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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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Use 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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Open any Microsoft Office product
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 reference “placeholder” is used in Microsoft PowerPoint to identify the boxes on a slide represented by a dotted external border. Placeholders are specifically used to position different types of …

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My favourite shortcut keys in Microsoft Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

My favourite shortcut keys 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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Copy formatting using Format Painter
Microsoft Excel

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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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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My favourite shortcut keys in Microsoft PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint

My favourite shortcut keys for 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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Introduction to 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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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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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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Back up email within Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

Backup your Email folder in Outlook

I’ve now published several articles where I discuss the importance of backing up the data on your computer (See Backing up your files – a vital step to securing your …

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Create a cross-reference in Word
Microsoft Word

Create a cross-reference in Word

When working with long documents in Word, you may find yourself searching for an easy way to link content between different pages. I’ve seen many imaginative ways of performing this …

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Microsoft Excel

Create a Vlookup function in Excel

A common request in Excel training courses is to learn how to create an Excel vlookup formula. Many people have heard about the Excel VLOOKUP and HLOOKUP functions but have …

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Change a Contacts Display Name in Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

How to customise the display of a Contact’s name in Outlook

When we are forced to spend vast amounts of our working day using email, it’s important that we are able to configure and utilise the features to the best of …

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