Getting to Grips With Microsoft Software

Microsoft is one of the world’s largest and most successful companies. So, if you’ve ever used a desktop computer or laptop, chances are that you’ve come into contact with its software at some point or another. If you have a Microsoft laptop, it will come with these programmes pre-installed. However, if you have an Apple Macbook, you may have to buy it or sign up to a rolling subscription service. Either way, you’re going to have to get to grips with it at some point or another and you’re going to want to be able to use it to its full potential – especially if you’re paying extra for it. So, for now, let’s take a look at three of the brand’s most popular programmes.


Microsoft word is perhaps the most commonly and frequently used of Microsoft’s applications. It forms a major part of the Microsoft Office Suite or can be purchased individually as a stand-alone product. Having been initially launched in 1983, it has undergone several revisions, each improving user experience with the programme. It is essentially a word processing programme. This means that you can easily create and edit documents with it. The programme is one of the simplest to operate. What you see is what you get! When you open it up, you’re presented with a blank document. You can type as much text as you please and the toolbar at the top allows you to make changes to the page’s aesthetic. For example, you can make text bold by pressing “B”, italic by pressing “I”, or underlined by pressing the “U” at the top of the page. You can also change text alignment, font, and text size. What’s particularly useful is that the way text is presented on your screen is exactly the same as it will be printed out if you so please.


Microsoft Excel is a more specific programme. It is generally used to organise, format, and calculate data through the use of formulas. When you open the programme, you will face a spreadsheet. It is commonly used to create pivot tables, macros and graphs. While this piece of software is a little more tricky to use, you will quickly come to grips with it under the right direction. If you find that you are struggling, consider contacting a Specialist Excel consultancy.


Now, not everyone will have a use for Microsoft powerpoint. But if you have a form of presentation to give, it becomes indispensable. A firm favourite amongst students, lecturers, professors, and individuals in business, this presentation programme uses a graphical approach to create slideshow points that can be used as a brilliant accompaniment to any speech or talk. Slides can be plain and simple or elaborate and complex. There are options to include images, music, video links, and HTML links to further references. So, whether you’re planning a presentation yourself or have kids at school who might need a helping hand with their homework presentations and assignments, it’s a good idea to become familiar with this piece of software and all of the options it holds.

Hopefully this brief guide will help you to get to grips with the software as quickly as possible!


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