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Office poll: Which Office application do you use the least?

For this week's Microsoft Office poll, tell us which Office application you use the least.

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Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.

31 comments
jgw321
jgw321

I use Word for letters, Power Point for presentations and Excel for everything else. (Web work is done in raw HTML)

roy
roy

The only two office applications I or my associates use are Excell and Word. All the others are not at all.

dhays
dhays

One Note (don't even know what it is. PowerPoint rarely, Publisher, never, Visio not part of Office 2003 Pro. (As installed here) Don't use Front Page anymore.

cbader
cbader

We dont use OneNote, Publisher, or Access. How useless are those applications?

MarciaAnn
MarciaAnn

I thought here at work we had the basic Office 2007 here at work (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access) but it appears we have Publisher and InfoPath as well, I guess I use Publisher and InfoPath (what IS that) equally as much - read not at all and Access least of all

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

is a form design tool. I'm going to look at it shortly. It's supposed to integrate with SharePoint to publish the forms, allow users to complete them in a web interface, and forward them through an approval or work flow process.

.Martin.
.Martin.

looked at it on my windows mobile, never used it.

etruss
etruss

I've never used Onenote or Publisher. I might have used Powerpoint a couple of times. So, of the ones, I've used, it's Powerpoint by a long way.

Jaqui
Jaqui

don't use MS Office. and since I also don't use Open Office, putting it specifically would still leave a missing option. I do use Koffice, as well as several stand alone apps for each office suite app.

lisamorgan
lisamorgan

I live and die in OneNote and Outlook, with Excel and Word as my top applications affter that at home, and Access at the office. I am an Access/Office/VBA developer, so I use them a lot. Before I got OneNote with its screen clipping features, I used Publisher a lot as a whiteboard for screen shots for my user guides. I can grab the screen with print screen, then crop the pictures and save them to picture files via Publisher. I would say that's what I use it for much more than acutally producing publications.

bwheat
bwheat

I find that Publisher and One Note rank equally for 'least used'. Access and Viso would be the second least used applications.

Osiyo53
Osiyo53

I voted for Publisher as the least used because I've never even launched the app since way back in the Office 97 edition, IIRC. Even back then, just launched it to take a look, then closed it and never actually used it for anything. I'm not slamming it. Just haven't a need for it. OneNote would have been my first choice for least used/needed, except that I MIGHT need and start using it someday. I do use a similar app made by someone else, that's free and portable and requires little system resources. The app I use is also much less capable than OneNote, however is has all the features I actually need and require from such an app ... and its PORTABLE. A feature that's important to me. Given that I stash a LOT of work related info in that app. Everything from programming code snippets, parts/supply lists, contact info, job contract specifications and numbers, handy bits of info that aren't in tech manuals or Help files, etc etc. And since I routinely am at work on a customer site, using a customer PC; and since some customers have restrictions on my installing things on their system or using their Internet access ... I find that having that app and the notes on a memory stick to be a very handy thing. Next least used, for me, would be PowerPoint. In my case, something I might use once every couple of years or so. Mostly only used for a training class I might give. Not even for that very often. Since I'm more likely to use the actual app I'm training others to use with my laptop screen projected on a big screen. But sometimes PowerPoint presentations are more suitable. Otherwise, I don't use it as I'm not in marketing or sales. Excel, Word, Visio, and Outlook are the most frequent parts of Office which I use all of the time. Access less frequently but routinely.

AV .
AV .

I first looked at this software when it first came out and thought it would be perfect for lawyers to use. But they never adapted to it and so it went by the wayside. Publisher is my second choice, but it does come in handy for the marketing department sometimes. AV

NotSoChiGuy
NotSoChiGuy

I use each of the other products fairly regularly (OneNote for academic stuff, Visio, Access, PPT, Excel & Word for work, Outlook for my mobile phone syncs); but I haven't used Publisher in a long, LONG time.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Although it was a toss-up between OneNote, Access, and Visio, I 've never even seen OneNote. I've seen Visio and actually used Access and Publisher a couple of times. Outside Word and Excel, I haven't opened any of the applications on the list in the last two years.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I haven't used Access since Office 97. I've used Visio Viewer, and I've installed the old standalone Visio back before MS bought it and started it up a couple of times. But Publisher wins because I have it only because it's part of the default install. Not only have I never fired it up, I don't even know what it does.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

Gotta be one of the biggest pita's I've seen. I use it sometimes for calendars, and it frankly keeps getting worse, as opposed to better. Sheesh.

jck
jck

Never even seen it. Seen Publisher, but never used it. Haven't touched Visio, Outlook or Powerpoint in ages. Use Word, Access and Excel almost daily, since I program a bit for them and use them for things departmentally.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-13399-0.html?forumID=102&threadID=315481&start=0 It's a good replacement for all that stuff you might otherwise write on Post-Its, or little stuff that isn't worth a file of it's own - rarely used quick fixes, toner cartridge re-order numbers, brief reminders about a current project. It's a good way for me to quickly record problem details while the caller is still on the phone, before I create a formal incident in our help desk system. It's good for recording tracking numbers when I call for tech support. Plus, it auto-saves. The app really comes into it's own if you have a tablet (which I don't, although I support several). You can draw or write directly in it, and the drag-and-drop features to reorganize are pretty cool. It comes with templates and forms for organizing school work. Now somebody summarize what Publisher does.

gyreandgimble
gyreandgimble

Before they broke the OCR/Search functions. I've had to retire the broken program until they finally get around to fixing a problem... going on a year since tech demo release?

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

I'm using 2010. Give me credit for knowing what's installed on my machine. We get it; you want the search function fixed. You've posted it four or five times. One broken feature doesn't keep the app from being useful to someone who doesn't care about that feature. Since you've retired the program, what are you using instead?

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

is supposed to be great for creating flyers, calendars, newsletters, menus, yadayada. A specialized document generator, IOW. It's a royal piece of crap, you ask me. And it got worse in the 2007 edition.

slange
slange

In my job, I only use Outlook, Access, and Excel daily. I very rarely use Word (prefer PagePlus by Serif - it easily creates PDF docs which is what I share with co-workers and others), and PowerPoint. Have never used the other three. I'm not even sure what OneNote and Visio are.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

is diagramming. flow-charting software.

tlman12
tlman12

I find it funny that by far Word is the most popular and used microsoft product but that judge in Texas tried to rule that Microsoft couldn't sell word in the US anymore. Could you imagine if that ruling stands and Word could no longer be sold?

gyreandgimble
gyreandgimble

It has the widest implications for use in just about any professional setting, but its been released without the ability to search through documents you include. (there is a clumbsy workaround with toggling on/off OCR and letting the index scan the document all over again taking minutes). Maybe it will be more used once they release a fix.

Jaqui
Jaqui

only applies to office 2003 and 2007 .. or was it 2003 and 2005 or 05 and 07.. it is only 2 versions of office that had code included that MS didn't have rights to use.

thewazz
thewazz

office 2003 didn't come with one note and visio so i haven't a clue about them. i've heard people say they love one note and i'd like to check it out. i'd also really like to check out visio because i use access all the time and i *think* visio would be useful for some planning/documentation (?) (at least easier than using diagrams in Word). i'm currently dl'ing and trying whatever free uml designers i can find on line.

.Martin.
.Martin.

it is a note like program (hence the name)

tammyaudette
tammyaudette

I would have thought Excel was the most used. I NEVER use powerpoint