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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

Being able to create a table in Word allows you to present information on the page in a column and/or row format. Many users associate a table with the “ever ...
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How to control hyphenation in Word
Microsoft Word

How to 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 365 program
Microsoft Excel

How to open any Microsoft 365 program

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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How to use a Placeholder in PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint

How to use a Placeholder in PowerPoint

Ever wondered how to use a placeholder in PowerPoint? The term “placeholder” is used to identify the containers on a slide which are shown with a dotted external border. Placeholders ...
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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

Each of the Microsoft programs includes some basic clipboard options which incorporate the Cut, Copy and Paste functions. Generally users are pretty familiar with these tools. What many users have ...
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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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How to set your own photo as your Desktop Wallpaper
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

Want to know how to create a rule to move email to a folder in Outlook? I get a lot of email. Some is important but I also get a ...
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The Best Keyword Shortcuts for PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint

The best keyboard shortcuts for 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 monitor to avoid eyestrain
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 Presentation Tips for PowerPoint
Microsoft PowerPoint

10 Presentation Tips for 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 your email folders in Outlook
Microsoft Outlook

Back up 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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How to create a cross-reference in Word
Microsoft Word

How to 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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