want it

With just a few simple changes, you can add, remove, or regroup menu items so what you use the most is close at hand.

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5 handy Office apps from the Office Store

Check out these well-reviewed apps, plus our tips for shopping smart in the Office App Store.

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Speed up Outlook email chores: 5 ways to automate repetitive tasks

Stop retyping the same paragraphs over and over; there's a better way.

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7 PowerPoint text effects for snazzier slides

PowerPoint's special effects can turn plain text into something worth staring at. Follow these tips to start off right.

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Your Excel formulas cheat sheet: 15 tips for calculations and common tasks

Save this for the spreadsheet jocks in your office—we'd bet even the experts don't know all of these formula tips.

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7 PowerPoint text effects that add sizzle to slides

Enhance headlines or illustration text with fills, shadows and other effects

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5 tips for creating macros perfectly in Excel

Shrink hours of labor to minutes with these easy time-saving techniques.

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5 ways to manage emails and control spam in Outlook

Blocking senders, setting rules, and other ways to keep the email pile safe as well as sane.

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5 essential tips for creating Excel macros

Get the most out of this powerful Excel feature with some simple rules that will make recording and using macros a cinch.

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Sorting text in Word: 3 tips and some secret tricks

Whether in text or a table, learn how to repair those bizarre sorting results that just don’t make sense.

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PowerPoint animation tips: Don't be that person whose slides are deathly boring

Yes, your presentation is already riveting, but you could still apply a little Disney-like magic to make your bullet points pop. Try it. They'll like it.

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How to track changes in Microsoft Word without going insane

Multiple authors. Way too many changes. Follow these tips to manage heavily edited documents without the headache.

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The 15 function-key strokes everyone should know to zip around Microsoft Office

Master these key combos and shave hours off your projects.