Becoming a power user of MS Office

Becoming a power user of MS Office


In order to write efficiently and productively, you need to have a thorough grasp of your ‘tools of trade’. For most people, this means being able to use the range of programs included in Microsoft Office.

Most of us understand the basics – after all, the entire suite is designed to provide an intuitive interface; but most people never use more than 10 percent of the available features.

Whether you’re using a PC or a Mac, this course will take you beyond the basics and show you how to become a power user that will enhance your productivity and skill set.

Note this course can be offered in a generic format as well as customised for Office 2007, 2010 and 2011 (Mac)


This course will review the core Office programs and show you the overlooked features that enable you to work quickly, and produce documents that have the ‘wow’ factor. During this course you will learn how

  • to use the various overlooked applications that come bundled with the Office suite
  • to use styles and themes that will ‘brand’ your documents and presentations
  • to create and publish a range of document types using Word as your core application
  • to generate tables and charts in Excel that optimise the presentation of your data
  • to use PowerPoint for high-impact visuals that can provide the basis of your presentations and be imported into your documents.

With the knowledge gained from this course you will improve your creativity and productivity and obtain the skills and confidence you need to manage complex writing projects, either on your own or as part of a team.


This course provides the tools of trade needed by today’s professionals to produce high quality documents. Our companion courses in Effective English and Developing persuasive business documents shows you how to apply these skills in the workplace.

Together these three courses provide a holistic approach to productive workplace writing.


Exercises and activities are included with each lesson and are designed primarily for self-evaluation but assessment for competencies can be arranged if required.

This course can be aligned with Australian standard units of competency in the BSB series. Contact the course instructor for details.

Course Materials

This course is presented over five three-hour learning sessions that provide opportunities for face-to-face mentoring by a qualified Australian trainer.

Course materials consist of

  • Detailed course reference manual with activities and discussion for each session
  • Sections for PC as well as Mac users (Office 2007, 2010 and 2011)
  • Summary handouts
  • On screen presentation

Topics in brief

Meeting the challenges of an interactive workplace

Choosing the right Office version for you, understanding the core and ‘add-on’ applications, file formats, Office online, using the cloud, using templates and themes to create consistency across your applications

Using Microsoft Word as your information organiser

Understanding the ribbon system and command tabs, using SmartArt, creating merge documents, version saving, choosing the correct layout view for the task, desktop publishing

Number crunching in Excel

Organising, managing and transposing data, using formulas and the function library, advanced charting, pivot tables and charts, using the dashboard

Making an impact with your PowerPoint presentations

Creating high impact visual presentations, using PowerPoint to develop storyboards, creating and exporting graphics into other applications, slide animation and transitions, creating ‘movies’ from slides

All this and much more…

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