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BIDMAS acronym
Microsoft Excel

Excel giving you the wrong answer? Discover BIDMAS and Excel

An important part of understanding how Excel calculates formulas and functions is understanding BIDMAS. Let’s think back to math class. I remember the teacher talking about BIDMAS and vividly thinking …

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How to display a second time zone in your Outlook Calendar
Microsoft Outlook

How to display a second time zone in your Outlook Calendar

For anyone with friends, relatives or colleagues living in a different time zone, it can be a fun maths game to work out what the time is where they are …

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How to change line spacing between bullet and number lists
Microsoft Word

How to change spacing between items in a list in Word

I use bullet and numbered lists a lot. They help me to summarise information and make my text stand out. I like to have my list items spaced apart a …

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How to Mail Merge bulk emails in Word
Microsoft Outlook

How to send bulk emails using Mail Merge in Word

For the most part, I find people have heard of a Mail Merge. The process of combining a list of contacts with a letter which you can then merge together …

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Create a custom list in Excel
Microsoft Excel

How to store a custom list in Excel

Do you have a list of entries you use frequently in Excel? Sick of having to type them in or copy and paste from another workbook? What if I told …

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Create folders to store emails in Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

How to create folders in Outlook

Inspired by my achievement this week where I reduced the number of emails in my inbox from over 1,000 down to 296, I thought it would be a great idea …

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Receive automatic updates from your favourite websites using RSS
Microsoft Windows

How to subscribe to your favourite websites using RSS

How often do you check back on your favourite website to see if new content has been uploaded? How would you like to automatically subscribe to your favourite websites? If …

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How to reuse text and images using Quick Parts in Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

How to reuse text and images using Quick Parts in Outlook

As a business owner, I spend a significant amount of time responding to and sending email messages. Often I need to respond to the same question once or twice a …

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Rehearse timing for your presentation
Microsoft PowerPoint

Rehearse timings of your PowerPoint presentation

A common concern for any presenter is knowing if they have enough content or too much in their presentation. The Rehearse Timings feature in Microsoft PowerPoint provides a quick and …

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Create a shortcut to a specific folder on the Taskbar
Microsoft Windows

How to create a folder shortcut on the Taskbar

Last week one of my clients experienced a hardware failure on their main computer. It’s a computer users worst nightmare and occurred in the middle of an important week of …

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Microsoft Windows

How to crop an image using Microsoft Paint

This week I had a request to show participants how to crop an image using Microsoft Paint. Most of the Microsoft Office products include a cropping tool but it only …

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How to back up data using Windows Backup and Restore
Microsoft Windows

Back up data using Windows Backup and Restore

In an earlier post titled Backing up your files – a vital step to securing your data, I outlined the basic information needed for any user to begin the process of …

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How to backup data using File History (Windows 10)
Microsoft Windows

Backup data using File History (Windows 10)

In an earlier post titled Backing up your files – a vital step to securing your data, I outlined the basic information needed for any user to begin the process of …

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Use PowerPoint animations to make an object appear and disappear
Microsoft PowerPoint

Use PowerPoint 2016 animations to make an object appear and disappear

This week I saw a great question on an online forum relating to Microsoft PowerPoint. The question asked how to make an object appear on screen for a few seconds, …

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Pin a file or folder to the Open list
Microsoft Excel

Save time! Pin a file to the Open list in Microsoft Office

At the start of every training course, I show participants through a few really useful features of the Microsoft Office programs. These features save you time during a busy workday. …

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Quick Parts - the quickest way to insert reusable information in Word
Microsoft Word

Quick Parts – the quickest way to insert reusable information in Word

Today I saw a question on an online forum where a user needed to insert the same name and address quite frequently into a Word document. The user had asked …

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Free up mailbox space and download email to Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

Free up mailbox space and download email to Microsoft Outlook

I’ve encountered more than a few clients now who have run into issues with their allocated mailbox space. Depending on your hosting provider, you could be provided with email storage …

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Embed a YouTube Video in PPT
Microsoft PowerPoint

Embed a YouTube video in a PowerPoint slide

Microsoft PowerPoint has been around for a long time, circa 1990 according to most online sources, either way it’s aging gracefully. No longer do we have to sit and watch …

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Use conditional formatting to identify dates earlier than today
Microsoft Excel

Use conditional formatting to identify dates older than today

During a Microsoft Excel training session a few week’s ago, I had a great question about using conditional formatting to highlight dates earlier than the current one, in other words, how can …

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Embed Excel in a Word Document
Microsoft Excel

Insert Excel into a Word document

Did you know that you can insert Excel into Word? That’s right, you can have the functionality of an Excel worksheet sitting inside your Word document. This is one of …

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Scan Microsoft Outlook for errors using Inbox Repair Tool
Microsoft Outlook

Scan Outlook for errors using the Inbox Repair Tool

If you have tried to open your Microsoft Outlook client and have received an error relating to your .pst file then you have come to the right place. The Inbox …

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Create speaker notes in your PowerPoint presentation
Microsoft PowerPoint

How to add speaker notes in PowerPoint

When creating a presentation the author should have a clear idea of the topic to be discussed. Generally, the person creating a presentation will be the one delivering the presentation. …

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How to convert documents to the latest file format
Microsoft Word

How to fix “compatibility mode” in Word

Does your document show [Compatibility Mode] in the Word title bar? You’ll be happy to know that this is a simple fix. Compatibility mode identifies to the user that a …

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The best keyboard shortcuts in Excel
Microsoft Excel

The best keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Excel

Want to become more efficient using Excel? Let me show you the best keyboard shortcuts in Excel. Anyone who has ever attended training with me, or even anyone who has …

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