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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

Embed an Excel worksheet in your Word document

Did you know that you can embed Excel in Word and have a functional worksheet sitting right there inside your Word document? This is another of those functions that I …

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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 to your PowerPoint presentation

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” issue in Word

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

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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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How to create a new contact in Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

How to create a new Contact in Outlook

Microsoft Outlook gives you the ability to create and manage contact details in a personal address book. Because Outlook encompasses email, contacts, scheduling and more, you can utilise these features …

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How to disable the Start Screen at startup in Office programs
Microsoft Excel

How to disable the Start Screen at startup in Office programs

In recent versions of the Microsoft Office programs, users now see a Start screen appear when any of the programs are launched. This Start Screen gives you quick access to …

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Create your own custom email template in Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

Create your own custom email template in Outlook

For anyone who sends emails on a regular basis, you may find yourself sending the same information over and over. This is especially relevant for people running a business and …

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How to upgrade to Windows 10
Microsoft Windows

How to upgrade to Windows 10

In October 2015, I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my laptop to Microsoft Windows 10. I only started using Microsoft Windows 8.1 in June 2015 and was thankful …

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How to create a recurring appointment in Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

How to create a recurring appointment in Outlook

I don’t know about you, but I have many appointments which repeat on a regular basis. I for one, certainly do not want to have to put those into my calendar …

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How to insert a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint

How to insert a SmartArt graphic in PowerPoint

Being able to represent content in a graphical way can add immense meaning and visual appeal to any presentation. I always find that graphics can portray information in a better …

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Free up disk space using Windows Disk Cleanup
Microsoft Windows

Free up disk space using Windows Disk Cleanup

Microsoft Windows includes a great tool which allows you to easily perform a clean-up of your computer’s hard drive. The Disk Cleanup tool will help you to free up disk …

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How to create a basic table in Word
Microsoft Word

How to create a basic table in Word

The ability to create a table in Word allows users to present content on the page in a column and/or row format. Many users associate a table with the “ever …

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Control hyphenation in Word
Microsoft Word

Control hyphenation in Word

A common question I hear is “why are my words breaking across separate lines with a dash connecting them?” It’s a common question on discussion boards online and thankfully it’s …

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Compress file sizes of graphics or photos in Word
Microsoft Word

Compress file sizes of graphics or photos in Word

Quite often when working with long documents using Microsoft Word, you need to be mindful of file sizes. If you are utilising multiple graphics or photos within your document then …

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