Microsoft Office Essentials Training Course

Microsoft Office Essentials brings together all of the most practical features of Outlook, Excel & Word into a single 1 day course. Aimed at individuals who haven’t previously received training on office computer tasks, this will give them all the skills they need to become proficient in just one day.

Microsoft Office Essentials is the ideal course for new staff members and anyone who needs upskilling to fulfill their role within the organisation.

  • Introduction to Microsoft Windows:
    • Desktop icons, opening & closing applications
    • Multi-tasking in Windows, minimising, moving & resizing applications
    • Opening and closing files, creating a folder structure
    • Navigating around the keyboard and using shortcuts
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word:
    • Formatting text, paragraphs and spell checking
    • Creating bulleted lists
    • Setting up Tabs, Headers & Footers
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel:
    • Entering & editing data, formatting worksheets
    • How to set up simple formulas: add, subtract, multiply, divide & percentages
    • Working with basic Excel functions: SUM, MIN, MAX, AVERAGE, COUNT & COUNTA
  • Introduction to Microsoft Outlook:
    • Sending & receiving email
    • Email security, sending & receiving attachments
    • Creating meetings in the calendar and inviting attendees

Please visit the Onsite Training page for an overview of our course prices and information on how to book your training.

Microsoft Office Training for MAC Users

In response to a number of clients’ requests, we are now delivering Microsoft Office on the MAC. This includes the full Office 365 suite of Apps, including Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint and Word.

An increasing number of organisations are moving the MAC for business purposes and there are certainly some advantages.  MACs are seen by some as offering a more intuitive operating system and they do currently suffer less from issues with viruses and malware.

The differences between Office Apps on the PC and MAC are subtle in most cases, however dedicated training is desirable to get the most out of the software. Please note that however that we are unable to supply MacBooks to facilitate onsite training but our spreadsheet exercises will work fine on your own machines.

For more information about Microsoft Office training courses for the MAC, please call 0800 2922842 or email us through the Contact page.

Microsoft OneNote Training Courses

Microsoft OneNote 2013 training courses at your offices anywhere in the UK from £55pp

Microsoft OneNote 2013 gives you the ultimate place to store and share your notes in a single, easy-to-access location. Capture text, photos, and video or audio files with OneNote 2013 to keep your thoughts, ideas and important information readily available. By sharing your notebooks, you can quickly swap notes with other people on your network, keeping everyone in sync and up-to-date.  You can use OneNote 2013 for Personal, Business or School use.


OneNote 2013 uses containers and they can contain the following:

  • Typed notes – just click and type
  • Lists i.e. bullets or numbered
  • Images such as clipart, digital photos etc
  • Information copied and pasted from the Internet or other programs on your PC
  • Ink notes for use with a Tablet PC
  • Diagrams
  • Screen shots again from your PC or the Internet
  • File attachments

Once created, notes can be moved around simply by clicking and dragging.  Press the Shift key while dragging if you want to merge note containers.  Containers can be moved to different pages, pages can be moved to different sections, sections can be moved to different notebooks.  Sections can also be grouped together to create a multi-level hierarchy.

  1. Module 1 – Introduction
    1. Objectives
    2. What is OneNote?
    3. What Kind of Notes can I Keep?
    4. The OneNote 2013 Environment
    5. Other Features of OneNote 2013
    6. Searching OneNote 2013
  1. Module 2 – Getting Started
    1. Objectives
    2. Creating a New Notebook
    3. Saving Notebooks
    4. How Information is Stored in OneNote 2013
    5. Sections
    6. Colour Coding Notebooks and Sections
    7. Navigation
    8. Quick Notes
  1. Module 3 – Working with Pages
    1. Objectives
    2. Working with Pages
    3. Subpages
    4. Using Page Templates
    5. Managing Pages
    6. Modify the Page Setup
    7. Adding Information to Pages
    8. For Typewritten Notes
    9. For Lists (Bullets & Numbering)
    10. For Handwritten Notes
    11. Adding Text from a Document in Word
    12. Send to OneNote
    13. Adding Tables to a Page
    14. Adding Files
    15. Graphics
  1. Module 4 – Keeping Track
    1. Objectives
    2. Tasks and To-Do Lists
    3. Tagging a OneNote 2013 To-Do List
    4. Sharing Notebooks online

The Microsoft OneNote training course is over 1 day and can be delivered onsite at your own offices anywhere in the UK.  Prices start from just £55 per person (based on a group of 10 delegates onsite). For further details or a quotation please call 0800 2922842 or use the contact form at the top of the page.

New Features in Microsoft Office 2013

Overview of the new features in Microsoft Office 2013

New Workspace Environment

Office 2013 applications share a common user interface, as with previous versions. So, when you’ve learned how to navigate around one application, you can apply the same concepts and a lot of the commands to the other applications in the suite. But the workspace environment has changed dramatically in version 2013.

SkyDrive – save and share files in the ‘Cloud’

Office 2013 makes it easier to save your workbooks to your own online location, like your free SkyDrive or your organization’s Office 365 service. It’s also simpler to share your worksheets with other people. No matter what device they’re using or where they are, everyone works with the latest version of a worksheet— and you can even work together in real time.

Access 2013

The new version supports PDF and XPS support. This is quite important. With Office Access 2013 you can save a report as a Portable Document Format file (PDF) or in XML Paper Specification (XPS) format for printing, posting, and e-mail distribution. By saving your report as a PDF or XPS file, you can capture report information in a form that retains all of your formatting characteristics yet does not require others to have Access 2013 to print or review your report.

Excel 2013

Create professional-looking charts more easily with a completely redesigned charting engine. Apply rich visual enhancements to your chart, such as 3-D, soft shadowing, and transparency. Create and interact with charts the same way, regardless of the application you are using, because the Office Excel 2013 charting engine is consistent in Microsoft Office Word 2013 and Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013

Office Groove 2013

When you create a Groove ‘workspace’, everyone can share information and work together. You can participate by posting messages and responses, sharing files, and tracking projects and meetings on your shared space. There are three kinds of workspaces:

  1. File sharing, which is a workspace for synchronizing a selected Windows folder across computers.
  2. Standard workspace, which is a workspace with a Files tool and a Discussions tool.

Template workspace, which offers a workspace with tools you select from a list, such as Calendar, where you can mark important dates and build collaborative schedules with workspace members; Sketchpad (where you can use drawing tools); and even Chess Game.

Office InfoPath 2013

Gather information using Microsoft Office Outlook 2013 e-mail messages. With Office InfoPath 2013, you can complete forms without leaving the familiar Office Outlook 2013 environment, helping you complete your forms quickly and efficiently.

OneNote 2013

Two-way, automatic task synchronization with 2003 and 2013 versions of Outlook, which lets you keep your busy life well ordered and highly productive.

Outlook 2013

RSS! You can now fully subscribe to and interact with Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds right from Office Outlook 2013, the most natural place to manage this kind of information. No more hunting around for just the right kind of client to get your RSS content. Get your daily dose of news along with your daily dose of e-mail.

PowerPoint 2013

Dramatically modify shapes, text, and graphics with new tools and effects. You can now manipulate and work with your text, tables, charts, and other presentation elements in much richer ways than ever before. Office PowerPoint 2013 makes these tools readily available through the streamlined user interface and contextual tabs, so that in just a few clicks, you can add impact to your work

Microsoft Project 2013

There are a couple of important new features:

1) You can use Top-Down Budgeting to define a budget at a high level (entire program or project) so the project manager can allocate funds and track costs against the budget, and…

2) Planned and actual costs can be assigned to a task with Cost Resources, which also supports integration of Project with accounting systems. Both these items make dealing with costs and accounting a whole lot simpler.

Publisher 2013

The addition of PDF capability. You can now save Office Publisher 2013 files in a fixed file format, such as Portable Document Format file (PDF) or XML Paper Specification (XPS), for easy sharing. PDF settings within Office Publisher 2013 include options for online viewing, desktop printing, and commercial press-ready printing.

Visio 2013

Connect shapes without drawing connectors. New connector functionality in Office Visio 2013 connects shapes, distributes them evenly, and aligns them for you — with only one click. When you move the connected shapes, they stay connected and the connectors automatically reroute between the shapes.

Word 2013

In a phrase: Building Blocks. This new feature is a way to add frequently used content to your documents. Select from a predefined gallery of cover pages, pull quotes, headers, and footers to make your documents look more professional. You can even create your own Building Blocks to simplify the addition of custom text, like legal disclaimer text or other frequently used materials.

Microsoft OneNote Training Courses

Onsite OneNote training courses at your own offices anywhere in the UK

OneNote was designed by Microsoft as a handy tool for note taking, information gathering and multi-user collaboration. Yet despite the versatility of the application, relatively few people are using it regularly. This is perhaps down to a misunderstanding of the software and our new OneNote course has been designed to make it easy to get get the most from this useful business application.

What is OneNote?

OneNote is essentially an electronic notebook where you can write down notes, thoughts, ideas, scribbles, reminders and all kinds of other information. Unlike traditional document page formats, OneNote offers a free-form canvas where you can type, write or draw notes in the form of text graphics and images, wherever and however you want them. You may be wondering why you need to bother with another program when you can take perfectly adequate notes in Word, Outlook, even Notepad — or on paper. But imagine the convenience of having all your notes together in one place, with no need to remember file names or locations — and of being able to create a task in Outlook directly from your notes.

How Does OneNote Work?

OneNote uses ‘containers’ which can include  a variety of different data types:

  • Typed notes – just click and type
  • Bulleted and numbered lists
  • images such as photos, clipart etc.
  • Ink notes for use with Tablets, smart phones etc.
  • Screenshots from PC or Internet
  • information copied and pasted from other sources e.g. Internet or other applications
  • File attachments

Once created, notes can be moved around simply by clicking and dragging.  Press the Shift key while dragging if you want to merge note containers.  Containers can be moved to different pages, pages can be moved to different sections, sections can be moved to different notebooks.  Sections can also be grouped together to create a multi-level hierarchy. For extra space on a page, simply click the Insert Extra Writing Space button to extend the page.

For further information on OneNote training courses delivered at your own offices anywhere in the UK, please use the quick contact form at the top of the page. If you would like to discuss your requirements with one of our advisers, please call 0800 2922842. Calls are free from a UK landline.

Microsoft Office 2016 Has Arrived!

Microsoft have released their latest version of the Office suite of applications and on first inspection it would appear that little of any major significance has changed. There are some cosmetic differences which are quickly apparent and anyone who subscribes to the Office 365 service may see similarities between Office 2016 and the current online applications. However, the changes are more than just cosmetic and here are a few of what we feel are the more useful functions:

One new tool which is sure to become popular is the shortcut for attaching recently opened documents to emails. When the ‘Attach File’ button is clicked the full list of recently accesses documents is displayed first, including all Word documents and Excel spreadsheets. This is a very handy time-saving feature and already we’re wondering how we ever did without it!

Another potentially handy feature is the ability to search the Internet directly from inside of a Word document, email or even Excel spreadsheet. Simply highlight a word or phrase which you wish to research, then right-click and choose ‘Smart Lookup’. A pane named ‘Insights’ will open on the right with text clips and links to Internet-based resources such as websites, blog posts etc. Perhaps a downside to this feature is that it unsurprisingly uses Microsoft’s own search engine Bing, which  might not yield as comprehensive a search as perhaps using Google would.

If you’re unsure how to go about a particular task in any Office 2016 application, you can now use the new search box facility called ‘Tell Me’. Situated on the Home tab of the Ribbon menu, simply type an instruction into the search box and a list of options will be presented. In Excel for instance, typing in the word Functions enables direct access to the functions menu, including shortcuts to the most recently used.

In conclusion, whilst there is nothing of major significance in this latest version of Microsoft Office which would cause users any issues, there are a number of productivity enhancing tools which do deserve closer inspection.  If you would like to know more about the training options available for Microsoft Office 2016, please call free on 0800 2922842. Alternatively you can email using the Quick Form situated at the top of this page.

Microsoft Office Training Courses Bristol

Onsite Microsoft Office training in Bristol and surrounding areas from £55pp

Microsoft Office is the first choice for businesses across the world to meet their IT needs, but are your staff realising the full potential of MS Office’s suite of applications? Most people would probably say that they know enough to be able to meet the requirements of their job, without realising that it might be possible to perform tasks more quickly, professionally and with better outcomes. For example, by manipulating data in an Excel spreadsheet, creating a powerful PowerPoint presentation or a complicated Word document.

We deliver Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project & Word training for any size group, tailored specifically to your needs and we will train your staff onsite in your own office. Our training courses are suitable for beginners or users with more experience of the Office suite, enhancing your employees’ existing skills or demonstrating aspects of MS Office of which they might be unaware.

Having a better understanding of the capabilities of Microsoft Office will help to improve staff’s skill-set and efficiency, saving businesses time and money. Running an in-house training course has the added benefit of reducing expensive travel costs and time lost through being away from work.

We provide all of the equipment needed to deliver the training, including laptops if required, which makes our onsite courses flexible and easy to organise, wherever your office might be located. Prices start from £55 per person.

For more information about Microsoft Office training in Bristol you can call free on 0800 2922842 or alternatively email us from our contact page

Microsoft Office Training Courses Lancashire

Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project & Word training at your own offices anywhere in Lancashire from £55 per person.

MS Office courses can cost upwards of £200 for each attendee when delivered at regional training centres. However, there are other delivery options available including onsite and online training.

Onsite Microsoft Office Training in Lancashire

We can visit your own offices and deliver Microsoft Access, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project & Word training from as little as £55 per person (based upon a group of 10 delegates). Onsite training delivery has many advantages over regional centres in addition to the lower cost, including greater convenience and personalised course content. You can read more about this MS Office training option on our Onsite Training page.

Live Online ‘Virtual Training’ Courses

If you have just one person who needs to attend a Microsoft Office course, you might wish to consider a unique option which we refer to as ‘Virtual Training’. This comprises live online 1-1 training with one of our experienced tutors, using our Internet based facility. No special equipment or software is needed and the training can be undertaken in any convenient office or even from home if preferred. For full details about this new method of Microsoft Office training delivery, please visit the Online Training page.