Saving strategies for 2012

Guest post from @Cindy_Bates, Vice President of Microsoft’s US SMB Organisation With all the hubbub surrounding the holidays, the end of the year can feel excessive in every sense, which is why so many New Year’s resolutions are about cutting back, getting in shape, starting over again, etc. On that note, I’d like to take…

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9 ways to work more securely

The security of your computer and data is crucial for you and the success of your company. Lost or stolen information can reveal company secrets or expose your confidential or personal information. The more you do to keep your computer secure, the safer your information will be. Use these 10 tips to learn ways you…

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End of support for Office XP

On July 12, Office XP exited the Extended Support phase of its lifecycle, per the Support Policy of Microsoft. After the end of support, Microsoft no longer provides public fixes for the Office XP release. Automatic Updates that ship on “Patch Tuesday” will be discontinued for Office XP. There will be no effect on installed…

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File organisation tips: 9 ideas for managing files and folders

The tips in this article can help you master file management by supplying some tips to help you better manage and organise computer files. After you’ve decided on a strategy for organising and managing files and folders, we bet you’ll see improved time management skills and increased productivity. The tips in this article can help…

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Tips, tricks and time-savers for Word, Excel, OneNote, Outlook and PowerPoint

We blogged a couple of weeks ago about the Office 2010 tips and tricks screensaver, which you can download from the Microsoft Download Center. You can also find some of the Word tips, tricks and timesavers in the short video demos here, including: Not enough columns or rows in your Word table? Having trouble resizing…

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Download the Office 2010 ‘Getting Started’ screensaver; learn something new every day!

If you have Office 2010, it’s really worth checking out the Office 2010 ‘Getting Started’ Screensaver. This free screensaver automatically downloads short 60-90 second tips from Office.com (like the one shown below) and displays them when you’re not using your PC. And if a particular tip makes you want to learn more, a simple click…

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10 email management tips

Guest post from HP’s Business Answers blog Inbox zero.In my inbox, right now, you’ll find just 27 emails from the last two days. My policy is to move emails out of my inbox when I have dealt with them. I call it the ‘do, file or delete’ method. This way, I know that every email…

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How to: control your inbox

A few short and sweet tips… Categorise evey single email as you read it, and either move it to an appropriate folder (eg: home, fyi, urgent action, monthly meeting) and/or set up appropriate rules, so your emails will automatically be posted to the relevant folder. (Handle every piece of paper (or email) once only is…

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4 Time management tips

Too much email? Process and organise it immediately into ‘urgent action’, ‘this week’, ‘information only’, and project-based folders. “I don’t like to delete files – I might need them.” Hmmmm. Amassing too many folders, documents and libraries is counter-productive. Apparently, most of us use only 15% of what we file. The other 85% is redundant….

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Make your email subject lines work

We’re all time-stretched and email-overloaded. Here are a couple of tips to help your mails get read. Make more of the subject line so recipients can immediately see how the message relates to them and why it’s important. Be very specific about the response you require, ie: budget figures required by 10 March If the…

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