The Productivity Hub is on Twitter

If you’re a productivity fan (and I know you are – that’s why you’re here, right?), you can now follow The Productivity Hub on Twitter. We just launched this so there aren’t very many tweets yet, but here’s what you can expect from us: Our blog posts with links, so you can easily access and…


Create an Outlook distribution list

If a coworker asks you to keep them on the DL, they might mean "down low" but in my office they’re probably asking to stay on an Outlook distribution list. If you frequently send e-mail to the same group of people and you’re not using distribution lists, you’re missing out on a real time saver….


Forget a keyboard shortcut? Just tap Alt

Have you ever pressed the Alt button and noticed that the Office Ribbon suddenly became covered in letter and number bubbles? This is actually an Office feature that can help you find and learn some of the most popular keyboard shortcuts, including the hidden "nested" ones that first require a tab shortcut to activate. More…


Save time on font and paragraph formatting

If you’re like me, you spend more than a little time adjusting your text in Microsoft Word to make it appear just the way you want. Here are some shortcuts that can save you from having to drag your cursor back up to the Ribbon to adjust your font size, paragraph spacing, and commonly used…


Changing case in Word

Have you ever accidentally typed a sentence with CAPS LOCK on? Wait, don’t delete it and retype! Instead, select the sentence and look for this button on the Office ribbon in Word: The Change Case button has a number of useful options, just two clicks away when you’re on the Home tab: You could use…

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Keeping desktop clutter at bay with Windows 7

With multi-tasking, the lifestyle of choice in cube farms everywhere, most of us keep a virtual pile of programs and documents and shortcuts on our Windows desktops. We know where everything is—sort of. It’s on the desktop (somewhere). The trick is focusing on what we need for the task at hand, while blocking out the…


Bookmark large documents

Long Word documents can really give you a workout. Sometimes I see people who need to add something to the middle of a long Word document frantically scrolling with their mouse like a hamster on a wheel. There is a better way. You can set bookmarks anywhere you want in the document and zip right…

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What’s New in Windows 7— Wait, What?

I know, I know, this blog is usually about Microsoft Office, but knowing your way around Windows 7 is a great way to get more done with Office. So watch this space for our weekly intrusions, and learn how to take full advantage of the new OS. Today, let’s briefly stand back and stare at…


Favorite Outlook Time Savers

Posts about organizing email are always popular, so I thought I’d give you three Outlook tips for your Wednesday. These tips cut the amount of time I spend processing e-mail. Rapid undelete. Clearing out your inbox quickly? What if you get carried away with the delete key and trash a message you didn’t mean to?…


Create Outlook templates for standardized e-mails

If you regularly send the same or similar mails such as a formatted report (say, a weekly team summary), an event invitation, or maybe a newsletter, Outlook templates can be real time savers. It doesn’t really take much time to set up. Once it is set up, you can open the file, make any updates…

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