Most of us have used a template in the past to create a presentation or start a document, and many of us are guilty of reusing the last great version of a document as a starting point instead of locating and using a template. This pragmatic approach helps to avoid wheel reinvention and utilises the efforts of the clever person who created the file in the first place – however, the problem with reusing a last good version versus using a template is that your new file takes on any issues that existed in the original doc, and you could very likely be using out of date branding, terminology and styles.
By Susan Carlow
Microsoft Outlook’s auto reply (AKA out of office assistant) is a convenient and easy to use tool that automatically notifies folk who email you when you’re out of the office and may not be able to read or reply to their message for a period of time. It’s particularly useful when you take leave or go on holiday. Read more
If you have Office 365, you’re able to access your emails, calendar and documents from any device as long as you have an internet connection. So, if you travel far or stay close to home over holidays, you can use a laptop, desktop, tablet or phone to access your work files and information. Read more
Ahh…glorious OneNote. The more I use it the more I love it.
For some reason OneNote still seems to be a well-kept secret, but it shouldn’t be, as it’s a brilliant tool for research, planning and collaborating with colleagues and partners.
In this post I’m going to share how OneNote’s awesome digital note-taking features with Outlook integration promote super-efficiency around managing meetings. Read more
When I’m asked to teach a class on how to restrict editing within a document, the first 5 minutes of my instruction is usually spent explaining that protecting isn’t bullet-proof.
Why do I do this? Because I have met so many people who assume that restricting the editing of a document by adding a password is in fact securing it so that only the holder or holders of the password can access the file. Not true! Via the Internet you can easily access a multitude of work-arounds that coach you through how to easily access the content of a restricted file. Read more
PROBLEM: when an Outlook email alert notifies us of new mail we often read the message and reply to it later. The problem is we’re reading (and thinking about) those messages twice.
SOLUTION: save time by dealing with the email once! To avoid temptation turn the email alert off!
PROBLEM: Accidentally adding “mispelled” words in to the dictionary. Unfortunately once you do this a spell check no longer sees the word as a spelling error (ahhhhhh!).
SOLUTION: Remove a misspelled word from the dictionary (phew!).
You may have heard the wee story about the business owner who went to his training manager and said, “Bill, I need to cut costs. How much does it cost us to run staff training courses every year?” Bill replies, “Boss, I think you need to ask yourself what it will cost us if we don’t run training courses every year”! Read more