How to Connect Office 2016 to Your Dropbox Account

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Microsoft Office is designed to work seamlessly with OneDrive. Files are automatically saved to OneDrive if you’re signed into Office with your Microsoft account. New Office subscribers may have documents saved in other cloud services, and Office can also connect to other online storage services such as Dropbox. has outlined the steps to integrate Dropbox with Office 2016.

OS X Update 10.11.1 Fixes Office 2016 for Mac Crashes


Attention Mac users! Apple has released OS X 10.11.1, the first update for its El Capitan operating system. This update includes a fix for the reported crash problems that have plagued Microsoft Office 2016 for Mac users. Apple’s accompanying update notes stated that this update, “Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016.”

Learn more and visit Apple’s site for additional OS X 10.11.1 update information.

Tips To Make The Most of Microsoft Office Mix


Office Mix makes it incredibly easy to create and share dynamic presentations. (If you’re familiar with using PowerPoint, you’re more than halfway there!) You can add voice overs and other audio, as well as quizzes, interactive activities, and simulations. Office Mix also helps you measure outcomes—you can see how much time students spend in each slide, and check on how they’ve performed as individuals on those quizzes that you’ve embedded.

Download the free Microsoft Office Mix add-on to get started.

During the 2015 Cengage Learning Computing Conference, Jim Federico provided attendees with an introduction to the capabilities of Office Mix. Here are a few suggestions from the presentation:

  • Do you add notes to your PowerPoint presentations? Use those notes as your “teleprompter” as you record your lectures.
  • Want to call students’ attention to particular concepts, or show them how to complete problem sets or exercises? Use digital ink to write your solutions, notes, or annotations onscreen.
  • It’s easy to share your completed Mix. You can choose to share a link, or you can embed it into a web page (as we’ve done above). Using the embedded social buttons, you can also easily share it to Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, or Google+.
  • Concerned about who will see the Mix? Adjust the privacy settings so that only those who have the link can see it, or so that students must log in to see it.

Microsoft Office Mix: Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Microsoft Office Mix Integrated with MindTap for Computing

Thanks to the growth in online learning and flipped classrooms, more instructors are creating interactive video lectures designed to educate and engage students. New software solutions such as Microsoft Office Mix provide instructors with the ability to create these dynamic presentations with skill, polish, and ease.

We’re so excited that Cengage Learning is the first publisher to partner with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Office Mix integrated within our MindTap digital learning solution. Shelly Cashman’s Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013, the first integrated course, is now available, and integrating additional MindTap for Computing courses is slated for the future.

“Office Mix turns PowerPoint into a powerful interactive lesson authoring solution,” says Jim Federico, Principle Product Manager at Microsoft. “We’re delighted to support Cengage’s innovation that enables instructors and students to create engaging and interactive learning content.”

Each chapter in the MindTap for Shelly Cashman’s Discovering Computers & Microsoft Office 2013 is accompanied by a ready-to-use Office Mix presentation that includes walk throughs, videos and knowledge checks. You can also create your own Office Mix presentations and add them to the course—and encourage your students to do the same!

Visit the Cengage Blog and check out a sample of this new MindTap learning solution.

10 Ways Office 2016 Can Improve Productivity



Microsoft Office 2016 was designed to improve productivity. TechRepublic recently outlined ten interesting and productivity-enhancing new features in Office 2016.

  1. Real-time co-authoring
  2. OneNote notebook sharing
  3. Simplified document sharing
  4. Smart attachments
  5. Clutter for Outlook
  6. Better version history
  7. New chart types in Excel
  8. Power BI
  9. Delve
  10. Purchase choices

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