The Visio 2010 MVP Sessions

Explore the many features of Microsoft Visio 2010. In 24 self-contained videos ranging from five to eight minutes, three Visio MVPs discuss and demonstrate the basics of how to use and apply some of the most important features and capabilities of Visio 2010. Each Visio 2010 MVP Session provides the understanding needed to get started with using Visio 2010 to solve a specific challenge or apply a specific feature or technique.

The Visio 2010 MVP Sessions at Microsoft



Setting up your Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 client to work with Gmail (IMAP)

If you have a need or preference to receive your Google mail (Gmail) within your Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 client, you can do so by performing the steps on this page.

The first step is to sign into your Gmail account and enable the IMAP option from your Web Browser.
Once you are logged into your Gmail account, click the gear icon in the upper-right of the page and select Mail settings from the drop-down list.
Once on the Settings page, click on Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
Under IMAP Access Select Enable IMAP.
Scroll to the bottom of the Mail Settings page and click on Save Changes.

The next step is done from the Windows Control Panel
From Windows, open the Control Panel, and select Mail (32 bit)
Select Show Profiles…

Select Add…
A New Profile window will open.
Give the Profile a Name, such as Gmail, then click OK

Select Manually configure settings or additional server types, then click Next>

Select Internet Email, then click Next>

Under User Information, enter your display name and your Gmail E-mail Address.
Google Apps users should enter your full email address using your registered email domain, e.g. ‘’

Under Server Information enter the information as shown here:
Account Type: select IMAP
Incoming mail server:
Outgoing mail server:

Under Logon Information:
Your User Name is your Gmail Email address
Enter the Password you use to logon to your Gmail account

Click on More Settings…

Select the Advanced tab. Enter the information as shown here:
Incoming server (IMAP):  993
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select SSL.
 Outgoing server (SMTP): 587
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select TLS.

The above ports are the default ports recommended by the Gmail website.  If you have problems sending or receiving email using one or both of these ports, you should go to your ISP’s website or contact them for information on recommended ports for email.

You can also try the Outlook default SMTP port.
Under the Advanced tab:
Outgoing server (SMTP): 25
Use the following type of encrypted connection: Select TLS.

Select the Outgoing Server tab.
Check My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication
Select the radio button Use same settings as my incoming mail server.
Click OK

If you have other mail profiles listed as shown here, select Prompt for a profile to be used.
Click OK

Your Outlook should now have a profile that is configured for use with Gmail

Outlook 2007
Gmail instructions to configure for IMAP

Outlook 2007
Gmail instructions to configure for POP

Use Gmail IMAP in Microsoft Outlook 2007
How-To Geek instructions to configure for IMAP

Add Your Gmail Account to Outlook 2007
How-To Geek instructions to configure for POP

Configuring and deploying Office 2010 – Links

Configuring and deploying Office 2010
Published: May 12, 2010

Creation of a basic Office 2010 Installation is fairly easy task to complete.  This link will take you to the recently released Office 2010 Resource Kit. It provides good basic guidance on creating and deploying a custom Office 2010 installation.

Getting Started With Office 2010

Training and Getting Started With Office 2010
I often think one of the underutilized resources by users of Microsoft Office products are the free online and downloadable training tools provided by Microsoft.  Provided below are some links to a few of the Office training tools I’ve come across that can be used to both teach users about Office features and help users transition to Microsoft Office 2010.

Microsoft Office Interactive Training Courses
If you go to the Training – Microsoft Office link above, You will see a section titled Browse all Office 2010 training.  Select an Office 2010 Application from that section, and you will wind up at one of these pages. Here you will find the full list of training courses available for each Office 2010 application.  These are interactive training presentations with audio.  Each of these courses has a stated completion time of somewhere between 30 minutes and an hour. They may not make experts out of Office users, but can be used as healthy introductions to help make a smoother transition to Office 2010. The on-line course includes self-assessment. To do the interactive practices the corresponding Office application should be installed.

 Make the Switch Interactive Training Courses
Listed here are the Make the switch training courses. Each of these courses are stated to take somewhere between 35 minutes and an hour to complete. These can be used as introductions for current users of Microsoft Office Applications. These are interactive training presentations with audio.  The on-line course includes self-assessment. The interactive practices require the corresponding Office application be installed.  You can also download the Powerpoint presentations.

Interactive Guides that Help You Find Office Commands
First introduced for Office 2007, The interactive guides are interactive animations that demonstrate where menu and toolbar commands have been relocated to in Office 2010.  They are easy to use and quite useful.

  1. Start an Interactive Guide.  It displays the Office 2003 interface
  2. Set your mouse cursor over a command within the Office 2003 interface and it briefly describes the new location
  3. Click the command or button that you want to find
  4. The guide rotates from Office 2003 to Office 2010 and demonstrates its new location in the 2010 version of the application

Office Ribbon, Office Button and Office 2010 Backstage
The Ribbon replaces traditional menus which had become increasingly cluttered as more features and commands were added. The Ribbon commands are organized into tabs that group related commands together.

Office 2007 Office Button Replaces the File menu in Excel 2007, PowerPoint 2007, and Word 2007

The Backstage view is where you now manage your documents and related data about them — create, save, send, print documents and set options

Download Office 2010 Powerpoint Presentations
These are the downloadable Powerpoint Presentations of the Make the switch training courses. They’re in PowerPoint 2010 format.  You can customize them for group training or view them on your desktop.