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Release Notes January 18, 2018

SIMnet has been updated to reflect Microsoft’s January 9 Office 365 Semi-Annual channel update. For more information on the update, visit our previous blog post.

Microsoft updated the following features slightly with updated color or style names. Where appropriate, SIMbook learning content, simulated exam question hints, and autograded Project instructions been updated to reflect the new names.

  • SmartArt colors
  • WordArt names

In general, SIMnet’s Office simulation was updated to match the following changes to the Office interface. Where appropriate, SIMbook learning content, simulated exam question hints, and autograded Project instructions were updated as well.

  • Insert tab, Illustrations group > Icons button (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • References tab, Research group (new group) (Word)
  • View tab, Page Movement group(new group) (Word)
  • Spelling task pane > Ignore button changed to Ignore Once (Word)
  • Grammar task pane > Ignore button changed to Ignore Once (Word)
  • Insert tab, Charts group > Maps button (Excel)
  • Data tab, Get & Transform Data group (new group) (Excel)
  • Data tab, Queries & Connections group (new group) (Excel)
  • Home tab, Font group > Text Highlighting button (PowerPoint)
  • Insert tab, Links group > Summary Zoom button (PowerPoint)

The following feature updates have been made to SIMbook learning materials (including Show Me, Guide Me, and Let Me Try exercises), simulated exam questions, and autograded Projects.

Feature Change: New Help Task Pane

SIMbook Page

  • Overview 2016 In Practice – Guided Project Intro-2
  • Overview 2016 A Skills Approach – Skill 1.7 Using Help

Project Assignment

  • No Changes Required

Feature Change: Smart LookUp Moved to References Tab

SIMbook Page

  • Overview 2016 A Skills Approach – Skill 1.8 Using Smart Lookup
  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 1 – 1-7 Using Smart Lookup and Proofreading Tools
  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 1 – Pause & Practice: Word 1-3
  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 1 – Guided Project 1-1
  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 1 – Independent Project 1-4
  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 1 – Independent Project 1-6

Project Assignment

  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 1 – Independent Project 1-4

Feature Change: Hyperlinks changed to Links

SIMbook Page

  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 2 – 2-9 Using Borders, Shading, and Hyperlinks
  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 2 – Pause & Practice: Word 2-4
  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 2 – Guided Project 2-3
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 3 – Skill 3.13 Inserting Hyperlinks
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 3 – Skill Review 3.2
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 5 – 5-7 Inserting Hyperlinks in a Worksheet
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 5 – Chapter Summary 5-7
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 5 – Pause & Practice: Excel 5-3
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 5 – Guided Project 5-1
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 5 – Guided Project 5-2
  • Excel 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 9 – Skill 9.11 Inserting Hyperlinks
  • PowerPoint 2016 In Practice, Chapter 5 – 5.2 Adding Hyperlinks and Action Buttons
  • PowerPoint 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 5 – Skill 4.5 Adding Hyperlinks to Slides
  • PowerPoint 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 5 – Skill Review 4.1
  • PowerPoint 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 5 – Skill 5.5 Adding Hyperlinks to a Web Site
  • PowerPoint 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 5 – Skill Review 5.2
  • PowerPoint 2016 ProjectLearn, Chapter 3 – Objective 3 Apply Hyperlinks

Project Assignment

  • Excel 2016 Skills Approach, Chapter 9 – Skill Review 9.2

Feature Change: Modified Online Pictures

SIMbook Page

  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – 4.5 Working with Graphics
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 4 – Skill 4.3 Inserting Online Pictures
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 4 – Concept Review question #8
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 4 – Skill Review 4.1
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 4 – Skill Review 4.2
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 4 – Challenge Yourself 4.3
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 4 – On Your Own 4.5
  • PowerPoint 2016 In Practice, Chapter 2- 2.3 How To: Search for and Insert a Picture or Illustration
  • PowerPoint 2016 In Practice, Chapter 2 – Pause & Practice: PowerPoint 2-1
  • PowerPoint 2016 In Practice, Chapter 2 – Chapter Summary 2.3
  • PowerPoint 2016 In Practice, Chapter 2 – Guided Project 2-2
  • PowerPoint 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 2 – Skill 2.14 Adding Online Pictures
  • PowerPoint 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 2 – Skill Review 2.2

Project Assignment

  • No Changes Required

Feature Change: Change Picture Command New Dialog

SIMbook Page

  • Word 2016 In Practice, Chapter 7 – 7-4 Working with Pictures
  • Word 2016 A Skills Approach, Chapter 8 – Skill 8.17 Changing Pictures
  • PowerPoint 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – 4-5 How To: Change a Picture
  • PowerPoint 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – Independent Project 4-5

Project Assignment

  • No Changes Required

Feature Change: Import Wizards Removed; New Process to Import Data into Excel

SIMbook Page

  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – SLO 4-6 Importing Data
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – Chapter Summary 4-6
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – Pause & Practice: Excel 4-3
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – Guided Project 4-1
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – Guided Project 4-2
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – Guided Project 4-3
  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – Independent Project 4-4
  • Excel 2016 Skills Approach, Chapter 9 – Skill 9.1 Importing Data from Access
  • Excel 2016 Skills Approach, Chapter 9 – Skill 9.2 Importing Data from a Text File
  • Excel 2016 Skills Approach, Chapter 9 – Skill Review 9.1
  • Excel 2016 Skills Approach, Chapter 9 – Skill Review 9.2

Project Assignment

  • Excel 2016 In Practice, Chapter 4 – Guided Project 4-3
  • Excel 2016 Skills Approach, Chapter 9 – Skill Review 9.2