Get the new Outlook Hotmail Connector

If you use the Outlook Hotmail Connector, you may have already been prompted to update to the new version: This version 14.2 update corrects a number of sync issues, improves performance, and turns off the junk mail filter in Outlook in favor or Hotmail’s own filtering system. If you’ve made entries in Outlook email filters…


Customize the Word grammar checker to match your style

Tired of the Microsoft Word grammar checker underlining mistakes that are actual part of your personal writing style or company style guide? Try tweaking the settings to reduce the green squiggles that indicate a grammar error. In Word 2010, go to File, Options, Proofing and click the Settings button next to Writing Style: In Word…

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Office for Mac 2011 Service Pack 1 now available

If you’re running Office for Mac 2011, you can now download Service Pack 1. New features include performance improvements, Excel Solver integration, Outlook server rules, mail redirects and resends, and support for Apple Sync Services including iPhone and iPad. Note: If you use the MobileMe service, you should review these details on sync support. Suzanne


Speed and performance: How Internet Explorer 9 makes for better browsing

Is faster always better? With Internet Explorer 9, it would seem so—even when the speed in question isn’t obvious. Case in point: Internet Explorer 9 is the first browser to take advantage of graphics processing power that used to go mostly unused by browsers. That means that now websites can perform more like applications installed…


Formula Watch: Create custom placeholders with REPT

When filling in empty cells with placeholders or inserting leader characters between columns, try the REPT function. You simply specify a character or string and the number of times you want it to repeat (up to certain limits for Excel, well into the thousands of characters). For instance, if you’re entering data in the millions…


Check the readability of your Word documents and Outlook mails

You may have heard the marketing rule that when writing for a general audience, you should aim for an 8th grade reading level. This not only helps your message get out to people who are less educated, it can reach customers who are learning English as a second language and, in general, can help you…


Combat procrastination with Office

I like to log tasks and track my activities in Office apps, whether it’s building a schedule in Excel, converting emails into tasks and reminders in Outlook, or even jotting notes in OneNote. This helps my productivity in a few ways – it helps me break down larger tasks into smaller ones and keeps me…


Close Office application misfires while they load

Have you ever mistakenly launched the wrong Office application? I know I have – sometimes my mouse slips and I click the wrong icon locked on my Windows 7 taskbar, or I’m rushing and mix up the Outlook and PowerPoint icons. The good news is that, if this happens, Office 2010 users don’t have to…


Is your PC giving you the silent treatment? Fix it

If an unwelcome silence falls over the room when you boot up your Windows 7 PC, you’re not alone—but you’re not stuck, either. What to do? Follow these steps: 1. Is everything plugged in? I know, I know, that couldn’t be it, right? Still, check external speakers to make sure your cubemate didn’t unplug yours…


Spell out page numbers in Word

If the default page numbering in Word doesn’t give you what you want, you can further customize it using Field Codes. A great example is spelling out the numbers. It’s a quick and easy change to make, if you know where to go. First, turn on page numbering by going to the Insert tab and…