5 steps to clean up your computer files

When we started the At Home and At Work Web sites, we thought that most of the reader questions we’d get would be about complex Excel formulas, editing digital photographs, or how to build a PC from spare parts. In fact, your questions tend to be a bit more practical. One of the most common…

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Tips for using the Junk E-mail filter

I’ve used the Junk E-mail Filter in Outlook 2003 for almost 3 years, and the amount of spam I’ve received in my Inbox has been close to nothing. It’s a great tool, but like any tool it’s not perfect. I still get fraudulent e-mail from time to time and I’ve had some messages from colleagues…

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Straight shooting: Using bullets in Office documents

Maybe it’s our PowerPoint culture or maybe it’s just the overflow of information we have coming at us each day. Whatever the reason, I’ve found that it’s a lot easier to communicate with my co-workers if I boil my thoughts down into bullets. But I’ve found that there are quirks to working with bullets in…

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Ripping music? Tips on how to save space on your computer

Listening to and storing music has become a popular way to use your computer. Just look at the variety of MP3 players people are using—all of them require a computer to store the music and put it on the player. We’ve noticed your interest in this topic based on the popularity of articles such as…

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4 ways to get more out of your phone

Think about the times you’ve been stuck in a line, or you need to check your e-mail, but don’t want to fire up your desktop computer or laptop. Or maybe you want to review a PowerPoint presentation, or whip up a quick Excel spreadsheet to track your holiday gift list while shopping. You can make…

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Choosing a digital camera

I recently posted an article on the At Home Web site called Go Ahead, Break Your Camera! Your reader feedback was interesting. Some of you, even a few of the small group who missed the joke and told me how stupid I was, asked some great questions and pointed out ways I could have made…

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Find information faster working in Office

One way I waste time working on a document is looking up words or doing research. I can find everything I need online or in the dictionary on my desk relatively quickly, but I have to leave my file, find the information in the right source (and it may not be so quick on the…

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Removing unwanted names from Outlook’s "To…" line

Have you ever accidentally sent an e-mail to the wrong person because Outlook automatically inserted a name you didn’t want in the “To…” line of your message? If so, then this tip is for you. Where do those names come from, anyway? Outlook automatically keeps track of the addresses you enter in the To… CC…,…

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My 3 favorite Word tips

Since I’m an editor, Microsoft Office Word is the workhorse on my computer. And the feedback we’ve gotten shows I’m not alone. So any Word feature that can save us time and make us look good will make a big difference in our day. I’ve used a lot of features and tools in Word—and I’m…

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How to troubleshoot e-mail attachments that won’t open

Here’s a conversation I had with a reader the other day. While we can’t always answer the questions we get on TipTalk, this one was so intriguing, we talked among ourselves on the Web team to see if we could solve the puzzle. Here’s how it turned out… Coral: I think you have some good…

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