Tip o’ the Week 370 – Using Bookmarks

Bookmarks feature in several places within Office apps – most obviously in Word, where they can be used to easily jump around a document, but they also show up in other useful ways too. Making an email or a document easy for people to read is only going to help the prospects of them actually…

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Tip o’ the Week 369 – Edging forward?

There was a time when browser wars raged; different companies felt that if end users ran on their browser, they’d have control over the way the user got access to the web. The browser landscape is radically different today, though. It’s easy to think that everyone does most of their browsing on mobile devices but…

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Tip o’ the Week 368 – Mail and Calendar apps mature

Ever since Windows 8 came out, there were simplified Mail & Calendar apps built-in. Reviews were initially fairly mixed – and even after a bunch of improvements and a refresh when Windows 10 arrived, it could be argued there was still work to do. The Mail & Calendar apps are essentially joined now – though…

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Tip o’ the Week 367 – Shortcut keys and Taskbar

Regular readers (and thanks to all of you) will know the predilection in ToWs passim for articles about shortcut keys in Windows. The simple truth being, if you’re able to use a keyboard with both hands and most of your fingers, it’s always going to be quicker than fishing about with a mouse or a…

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Tip o’ the Week 366 – Night, Night, screen light

As many people use their phones or other digital devices just before going to bed, it’s worth exploring the impact that might have on their sleep. Quite apart from the alertedness you’ll have from having been fussing about with a gadget when you should be settling down to the land of nod, the blue light…

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Tip o’ the Week 365 – Throttling applications’ network perf

If you ever wonder why your home network is apparently bogging down, the blame may not be just down to your broadband provider. As we increasingly use multiple devices on the home network, any one of them may be causing issues for all the others. If you’re using an ADSL connection, the Asymmetric nature means…

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Tip o’ the Week 364 – F is for Function

PC keyboards have always had Function Keys, just as mainframe terminals did before them – thank IBM for cementing F-keys on the modern keyboard, though. Even Apple Macs had function keys, though the latest fad is to replace them with a Touch Bar – among other things that were replaced. Some terminal keyboards had up…

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Tip o’ the Week 363 – Erasing past mistakes

Using a Windows PC with Office presents many opportunities to make it easier to do things repeatedly – from shortcut keys which speed up regular tasks, to remembering things you’ve done before or accessed recently, so you can easily repeat them. Sometimes, however, they remember stuff you do mistakenly, and thereafter clutter up the system…

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Tip o’ the Week 362 – Working with symbol characters

One of the coolest things about the PC as it developed from the earliest days, was the ability to represent “foreign” symbols through expanding beyond the 7-bit ASCII character set, meaning it’s feasible to use all sorts of exotic symbols, accents, icons and the like (without resorting to art). As well as “Dingbats” fonts (like…

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Tip o’ the Week 361 – Music streaming choices

Happy New Year! Fingers crossed, 2017 will be slightly less momentous than 2016, whether your measure of panic is political upheaval or celebrities ceasing to be. Some people even think 2016 was a real horror movie. News just in, though, is that 2016 saw a resurgence in sales of vinyl LPs; in the UK, over…

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