HackCollege has teamed up with Microsoft to give away some awesome prizes like Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010, and a Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition Artist Series. More info and details on how to enter are located at the bottom of this post.

So while you consider what you can win, take a look at these 5 back to school tips from Microsoft Office.

Take Class Notes To The Digital Age

OneNote helps students organize notes, images, audio, and video all in a single place. Insert screen clippings from the internet when doing research for a presentation, or planning for spring break travel. To insert a screen clipping in OneNote, go to the “Insert” tab in the tool bar at the top, then click “Screen Clipping,” then select any section of the screen and that image will drop into OneNote with a referral URL if you want to revisit that site later.

Put Your Work In The Cloud.

Having immediate access to notes and assignments can help students stay organized and efficient. When you store files in SkyDrive, they’re automatically available from almost any device, meaning you’ll never be without information that matters most. To upload and access files on SkyDrive, go to www.skydrive.com and log on with your Windows Live ID. Once you’re in SkyDrive, click “Add Files,” and simply click and drop any file for easy access from virtually anywhere.

Visualize Your Numbers

Figures in a row or column in Excel can be useful, but context can easily get lost in all the data. To help students see patterns and trends at a glance, use Sparklines in Excel. Sparklines are embedded word-sized graphics that bring meaning to numbers. To create Sparklines in Excel, select an empty cell in which you want to insert Sparklines. Go to the Insert tab in the toolbar at the top and click Sparklines. Then click the type of Sparkline that you want to create. In the Data box, type the range of the cells that contain the data that you want to base the Sparklines and click “OK.”

Show Off Your Inner Designer

Presentations aren’t just for the boardroom; with PowerPoint, students can turn a poster board idea into a multi-media presentation with images, audio and video that will wow everyone. Office.com has hundreds of easy-to-customize templates to help you nail it. To view the templates and other PowerPoint tips visit http://blogs.office.com/b/microsoft-powerpoint/.

Clean It Up In A Hurry

Working on deadline? The Format Painter function in Word allows you to quickly format content such as text and bullets so that everything has a consistent look within your document. To use Format Painter, select and highlight the text or graphic that has the formatting that you want to copy. Then on the Home tab, click ”Format Painter,” and apply the selected format to the content you want to change.

Giveaway and Product Info:

To Enter: Entry for the contest is simple—take a photo of your desk space, study spot, or wherever you feel most productive—and share it on HackCollege’s Facebook Wall before September 1st, 2012.

We are looking at who has creative hacks for organizing desk space, and little tips and tricks for every student’s work space. Give other HackCollege readers ideas on how to improve their organizational skills, and consider yourself entered!

Limit 1 entry per Facebook Fan. Hack College admins will contact you via Facebook to get your info, and Microsoft will hook you up with your prize.

The Prizes:

Grand Prize – MS Office Home and Student 2010 and a Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition Artist Series.

Second Prize – MS Office Home and Student 2010.

About the prizes:

Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition Artist Series: Show off your personal style this fall by sporting your mouse of choice with the Wireless Mobile Mouse 3500 Limited Edition Artist Series. It’s perfect for life on-the-go, and with so many designs to choose from, you can treat yourself to a different mouse for every day of the week.

Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010: Microsoft Office (Office 2010 on the PC and Office 2011 on the Mac) contains the must have applications for school packed with features to capture your ideas and help transform them into great work.

Microsoft’s Back To School Offers and Deals For Students:

  • Buy a new Windows PC priced at $699 (US) or $ 599 (Canada) or more at participating retailers and get a free Xbox 360 4GB console! This offer available to college and university students in the US and Canada.
  • Buy Office Home and Student 2010, Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 (3 pack), Office University 2010 or Office for Mac University 2011 between now and Sept 14th and get 15% off.