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Design and implement Microsoft 365 services

  • By Orin ThomasJul 23, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref MS-100 Microsoft 365 Identity and Services, author Orin Thomas teaches the skills of how to manage domains, plan a Microsoft 365 implementation, set up Microsoft 365 tenancy and subscription, manage Microsoft 365 subscription and tenant health, and plan migration of users and data.


Introducing DAX

  • By Alberto Ferrari, Marco RussoJul 20, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from The Definitive Guide to DAX, authors Russo and Ferrari start talking about the DAX language. Here you learn the syntax of the language, the difference between a calculated column and a measure (also called calculated field, in certain old Excel versions), and the most commonly used functions in DAX.


Deploy Windows

  • By Andrew Bettany, Andrew WarrenJul 9, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref MD-100 Windows 10, authors Andrew Bettany and Andrew Warren explain how to deploy Windows 10 and how to perform post-installation configuration. The MD-100 Windows 10 exam focuses on how to install Windows 10 efficiently and with the least amount of administrative effort.


Understand cloud concepts

  • By Jim CheshireJun 21, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals, author Jim Cheshire covers the benefits of using the cloud, the different cloud services that are available, and cloud models that enable a variety of cloud configurations.


Implement modern device services

  • By Robert Clements, Brian SvidergolJun 14, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Exam Ref MS-101 Microsoft 365 Mobility and Security, we are working with cloud-based services within Microsoft 365 that are designed to deploy, secure, and manage devices in the enterprise. Throughout this book we will be working with various Microsoft technologies such as Azure, Microsoft Intune, Office 365, and System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr). Along the way there will be several walkthroughs and examples that illustrate how to manage these tools. For these demonstrations we do recommend that you follow along in your own lab.


Start a new plan

  • By Cindy M. Lewis, Carl Chatfield, Timothy JohnsonMay 25, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Project 2019 Step by Step, you'll learn to create a new plan using Project A project’s schedule or plan is essentially a model that you construct for some project aspects that you are anticipating—what you expect will happen, or what you want to happen. This model focuses on certain key aspects of a project, such as tasks, resources, time frames, and possible associated costs.


The INDEX function

  • By Wayne WinstonApr 15, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Excel 2019 Data Analysis and Business Modeling, 6th Edition, author Wayne Winston covers the INDEX function. The INDEX function allows you to return the entry in any row and column within an array of numbers.


Unleashing the power of Excel with VBA

  • By Bill Jelen, Tracy SyrstadApr 10, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Excel 2019 VBA and Macros, learn why Visual Basic for Applications (VBA ) combined with Microsoft Excel is one of the most powerful tools available to you.


Perform calculations on data

  • By Curtis FryeApr 9, 2019
  • In this chapter form Microsoft Excel 2019 Step by Step, author Curtis Frye guides you through procedures related to streamlining references to groups of data on your worksheets and creating and correcting formulas that summarize an organization’s business operations.


Using Windows 10

  • By Ed Bott, Craig StinsonApr 9, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Windows 10 Inside Out, 3rd Edition, explore the Windows 10 interface and learn how to customize your taskbar and Action Center, switch between virtual desktops, manage and arrange windows, use Windows 10 on a touchscreen device, and more.


Basic Data Preparation Challenges

  • By Gil RavivApr 8, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Collect, Combine, and Transform Data Using Power Query in Excel and Power BI, author Gil Raiv introduces a variety of techniques in the Power Query Editor in Excel and Power BI for cleaning badly formatted datasets.


Grouping, sorting, and filtering pivot data

  • By Michael Alexander, Bill JelenApr 7, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Excel 2019 Pivot Table Data Crunching, you will review the PivotTable Fields list and then learn how to how to group, sort, and filter data.


Customizing Excel

  • By Bill JelenApr 6, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Excel 2019 Inside Out, learn how to perform a simple ribbon modification and how to use important option settings to customize your Excel experience.


Managing and sharing Office files

  • By Jeff GarbusApr 6, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Office 2019 Inside Out, you will review the Office file formats used in each of the Office applications, and explore options for managing and sharing files.


Visuals in Power BI

  • By Errin O'ConnorApr 5, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Power BI Dashboards Step by Step, explore the features and benefits of various Power BI visuals, and how they can enable decision-makers to analyze aspects of the data that are important for organizational growth.


Troubleshooting formulas

  • By Paul McFedriesApr 3, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Excel 2019 Formulas and Functions, learn everything you need to know about fixing common formula errors and how to use worksheet auditing tools in Microsoft Excel 2019.


Modify the structure and appearance of text

  • By Joan LambertMar 28, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Microsoft Word 2019 Step by Step, walk through procedures related to applying character and paragraph formatting, structuring content manually, creating and modifying lists, applying styles to text, and changing a document’s theme.


Bootstrapping ASP.NET MVC

  • By Dino EspositoJan 2, 2019
  • In this sample chapter from Programming ASP.NET Core, Dino Esposito explains the preliminary actions required to set up the ASP.NET MVC Core pipeline and pick up the handler responsible for the actual processing of any incoming requests.


The 5 Principles and 10 Building Blocks of Persuasive Visual Storytelling

  • By Cliff AtkinsonNov 22, 2018
  • In this sample chapter from Beyond Bullet Points: Using PowerPoint to tell a compelling story that gets results, 4th Edition, Cliff Atkinson reviews step-by-step how the Beyond Bullet Points (BBP) Story Template creates a foundation for presentations that you will build upon with narration and graphics.

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