Content Creator’s Toolbox: Top 12 MS Office Productivity Plugins

Productivity has an altogether different meaning today than it did ten years ago, let alone five. It doesn’t mean just getting things done anymore — it means being able to get more complex things done in the same amount of time. This is especially true for content creators.

If you’re a blogger, freelance writer, analyst, presenter or online marketer, then creating content in MS Office is your bread and butter. It requires meeting tight deadlines and turning over projects quickly. Productivity-wise, it means your workflow and tools have to keep up.

One problem, though. The plugins that worked before won’t work effectively now. With the complexity of digital tasks increasing, you need a better list.

That’s why we put together a super collection of 12 productivity plugins for taking your work to the next level.

Note: Using any of these plugins requires an account with MS Office and in some cases an account with the plugin’s website, as well. To install add-ins, click on My Add-ins from the Insert menu. A window will appear that will display your options. Double-clicking an add-in will open it. Or you can click on the arrow next to the button and you can pick one of your recently-used add-ins from there.

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How To Convert Any File To Excel

Analyzing data with Excel

In the world of digital file formats, conversion is always a necessity. There are times when you don’t always have the right format for a certain task or assignment.

But the good news is that you can always get your content formatted properly, whether you’re converting from YouTube to MP4, PNG to JPG or PDF to Excel.

There’s only one obstacle. When converting from one format to another, sometimes your content isn’t in a format from which your document converter can extract the data. And this is especially true with PDF converters. What happens when the tables you need aren’t within a PDF file?

You can have tabular data that’s in MS Word or PowerPoint, for example. After all, there’s no rule on where you’ll find your data!

Naturally, the most common solution people have is to convert that file to a PDF, so that they can convert that resulting PDF to the format they need. But that extra step that wastes so much time, and even more so if you don’t have a tool that can create PDFs on hand. You have to search online or even download free software to create a PDF first.

Believe it or not, there’s a shortcut that allows you to convert non-PDF content to Excel. 

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How to Get Rid of Headers and Footers in PDF Tables

Headers and Footers in PDF Tables

Being able to convert a PDF document without issue is rare if you don’t have the right tools. When performing full document conversions, for instance, the idea is to get everything converted in one sitting. More often than not though, those PDFs can contain long PDF tables.

Now, you can have as many PDF tools as you want that will handle a full document conversion without choking on it, but what they won’t do is give you the ability to deal with the smaller details.

What are we talking about? Headers and footers.

These headers and footers unfortunately get included with full document conversions. Consequently, when you convert the whole document, your converted results get cluttered with them popping up in between the tabular data you want. This means some post-conversion clean up in Microsoft Excel, which we all know is a waste of time.

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PDF To Excel Conversion: Fixing Misplaced Column Content

How to fix misplaced text in PDF to Excel conversion

PDF to Excel conversion is probably the most problematic conversion of them all. Why? Because PDFs don’t contain formatting or rows & columns unless they’re tagged. Furthermore, chances that you’re dealing with a tagged PDF are really slim, to say the least.  

Bottom line, you need to accept the fact that you won’t get an accurate PDF to Excel conversion, right? Wrong! We’ll show you how to save yourself from having to clean up hundreds of misaligned and poorly formatted rows and columns as a result of the poor conversion.

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Excel Templates For Project Managers

Excel templates for Project Management

A project can be defined as a temporary endeavor undertaken by a specific group of people in order to reach a unique goal or objective.

Likewise, Project management is the process of initiating, planning, organizing, executing, controlling and closing of a project after meeting a specific goal.

The person in charge of leading a project through its lifecycle is called a project manager. Managing a team compiled of people from different units within the organization while ensuring that the goals are achieved within a given time frame & budget is no walk in the park, to say the least.

Project Management life cycle phases

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