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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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  • Oooops I didn’t mean to send that! Recall an email in Outlook…

    Outlook 2010 Tips I don’t know about you but I’m always pressing Send on an email then realising that I didn’t attach the file I meant to send with it. Can an email be recalled in Outlook?         There is a way to retrieve the email, and this is what you need to do:       Open the message you sent. It will be in Mail, in the Sent Items folder. On the message tab, in the Move group,…

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  • God Mode and 7 Other Brilliant Windows 7 Features

    Aero Flip 3D You may have been used to using Alt + Tab to flick between open programs previously but in Windows 7 you can use Aero Flip by using Windows + Tab. Try it, it’s neat! Windows Button The Windows button can be opened by clicking it with a mouse or use the keyboard button. It opens a list of all programs on the PC, and these can be clicked holding the Ctrl key down and dragged onto the Taskbar or right click and select Pin to Taskbar.…

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  • Using Tasks in Microsoft Outlook – Reminding Yourself and Others!

    This week’s Top IT Tip for Office 2010 users is in Outlook. When you send an email often you forget all about it, and maybe the recipient at the other end also doesn’t think to action it – we all know how busy we are nowdays! Would you like to see how you can get organised using Outlook to remind you? It’s easy! Set flags within the email before you send it to remind you to follow it up. There’s flags on a drop down button to deal…

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  • Top 5 Word 2010 Shortcuts!

    I love shortcuts and I bet you will too when you realise how much time you can save! Select a paragraph you want to move, then click on Shift + Alt + Up arrow, it will shift the entire paragraph up one, or use Shift + Alt + down arrow to move it down. Word 2010 has a great new feature which is the Navigation pane, which you can activate by clicking on the View Tab, on the Show group you’ll click on the Navigation Pane checkbox. This activates…

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  • Thinking of upgrading to Excel 2010?

    It’s been around a couple of years now, tried and tested, so are you thinking of upgrading to Office 2010? Many of my clients are taking the leap, often having skipped from Office 2003, so their users have quite a learning curve.  So, why do it? For a start, the packages are packed with so many new features that users will find they can carry out every day processes faster, and produce better looking documents. An example is for formula in…

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  • 5 Ways to save time every day on your PC

    I love finding ways to use the features in Microsoft Office 2010 that save you time, over and over again! One of the most useful ones that I’ve been teaching for years, that works in Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint is Autocorrect. It’s great to add to the dictionary of commonly mistyped words, but I use it to save time typing things that I can program it to do for me. I can add in paragraphs that I’ve typed elsewhere by copying and…

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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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  • Top 10 Tips for creating great presentations

    For upgrades from earlier versions of Microsoft PowerPoint I’ve put a few tips about what’s new and worthwhile in the PowerPoint 2010 version of the software onto another blog .. but before we get too technical, let’s just think about what can help you improve your presentations overall. Never mind the techie gimmicks, let’s get down to basics!             Decide what the Objectives of your presentation are…

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