Outlook Rules That Rule: Get important mails forwarded while on vacation

I know you’re probably on vacation right now, trying not to check your mail. But what if an important mail comes in while you’re gone. Are you the sort of person who would want to read it right away, even if you’re off on an exotic beach or family trip? We’ve looked at how to…

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Words to the Wise from Internet Explorer SmartScreen Filter

Our next "Interview" with a Windows feature! Celebrities are a common site around the Microsoft campus, and sometimes we can get them to stop and chat. Today we’re rubbing elbows with the famous virtual bodyguard, Windows SmartScreen Filter. Mr. Filter looked across at me. "Who did you say you were?" "I’m Jeff." "Well, you look…

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Mark finished documents as final in Office 2010

Locking down Office documents isn’t new, but Office 2010 offers a quicker, more informal method to discourage editing once a document is finished: You can mark it as final. This does away with the need to create and remember a password or set complicated permissions. It won’t prevent editing or copying if a teammate or…

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Writing a good Out of Office message (and how to set it)

When you’re on vacation or holiday, it’s wise to set an Out of Office message (abbreviated as OOF). Here are some tips to writing a good one: Provide the dates that you are unavailable. If it’s only a partial day, provide the time you expect to be back on mail. Describe whether you will have…

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Browser tabs: A faster, easier way to plan the office picnic

It’s great to be having an office picnic… and really nice of you to volunteer to organize it. First, better find a venue—Bing will surely give you a fast head start. Firing up Internet Explorer, you quickly identify five park-like locations that could work. But which is best? You’d better bring up sites on all…

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Changing case in Excel

If you had to choose a program to use for changing case (UPPERCASE, lowercase, Sentence case, etc.) Microsoft Word works best in most cases. It has several options available, and the changes you make are retained if you copy and paste them. But Excel can be useful at this task too, if you understand how…

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Using the typesetting features of Word 2010

If you’re trained in design or typesetting, you’ll be thrilled to know that Word 2010 offers even more control over your type including options for kerning of letters, ligatures, number spacing, and more. Simply select the text you want to adjust, right click, choose Font, and go to the Advanced tab: Select your choices and…

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Casual Friday: Download next year’s calendar today

It’s almost the New Year, which means shopping for a new calendar. Or does it? Did you know that Microsoft Office offers calendars you can download, customize, and print yourself! In PowerPoint 2010, simply go to File, New, and click Calendars under Office.com Templates: Now browse for a calendar: Download as many as you like…

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Inserting dates in Word

There are a few handy techniques for inserting dates into Word 2007 and Word 2010, which not only save you from stopping to check your calendar but can even be refreshed if needed – say for a letter, or when keeping track of when a document was updated. The quickest method for adding the current…

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How to help your PC help you

Yesterday, I looked up to see Kate, my next-door-cube neighbor, peering at me over the partition. "Don’t you need me anymore?" "Whatever makes you think so?" "You’ve stopped asking me for PC advice. Ever since … well, it’s been months now. Is there… someone else?" Ah, yes, well. I got Windows 7 a while back,…

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