Tips to help you work less and relax more in 2009

Certainly, today’s always-on-and-available-anywhere technology can lead to addictive work habits. We’ve all seen examples of that among friends and family. But having a cheap, convenient, 24/7 global reach through technology can also efficiently enable you to live the life you’ve always wanted. The choice is yours. Here are some affordable tools and ideas that harness…

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Open, edit, and save Office 2007 documents: Download the Office Compatibility Pack

I get a lot of comments (angry comments) from friends, family, and colleagues saying that they can’t open Office 2007 documents they get from me or other people using the latest version of Office. There are a couple of ways to avoid this issue. If you’re using Office 2007, you can save your documents as previous…

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Get your Windows Live Hotmail mail in Outlook

If you haven’t tried Windows Live Hotmail, I suggest making the update, especially if you’re already using Hotmail. I’ve been using Hotmail for more than 6 years and really enjoy the new capabilities in the latest version, some of which include: Using 2GB of storage Listening to songs and voice mail messages using a built-in…

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Use Windows Live Writer to publish to your blog

For those people wanting an easy to use weblog (blog) tool, then look no further than Windows Live Writer. This tool can be used with a multitude of blog interfaces supported by Live Spaces, Google Blogs, etc. It is very easy to use and comes with a number of add-ins such as for posting videos…

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Find files faster: Save your searches in Windows Vista

We’ve gotten a lot of questions about the differences between Windows Desktop Search 3.01 for Windows XP (or Google Desktop Search) and the desktop search and organization capabilities in Windows Vista. There are many features that are different, but in particular, one feature, called Search Folders, stands out. Search Folders are saved searches that free…

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Read piles of e-mail in less time

I just returned from a couple weeks of vacation. The sun was great and the rest was even better. But like all vacations, it came to an end and I returned to work on Monday. Waiting for me were hundreds of e-mails. And with meetings and all the work I had to finish, I didn’t…

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Got video? Make a polished film in 5 steps

Did you know you can make movies with Windows XP using a free Movie Maker download? Movie Maker is a tool that works with Windows XP (SP2) to help you capture and edit film from your video camera. When I made my first Movie Maker film, it took a long time because I bounced around…

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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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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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