Visually Learning Microsoft Office 2016

If you are new to Microsoft Office 2016, then you will be interested in this article. There are three text books that I recommend to new user of Office 2016. These text books are affordable and easy to use. They are Teach Yourself Visually Word 20016, Teach Yourself Visually Excel 20016 and Teach Yourself Visually PowerPoint 2016. The key word here is visually! What I like about these text books is that you can work from home, visually follow step by step of instructions, and become very savvy with Microsoft Office within a month. These text books cost under $20.00 to 25.00 each and can be purchase from

How do you know what version of Office you have

Interesting questions came up the other day, “How do you know what version of Office you have”?  To a guy who has been around technology for years, I never thought about shown my students on how to check what versions of Microsoft Office they are using.  So here is the quick rundown of the steps to check for the version in Office 2003, Office 2007 and new Office 2010.

Office 2003:

Open Word and at the top of the menu bar you have File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, and Tools, and so on…select the Help drop down menu. In the dropdown menu select About Microsoft Office Word.

In this window you will see the first line of text will tell you the version of Office you are using.

Office 2007:

Open Word, select the Microsoft Office Button then select Word Options. In the Word Options window, select Resources then select in the right window About. You will see another window that reads About Microsoft Office Word. There in the first line of text you will see the version of Microsoft Office you are using.


Office 2010:

Office 2010 is much easier to view the version, simple open Word, select File from the menu, and select HELP. In the windows just below Product Activated, you will see that the first line of text shows you the version of Microsoft Office you are running, and below that you will see a listed of products contained in this version of Office 2010

Work with GridLines in Word 2007


I received a call from a user who somehow turned on gridlines within Word 2007 and had no idea how to turn them off.  The gridlines are great option to use when working objects within Word.  When you turn on the gridlines you get a visual grid that helps to adjust objects to the text or other objects.
There are two methods to turning on the gridlines.  The first is to select VIEW tab and under the group SHOW/HIDE, select the box next to text that reads GRIDLINES.  When you uncheck the box, the gridlines will go away.
The other method is to select the object you have on your document,  now the Format tab will appear. How there is a group that reads Arrange, to the right of Align select the down arrow for the dropdown menu to appear.  In this menu select Grid Settings.  In the next window that reads Drawing Grid, check the box under Show Grid, now hit OK