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…


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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Internet Explorer 9: Wow, the Web is New Again

Some of us have been around long enough to remember the Web in its infancy. It was an amazing time—and I’m experiencing some serious deja vu with the introduction of Internet Explorer 9. Have you seen Internet Explorer 9? You really must! Here’s a little of what you’ll find. True speed, realized. Internet Explorer 9…

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An Interview with the Windows 7 Start Menu

Another candid encounter with a Windows 7 feature. I can’t believe my good luck: last minute reservations at the hottest place in town—and I even get a Window table. My lunchtime interview with a genuine power broker in the Windows world—Start menu—gets the setting it deserved. He shows up right on time, checking his watch…

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Fast forward to a happy ending with Windows 7 Search

Living in the moment has its joys – but for most of us, that doesn’t apply to searching for documents, folders, and other computer inhabitants. Mostly, we just want to get to the finding part as quickly as possible. Fortunately, Windows 7 uses its powerful indexing capability and some handy tools to help us reach…

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Find that mail with Outlook advanced search options

If you want to go beyond the basic mailbox search, click the Search box magnifying glass icon in Outlook 2010: This opens up a Search Tools toolbar with a number of options. Let’s say you want to look at all mail from a particular person, even if it’s filed away outside of your Inbox or…

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Get there faster with Internet Explorer shortcuts

There are those who will say that, when browsing the Internet, it’s all about the journey. Whether that’s true for you or you just want to get in and get back out with useful information, these keyboard shortcuts will help. Zoom: Ctrl + and -. Sometimes, the words and pictures are just a touch too…

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Six handy keyboard shortcuts for Windows 7

Give hardworking mice the rest they deserve! Just about every Windows user develops a favorite set of timesaving keyboard shortcuts—but you may be a holdout. And, no, there’s no requirement to give two 10-minute breaks per 8-hour shift to your mouse. But consider what you might do with the time you save using just these…

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Create Search Folders in Outlook 2010

If you find yourself scouring your Inbox and various Outlook folders for specific types of mails, there is an easier way. You can create Search Folders for all sorts of common tasks, and then they’ll just be a click away! Consider these ideas for useful Search Folders: All mails flagged for follow up All mails…

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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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