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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: Open, edit, and save Office 2007 documents: Download the Office Compatibility Pack

    I get a lot of comments (angry comments) from friends, family, and colleagues saying that they can’t open Office 2007 documents they get from me or other people using the latest version of Office. There are a couple of ways to avoid this issue. If you’re using Office 2007 , you can save your...
  • Blog Post: Find files faster: Save your searches in Windows Vista

    We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the differences between Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows XP (or Google Desktop Search) and the desktop search and organization capabilities in Windows Vista. There are many features that are different, but in particular, one feature, called Search Folders...
  • 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: 5 steps to clean up your computer files

    When we started the At Home and At Work Web sites, we thought that most of the reader questions we'd get would be about complex Excel formulas, editing digital photographs, or how to build a PC from spare parts. In fact, your questions tend to be a bit more practical. One of the most common requests...
  • Blog Post: Take your files with you

    USB flash drives are not revolutionary, but the comments we’ve gotten about them in 7 ways to share information show that they’re not as well-known as I thought. Also, I used mine last week to take some files to my relative’s house and I got a load of comments about it from my family and at the local...
  • Blog Post: "For Your Eyes Only": How to lock a file

    Everything is a File If you think Microsoft people consider file management one of the least glamorous parts of the Windows operating system, you'd be forgetting we get excited about some pretty geeky stuff. I, for one, get excited about understanding the basics of working with the file system, because...
  • Blog Post: Super simple sorting: Organize your files

    A friend of mine is moving to a new home and getting a new computer at the same time. Hard to say which will be the most disorienting... Anyway, she's one of those people who doesn't have a lot of files, so she just keeps them all in her My Documents folder. She has a few dozen spreadsheets, a few Word...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Computer backup basics

    Computer backup is a hot topic for many of our readers. Many of you asked questions about the Back Up Your Computer Files article. If you're one of those who'd like a basic step-by-step guide, Windows XP Backup Made Easy walks you through the backup process. By the way, one reader asked us to tell...
  • Blog Post: 2 tips for formatting your documents

    It seems a lot of you are looking for ways to create more polished documents. The 12 tips for creating effective documents article has gotten a lot of traffic and some good responses. It includes some great tips on how to make your documents look more professional. From this article, you asked a lot...
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