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These downloads and on-line services are free and have proven to be helpful. Please note that you may not have permissions to install these programs on your computer at work. If this is the case, please contact the computer room at x6234 for assistance. Feel free to use these for work or at home.

MS Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats:

Users of the Microsoft Office XP and 2003 programs Word, Excel, or PowerPoint—please install all High-Priority updates from Microsoft Update before downloading the Compatibility Pack.

By installing the Compatibility Pack in addition to Microsoft Office 2000, Office XP, or Office 2003, you will be able to open, edit, and save files using the file formats new to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007. The Compatibility Pack can also be used in conjunction with the Microsoft Office Word Viewer 2003, Excel Viewer 2003, and PowerPoint Viewer 2003 to view files saved in these new formats. For more information about the Compatibility Pack, see Knowledge Base article 924074.

Note: If you use Microsoft Word 2000 or Microsoft Word 2002 to read or write documents containing complex scripts, please see this Knowledge Base Article for information to enable Word 2007 documents to be displayed correctly in your version of Word.


Photobucket (Web application) Easy online sharing of Photos

Photobucket is an easy-to-organize photo-and-video repository that offers quick access to codes for embedding your images into your social-networking pages. You can share photos and videos with others or password-protect your account. Photobucket also offers a slew of editing options, and a free account provides up to 1GB of storage. The site lets you search for icons you can use to personalize your Facebook, MySpace, and other social-networking pages.


TaxACT Online Standard (web application)

TaxACT from 2nd Story Software is perfect for those uncomfortable with signing on with a lesser-known provider. New users are offered an online tour of the product to get familiar with the tab-based interface, navigation, help system, and other features. As with boxed tax-prep software, TaxACT Online walks you through a plain-English interview (including major life events) while it fills in forms in the background. TaxACT will also automatically import relevant data if you used the program for last year's filings. Its review process offers red alerts for incomplete or inconsistent information and yellow alerts for items that require action.

TaxACT was very efficient at helping us prepare a 1040 return, prompting us not only for wage data but also dividend and other investment income, as well as income and expenses from any business we owned. Unlike for-pay solutions, it cannot automatically import earnings data from payroll services or financial firms. No context-sensitive help is available, and you will see some ads.


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