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Windows 8 Picture Passwords – Learning Curve

Most of us have passwords that we use to login into our computers (If you don’t you really should.). They allow us to keep our information secure, especially in work environments where multiple users may be using the same computer. However it can sometimes be difficult to remember a text password. This is doubly true [...]

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Windows 8 Keyboard Shortcuts – Learning Curve

The designers of Windows 8 focused a great deal on touch based interactivity. Even though this is the case you can use it with the traditional keyboard and mouse combo. Here is a list of the most useful Windows 8 keyboard shortcuts for those looking for quick ways to navigate the system. It’s important to [...]

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Windows 8 Start Menu – Learning Curve

Well Windows 8 is here and with it comes the inevitable alterations to features you may be familiar with. Here we are talking about the Start Menu. This feature which has been a mainstay of the Windows operating system since as early as Windows 95 (yeah that long.) has been replaced with the new Modern [...]

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Outlook 2010 – Scrub Out Redundancy with Conversation Clean Up

The term “Conversation” may not be widely used, however chances are that you are involved in several of these right now. Quite simply an email “Conversation” results when you send a message to a recipient or a group of recipients and they reply back. This is sometimes also referred to as an “Email Thread”. Sound [...]

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Outlook 2010 – Pad Your Email Send Time

The default setting in Outlook is to have an email go out as soon as you have hit “Send”. Have you ever sent an email and realized a second after hitting that “Send” button that you have forgotten something important like an attachment or additional recipient? Given how much we communicate via email these days [...]

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Outlook 2010 – Customize Default Appointment Reminders

Using the Outlook Calendar feature can be a great way to organize appointments and set deadlines for assigned tasks. Another great feature of the Calendar are the appoint reminder pop-ups. By default Calendar reminders are set to launch 15 minutes before your appointment. Personally I prefer a little more advanced notice before my appointments just [...]

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Greater Control of Outlook 2010 Read Items

In Microsoft Outlook 2010 when you click on an item in the “Reading Pane” and then select another item the previously selected item is marked as read by default. While some may like this feature others who are scanning through a lot of incoming messages and trying to determine which ones have priority might find [...]

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PowerPoint 2010 Groups and Dupes

PowerPoint 2010 – Groups and Dupes

Most of our recent PowerPoint tips have been focused on saving time and automating processes for your document as whole. Today we are going to share with you two great time savers you can use when editing individual slides.

Grouping Objects

Did you know that multiple objects in [...]

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PowerPoint 2010 Quick Access Toolbar

PowerPoint 2010 Quick Access Toolbar

It’s always surprising to learn how many people are unaware of the “Quick Access Toolbar” in the Microsoft Office 2010 line of products. To be fair it is a rather small area of your active window however once you do know it’s there it can be an invaluable tool.

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Managing Background PowerPoint Images

When we use PowerPoint to create a presentation the purpose of the presentation often dictates the features we will need to utilize. Let’s assume for instance that you need to create a presentation and that aside from the stock themes and backgrounds provided in PowerPoint you are required to use a custom background and you [...]

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Restricting Cells in Excel 2007/2010

Sometimes when an Excel worksheet is edited by multiple people you may want to restrict the range of cells a user is allowed to edit. For example you may have set up template but your colleague only needs to edit the information in the cell range C2 to F20. After you have set up the [...]

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Freezing Panes In Excel

Have you ever worked on a spreadsheet that has huge amounts of data? You’ve set up your column headings and you are happily entering all the applicable data in their appropriate columns. This is working great until you get to something like let’s say row 150 of your spreadsheet. Now you need to keep scrolling [...]

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Tailor Your Excel Columns With AutoFit

Have you ever imported information into Excel only to find that it is not readable because the text in the column exceeds the width of the column? This can be particularly irritating if you have multiple columns of data. When this happens you are left with the tedious task of adjusting the width of each [...]

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Multi Worksheet Formatting In Excel

Multi-worksheet documents in Excel are great way to organize information. Though you may prefer the content to live in separate worksheets, keeping the formatting consistent throughout may be a challenge. You could do this manually or by copying and pasting the formatting from one worksheet to another, but there is a better way. You can [...]

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Microsoft Word SmartArt

If you’ve ever been tasked with creating a report before you know that a graphical representation of your information can sometimes be more effective to get your point across than plain text. This is where SmartArt can be useful. The SmartArt feature of Word 2007/2010 is a set of preset graphics that you can [...]

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Word 2010 Converting Text to Tables

Have you ever entered lists of information into a Word document only to decide afterwards that the list would be easier to manage and read if you could enter it into a table? For example, let’s assume you are creating a contact list in your document. On each line you have entered the contacts [...]

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Customize Default Styles In Word 2007 & 2010

Personalization is the name of the game here today. Most of us can be more productive if we are able to automate certain things. Undoubtedly if you are drafting a document you are going to want format it to your own specifications. In Word 2007 & 2010, you can set a default style for your [...]

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He’s Making a List and Checking It.

If you’re like a certain North Pole resident, lists are really useful to you. Today we’ll go over how to use custom bullets and lists in Word to make a printable checklist. Making a list has never been easier!

You may or may not be familiar with creating lists. If you are not you can [...]

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Cut To The Chase With Email Shortcuts

It’s common for those who use email regularly to have a set of contacts that we reach out to more frequently than others. Imagine a scenario where a monthly billing statement or performance report needs to be sent to a certain set of people at the same time each month. While you could create a [...]

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Outlook 2007 and 2010 – Assigning Tasks To Appointments

There are certain things in life that are just better together than they are on their own, like milk and cookies, movies and popcorn, The Lone Ranger and Tonto. Well maybe that last one is debatable but what isn’t is the great results you’ll get when you combine the power of Tasks and Appointments in [...]

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Change the Conversation in Outlook 2007 and 2010

Email conversations like any other conversation have a way of changing as they progress. What can start out as quick inquiry can quickly transform into an in-depth conversation containing important information about a subject or project. That email that started out so simple has now become an important document that multiple parties are using to [...]

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Quick Parts for Outlook 2007 and 2010

Quick Parts are a great time saving feature in Outlook. You may find yourself with the need to repeatedly input the same information in certain messages but that information is not required in every email like your signature. Wouldn’t it be great to have a library of those recurring text or picture elements that can [...]

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Project Collaboration With Trello

Any project involving more than one person whether it be business or personal is successful usually because of good communication between the people involved, and a strong organizational system to tie it all together. There are a number of paid options available for tools such as these but you don’t necessarily need to spend [...]

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Simple Webpage to PDF Conversion

This month we have been focusing on the use of the internet as a research tool. Just like any research project there comes a time when you’ll need to compile your references for easy review. If you’re anything like me you may prefer printing out your reference materials to hardcopies so that you can make [...]

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The Invisible web

Google, Yahoo, Bing. These are the big three in search engines today. There is a common misconception though that if it is on the internet one of these juggernauts will find it. At last count the amount of pages indexed by the big three topped in at a little over 8 Billion. This is obviously [...]

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Google Advanced Search

It is sometimes difficult to use the internet for research. The vast amount of information and interrelated information can make pinpointing exactly what you need a frustrating task. If you are only familiar with Google it is likely that up until now you have simply been typing what you are looking for into the search [...]

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Password Security Do’s and Don’ts

We really can’t stress this enough. Password security is one of the most commonly overlooked steps to prevent hackers from accessing your information. The more common your password the higher the likelihood is that your account will be hacked. Below is list of the 25 most common (and therefore least secure) passwords of 2011. If [...]

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Phishing Scams – Staying Off The Hook

For those of you unfamiliar with the term “Phishing” it best described as practice cyber-criminals use to acquire confidential information such as user login details or credit card information. The cyber-criminal will attempt to pass themselves off as a legitimate entity such as PayPal or a banking institution in an email. Commonly these emails contain [...]

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Better Browser Privacy and Security

Privacy and security are an obvious concern for any internet user. There are add-ons and software you can install to do this, however there are features built right into your browsers that you can use to make your internet browsing experience more private and secure.

Automatically Update Your Browser

One of the easiest ways to [...]

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Avoiding Dangerous Websites

When using the internet it is important to remember that not all sites you encounter are legitimate. There are any number of sites out there set up for the express purpose of spreading viruses, malware, and violating your privacy. The sad reality is that most people only become aware of how harmful a specific site [...]

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Adobe SendNow

This tip is good note to round out our little series on Acrobat because you can use for any version from Reader X up to X Pro. PDF documents can on occasion add up to a very large file size. Sometimes the file size of your document is so large in fact that certain email [...]

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Acrobat Reader X – Forget Me Not

It’s bound to happen that at some point you may need to close an Acrobat Reader document that you have not finished reading. It would be nice (short of remembering what page you were on for each document) to open that document and pick up right where you left off. Well guess what? You can! [...]

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Put A Pin In It – Acrobat Reader X

This little trick for Acrobat Reader X only works in Windows Vista or Windows 7. It’s worth noting however if you are the kind of person who uses Reader frequently to check multiple documents. It requires you to “Pin” your Adobe Acrobat Reader shortcut to the Windows Taskbar. To pin a program to the taskbar [...]

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Acrobat Reader X Keyboard Shortcuts

We’re not going to bore you with a long intro this time. This is about Acrobat Reader X shortcuts. That means getting from point A to point B in the shortest time. So let’s go.

 

 

 

 

 

Tool Selection

Single key shortcuts are turned off by default in most peoples versions of [...]

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PowerPoint 2010 Mix Things Up With Linked And Embedded Objects

PowerPoint 2010 is a great slate for integrating various other tools from the Microsoft Office suite. One of its more interesting features is the ability to place different types of Office documents directly into slides. In the vernacular of PowerPoint these are called “Linked” and “Embedded” objects. It’s important to realize that while these two [...]

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PowerPoint 2010 – Broadcasting Your Slide Show

One of the coolest features in PowerPoint 2010 is the ability to broadcast your slide show. This feature allows presenters to share a slide show with anyone over the web. You can send the URL for your slide show to attendees by e-mail. During the broadcast, you can pause the slide show at any time, [...]

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PowerPoint 2010 Plays Well With Others

Most PowerPoint presentations are created with the intention of being accompanied by a live presenter walking their audience through the presentation and providing points of clarification along the way. While this is certainly the purpose that Microsoft intended this product to serve you are not limited to outputting you projects in the standard PowerPoint file [...]

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PowerPoint 2010 Animation Painter

PowerPoint has a lot of built-in tools for adding animations to your presentation. There is a whole library of preset animation effects that will allow you to quickly add a bit of flare to any element in your slides. The “Animation Painter” is one of these tools that help you streamline the animation process. The [...]

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PowerPoint 2010 – Combining Shapes.

If you have been using PowerPoint for a while you are probably aware that you have the ability to draw shapes in your presentations. With PowerPoint 2010 this feature has been expanded with a set of tools called the “Combine Shapes Tools”. The “Combine Shapes” tool allows you to create new shapes by combining multiple [...]

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Creating A Drop Down List In Excel

Excel can be a pretty versatile tool. Not only can you use it to track and enter data on your own you can also use to collect data from other people. When collecting data from others you don’t always want the user filling in any arbitrary data into a field, you want them to use [...]

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