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Display archivesUsing Excel to calculate present value & net present value

February 24th, 2014
Finance tutorial: how to calculate present value & net present value using Excel (Windows or Mac, any version) or Google Sheets. The full article, practice file and screencast is available for free onĀ TutsPlus. Or you can watch just the screencast here:




Display archivesHow to get bright, vivid colors in Photoshop

February 22nd, 2014
Tutorial: how to use the Vibrance adjustment. Works in any recent version of Photoshop on either Windows or Mac. From my Mastering Photoshop Layers course on



Display archivesLive, on-demand help with Excel

February 20th, 2014
I just became one of the first people offering personalized, expert help over live video through a new Google product called Helpouts. The main page for Google Helpouts is, and my Excel listing is at


With Helpouts, you can get help when you need it. I can help you with features like formulas, functions, creating workbooks, making charts, importing & exporting data, and more. There are other people using Helpouts to offer their expertise in other applications and non-computer topics also, like household repairs, playing musical instruments, speaking foreign languages, and more.


To use a Helpout, all you need is a computer, smartphone or tablet with a camera.



Display archivesWorld Science U goes live next week

February 19th, 2014
Free and fun science education for everyone: all background levels and all ages. From bestselling author and physicist Brian Green (@bgreene).


Sign up at



Display archivesSatya Nadella becomes Microsoft’s new CEO

February 4th, 2014
The New York Times reports that Satya Nadella will become Microsoft’s 3rd CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer. Nadella currently heads Microsoft’s cloud offerings. John Thompson Will replace Bill Gates as Board Chairman, and Gates will take a more active role as an advisor to Nadella.


Read the story here:



Display archivesNew screen shots of Windows 8.1 Update 1

February 3rd, 2014
PC World magazine has some more leaked screens of Windows 8.1 Update 1. There are more right-click menus, a Power/Restart button and a Search button on the Start screen, the ability to pin a Modern (Metro) app to the taskbar, and a few tweaks here and there, like in the Mail app. The article has several screen shots.


Keep in mind these are only previews. By the time Microsoft releases the update, any of this can change. Read the article here.


And if you want a video course on Windows 8, check out mine! It’s available from Total Training, and you can stream it or download it.