Monday, October 12th, 2009

Use Templates to Help You Learn a New Office Program

October 10, 2009 by Jason Bean  
Filed under Computers

Sometimes getting started with a new application can be a little bit daunting. I may be surprised, but I’d think just about everybody over the age of 16 these days has probably spent some time in Microsoft Word, maybe Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.


I find that when I’m staring at a blank canvas or a nice and blank “new document” I don’t have a good idea of what direction I could be heading with my thoughts or needs. If you start with a template and see what other people have done with the tool you’re using, it can help get your own gears of creativity spinning and give you an idea of what’s possible with the application you’re getting started using.

If you’re trying to learn what one of the Microsoft Office applications are capable of, starting with a template is a great way to see the power and features of the app.

You can look through templates based on themes, industry or in our case of learning a new program, by “Program Category”. The Microsoft Office Online website has templates available in the following apps:

  • Microsoft Office Access
  • Microsoft Office Excel
  • Microsoft Office InfoPath
  • Microsoft Office OneNote
  • Microsoft Office Outlook
  • Microsoft Office PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Office Project
  • Microsoft Office Publisher
  • Microsoft Office Visio
  • Microsoft Office Word

So, whatever the business app you’re more than likely trying to learn, Microsoft probably has a template to help get you started.

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