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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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.

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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.