Welcome to OfficeForLawyers.com!
Please note - this is NOT an official Microsoft website.
Our objective at this site is to give you resources, articles and links to help law firms, attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants and others get the most out of Microsoft's Office suite. We'll talk about all of the current versions of Microsoft Office including the upcoming Office 2016. If there is a product that we're not covering that you'd like us to, please feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Using Cross-References in Microsoft Word (NEW 5/24/15)
An article on how to use Cross-References in Microsoft Word so that if you refer to something that appears "on page 7" it will automatically update if your document repaginates as you edit it. Also talks about cross-referencing to numbered paragraphs. Read more...
We haven't talked much about Sway here but I do have a Sway article in draft form that I hope to post soon. If you haven't checked it out yet...you should. A popular misconception is that it's a PowerPoint killer...but in reality that's not the intention. It's a tool for communicating text and images and it does an amazing job of handling the layout for you so you don't have to worry too much about being a designer. More on that soon. For now, here's the article about Sway gaining a wider audience...
Office for Android Phone - Preview Now Available
Microsoft is continuing it's push to make Office available on every platform. Android tablet users have had Office for a while, now you can download Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android phones too. For more information....
Early Look at Office 2016
Microsoft Office 2016 is now available for public preview and it's got some interesting new features. There are new visualization and data analysis features, new security features and improvements in real-time co-authoring. There's even some a new version coming for phone and mobile devices. Read more here...
The Latest on Microsoft Matter Center - from Microsoft Ignite
The Best Apps for your iOS, Android and Windows Devices (ABA TECHSHOW 2015)
One of the most popular sets of sessions at ABA TECHSHOW each year are the sessions that talk about useful and productive apps for mobile platforms. This year Laurence Colletti from Legal Talk Network interviewed some of the presenters after the sessions to talk about those apps. You can hear that interview (and maybe a familiar voice...) here.
Audio Recording Comes to OneNote for Mac!
The Mac client for Microsoft OneNote was released about a year ago and it has gradually gained features that are popular in the Windows version. Now Microsoft has updated the Mac version to include audio recording capability. This allows you to record (assuming you legally can in your jurisdiction) a meeting, phone call or even just record notes to yourself via audio if you like.
For more on this feature here's the article over at Microsoft's Office Blogs.
How to Disable Java in the Chrome Browser (Updated 5/17/15)
Oracle's Java scripting language has been particularly vulnerable to attack lately. To help protect yourself, here's how you can disable Java in Google's Chrome browser. Read more...
An article from our friends over at OneNote-Tips.com on how to share your notebooks with your team via SharePoint. Read More...
One of the skills you really need to have to be good at Excel is the ability to reference other cells or ranges of cells, even if they're on other worksheets or in other workbooks. Here's how to do it. Read more...
My book, "OneNote in One Hour" is available from the ABA. If you've got Office 2010 (or newer) you've already got OneNote and you may not be getting all you can from this powerful tool.
It's also available as an eBook for your iPad, iPhone or other iBooks client. Click here to get it from the iTunes store.
Microsoft Office Training For Your Firm
Yes, Ben Schorr *IS* available to come to your firm and do Outlook, OneNote and Office training. And yes, we can do it remotely as well if you'd prefer that. For more information give him a call at 808-782-6306 or e-mail him at email@example.com.
Do you know how many applications you've given access to your Twitter or Facebook profiles? This page gives you quick access to the tools that will tell you (and help you fix it). Read More...
Hate to take your hands off the keyboard? Here are some nifty keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Excel that will help you be more efficient. Read more...
You might want to have more than one e-mail address (Different spellings of your name? Info@?) assinged to the same mailbox in Office365. If so...read more...
Not something you do every day, but if you'd rather Outlook check the Global Address List instead of Contacts (or vice-versa) here's how to do it. Click here...
Thinking about hosting your files on a web file syncing service? You should consider it carefully before proceeding. Read More...
How Can I Get Rid Of Those Green Squiggles in Word?!
Grammar checking got you seeing red? You can turn if off if you want to...Read More
"My Mailbox Is Full! What Do I Do?!?"
A surprisingly oft-asked question, what to do when Outlook tells you that you're exceeding your mailbox quota...Read More
Doubling Up With Dual Monitors
Dual monitors can be a great way to work, this article explains a bit more about what you need to make it happen. Read more...
If your data is important then your backups are important. Here's how to do them right. Read More...
Mistakes Lawyers Make With Microsoft Word
The first article in what will hopefully become a series, adapted from my "Lawyer's Guide" books. This article talks about accidentally overwriting an old version of a document with a new one. Read More...
Using System Restore to Troubleshoot Your Computer
If Microsoft Windows or some of your applications go wonky on you, sometimes you can use the built-in System Restore tool to get things working properly again. Read more...
All About Microsoft Office Product Keys
Got a question about what the product key is or how to find it? Here you go...
How to Repair Microsoft Office
When things go bad with Microsoft Office, as they occasionally do, a repair installation can sometimes right the ship. Read More...
A blog post from Roland Schorr and Tower that dispels some myths about Microsoft Office licensing, especially for small to medium sized offices. Read More...
The Lawyer's Guide to...
Author Ben M. Schorr gets interviewed at the Microsoft MVP Summit about the Lawyer's Guide books...Click here to watch the video.
Troubleshooting Microsoft Windows
A new article has been featuring some basic troubleshooting tips for Windows. I'll be updating it over the next week or so to add my favorite tips for making Windows run better. Read it here...
OneNote and Outlook...A Marriage Made in Redmond
Read our new article about using Outlook and OneNote together. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll fall in love all over again! (Well, maybe not.)
Spring Cleaning for Your Inbox
By popular request I've added an article on how to get on top of a mailbox that seems overwhelming. One user I spoke with had more than 34,000 items in his Inbox! We got him cleaned up (eventually) though and we can help you too. Here's the first article to get you started....
The Top Questions:
- "What versions of Office are supported on Windows 7?" Office 2002 (AKA "Office XP") 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 are, actually. BUT...2002 is in "extended support" so there aren't going to be any new fixes released for them. For more.
- "There are like a million different Office Suites again? Which should I buy?" Actually there are 3 that the average user/buyer should be concerned about and a good comparison of them can be found here.
- How many different computers can I install Office 2010 on? Depends a bit on which version of Office you have and whether you bought it retail or got it with your computer. Generally speaking the retail license allows you to install on one desktop and one portable computer for the SAME USER. In other words you've got a desktop on your desk at work and a laptop you use to travel with - you can install on both. That does NOT mean you can install it on your laptop and your assistant's desktop - that would be two users. To be sure read the End User License Agreement (EULA) that came with your software. If you don't have the paper copy anymore go to Help | About in the application and you should find it there. The OEM version (the kind that comes WITH the computer) can only be installed on the same computer you bought it with. NOTE: The licensing for Home and Student Edition is a little different; I believe it allows install on 3 machines and because it factors in parents/kids it may allow more than one user. Again, read the EULA.
We try to add new content regularly and we welcome suggests and recommendations.
Latest update: May 24, 2015
- Updated the Microsoft Word Q&A
- Started to revamp our Law Technology Glossary
- Added the "Customizing Outlook Address Books" tip.
- Added a section about Microsoft Office 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
- Added an article about hosting data with Dropbox, SpiderOak and other such services.
- Added the System Restore article.
- Added the Product Keys article.
- Updated Troubleshooting Wireless Networks.
- Updated the OneNote page.
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