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  • Blog Post: Tips to help you work less and relax more in 2009

    Certainly, today's always-on-and-available-anywhere technology can lead to addictive work habits. We've all seen examples of that among friends and family. But having a cheap, convenient, 24/7 global reach through technology can also efficiently enable you to live the life you've always wanted. The...
  • Blog Post: Getting a new PC? Protect and purge files now

    When you stop and think about it, your home computer holds a lot of information about you—credit card numbers, bank account details, passwords, medical information, Web sites you've visited, and those deep, dark secrets you share with your best friend via e-mail. There naturally comes a time when...
  • Blog Post: Claim victory over your e-mail

    No doubt you've opened an e-mail and thought, "Hmmm, not sure what to do with this. I'll deal with it later!"—and promptly closed the message. If you do this over and over again, it doesn't take long to end up with several hundred (or thousand) messages in your Inbox. Developing a new approach to...
  • Blog Post: Get your Windows Live Hotmail mail in Outlook

    If you haven’t tried Windows Live Hotmail, I suggest making the update, especially if you’re already using Hotmail. I’ve been using Hotmail for more than 6 years and really enjoy the new capabilities in the latest version, some of which include: Using 2GB of storage Listening to songs and voice...
  • Blog Post: Download an e-mail checklist

    Regardless of why you send e-mail—be it to kick off a big project or to ask party guests to RSPV—you want people to read and act on your message. But in the rush of getting everything done at work and at home, it’s easy to leave out important details in the message. The result: We don’t always get the...
  • Blog Post: Tips on avoiding junk e-mail (spam)

    We got a message from a reader asking about how to avoid junk e-mail messages (spam) that are from senders with ordinary names and have ordinary subject headers—such as Hello, Microsoft Word, Just wanted to say hello, etc. The messages are usually computer generated and the subject matter is inappropriate...
  • Blog Post: Read piles of e-mail in less time

    I just returned from a couple weeks of vacation. The sun was great and the rest was even better. But like all vacations, it came to an end and I returned to work on Monday. Waiting for me were hundreds of e-mails. And with meetings and all the work I had to finish, I didn’t have a lot of time to read...
  • Blog Post: Tips for using the Junk E-mail filter

    I've used the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook 2003 for almost 3 years, and the amount of spam I've received in my Inbox has been close to nothing. It's a great tool, but like any tool it's not perfect. I still get fraudulent e-mail from time to time and I've had some messages from colleagues blocked. Over...
  • Blog Post: Removing unwanted names from Outlook's "To..." line

    Have you ever accidentally sent an e-mail to the wrong person because Outlook automatically inserted a name you didn’t want in the “To…” line of your message? If so, then this tip is for you. Where do those names come from, anyway? Outlook automatically keeps track of the addresses you enter in the...
  • Blog Post: Find e-mail and files faster

    Of all the feedback we’ve gotten on the 7 Tips for Managing Your Files Better and 4 Ways to Keep Control of Your E-Mail Inbox , the most frequently asked question we get is how to find lost files and e-mail messages. You’re not alone. Despite my best efforts to stay organized I often have to search for...
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