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Office poll: Do you use third-party products with Office?

Join your peers in an informal TechRepublic Office Blog poll and tell us about the third-party products you use with Office.

The recent Office challenge What's a quick way to get a list of file names into an Excel spreadsheet surprised me. A lot of you are using third party products with your Office apps and in ingenious ways. This poll is rather simple in nature. Do you use third party products with Office? If your answer is Yes, please click the Start A Discussion button and tell us what you use and why.

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12 comments
kironkasbekar
kironkasbekar

Yes, I use Organyze 2.1, which my company has developed, which helps me attach tags (bookmarks, labels, comments) to my Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and emails in my MS Outlook while I am working in any of these MS Office programs. I also use Organyze to attach tags when I'm saving Web pages in Internet Explorer and I use Windows Explorer to attach tags to many files simultaneously. You can see this program here: www.organyze.com

kbrady
kbrady

Used F9 to prepare CAFR (Pulls General Ledger info using Excel special formulas)

dmack
dmack

the MODI integration tool for Deltek Vision. It allows us to tie activities (emails) into our project and marketing database in Vision.

jmurphy
jmurphy

We use a document management program and a conversion program to convert from PDF.

JMF667
JMF667

In Excel, I use PUP (Power Utilities Pack), well worth the $25, and ASAP Utilities (free). For Office in general, I use Classic Menu, which saves me from having to deal with the Ribbon. Office Tab is also good. I like EZ Detach in Outlook for saving mail attachments apart from the Outlook PST file.

Angel_Tech
Angel_Tech

Well, we use it in school to be able to launch a website from a PowerPoint Presentation. It's very useful. there are 2 versions, one for Office 2003 and below, and one for Office 2007.. we also use PDF third party SW.. cheers

Glenn from Iowa
Glenn from Iowa

Okay, since I was one of the posters on the mentioned Office challenge, I'll post here. I love ASAP Utilities, which can be found at http://www.asap-utilities.com/. It has over 250 utilities and worksheet functions, but here are a couple of dozen of my favorites: Autofit row height (also on merged cells), Merge column or row data, including optional separator, Change not recognized numbers (text?) to numbers, Clean information that is copied from websites, Select all objects on worksheet, Create a list of filenames and properties in a folder, Remove all empty rows or columns, Find bad cell references (#REF!), Find and/or replace in all sheets, Insert Text before and/or after each cell in selection, Advanced sorting (by cell color, font, etc.), Copy sum of selection to clipboard, Copy selection as values to clipboard, List all fonts in new workbook, Easily create a lot of folders based on the values in selected cells, Merge and/or import multiple files, Insert current date and time with seconds, Insert empty rows or columns in between, Copy formulas without changing their cell references, The paper saver (split columns), Color each n-th row or column in selection, Spell/write out numbers or amounts (EN,DE,NL), Put together rows or columns from several sheets, Deselect cells, Extend selection to the last used row/column

RalphHightower
RalphHightower

Yes, I use an application that I wrote that reads Excel spreadsheets created by NASA that have schedules for Space Shuttle missions and copies those events to my calendar in Outlook as appointments. The application is available at http://nasaststvschedule.codeplex.com/ [GNU General Public License version 2 (GPLv2)] I also use CutePDF, a printer driver, to print create PDF files.

PCCathy
PCCathy

I love the tool for removing leading, trailing and excessive spaces.

Ron_007
Ron_007

but I find these MS addons are really handy: http://www.officelabs.com/projects/searchcommands/Pages/default.aspx - SEARCH Commands, Office 2007 addin. This is my #1 tool in 2007. It adds a new "Search" tab to the ribbon. Type in the command name you are looking for, the tool displays many possible matches. Hover over the match, and you can see path to find command in ribbon. Click on button to execute the command. Too bad it is not an officially supported MS tool. And really too bad there is not a 2010 version of it. Maybe if enough people write-in requests, MS will change its mind and make it official (hint hint!). http://www.officelabs.com/ribbonhero - a "video game" to help you learn the ribbon. You get points for using commands. It will guide you through lessons also. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/HA102295841033.aspx - this page has links to Flash Applets that map 2003 menu commands to 2007 Ribbon. They are really good, I prefer the downloaded standalone versions rather than linking to the online versions. As well there are spreadsheets that do the same http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/learn-where-menu-and-toolbar-commands-are-in-office-2010-HA101794130.aspx - Mapping 2003 to 2010 commands for all Office apps. Silverlight applets and spreadsheets http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/training/HA102146851033.aspx?pid=CL100788241033 ? 2007 Get Started Tab Office Compatibility pack for 2003 to allow 2003 to handle the new "X" file formats. I've been using Bullzip PDF printer since before the MS PDF/XPS printer addin was made available. When I first started on Office 2007 I tried a couple of "Menu" addins. I've since got past them, but they have their place. I REALLY wish MS had simply included a Menu shell option in 2007/2010, it would have simplified selling the new versions greatly.

AnsuGisalas
AnsuGisalas

It's a free for use (limited) CAT-tool, I wrote about it here, a pro pos.