Death by PowerPoint – Giving better presentations

Take yourself back to that day in the mid eighties, in some smoky, Silicon Valley room where some developers were coming up with the ideas for a new application to help people do presentations. I don’t think on the blackboard of brainstormed thoughts was ‘death by PowerPoint’. We’ve forgotten why PowerPoint was created, to help…

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I’m a ‘Fast’ PC

Boot up your computer with lightning speed with these nine tips from two Windows gurus. Last week, my Dell Latitude D830 laptop running Windows Vista booted up in one long minute. Today, thanks to some tinkering, it boots up in 22 seconds. With that, I joined the 35 percent club. Why 35 percent? Data from…

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Redmond, we have a problem…

Queries about technical support are the most frequent type of email I get and while Microsoft has a huge (sometimes confusing, sometimes overwhelming) range of resources to provide support, I’ve realised that it really isn’t clear what’s available and what you get as an individual customer when you buy a Microsoft product. Note: the rest…

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A picture tells a thousand words

Every now and then, I do something and come across a feature that I don’t use very often. The re-discovery of such a feature is a useful reminder that while everyone has a core set of "stuff" that they use Microsoft Office to do, each set will be as different as the people involved. Today…

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SmartArt: The best thing since sliced bread?

I always used to hate the cliché, "a picture’s worth a thousand words" because with my standard of drawing it usually took me at least several hundred words to explain what was happening in the first place. Not any longer, at least not now that Microsoft have come up with a fantastic way to illustrate…

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Seeing it in colour – a new way to manage email

Does managing your email drive you nuts? You may use a folders and rules system – but does that mean important mails sometimes get overlooked? If you regularly feel defeated by the volume of emails you receive, here’s a new way of working with Outlook that may help you see the wood for the trees….

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Changing the standard VAT rate in Office Accounting 2008

Well, Gordon Brown has surprised us all by reducing the standard VAT rate for Christmas. Great news, but if you’re a small business you may wondering just how you’re going to implement it – or keep track of it! Fortunately, if you’re using Office Accounting 2008 it’s quick and simple to change. 1) Select the…

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Win a state of the art mouse

UPDATE: The competion is now closed, thanks to all those who entered!  Nothing like a little competition to help stave off the Monday blues…  The boffins over in Microsoft Hardware have created an optical mouse that works on virtually anything, and they’re giving a load away in a competition.   As people who use a mouse…

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Going Green with Office

We’re surrounded by messages about being eco-friendly and chances are you do your bit at home. You probably recycle as much as you can, you may use non-toxic cleaning products and be as sustainable as you feel you can be. But when it comes to working, it can feel more difficult to achieve the level…

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Desert Island Office #2

I wandered over to our Mobile team today and asked Emily Lambert which three Office features she couldn’t do without. Given that, in her words, she "lives in Outlook", it’s not surprising that her favourites all come from that product. 1. To-do bar calendar The to-do bar is quickly becoming indispensable in the daily quest…

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