Elfur Logadottir asked: >>I've been asked to teach new law students in our school the fundamentals of >>the programs they are likely to use in their study. I've narrowed it down >>to five items, four of which are MS Office Programs, >>What parts of these programs do you use and why? Hi Elfur, Good luck with the class. I don't think I do much "trickery" with these programs, but here goes: Outlook - Creating folders/subfolders and rules. Turning off the *&^&*^# 'preview' modes and changing the sorts. Modifying a folder to add in a "size" column. [I modify the subject lines by pre-pending a sequence number - and then use the 'edit-copy' and paste to a subdirectory on the hard drive so I can archive old email off to CDRs.] Oh! You could warn them that you will chop their tonkers off as bandwidth bandits if they paste screen shots directly into Outlook messages. Word - I don't think I use too many of the 'fancy' features. I haven't done a mail-merge in over a decade. [I'm pretty sure my lawyer has 'boilerplate' Word templates for wills, prenups, etc. that she uses as a 'starting point'. Maybe something like that would appeal to this crowd.] Excel - I'd ask you to put in a footnote for my old buddy Bill. (He's a good guy - we used to work together in Akron.) His "mrexcel.com" site has more tricks and insights into Excel than any other place I know. I think Bill's just published his 3rd book on Excel - the site pimps his consulting biz - but there's a heck of a lot of 'meat' there if you look around. Powerpoint - I hate powerpoint. Show them that they can cut and paste charts and graphs from Excel and Visio into powerpoint. HTH, RonL.