SIG Information for QCS members

Office SIG

Office SIG meets intermittently with guest speakers or sometimes at the request of QCS members. This group focuses on Microsoft's Office software and topics include sessions in various applications, such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Publisher, Outlook and Access. No one person can be an expert in all these areas, so several members volunteer to show the features they use and are most experienced with.

If you need help on a particular application, contact Judi McDowell and we may try to schedule a session on that topic..


Office SIG is currently being "guest-led" by QCS member, Mike Shinbori. (563- 355-7637). Check the Monthly Calendar of Events for dates, times and locations.

Meeting times are generally 7 PM. Doors open at 6:30.


Participants help choose subjects for discussion. During previous meetings, Office SIG volunteers and guest speakers have given "how-to" demonstrations on a "mail merge", Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, printed projects using Publisher, the use of Outlook mail, and data bases in Access. Participant questions on any application are welcome every session. Our classes will give you a chance to learn how to use the many applications of Microsoft Office and how to integrate them with each other.


Some rececent meetings of Office SIG were remotely "shared" with other QCS members at home using Microsoft's SharedView and Skype for the audio.

During the session, Vicki Wassenhove demonstrated Vista's Speech Recognition program and Judi demonstrated tips for using WORD and EXCEL.

The sharing system for the class seemed to work well so Judi hopes to make all her future SIGs available remotely to those who can't attend in person. Contact Judi to join the sessions via a "Shared View" connection. Both that program and Skype are small FREE downloads.

Downloads from the previous Office SIG sessions are available using the following links:

Speech Recognition Help From Vicki:
General information and tips on using speech recognition
Frequently used commands in Speech Recognition (from Vistas Help Section)
Finding and using speech recognition in Microsoft's XP. (An article from Vinny La Bash, Sarasota PCUG, Florida)

From Judi:
Office Tips
How to Create Fractions in Word
Count Formulas in Excel
Free Stock Quotes in Excel: (

2008-2010 PowerPoint Presentation reviews by Vicki:

First session 1/7/08 --
Second session 3/3/08 --

2009-10 PowerPoint Presentation by Vicki (see reviews above)

Additional help for PowerPoint 2007 users:
Click on the button that says "Start the guide".


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