No More “Who’s Doing What?” with Assigned Tasks

Working as a team means dividing up the work. Clearly dividing project tasks and assigning roles is essential to making sure everything gets done. Everybody hates that awkward silence when you realize you all thought someone else was supposed to do a particular task. You can use Tasks in Outlook to assign action items not…

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Give yourself more room to work in Outlook

Depending on what you’re working on throughout the day, you may want to de-clutter your view in Outlook to focus just on the task at hand. To hide the Ribbon, just click up arrow on the right side of the Ribbon or press Ctrl+F1: Don’t worry, you can quickly toggle it back when you need…

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Windows 7 Taskbar: All news, all the time, and constantly underfoot

The Windows 7 feature interview series continues: Yesterday I hit the cafe down the street for lunch and almost tripped over the popular Windows celebrity feature, Taskbar. TB: Say, there, pal, watch your step, can you? JG: Hey, not my fault. You’re nearly always lurking down at the foot of things, and half the time…

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Casual Friday: Use Excel to track party prep tasks

If you’ve been using Excel for more than a little while, you’ve probably created task lists in it. You simply stretch a column as wide as you need to describe your To Do items and then type them in. This makes Excel a very flexible tool for planning, say, a holiday party – and the…

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Display calendar, tasks or whatever you want when launching Outlook

Normally, when you launch Outlook it opens to your Inbox. But perhaps you’d prefer it open to your Calendar so you can see what meetings you have today, or Tasks so you can review your To Do list on start up? This is easy enough to do. In Outlook 2007, go to the Tools menu…

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Set custom reminders in Outlook

When you create a task or meeting reminder or select a Snooze reminder in Microsoft Outlook, you’re not constrained by the default choices of 5 minutes to 2 weeks, or the various options listed in between. Instead, just type in the reminder time you want, including the number and unit description text: "minutes," "hours," "weeks"…

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Use OneNote to create a mini notepad

If you’re using OneNote and not the handy Side Note feature, you’re missing out a real time saver. You can have a handy desktop notepad with all of the capabilities of OneNote open at any time to create task lists or save store text, links, and images for quick retrieval later. To access Side Note,…

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Use strikethrough to mark tasks done in Excel

If you use Microsoft Excel to track tasks, you’ll probably want to use Strikethrough to mark them as complete. Alas, the Strikethrough command does not appear conveniently on the Font section of the Ribbon as it does in Microsoft Word. There are three quick ways to access it. 1) The fastest is the Shortcut key:…

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Inbox Boot camp Day 3: Turn critical mails into actions

Yesterday, we looked at cleaning out your Inbox with advanced rules. Today, we’ll see how you can manage the mails that are left. Have you ever looked at an email, and thought, oh, I have to DO something about this, but then another issue took priority (lunch?) and you forgot about it, only to have…

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