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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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  • Problems Using Windows 8? My Favourite Cheats – Make It Child’s Play!

    I recently bought a new laptop to replace my old one which had done excellent service and I’m delighted with it. I’d heard a few people complaining about the new operating system and saying how they found it difficult to navigate. I knew I needed to pick it up quickly so I found a few great tips which brought me up to speed quickly. The ‘Metro’ look as Microsoft calls it has lots of coloured rectangles and no sign of the Start…

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  • Windows 8 Training

    Following last week’s blog on the new Windows, I found this excellent video by Microsoft to help you get up and running with Windows RT, Windows 8 or 8.1. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/how-to If you need Live On-Line Training or Classroom Training, we are here! If you are a small business or a large corporation, change can be daunting for your employees and you don’t want to risk the loss of productivity that an upgrade can…

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  • What’s in Word Web App?

    As I have described in my previous blog, Microsoft Office Web Apps are free if you have a OneDrive account, which you can get if you have a Hotmail email account or a Windows Live account (both of which are free!) This means you have access to many of the main features of Microsoft Word, to enable you to do word processing ‘on the move’ and indeed you can work on a document with others, and see when they make any amendments – great for…

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  • Microsoft Web Apps and SkyDrive

    Microsoft Web Apps are free and available to anyone with a free SkyDrive Account. Anyone with a free Hotmail email account or Windows Live ID can have a free SkyDrive which comes with 7 GB free storage allowing you to keep copies of files online, which allows you to access those files from any PC where you have a decent internet connection. If you sign up for Office 365 this increases to 25 GB free storage for documents in SkyDrive, where those…

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  • Excel – VLookup to lookup Values in a List

    I’ve created a short video to show you how to use a VLookup (Vertical lookup) function to look up values from a long list and return them to a convenient table above the list. This example is about employees, but it could work equally well for Accounts, or Parts lists, Products or many other uses. If you found this blog useful, why not sign up on the right to receive my weekly blogs in your Inbox? 

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  • How to use Date Functions in Excel

    Dates are important as part of calculations and even something like working out how old someone or something is can be done quickly and accurately using Excel functions. Working out the differences between 2 dates – such as your date of birth and today, or the date an invoice was produced and when it is paid are useful. Also, how can you tell what day of the week a certain date will or has fallen on? You can access all the date functions…

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  • What is Microsoft OneNote?

    I’m always astonished that most Microsoft Office users have not heard of OneNote, which in my opinion is an excellent program and one I use on a daily basis – without exaggeration, throughout the day. In my video I demonstrate how to start a section of your OneNote book to plan a holiday in France.             To set up the first time use, click on OneNote in the list of Microsoft Office programs from…

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  • Customising Styles in Word

    I am using Word 2010 and I was showing a user how to create a customised quick style which led to a few other questions, including how to delete it when it was not required. If you find this blog useful, why not sign up on the right to receive my weekly blogs in your Inbox? Use the shortcut Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S to launch the Styles dialog box. If you’re not a fan of shortcuts click on the dialog box launcher on the Styles group. Click…

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