Google Docs vs. MS Office: “I don’t need all these features”

In the first article, I mentioned that Office has 12,000 features. I knew people will wonder how did I get that number. So I published a breakup of feature count. Now the next thought which comes to your mind is – “Ok, I know the number now. But I Don’t need so many features”. Absolutely right!

Right in the sense – your thought process is exactly how everyone thinks.
Fortunately, this thought process is ABSOLUTELY WRONG!

google docs vs Microsoft Office - I dont need all these features

Read on to find out why. (What is fortunate about it? – that is also explained).

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What did I learn today: How to select background music

I am creating some videos. I needed background music. There are lots of free as well as paid libraries out there. I wanted to hear how the music blends into my voice narration – before downloading / purchasing the music.

Any audio editing tool can be used for mixing two audio files.
In this case, it does not work for me. Because the audio file is physically not available yet.

Here is the solution I found. Windows Volume Mixer. Right click on the speaker icon and choose Volume Mixer. Mute all sounds except the Voice Narration recording software – SoundForge in this case and the browser where you are previewing the music samples – Chrome in this case. Play the voice narration, adjust the sound levels and you can hear the mixed version immediately. Simple, elegant and useful.

Select background music in Windows Volume Mixer

Knowledge Pack: Google Docs vs. Microsoft Office 365

Here is a series of articles about this commonly performed comparison.
It offers an unconventional yet practical perspective.

  1. Google Docs vs. MS Office: Want vs. Need – the concept with few examples
  2. We are doing a feature comparison. So we should know the quantification as well.
    How many features does Microsoft Office have?
  3. Google Docs vs. MS Office: “I don’t need all these features”
    This post discusses the commonest response to feature explosion in Microsoft Office

more articles coming soon …

Irritant: Excessive Text selection

I want to select a sentence. Sometimes, instead of the sentence, the entire paragraph is selected. Inside a table, contents of the entire cell are selected. I quickly undo and then try to select the text again, this time with a bit more caution, but alas, the problem still remains. It is inexplicable and frustrating. Here is what you do in such cases.

The Text Selection action replay

I want to select the second paragraph.
I am using Shift Right Arrow to select the text, one character at a time.

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Usually we get frustrated at this point. We give up the effort and start all over again … HOPING that it will work this time.  It never does!

Fortunately, there is a simple solution to this selection nightmare.

The solution is … Press SHIFT  and LEFT ARROW once. That’s all.

Even if you use Shift CTRL RightArrow to select word by word, this problem can occur. The solution is exactly the same: Press Shift LeftArrow.

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How many features does Microsoft Office have?

I often mention during my sessions and posts that we have 12000+ Office features. Some of you may be wondering as to where I got that number from. Here is the list. It covers only Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote. It does not cover other Office 365 products. Source: Office Menu reference workbooks. I have actually counted the other features, like galleries and Options one-by-one, manually!
How many do you use? Post comments and let me know.

Microsoft Office features list

Related posts:
Google Docs vs. MS Office: Want vs. Need
I only use 5% features in Office. Why should I pay for the remaining 95%? Part 1 & Part 2
Office 365 Worst Practices – Part 2 – Phased Release: Underutilization by Design!

Google Docs vs. MS Office: Want vs. Need

I am confronted with this question quite often while conducting Office Efficiency sessions.
In spite of writing 716 blog posts as on date, I have not covered this topic – intentionally. Why not? Because if you actually compare the products, concluding that Microsoft Office (and Office 365) is better is a no-brainer.

Problem: There seems to be a lot of confusion and ambiguity in the minds of decision makers, users and IT professionals about this issue.

Solution: Let us compare some features and try to reach a conclusion.

google docs vs. ms office by Dr. Nitin Paranjape

Don’t worry too much about the content of this visual. I just tried to make it look like a poster with lot of filler text.

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