Best Microsoft Office Hacks

Here are Microsoft Office hacks you absolutely need to know. Get the most out of the new Microsoft Office with these tricks.

Microsoft Office Hack You Never Thought You Needed?

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1. Edit PDFs

Your PDF files open by default in Adobe. But what if you want to edit them? You cannot do that within Adobe Reader, and the Adobe software that does let you make changes to PDFs is not cheap. Microsoft Word to the rescue!

Launch Microsoft Word. Attempt to open a document like you normally would by selecting "File" and then "Open." Click the drop-down menu on the bottom right of the window that pops up. Choose "PDF," then browse the file you wish to edit. Once you open it, you can make your edits. You may lose some of the formatting in the process, but it's nothing that you cannot overcome.

2. Collaborate in Real Time

With Microsoft Office, you and a colleague can edit the same document or spreadsheet simultaneously. This feature is actually built into Office 2013. No magic is needed. It's a bit of a process, but it will pay off once configured.

First, save your document, spreadsheet, or presentation – whatever it may be within the Microsoft Office suite – to OneDrive. Once the document is saved, select "File" or "Share" (on the left side of the screen), and then send out your invites.

If all goes accordingly, your colleague on the other end will now be able to review and edit your work in real time. You may need to adjust your Microsoft Office settings to do this, but you can always request help from your IT department or an IT services company if you have any trouble.

 3. Ignore Reply-All Email Annoyances

Have you ever been included in one of those spam email threads with absolutely nothing to do with you, but someone (or multiple people) keeps hitting the reply-all button? Ignore these frequent annoyances with Outlook!

Select the chain of messages. Then, at the top of the Outlook window, to the left of the "Delete" button, you will see "Ignore." By choosing this command, any future messages will be sent straight to the Deleted Items folder, helping you cut down on inbox clutter.

If you use Microsoft Office at home and work every day, these time-saver tips may be just what you need to kick productivity into high gear!

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