Tip o’ the Week 437 – Mapping of Minds

Like just about every other productivity technique, “Mind Mapping” has vociferous proponents and those who’ve tried it but never quite made it stick. The general idea is to try to represent a complex but related series of thoughts and topics onto a diagram that helps to organise them, and to aid recall. Mind maps are…

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Tip o’ the Week 417 – Resolving aliases in bulk

This might be a very old-Microsoft culture thing, but alias names have always been a relatively big deal within the company; not an alias in the sense of a nom de plume or some alter ego, but a name curiously given to mean your login name. Before enlightenment, Microsofties were emailed simply by sending to…

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Tip o’ the Week 403 – Office Insiders and training

The Windows Insiders program is well known as an early-access scheme for Windows, with millions of users trialling out new versions regularly and getting new functionality ahead of general release. A new “fast ring” version of Windows 10 came out just the other day, in fact. Did you know that Office has a similar programme?…

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Tip o’ the Week 396 – Handling dates in Office apps

There are many times when you may need to deal with dates in ordinary applications – and there are a few shortcuts that you can make it easier. In Outlook, any time there’s a date field (like when you’re setting a reminder, or entering the start date/time for an appointment) you can choose or enter…

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Tip o’ the Week 373 – Copying Images for emails

A picture tells a thousand words, etc etc etc. We all know the power of adding images into presentations, documents, emails and the like… even forum posts into external discussions often feature reference to pics that exist elsewhere on the internet. If you want to use someone else’s imagery, especially if it’s something you plan…

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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 351 – Searching the GAL

When Exchange Server first appeared in 1996, to deliver email like nothing ever seen before in the land of corporate email, one of its defining features was the directory service that held all sorts of details about users & groups, and could be populated with phone numbers, manager-employee reporting relationships and all sorts of other…

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Tip o’ the Week 328 – Clip for art’s sake

As discussed in Tip o’ the Week 28, Office Clip Art changed a while back – out was the staid clip art composed of vectors and 1990s bitmaps.  In was an online search for stuff you might like, filtered loosely by content that’s maybe not always what it seems. You can, of course, use your…

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Tip o’ the Week #291 – A few handy date handling tips

Sometimes, the Tip o’ the Week is all about one topic, and sometimes it’s a theme that spans several things. Today’s is just such a smörgåsbord of stuff, spanning a number of apps that are concerned with dates. Windows 10 dates This is not a new topic for ToW – the swish new Alarms &…

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Tip o’ the Week #274 – Hello, Skype for Business

Instant Messaging (and later, voice/video calling) has been with us, in the corporate world, for 15 years – the first real enterprise IM platform was Exchange 2000 Instant Messaging, which used a variant of MSN Messenger as its client, and some workers had been using MSN and AOL for a while before that. The Exchange…

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