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  • Thinking of buying e-learning?

    Some of the advances I’ve seen have been game-changing, others are more akin to revolutionary, and some just a result of natural progression.Now I don’t claim to be a visionary, and neither am I old-fashioned. In fact, I am very much one of those people who started my career in the pre-digital age, then learned and embraced each new development as it came along. Technology has been the key driver behind most of the advancements in business…

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  • Excel – view spreadsheet totals with one click!

    Excel spreadsheets shortcut tip

    Don’t get lost in your budget Excel spreadsheets anymore! With this very useful shortcut you can streamline the information in your workbook to reveal what is relevant, simplifying your data within seconds. It’s always useful to see all the data in finance spreadsheets like a cash flow forecast or a profit and loss account, but sometimes you just want to see the important numbers. Any type of spreadsheet which contains formulas can…

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  • The 9 steps to Training a clear IT vision!

    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King!

    In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King! Being ‘the expert’ is quite a burden to carry and one that is rarely beneficial to the carrier or those it is being carried for. In fact, it always leads to misinformation. I’m not talking here about the professional ‘expert’ whose job it is to understand everything to the nth degree and teach others, but the office ‘expert’ whose real job is something else. This is the person who…

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  • Kia tells law firms to teach lawyers IT

    Microsoft Office Training Recently during a Conference in the USA, the General Council of Kia Motors America, Casey Flaherty, delivered a presentation about how corporations are often overcharged by law firms because they are billed for the excess time it takes associates to perform routine work. To prove his point he’d devised a mock assignment he knew should take no longer than 30 minutes to perform using standard Office applications,…

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  • 5 Reasons To Upgrade Your Old Software

    I’ve been working for for some time now with many big corporations on software upgrades and training projects, as well as helping smaller businesses make the most of the software they already have! Many companies are now finding time running out to upgrade their systems before Microsoft withdraws support for Windows XP in April 2014 so they will take the opportunity to upgrade their Microsoft Office software at the same time – but how do…

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  • Adjusting Multiple Monitors and help with text size on screens

    More people now work with more than one monitor, so they can spread their work across two or more screens. A problem I’ve come across a number of times is having them set up incorrectly, so the wrong monitor is the master (with the taskbar and Windows key), or the mouse travelling the wrong side of the monitor to get to the other screen. I’ve seen people actually lifting their monitors around to get this sorted out but you can easily adjust…

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  • Have you backed up your QAT?!!

    Have you backed up your QAT?!!

    If you use Microsoft Office 2010 and you don’t know what a QAT is, read on. One of the ways to be most productive in Office 2010 is the Quick Access Toolbar, choosing the right buttons and vitally, saving those button choices so if it all goes wrong you can bring them back! The Quick Access Toolbar (QAT) sits by default at the top left of the Ribbon, and can be moved below the ribbon if preferred. One reason for moving it down is that if…

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  • Shhhhhh… Need to Know Basis!

    I visited a small firm recently and was quite surprised how much I could help them with their computer skills. We’d started with a Training Needs Analysis to see what they already knew and it became apparent that the staff requiring training all needed to start with basics. I found that even ‘the Expert’ who everyone else ran to with problems would benefit from the Basics course, so I agreed to run a one day onsite course. Usually people…

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  • What is the point of IT training

    Many organisations have cut their training budgets and seem to think that staff are able to ‘pick up’ new software on their own. Recently I was training a lady who had been pretty unimpressed with her employers, who expected her to work on Office 2010 with no upgrade training. It was like buying her a new car without checking first that she could use the new controls. Scarey! Even simple things frustrated her and her productivity had fallen…

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  • How can you turn slowcoaches into Office Superstars?

    Capitalising on Software Upgrades Every time you buy new Microsoft Office software you hope you’re going to be able to instinctively know how to use it and be productive straight away, using all those new features you’ve read about to do your work in half the time. But so far, it seems that you’re pulling your hair out most of the time – where have all your favourite things gone and how can you do things you used to do…

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