Tip o’ the Week 454 – Time Zone Tumult Ahead

You may be affected by upcoming changes to time zones, as much of the northern hemisphere moves out of Daylight Saving Time and back to winter, which for is happening over the next couple of weeks. Many Southern Hemisphere nations have already moved into “summer time”, though a few will make the transition on 4th…

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Tip o’ the Week 453 – Outlook Quick Steps

Somewhat improbably, one fairly prominent feature of Outlook has never been discussed in detail on a previous ToW – Quick Steps. Hiding in plain sight on the Home tab, it’s likely that every Outlook user has clicked on Quick Steps at some point, but do you use them regularly? Put simply, Quick Steps make some…

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Tip o’ the Week 451 – OneNote auto-listing

Here’s a quick tip in OneNote – both the full-fat desktop client and the modern app version – which was inspired either through PEBKAC type unexpected clickery or maybe an Office update that inadvertently switched something off. A common feature stopped working, and it caused a serious dent in productivity… Despite the two parallel PC…

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Tip o’ the Week 450 – blur: team life?

Teams is coming – it’s going to Skype for Business Online – which we know – though the Skype for Business server will still be there for on-prem use. Teams works arguably better in a purely online scenario, since Skype for Business has its roots in a different era, where infrastructure was nearby and closely…

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Tip o’ the Week 449 – Snipping Tool gets the snip

As mentioned in ToW #447, there are some tweaks coming in the Windows 10 October 2018 update, which might be with us sooner than you think. The old Snipping Tool (not to be confused with the similar screen snipping utility that’s installed if you have OneNote 2016, activated by pressing WindowsKey+S) is going away, and…

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Tip o’ the Week 448 – Sometimes, size does matter

Once upon a time, users had to deal with email quotas that meant they often had to shuffle messages around to stay within their allowed size limit, or else get limited functionality. The Outlook Thread Compressor tool* was written to help reduce the size of a user’s mailbox, and for a while, had thousands of…

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Tip o’ the Week 447 – October is usually boring

October is – in the northern hemisphere at least – a generally pretty unexciting month. The early blaze of autumnal foliage settles into a muted rusty colour before falling away; everyone’s used up their vacation allowance so the roads are clogged with traffic just as the weather starts to worsen and the mornings and evenings…

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Tip o’ the Week 446 – What’s brown and sticky?

Q: What *is* brown and sticky? A: A stick… Q: What’s yellow and sticky?A: One of the most successful product design failures in history. Yes, the Post-It note (which has gone on to spawn many imitators, sometimes known as just “stickies” or “sticky notes”) was essentially invented by accident almost 50 years ago, by a…

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Tip o’ the Week 445 – Finding Modern App names

As detailed in ToW #443, there are ways of running Modern Windows apps from a script, command line or maybe just from the WindowsKey+R Run prompt – so you don’t need to use the mouse or your finger to activate them. If you’re looking for the shortcut name for your favourite app, there’s a somewhat…

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Tip o’ the Week 444 – Computer! Computer!? Hello Computer?!?

Remember the time when talking to a computer seemed like science fiction? If you’re an Amazon Echo or Sonos One* user, you’ll already be familiar with barking orders at an inanimate object. If you’re tired of shouting ALEXA… ALEXA!!!, then you can even change the “Wake Word” on the Amazon devices – but not yet…

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