Thursday, October 1, 2015

Using Microsoft Office 365 and OneDrive

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Linda recently wrote a blog post about using the free Microsoft OneDrive program. If you can't get your hands on Office 365, I would whole-heartedly recommend using the free OneDrive program, but I am a huge fan of the Office 365 program.  I enjoy its features like Microsoft Word, the ability to add plug-ins in Word, and the ability to use the documents I created in other  Microsoft programs from OneDrive.

I started using Microsoft Office a long time ago. I remember taking my first Microsoft Office class in college in 1998. I didn't know at the time that my future self would be using it everyday! Since then, I've updated my Microsoft Office program every time a new edition is released, and I recommend learning the new software this way, too.

Old technology makes it easy to
loose important files.
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It's really hard to work in the field of writing when your technology is old, because it is so easy to lose important information. Just ask any writer who has saved valuable writing on a floppy disk for safe keeping.

Just like using OneDrive, Microsoft Office 365 has the capacity to save your work to the cloud, which means it is always there and always accessible, no matter where you're working from. I can literally travel to Alaska, borrow a computer and work on my book if I log into my OneDrive account. It's that simple.

Another plus of Microsoft Office 365 is the plug-in capability. I bought the program StyleGuard from the Associated Press to use for article writing, and it works in conjunction with my office program. I love it! It really helped my grammar score improve.

Unlike OneDrive, Microsoft Office 365 doesn't just come with the online versions of Office, but also allows you to download the full desktop versions of Microsoft Office, including other valuable programs like PowerPoint. I use PowerPoint to create my children's books (for tips making a children's book using Power Point click: here) and church flyers. I don't know what I would do without it.


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