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May 20, 2008

Flight Travel tips & tricks

Filed under: Tips & Tricks — Tags: — Duane @ 8:06 am

Here I am sitting at the airport and I was earlier ticked off at the way some people “assume” they are all important and it doesn’t matter if they hold everyone else up. Here are a few things to help you be ready and non-rushed when you need to catch a flight.


January 31, 2008

Excel time savers

I noticed that at the moment my tips and tricks have focussed on Outlook and Word, so I thought I would give a few tips in regard to Excel that you may or may not find useful. These will mainly relate to calculations, but there will be a few other things as well.

I decided to do this as well as I taught a friend on the weekend a few things about the new version of Excel (Excel 2007) and I want to make sure she has a place to refer back to if she doesn’t use everything I taught her immediately. And then at work today, some of the spreadsheets were having problems so I had to see what was going wrong with them and I showed a few tricks that I regularly use and the user did not about them either.


January 29, 2008

Common Office Keyboard Shortcuts

Filed under: MS Office, Tips & Tricks — Tags: — Duane @ 8:12 pm

It constantly amazes me that people who seem to know how to touch type, do not know common keyboard shortcuts in the programs they use to make their life easier. While I won’t give you all of them (I don’t know all of them myself) I will give you some of the common ones in this post that are usable anywhere in Office programs.

Functions Keys

  • F1 – Help
  • F2 – Rename/edit 
  • F5 – Refresh (IE)
  • F7 – Spellcheck
  • F9 – Refresh (Office programs, Send/Receive for Outlook)
  • F12 – Save As
  • Alt F4 – Exit Program

And F12 as Save As is probably the biggest one I think people should know.


January 21, 2008

Simple Microsoft Word changes to make life easier

Filed under: MS Office, Tips & Tricks — Tags: , , — Duane @ 1:48 pm

There are a number of things that can tick people off when they work in Microsoft Word – trying to draw a line and you get this huge square appearing, opening a Word document from Outlook and it comes up as a side by side page, etc, etc. I would like to show you how you can easily change these options once and make life in Word so much easier.


January 11, 2008

Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts

Following on from yesterday’s tip about Outlook keyboard shortcuts, how would you like a list of all Microsoft Word keyboard shortcuts? You can find this yourself, and that way you can decide for yourself which ones you want to know. Read further for the steps.


January 10, 2008

Good Keyboard Shortcuts to know for Outlook

Instead of me giving you a list of keyboard shortcuts in Outlook that might make your life easier, I instead would like to draw your attention to where you can discover this for yourself, so you can decide which ones are useful or not.

But wait there’s more

January 9, 2008

Make Outlook Tasks more interesting

Filed under: MS Office, Productivity, Tips & Tricks — Tags: , , , , — Duane @ 7:55 pm

Calendar with TaskPad

As mentioned in yesterday’s post HERE I have detailed a simple but effective way to make Tasks more useful for those of you who use Outlook. These steps are for people who use a version of Outlook pre-2007 (i.e. Outlook 97, 2000, XP or 2003). Plus some images to help understand what I am referring to. 

January 3, 2008

10 ways to keep busy/have fun on a rainy day

Filed under: Productivity, Tips & Tricks — Tags: , , — Duane @ 9:03 pm

Queensland is meant to be the Sunshine State in Australia, especially when one thinks of summer. Where has that gone??!! For more than a week (since before Christmas) we have had nothing but rainy days or rain and sun on the same day. Now don’t get me wrong – I am not complaining when we are experiencing a drought, the rain is more than welcome. But on the radio yesterday and today, there were a few people complaining about the rain, and wishing for “normal weather”.

So I give to you 10 things that people can do on a rainy day.

But wait, there is more

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