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Custom Styles 101 for Proposal Writers – 4 Reasons Why Custom Styles Fail

  Almost half of our Styles Survey Respondents reported that ‘Direct Formatting’ was their most common method of changing formatting AFTER  inserting content into a proposal.  Direct Formatting is usually the formatting method of last resort for...
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Finding Word’s Startup Folder

  In previous posts we created a Macro-Enabled Word template that contains custom macros, shortcuts, and buttons.  To make these macros and customizations automatically available every time we open Word, we simply need to save the template in Word’s startup...
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Four Steps to Perfectly Organized Content

In an earlier series of posts we looked at how to make reusable content 'Copy-Paste ready' Now we can focus on organizing it in a way that will help us find the content we need easily, and make it easy for the other users of the content as well.   As mentioned in...
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Expedience Styles Survey Results

If you struggle with the process of formatting proposals, you are not alone.  Here are a few of the comments we received in our Styles Survey: “Your survey taps into all the concerns I have when doing manual Proposal responses.  Nice to see that everyone has the same...
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Navigation 3 Ways

We now have a beautifully written and formatted master library document perfectly organized with the following distinctive labels: If you formatted these labels using Word’s Heading Styles (either the built-in styles or even just based on them), you will have several...
Stress Free SMEs

Stress Free SMEs

Tips for Working with Subject Matter Experts that Minimize your Stress Levels and Theirs Proposal Managers must juggle resources and calendars to make their deadlines.  Here are a few tips to leverage your subject matter experts (SMEs) without burning them out or you....

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Bullet Lists in Excel

Bullet Lists in Excel

“How do I insert bullet lists into Excel?” This is one the most frequent Excel questions that we receive at Expedience. Unlike Microsoft Word, Excel does not provide a simple way to apply bullets to a list. However, with a few simple tricks you can leverage Word’s...

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Checking-In on Google Docs

Checking-In on Google Docs

Google Docs:  Ready for Power Proposal and RFP Response Users? We frequently monitor the progress Google is making with Google Docs. Given the ubiquity of the Google offerings and their web-based approach we wanted to see what’s changed in the last year that may add...

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Why Professional Implementation Services?

Why Professional Implementation Services?

Most software implementations involve some amount of setup and configuration. So how do you know what the right amount of assistance is right for you? Yes/No Decision Let’s make this quick – take the help. Your budget request should include a line item for services to...

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Locksmithing for Excel RFPs

Locksmithing for Excel RFPs

 I respond to a fair number of RFP’s in Excel. The RFP’s are usually locked so I can only edit the answer cells, but sometimes there are other restrictions too, like not allowing images or not allowing me to even select and copy the locked cells. How can I tell...

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The Awesomeness of AutoCorrect

The Awesomeness of AutoCorrect

 AutoCorrect is an automatic editing feature that is often maligned for causing unwanted and sometimes embarrassing word substitutions. It is also a long standing feature of Microsoft Word that can be used in some surprisingly powerful ways. You are probably...

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Expedience Styles Survey Results

Expedience Styles Survey Results

If you struggle with the process of formatting proposals, you are not alone.  Here are a few of the comments we received in our Styles Survey: “Your survey taps into all the concerns I have when doing manual Proposal responses.  Nice to see that everyone has the same...

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