Tip o’ the Week #152 – Zoom, Zoom!

If you ever see someone make a presentation or give a demonstration, who says “you can’t see this, but…” or “this is an eye test, but…” then you have to ask, well why are you showing it (or trying to)? Better still, throw things at them and make a jolly good scene. If you’re presenting,…

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Tip o’ the Week #151 – dates, leaks, sides

First, an update on last week’s ToW. Both Daryl Gywn & Will Thompson pointed out a quicker way of displaying the date & time (past intern-ship in the STU must have developed a keen sense of observation that other roles don’t develop) – simply display the Charms by… swiping from the right if you’re a…

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Tip o’ the Week #150 – It’s a date!

Some tweaks and tips are basically not all that exciting unless you find they solve a problem you’ve had to deal with directly, maybe on a number of occasions, at which point they’ll transform to being a miraculous time saver that you’ll continue using for years to come. One such example, is the Copy As…

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Tip o’ the Week #145 – Fun with Drag ‘N Drop

Some things in computing have been around for so long, that it’s hard to envisage or remember a time before them. Take the humble mouse – Mr Scott might not recognise what it’s for, but at least until touch and gestures take over the world, we are all familiar with its basic operation. Doug Engelbart…

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Tip o’ the Week #149 – Take up thy Surface and Walk!

Far out, man! The Surface, maybe more correctly described as the Microsoft Surface with Windows RT, has finally landed and, despite the odd bump in the logistics road for some, it’s flying out of (the) store(s). In the UK, the Surface 32Gb with no cover keeps selling out – the only option if you want…

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Tip o’ the Week #148 – Some top Windows 8 Apps

Ring out the bells, Windows 8 is here! The UPS and DHL fairies have been (eventually) making deliveries of the first Surface with Windows RT devices to lucky folk. If you’ve been waiting for yours, at least it meant you had time to biff off to the flicks to see that film instead of staying…

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Tip o’ the Week #147 – Sharing Windows 8 Apps

The next few weeks’ Tips will be out of sequence since they coincide with the launch of Windows 8. As the world continues to enjoy Windows 8 (4m copies sold in the first week, apparently), the number of apps in the Windows Store is growing every day. It’s easy to discover apps – fire up…

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Tip o’ the Week #144 – Office 2013 Templates

A short and sharp tip this week, courtesy of Louis Lazarus, concerning the way the New Office handles template files… and how to configure search in Outlook 2013 to be a bit more fullsome. See more templates online, and now, over to Louis… When you create a new document in Office 2013 with Word, Excel,…

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Tip o’ the Week #143 – Share your calendar externally

Organising our home lives is increasingly done digitally, from keeping in touch with friends and making arrangements over social networking, to just the basics of communicating intra-family – how many readers have multiple laptops or <cough> “tablet type devices” (soon to be Surfaces for Microsofties at least, thanks Steve!) at home? Have you ever IM’ed…

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Tip o’ the Week #142 – Touch and Outlook 2013

Here’s a super-quick Outlook 2013 tip for anyone with a Touch-enabled PC running Windows 8… Incidentally, If you have a multi-touch laptop like the Lenovo x201 Tablet or X220 Tablet, you may find that after Windows 8 is installed, it won’t see that the screen can see multiple touch points … so pinch/zoom etc won’t…

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