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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: 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: 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: Use Windows Live Writer to publish to your blog

    For those people wanting an easy to use weblog (blog) tool, then look no further than Windows Live Writer. This tool can be used with a multitude of blog interfaces supported by Live Spaces, Google Blogs, etc. It is very easy to use and comes with a number of add-ins such as for posting videos that are...
  • 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: 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: Got video? Make a polished film in 5 steps

    Did you know you can make movies with Windows XP using a free Movie Maker download ? Movie Maker is a tool that works with Windows XP (SP2) to help you capture and edit film from your video camera. When I made my first Movie Maker film, it took a long time because I bounced around in the project...
  • Blog Post: Straight shooting: Using bullets in Office documents

    Maybe it's our PowerPoint culture or maybe it's just the overflow of information we have coming at us each day. Whatever the reason, I've found that it's a lot easier to communicate with my co-workers if I boil my thoughts down into bullets. But I've found that there are quirks to working with bullets...
  • Blog Post: Find information faster working in Office

    One way I waste time working on a document is looking up words or doing research. I can find everything I need online or in the dictionary on my desk relatively quickly, but I have to leave my file, find the information in the right source (and it may not be so quick on the Internet), and then go back...
  • 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: My 3 favorite Word tips

    Since I’m an editor, Microsoft Office Word is the workhorse on my computer. And the feedback we’ve gotten shows I’m not alone. So any Word feature that can save us time and make us look good will make a big difference in our day. I’ve used a lot of features and tools in Word—and I’m not fond of all of...
  • 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: Tips for getting better search results

    Searching on the Internet can be a great way to get questions answered, but we can also waste a lot of time finding the right material. This week we received a question from a TipTalk reader wondering how they can improve their online searches. 6 Tips for better online searches discusses how to create...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Check that! How to insert a symbol

    I wanted to include a check mark on my to-do list for creating this new column. For a minute, I thought it would be hard, but then I stumbled across the Insert-Symbol feature in Word. This feature is also available in PowerPoint, Excel, and other Office programs. (Now I can go check off the item that...
  • Blog Post: Let's just cut to the shortcut...

    Articles about shortcuts are popular on At Home and At Work. And, judging by your feedback, a lot of you are much wiser about using them then I am. In fact, I’ve come to realize that I really only know one or two shortcuts, such as "CTL-V" for pasting words or pictures I’ve copied. That’s pretty lame...
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