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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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Loading a Global Template

In a previous post we saved a custom macro-filled template in the Word’s Start-up folder so that the template would be automatically installed whenever Word is opened.  This makes the macros and shortcuts saved in the template available for use. Another...
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RFP Content Libraries and the Chaos Dilemma

We often think that content automation will solve the vast majority of our reusability problems when it comes to finding exactly the right answers to our mountain of RFP questions. To some degree this is true but it is only workable with a well thought out strategy to...
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Record a Word Macro

Many of the operations you can perform in Microsoft Word can be recorded as custom macros.  In this post we will look at how to use the 'Macro Recorder' feature.   I frequently use bookmarks in my documents but turning the bookmark markers on and off...
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You asked for it: How can you search for text in old proposal documents without having to open each one?

Have you ever needed to find something you had written in an earlier proposal but had no idea where to find it? Being able to search across multiple proposals has been a frequently requested product feature at Expedience, as well as during my time at Pragmatech. The...
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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