We've published lots of great tips this year, but here are some of my favorites of 2011. Sometimes, they were yours too. Some of these tips also proved useful in my own work or allowed me to help someone else. Enjoy!
January 2011: How do I create a custom sort in Excel?
Learn how to accommodate unique sort tasks without using code or helper columns. Just take advantage of the built-in Custom Lists feature.
February 2011: Tip: View non-consecutive dates in Outlook's Calendar
This quick keyboard trick shows you how to create a group of nonconsecutive dates in Outlook's Calendar view.
This is a frequent user question. You can easily omit sections from a spell-check task, but finding the right setting isn't easy!
April 2011: A quick fill handle trick for Microsoft Excel
Some of the best tips are the easiest ones! While most users know how to use the fill handle, they don't know about double-clicking the fill handle.
Making each email count takes a bit of thought and planning! These guidelines should help.
The same expression in different report sections will yield different results. You can use that to your advantage!
Using color to identify messages from specific people can help you work in Outlook more efficiently!
August 2011: 15 ways to select text in a Word document
There are many ways to select Word text. Learn my favorites and then view the comments for more.
September 2011: Troubleshoot VLOOKUP() formula gotchas
Excel's VLOOKUP() is a favorite but it's easy to use it incorrectly. You avoid trouble by knowing this function's behaviors.
October 2011: Create a dynamic Excel chart and make your own dashboard
Creating an Excel dashboard looks hard, but it isn't. Knowing how to work dynamically with the data is the key.
November 2011: Use SUMIFS() to sum by multiple conditions in Excel
SUMIFS() makes quick work of arrays and other more complex solution. Check it out and start working more efficiently!
December 2011: How to selectively use clip art components using PowerPoint
Despite the experts' warnings, you can use clip art, but you might want to customize it a bit. Fortunately, doing so is easy in PowerPoint.
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.