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How to Disable Worksheet Animation in Excel 2013

Excel 2013 has arrived, and for the most part, it's much like Excel 2007 and 2010, but with some spiffy new features, such as Recommended Charts and Pivot Tables, Flash Fill, Quick Analysis, Power View, and more.
Tax

Free Spreadsheet-Based Form 1040 Available for 2012 Tax Year

It's not just the IRS that's been madly updating forms for the 2012 filing season. Right on schedule, Glenn Reeves of Kansas has released his sixteenth spreadsheet-based version of the US Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040.
Technology

Microsoft Office 2013 Officially Released

The latest incarnation, or rather incarnations, of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite were released on January 29, 2013. The plural reference is a nod toward both the web-based Office 365 version as well as the new Office 2013 desktop versions.
Technology

Managing Protected View in Excel 2010/2013

Excel expert David Ringstrom, CPA, explains Protected View and how you can adjust this security measure to suit your needs.
Technology

Microsoft Excel: Use Color to Identify Variances

Accountants are often tasked with identifying variances that exceed specific tolerances. Rather than trying to eyeball columns of numbers, you can use Excel's Conditional Formatting feature to make such variances leap out on the screen.
Technology

QuickBooks 2013: What's New and Improved!

For the QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Professional Bookkeeper, Accountant, and Enterprise user, QuickBooks 2013 is easy to learn, easy to navigate, and easier to use with its new and improved features.
Technology

First Impressions of Windows 8

On October 26, 2012, Windows 8 officially became the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. In today’s article, I’ll describe my initial experiences with Windows 8 in hopes that it will aid your eventual transition.
Technology

Automating Excel Spreadsheet Report Titles

Many users tire of retyping report titles such as "For the Period Ended October 31, 2012" month after month. Excel expert David Ringstrom explains a couple of techniques you can use to simplify, and even automate, such date-based report titles.
Technology

Trapping Errors within Excel Formulas

Sometimes a formula you craft will return an error, such as #DIV/0! or #N/A. Many users overcome this by using combinations of the IF, ISERROR, and ISNA worksheet functions. However, using these functions in concert can result in complex formulas.
Technology

The Microsoft 'Election'

Once again I'm faced with that perplexing quadrennial conundrum: whether to replace an incumbent that's served me well for the most part with a challenger that offers a radically new direction. That's right, I must decide whether to upgrade to Windows 8.
Technology

Microsoft Office 2013 Crosses RTM Threshold

Microsoft Office 2013 has crossed an important threshold referred to in the industry as Release to Manufacturing (RTM). This means the development team has finalized the flagship suite and beta testing is complete.
Tax

Beyond415 Automates Post-Filing Tax Notices

Tax practitioners in the Sage Accountants Network have a new web-based tool - Beyond415 - to help ease the burden of managing post-filing tax notices and correspondence with the IRS.
Technology

EBRI Rolls Out Free Retirement Savings App

While thousands of smartphone apps have been developed to help people spend money, a new one has been developed to help Americans save: The Ballpark E$timate® iPhone app.
Technology

Microsoft to Fully Embrace Open Document Standards

After years of hegemony, Microsoft has finally acknowledged that the world wants to be able to save documents in open formats that are freely shareable with other software applications.
Technology

Sage Leaders Have Vision for the Future

At the annual Sage Summit customer and partner conference, Sage North America CEO Pascal Houillon and CTO Himanshu Palsule unveiled details of the company's strategy to help small and midsized businesses take advantage of mobile devices and the Cloud to better manage their business processes.
Technology

Sage Announces North American Award Winners

Sage North America kicked off its 2012 partner/customer conference event, the Sage Summit Conference, this week in Nashville, TN with the announcement of the recipients of the 2011-2012 Sage Partner Advantage Awards
Technology

New 'Agile Tax' Takes Storefront Tax Preparation to the Cloud

The tax and accounting business of Thomson Reuters has announced the introduction of Agile Tax, a new production-grade tax software designed exclusively for the Cloud.
A&A

Farewell Peachtree Accounting, Hello Sage 50

After thirty-five years, the venerable software program known as Peachtree Accounting is adopting a new moniker - Sage 50 Accounting.
Practice

BSA Study Finds Over Half of Computer Users Admit to Pirating Software

According to the Business Software Alliance's (BSA) ninth annual study - 2011 BSA Global Software Piracy Study - the value of software theft is at an astounding all-time high ? $63.4 billion in 2011, up from $58.8 billion in 2010.
Practice Management

Cloud Computing Versus Software as a Service

As our world becomes more and more connected, the terms used to describe online services blur into abstraction. In this article, I'll clarify the terms "cloud computing" versus "software as a service," often referred to as SaaS.

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