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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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Create a basic table in Word
Microsoft Word

How to create a basic table in Word

A fantastic feature of Microsoft Word is the Table feature. Tables provide an easy and versatile way to present content on the page in a column and/or row format. Many …

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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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How to open any Microsoft Office program
Microsoft Excel

How to open any Microsoft Office product

For those starting out using Microsoft Office and even for those familiar with the programs, our computers can sometimes be a treasure trove full of so many programs that it’s …

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Basics of using Placeholders in PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint

How to use a Placeholder in PowerPoint

The term “placeholder” is used in Microsoft PowerPoint to identify the containers on a slide represented by a dotted external border. Placeholders are specifically used to position different types of …

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The Best Keyword Shortcuts for Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

The best keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Outlook

Anyone who has ever attended training with me, or even anyone who has read my other “shortcut key” posts, will know that I am a big fan of keyboard shortcuts. …

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How to copy formatting using Format Painter
Microsoft Excel

How to copy formatting using Format Painter

Whenever I conduct a training course in any of the Microsoft products, I always touch on the Clipboard group of tools. These include the Cut, Copy and Paste functions and …

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How to resize a photo to use as your Desktop Wallpaper
Microsoft Windows

How to resize a photo to use as your Desktop Wallpaper

As a follow-up to my previous post, how to set your own photo as your Desktop Wallpaper, I’m going to show you how to adjust the size of a photo being …

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Microsoft Windows

How to set your own photo as your Desktop Wallpaper

Let’s talk wallpaper! Just to be clear, I’m not referring to the type which you might find stuck to a wall, I’m talking about that desktop area of your computer …

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Create a rule to move email to a specified folder in Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

Create a rule to move email to a specified folder

In this age of email and the internet, we tend to find our inbox can get clogged with a lot of email from various different sources. A great way of …

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The Best Keyword Shortcuts for PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint

The best keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft PowerPoint

If you’ve read a few of my posts, you may have noticed that I’m a fan of efficiency. If there is an option to do something faster in any of …

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How to use the AutoFill tool in Excel
Microsoft Excel

How to use the AutoFill tool in Excel

Of all the features available within Microsoft Excel, the AutoFill tool has to be high up on the list of those used most frequently. Often though the AutoFill feature is …

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Convert workbooks to the latest file format in Excel
Microsoft Excel

Convert workbooks to the latest file format in Excel

A common question I see during training is “Why do my files say [Compatibility Mode] in the title bar area?” and this is a good question. Today I want to …

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Customise a Sparkline in Excel
Microsoft Excel

Customise a Sparkline in Excel

So you’ve discovered Sparklines in Microsoft Excel and now you want to jazz them up? You’ve come to the right place. In my previous post (link here) I outlined what …

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Create a Sparkline to show data trends in Excel
Microsoft Excel

Create a Sparkline to show data trends in Excel

I can hear you asking it now, what is a Sparkline? It’s a very good question which I’m going to answer for you now. Sparklines were introduced in Excel 2010 …

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Adjust the brightness of your computers screen
Microsoft Windows

Adjust the brightness of your computers screen to avoid eyestrain

With us spending more and more time at our computer screens, it’s important that you adjust various aspects of your working environment to minimise issues relating to Work Health & …

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10 Tips for Effective Presentations using PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint

10 Tips for Effective Presentations using PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is a fun program to use and offers many great features. Like me though many people have had the joy of sitting through a terrible presentation! It’s not …

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