Technology news January 2009

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IRS ready to open the gate for 2009 e-filing with new features

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the January 16 opening of an expanded IRS e-file program for 2008 federal tax returns, highlighted by new features that will allow expanded access to electronic filing and help people looking for faster refunds.IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman encouraged taxpayers to explore e-file this year as the best option to file accurate tax returns and get fast refunds during the current economic downturn.
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Intuit announces free virtual conference for accounting professionals

The first Intuit Academy Virtual Conference is a two-day virtual tradeshow dedicated to educating tax and accounting professionals on more than 15 products and services from the comfort of their homes or offices. Similar to an in-person tradeshow, Intuit Academy Virtual Conference attendees will be able to log-on and interact with Intuit product experts at the booths, talk to their peers as well as a panel of industry experts, and participate in informational webinars.
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Quickoffice releases Excel editing capabilities for iPhone

Quickoffice, Inc., a global provider of mobile office productivity software, has announced the release of MobileFiles Pro, the first application to include editable Office functionality for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
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Excel Text Transformation Tricks

By David H. Ringstrom, CPAData arrives on your desk from multiple sources, and in many cases it's not quite in the format that you need. For instance, a user may have left the CAPS LOCK on while typing in a series of addresses. Or you've exported data from a program that pads fields with spaces at the beginning or end. Fortunately, there's no need to retype the list. Excel offers four easy-to-use functions that can quickly transform data into just the format that you need.
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Excel 2007: Five Ways to Streamline Excel’s User Interface

By David H. Ringstrom, CPAIt's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day use of Excel 2007 and overlook minor tweaks that can make a significant difference in your use of Excel. In this article I'll review five of my favorite Excel 2007 tricks. Most involve customizing the user interface so that I can speed through my work without hitting unnecessary bumps:1. Extend your recently used file listBy default Excel shows the 17 most recent files that you've opened, but as shown in Figure 1, you can expand this to a maximum of 50: 
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Excel 2003: Six Ways to Streamline Excel's User Interface

By David H. Ringstrom, CPAIt's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day use of Excel 2003 and overlook minor tweaks that can make a significant difference in your use of Excel. In this article I'll review five of my favorite Excel 2003 tricks. Most involve customizing the user interface so that I can speed through my work without hitting unnecessary bumps or screen prompts. These tricks will work equally well in Excel 2002, but only some apply to Excel 97 and 2000:1. Extend your recently used file list
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The far side of Excel - Fireside treats for long winter nights

As you sit by your roaring log fire, idly fondling the shiny new notebook computer that Santa bought you, here are some suggestions for trying out a few lesser known features that lurk in the depths of the Microsoft Office applications, courtesy of our sister site, AccountingWEB.co.uk.Microsoft Word - Excel in disguiseFor most accountants the real problem with Word is that it isn't Excel.