If you’re planning to move to Office 365, here are some things to consider that’ll help you prepare your business for life in the cloud. Read more
Sending Christmas cards to your valued customers is a lovely gesture, but hand-writing the envelopes is a killer. Creating a mail merge to labels from your customer database can save you (and your hand) a lot of pain. 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
I once paid a lawyer to draft a legal agreement for my business. The document was fabulous and given to me as a Microsoft® Word file so that I could easily add additional information each time I used the document. When I received the file I noticed that the document’s metadata (hidden properties) held the name of another law firm, not the law firm that this document had been sent from. Not a good look at all.
How did this happen? Simple. My document was a copy of a document from another law firm. When the copy was made, possibly using File, Save As, the document’s metadata was carried over into my file. The lawyer may not have been aware that Word files store metadata, information that can reveal details of the author and organisation from which it originated. Even though my lawyer had indeed drafted the document, the original template of the file had been created at another law firm. So even though it was his work, it looked as though it had originated elsewhere. Read more
I love working with two screens! Having the ability to have more than one window fully visible is just such a pleasure.
Many users of Office 2010 ask me how they can open two Excel or Word files at the same time and view them in separate windows, one on each screen. Read more
If you are familiar with working in centimetres, not inches, it can be a tad frustrating if Word is displaying measurement settings in inches.
For example, if I wanted to set my Hanging Indents to 1.25cm I know for a fact I would be lost if my measurement settings were only being displayed in inches. Read more
PROBLEM: When you enter a post code that has a leading 0 (zero), e.g. 0642, you see only the last 4 digits, not the leading zero. This is especially frustrating when using an Excel file in a Mail Merge!
SOLUTION: learn how make the 0 stay!
PROBLEM: wasting time creating tables. Especially when trying to create complex tables where columns don’t align and content needs to be reorganized.
SOLUTION: Save yourself HUGE amounts of time…learn the shortcuts! Read more
PROBLEM: having to retype text when you have left your CAPS LOCK on?
SOLUTION: quickly change the text typed in capitals back to the proper case without having to retype it.