Sharpen up your spelling

The Christmas period is all about taking it easy but a week of mind-numbing holiday films and over-indulgence can be enough to turn the sharpest brains to mush. If you need to get your brain cells working again but can’t quite face the new Advanced Suduko book Auntie sent you, have a go at the…


Prove your skills with a Microsoft certification

Getting certified is a great way to prove how well you can use Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and Access. Right now you can get everything you need to study for and take one of these exams for an amazing price of £44.99. Prodigy Learning Ltd are offering their Microsoft Office Self-Start…


Upgrading to Windows 7

The US Inside Office Online blog recently published some great tips in you’re considering upgrading to Windows 7. Read first and you can’t go far wrong :). Windows 7: Links for life in the fast lane


Office at home: Back to school… the calm before the storm??

Phew, I sat down at my desk this morning and breathed a sigh of relief, after last weeks slightly stressful back to school shopping trips. You may be familiar with the drill – dragging reluctant children around the shops and asking myself why I always leave it so late to buy everything! The shops have…


From Arabic to Welsh: Get Office in your own language

With more than 500 million Office customers around the world, the programs need to be available in whichever language our customers want to speak. So, the latest version of Office – Office 2007 – comes in over 80 languages: You can buy the full version of Office 2007 in these 38 languages: Arabic German Portuguese…


Store your docs safely online

Have you ever lost a memory stick, had a laptop stolen or suffered a hard-drive failure? Yep – it’s likely the the answer is ‘yes’. An easy way to back up important files is to use an internet-based storage system like Office Live Workspace. You can back up your valuable documents to the web and…


Add train journey details to Outlook appointments

I recently heard about an extremely useful add-in for Outlook 2007 from National Rail Enquiries, which allows you to plan and add train journey details to your Outlook appointments. Great idea and it’s really nicely put together too :). The screenshots below show how it works in Outlook 2007, but there’s also a version for…


Stop going to meetings

[The second guest post from Dave Wascha.] In the last post I talked about the pitfall of confusing activity with impact and why you should stop doing mail.  Today I want to discuss why you should stop going to meetings. Before we get started, try the following exercise: 1. Print out your calendar from last…


Students: Last few days to buy Office Ultimate for just £38.95!

Students, if you have a valid .ac email address you can get an all-singing, all-dancing version of Office 2007, including Word 2007, Excel 2007, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Groove and Infopath 2007 for just £38.95. The ERP on Office Ultimate 2007 is £599.99 so this is a whopping 91% discount off the standard price…


Stop doing email

One of my interests/challenges/obsessions at work is personal productivity. How can you get everything you need to do done and still get home at a reasonable hour? Can you get a work/home balance that doesn’t require regular sacrifices — on either side? And what’s the secret to defeating Parkinson’s Law? With these ongoing questions at…