Down on the Mat

**Warning! This is a boring post!**

Today has been filled with all sorts of MS Office questions.

So far, I have wrestled with:

  • Access: fixing report headers.
  • Word: fixing persnickety section and column breaks. After prettying up the document, I told the doc owner, DO NOT TOUCH THE SECTION BREAKS!
  • Excel: explaining the use of absolute cell references to our financial director. (!)
  • Power Point: wrangling with slide masters and tables and randomly (as in being called down in the hallway with a “hey, you!”) being asked how to format a bar graph axis. (P.S. Creating tables and graphs in Power Point bites.)
  • Outlook: explaining to the AA here how to properly create an email distribution list so that it can be forwarded to others. The AA still doesn’t like to believe that I know what I’m talking when it comes to things like that. Plus, the AA doesn’t quite grasp the basics of Outlook. So, when I explain that…if the distribution list was created by merely gathering existing contacts in her address book, and someone else doesn’t have those contacts in their address book, the list won’t work when forwarded…I just receive a blank stare. Followed by, “Well, I was always told these lists had to be created individually on everyone’s computer.” WHAT?! Exactly. That’s bullshit and inefficient. So, I usually end up doing such work myself. Grrrr.

Sadly, things like this also make me so happy. It’s a feeling of conquering those damned Microsoft applications and showing them who’s boss. Also of showing the AA, see….I seriously know a thing or two.

P.S. You were warned. Boring.

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