Tag Archives: Learning to Learn

Drop-down Gamification

Office has so many features that there is no place to show all of them on screen. That is why, Microsoft has to use drop-downs and More… buttons. Unfortunately, most of us never even notice these buttons, leave alone clicking on them to find out what more is available. Due to this, thousands of brilliant features are never noticed. Here is the solution: Drop-down Gamification. This concept applies to More buttons and sub-menus as well. The objective is to make this self-discovery of feature gems as much fun as possible.

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MRU Remove From List

MRU is a list of Most Recently Used files. We see that list in File – Open –Recent documents. As you know, this list shows the latest documents opened by you. Documents opened earlier move down in the list and eventually get removed when more files are opened. However, Office allows you to explicitly remove a particular item from the MRU list. Right click on any item and choose Remove from List.

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The question is, why would you want to do that? Anyway the file will get flushed from the list soon. The answer is not so obvious. There are  many practical scenarios where this is very useful.  I am not going to explain each scenario. Just a list.

  1. You opened a local file and stored it on OneDrive. Now to files are seen in MRU. I want to remove the local file to avoid editing it accidentally.
  2. I am presenting to customer X. I also presented to the competitor Y just yesterday. I want to remove files related to customer Y.
  3. I opened XLS file, saved it as XLSX. This way Compatibility Mode is removed and I can use all the new features. Now, I do not want to accidentally open the XLS file and confuse myself.
  4. I am editing a complex file. I keep saving versions. When I save the latest version, I want to remove the entry of the older version from MRU to avoid confusion

If you can think of more usage scenarios, do post it as comments.

How to check coverage of a topic in a long presentation

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In a long presentation, it is easy to lose track of the objective and create an ineffective presentation.
In this article, I will demonstrate an easy but effective method of checking the coverage and distribution of specific concepts or topics across the presentation.
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Generic Skills: Drop that dropdown!

This is the continuation of the article Basic vs. Advanced – the psychological deterrent to efficient Office usage! It is difficult to teach thousands of features to thousands of users. But there is a different approach available – Imparting Generic Skills rather than specific skills. Let us explore the completely ignored dropdown.

the powerful Dropdown menu in Office
Let us explore and find out more about it with an example.

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Easiest way to learn – Right Click

So far I have written 139 articles. There are thousands of features yet to be covered. There is another skill you need to learn – the ability to learn to learn!

In this article, I will demonstrate a simple method of learning. Usually, learning requires reading help files, books or visiting web sites. This method just uses mouse Right Click. Read on and find out how powerful this method is…

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