JD Sartaintech journalist, PCWorld

JD Sartain is a technology journalist from Boston. She writes for PCWorld, Network World, CIO, & several other tech magazines.

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Photoshop fonts: Using Text Type and Text Editing to transform fonts

Adobe Photoshop's Text Type and Text Editing tools let you manipulate standard fonts for greater visual impact.

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How to use Microsoft Excel's Conditional Formatting

Excel's conditional formatting lets you formats cells based on the value of those cells or their formulas. Learn the basics of this amazing feature.

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Excel tutorial: How to import and parse complicated data

Importing data into Excel from other sources can result in long, messy strings of text you need to parse. We'll show you how.

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Create custom email addresses & extract domain names from URLs

Use commands and formulas to make these tasks a breeze

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7 Excel tips for huge spreadsheets: Split Screen, Freeze Panes, Format Painter and more

The bigger and uglier your Excel spreadsheet gets, the more you need these tips to handle the data with as little hassle as possible.

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Word resume tips: Using style sheets, shapes and text boxes for a professional look

Updating your résumé means more than refreshing the information. We'll show you how to use style sheets, shapes, and text boxes to create a modern, professional layout.

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How Excel can help with metric and American Standard conversions

Excel can streamline your global activities if you set up functions to convert metric to American Standard, and dollars to euros.

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Word newsletter tutorial: Using page layout features for professional results

Word makes it easy to create a newsletter using the Page Layout tools. Make columns and multipage layouts, add images and more. Here's how.

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Use PowerPoint Photo Album to chronicle corporate or personal events

PowerPoint 's Photo Albums feature makes creating a slideshow super-easy, with intuitive menus and dialog screens.

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Excel logical formulas: 8 simple IF statements to get started

This is where the number-crunching fun starts. Learn the ins and outs of the logical formulas that represent the heart of Excel.

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How to make Word custom bullet points to enhance your documents

Word's built-in bullet points can give boring reports a bit of bling, but you can do even more by creating custom bullets from an image file. Here's how.

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Why extracting images from Word is so hard, with 3 decent workarounds

Extracting images from Word is not a simple cut-and-paste proposition. We explain why it's so hard and show you the pros and cons of the workarounds.

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Meet DATEDIF(), Excel’s secret Date & Time function that's still handy

DATEDIF(), which means Date + Dif, is a compatibility function left over from Lotus 1-2-3 that Microsoft adopted in Excel version 2000. It's fallen off current Excel menus, but you can still use it. Here's how.

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Excel Date and Time functions: WEEKNUM, ISOWEEKNUM, WORKDAY, WORKDAY.INTL

Bookkeepers, project managers, HR departments and more use the Excel Date & Time functions WEEKNUM, ISOWEEKNUM, WORKDAY, WORKDAY.INTL to calculate time. Here's how.

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PowerPoint tips from Duarte's Five Rules Presentation

Duarte's Five Rules is a classic PowerPoint presentation that can make you an instant expert. Study the slides and read these tips to learn more.