Crowd control for your desktop: Managing multiple windows in Windows 7

It’s not unusual—in fact, it’s typical—for PC users to keep a number of windows open on the desktop. My neighbor, Joe (not his real name), discussed this very issue with me at last Saturday night’s block party and barbecue. At his job, I learned, Joe must frequently answer questions on both the whereabouts and the…

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No rabbits needed: Pull these IE9 tricks out of your hat

Here, presented for your entertainment (and for the benefit of anyone who values your productivity, organization, or creative flair), are five downright magical tricks built right into Internet Explorer 9. Stash these tricks up your sleeve or in your hat, then pull them out as needed—and treat yourself (and anyone who’s watching) to a truly…

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Add popular commands to your Office 2010 ribbons

The Office team has compiled customers’ favorite commands across all Office 2010 applications, which you can download to add as a Favorites tab in Access, Excel, InfoPath, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Visio, and Word. For example, the Favorites tab in Word puts Save, Send, Properties, Spelling & Grammar, Quick Print, Word Options and other…

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The Windows 7 Desktop Gadget Staff Meeting

Imagine a whole conference room full of highly visible Windows features, and you’ve got… The Desktop Gadget Staff Meeting Let’s listen in as some of the most popular Desktop Gadgets gather. CLOCK GADGET: Okay, great, thanks for being on time. We said we’d do a round-table this week—we can each just say what’s on our…


Using Actions in Office 2010

If you’re an old pro at Office, you may be wondering what happened to Smart Tags when you upgraded to Office 2010. They have been renamed Actions, and you have a lot of flexibility in how you use them. Actions are also less obtrusive. There’s no longer an icon that pops up when Office detects…

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Automatically close mails when responding in Outlook

If you find Outlook getting cluttered with windows when you’re replying to mails, there’s an easy way to clean things up. This works in both Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. Just go to File, Options and select the Mail tab. (For Office 2007, use the Office button.) Now scroll down to Replies and forwards and…

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With Internet Explorer 9, sites take center stage

The web has always been about the browser, yes? Browsers are our windows on the online world. And what everybody truly admires in a good window is… cleanliness. Clean is good on its own merit, but there’s another view here. With Internet Explorer 9, being clean means delivering a truly unobstructed view of the virtual…


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…


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…

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Five ways Windows 7 frees up your time

People like to become more productive for varying reasons. Some want to get to The Top, wherever that is, more rapidly. Others have a mission they fervently want to fulfill—the sooner, the better. And some of us just want to make more time for a workout at the gym, or quality time with the family….

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