Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office

After twenty years of faithful service the familiar Microsoft Office ribbon, containing your menus and commands, is going to change. As part of the latest round of updates, a new look is being rolled out progressively across the Office programs, beginning with Outlook. But don’t worry, you will have two choices of ribbon – the simplified ribbon or the classic ribbon.

If you have been using Office for a while, you will begin to notice some changes to the look and feel of the various products. Starting with Outlook, Microsoft is revising how the user interface appears. The simplified ribbon aims to help users “focus on their work and collaborate naturally with others”. The simplified ribbon will streamline the existing top section of the screen, reducing the space it takes up on the screen.

Here’s an example of how it looks in Outlook:

Ribbon changes are coming to Microsoft Office - Example of Ribbon changes - Microsoft Outlook
Example of Ribbon changes – Microsoft Outlook

You can switch between the simplified ribbon and the classic ribbon by using the switch icon, which is located near the top right of the window.

These changes will also follow on Word, Excel and PowerPoint. In addition, the ribbon has a new appearance with new colours and icons and has been designed to scale on screens of any size.

For more information on the simplified ribbon, please see the Use the Simplified Ribbon support page (link opens in new window) and reference guide (link opens in new window).

CyberGuru provides consulting, training and support in Office 365, including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint as well as a range of other products. If you would like to know more or want to enhance your knowledge and skills, please contact us.

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

CyberGuru talks cyber safety at Seniors Safety Forum

Last Friday 17 August, Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru presented to over 80 senior citizens of the Brisbane’s northside community on Cyber Safety, including both phone and internet scams at the Seniors Safety Forum.

The Seniors Safety Forum, the third of which Chris has presented, is an annual event held in the local area and hosted by Stirling Hinchliffe MP, Member for Sandgate and Councillor Jared Cassidy, Councillor for Deagon Ward, as part of Queensland Seniors Week.

In his session, Chris discussed a range of phone scams, including charity scams and the more recent NBN scams. He also addressed spamming and phishing, as well as tips for online shopping, passwords, internet security software, backups and more.

CyberGuru joined alongside other local organisations, including Council for the Ageing, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, Queensland Ambulance Service, Queensland Police Service, All About Living Sandgate, Home Assist Secure Sandgate, iHear to discuss safety in the home and in the community in the joint forum.

Chris fielded a range of questions from the audience after the session and provided copies of The Little Black Book of Scams to all who visited his display.

We thank Stirling and Jared for having us. If you would like any information on cyber safety, or presenting at an event which you feel would benefit, please contact us.

If would like any information about Seniors Safety Forum or other upcoming events as part of Queensland Seniors Week, please visit the Queensland Seniors Week website.

CyberGuru exhibits at 2018 Queensland Schools VET Conference

2018 Qld Schools VET Conference
Jessie Jeffery (CyberGuru), Adrian Tofilau (VeriDoc Global) and Chris Jeffery (CyberGuru)

CyberGuru successfully exhibited at the 2018 Queensland Schools VET Conference on Friday 10 August 2018. We met many wonderful teachers looking for solutions in the Information, Digital Media and Technology space.

CyberGuru is proud to support teachers by providing training courses and developing learning materials, delivering professional development and undertaking industry currency. We stand by our products as we write them ourselves, and in doing so aim to fill some of the skills gaps we commonly see in local businesses.

Congratulations to Adrian Tofilau of VeriDoc Global who won our Business Card Draw.

2018 Qld Schools VET Conference
Jessie Jeffery (CyberGuru), Adrian Tofilau (VeriDoc Global) and Chris Jeffery (CyberGuru)

For more information on the Education and Training services we offer, including professional development, training courses, learning resources and industry currency, please visit our website.

We are currently offering all schools a free 30 minute consultation to discuss how we can help them. Please contact us to take advantage of this offer.

Upcoming professional development opportunities – May 2018

Upcoming professional development opportunities

In May 2018, CyberGuru will be presenting three professional development opportunities to small businesses, schools and not-for-profit organisations. All sessions are available for registration and payment made to the respective organisations sponsoring or promoting these events.

CSPL KnowTech – Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme, Overview of Office 365 and Office 365 features

Chris Jeffery, Chief Guru of CyberGuru will be presenting at the first Clandestine Solutions Pty Ltd (CSPL) KnowTech Session covering the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme, an overview of Office 365 and some of the Office 365 features including SharePoint, OneDrive and Teams. The CSPL KnowTech session is designed to keep you informed of available technologies, tips and tricks, and how to use them to your advantage. This is being held at the Microsoft Innovation Centre, Brisbane on 22 May 2018 at 11:00am. To register, please visit the CSPL KnowTech Session Eventbrite page.

Queensland College of Wine Tourism – Social Media as a Marketing Tool

CyberGuru is proud to partner with the Food, Wine and Tourism Gateway Schools program to bring an exciting teacher currency and professional development workshop on ‘Social Media as a Marketing Tool’ workshop. The workshop will highlight the importance of social media to the hospitality and tourism sectors. This half-day program will be held Windaroo Valley State High School on 24 May at 9:00am. To register or to find out more, please visit the Queensland College of Wine Tourism website.

Community Management Solutions – Protect yourself and your business from cyber security threats

CyberGuru is presenting “Protect yourself and your business from cyber security threats”, sponsored by Community Management Solutions. The webinar will be held on 29 May at 12:00pm. The session is going to be covering the latest in cyber security threats and how to protect yourself and your business. For more information and to register, please visit the Community Management Solutions website. If you have any questions you would like to ask us in advance, please let us know!

If you would like a similar or another training session developed for your small business, not-for-profit organisation or individually, please feel free to contact us.

CyberGuru’s success at recent education conferences

CyberGuru’s success at recent education conferences

Tourism Hospitality and Events (THE) Conference and 2017 Queensland Schools VET Conference

This month CyberGuru were proud to be associated with the Tourism, Hospitality and Events (THE Conference) and the annual QLD Schools VET Conference.

Jessie Jeffery, CyberGuru’s Business Development Guru, presented on “Social media and the hospitality & tourism sectors: where to next?” at THE Conference, where she spoke about the importance of social media to the hospitality and tourism sectors, as well as ways of including it in the school curriculum. The presentation was very well received and because of this the Queensland Government is currently considering a request to add the Online Engagement for Small Business skill set to their list of subsidised training packages. If you would like further information on this please feel free to contact us.

Also, this month CyberGuru sponsored the annual QLD Schools VET Conference. We had significant interest in our materials for the Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology, as this qualification will be soon recognised and may contribute to a student’s ATAR for university entry. (For those who are unaware, the current OP system will be scrapped and the ATAR system will be brought in for students graduating year 12 from 2020 onwards, see the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority website for details.)

CyberGuru aims to assist schools with this transition by providing learning materials, professional development and industry validation. For more details, please visit our Education and training website.

If we can assist you in this area please feel free to contact us.