Tip o’ the Week 401 – Go with the Flow

We all get notified of stuff that we’re probably interested in, but which we never get around to reading about in-depth, or trying out. Well, this week’s topic presents both an example of exactly that (for some of us at least) and a potential solution to it – Microsoft Flow, a free-to-use, simple*, workflow tool…

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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 392 – distract with GIFs

We’re all used to file formats being associated with programs and the data they work with. Some, like .TXT, have been around for so long and are so cross-platform, they transcend association with any one application, whereas .PPT will always be PowerPoint – though that app has gained notoriety in such phrases as “Death by…

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Tip o’ the Week 388 – Crossing Time Zones

Another dip into the annals of ToW, dusted down and spruced up – this topic was first covered in #301, though the topic of time zones has also featured in #280, #244, #120, #26… When moving between countries, one of the tricks the traveller needs to decide is how to handle the switch of time…

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Tip o’ the Week 379 – Delay mail, revisited

A couple of years ago, ToW #282 covered how to delay your mail from being sent, by forcing Outlook to work offline, by selectively delaying individual messages or even adding a rule to ensure that every one is held up. It’s a very useful thing to do, sometimes – a great way to prevent accidental…

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Tip o’ the Week 376 – Toodle-oo, Wunderlist!

Toodle-oo (like it’s synonym, toodle pip) is, if you’re not otherwise familiar, a charming and olde-wurlde English way of bidding farewell. It seems somewhat appropriate, as Microsoft announced plans to retire Wunderlist in favour of a new app that’s been in the works for a while, with the codename Project Cheshire. Reviewers who had an…

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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 356 – How not to send mail accidentally

An ohnosecond is the small measure of time between a luser doing something seemingly innocuous, then realising the true magnitude of what you’ve done. Frobbing a scram switch without knowing. The dawning reality that a protest vote might actually result in that thing actually happening. Sending an email to someone you didn’t mean to, that…

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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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