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Tip of the Week: Stop Word from Editorializing

Tip of the Week: Stop Word from Editorializing

At the time of this writing, Microsoft Word has a market share just shy of 37 percent, making it a pretty safe bet that you’ve used it at some point. As a result, you’re probably familiar with Word’s insistence of changing how certain things are formatted, which can become irritating - especially if you had it formatted how you wanted it the first time. This week, our tip will cover how you can stop Word from editorializing.

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Tip of the Week: Excel Tips That Work

Tip of the Week: Excel Tips That Work

Microsoft Excel has a ton of functionality, but how much of it are you actually utilizing? This week’s tip will help you take full advantage of keyboard shortcuts, so you can leverage the solution to the best of your ability.

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Tip of the Week: Neat Windows 10 Features

Tip of the Week: Neat Windows 10 Features

With Windows 10 being a major part of most business’ computing strategy, many people use it at their jobs each day. It has a lot of features not found on any other PC operating system, and more are added regularly. Today, we take a look at four features of Windows 10 that we think can really help your business.

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Other Options for Visual Excel Data

Other Options for Visual Excel Data

If you need to condense data into a concise and comprehensible form, Microsoft Excel is tough to beat. This is despite the fact that your average spreadsheet isn’t exactly an eye-catcher. However, Excel provides a few native options that boost your data’s visual appeal, making it more engaging and much more meaningful. We’ll review a few today.

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Tip of the Week: How to Save Your Favorite Lock Screen Image to Your Windows 10 PC

Tip of the Week: How to Save Your Favorite Lock Screen Image to Your Windows 10 PC

Have you ever been taken aback by a stunning photo that appears when you lock your Windows 10 PC? While it’s nice to look at, you might notice that this photo changes every now and then. Have you ever seen an image so wonderful that you’ve wanted to download it and make it your desktop image? Well, with this week’s tip, you certainly can!

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Tip of the Week: How to Customize Your Mouse Pointer in Windows 10

b2ap3_thumbnail_change_your_point_400.jpgWindows 10 offers plenty of ways you can customize how your mouse pointer looks and functions, which can make navigating your PC much easier. Here’s how to do it!

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Tip of the Week: 2 Fast and Simple Ways to Search with Google Chrome

b2ap3_thumbnail_drag_and_drop_search_400.jpgOne of the greatest parts of the Internet is how easy it is to search for new information on a particular subject you’re unfamiliar with. Usually this is done by utilizing a search engine like Google, but the search giant’s web browser, Google Chrome, makes this way easier by providing built-in search functions into the browser, including a super-simple drag and drop search function.

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Tip of the Week: How to Set Windows to Automatically Reboot

b2ap3_thumbnail_automatically_reboot_400.jpgWhen’s the last time you rebooted your PC or mobile device? If you’re drawing a blank to this question, then you should take the minute or two it takes to reboot as soon as possible (or 15 minutes if you’re still using Windows XP). To a computer, rebooting can be likened to getting a full night’s sleep; without it, performance will suffer.

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3 Tablet Traveling Tips

b2ap3_thumbnail_tablets_on_vacation_400.jpgMost people associate the summer with a vacation of sorts, and many business owners might think that it's time to pack up and disappear for a while. But what some people might not realize is that a tablet is the perfect size for a summer getaway, and can enhance your leisure time while still being connected to your business.

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2 Tips to Get More Out of Your Chromebook

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_chrome_400.jpgMobile devices like Google's Chromebook are designed with the casual computer user in mind. Equipped with Chrome OS, some people mock the device calling it, "Nothing more than a browser with a keyboard." Granted, a Chromebook can't come close to doing what a "real" computer can do, but if you know how to use it, the device can be much more than a glorified browser.

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5 Awesome Keyboard Shortcuts that Nobody Knows About

b2ap3_thumbnail_scuts400.jpgThe computer mouse is a great tool that has made our operating system navigation much easier. However, our dependence on the computer mouse has naturally led to an independence from its counterpart, the keyboard (aside from everyday word processing). Here are a few awesome functional keyboard shortcuts that everyone has forgotten about.

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Take the Time to Safely Remove Your Device

b2ap3_thumbnail_USB400.jpgIt is the end of the day and you have been stressed from the days workload. You're ready to just go home and spend some time with your family. As you're leaving, you remember you left your USB drive connected to your computer. Do you just disconnect it and stuff it in your bag or do you spend the time to safely remove it?

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Tip: Open Old Office Files Previously Blocked

b2ap3_thumbnail_mologo400.jpgSo your boss gives you the task of creating a presentation based on your company's expense vs. profit over the last seven yearsl. He wants to know what was spent, what it was spent on, and what was done to minimize those expenses. You finally find the old files on your server. The problem is, it's from an outdated version of Office and you can't open it!

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6 Office Snacks You Might Regret Eating

b2ap3_thumbnail_food400.jpgSnacking is a big part of the office culture. Snacks taste great, provide a nice distraction, and always seem to be within reach. Snacking becomes bad when you take in extra calories without doing any extra physical activity to burn them off. To help you out, we will analyze six common office snacks.

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Tip: Lost in Word? Make a Macro!

b2ap3_thumbnail_macro400.jpgDo you have a Microsoft Word document that is so long you need a GPS just to find your place? Macros are a great tool that you can utilize as a document bookmark. With this PC productivity tip, we will show you how to make a macro that you can use to quickly find where you last left off.

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Find the Right Blend of Noise with Coffitivity

b2ap3_thumbnail_AudioHeadset400.jpgThere is a reason why we turn down the music in our cars when approaching a tricky traffic situation: music can distracting. For many people, listening to music at work can be equally distracting when it comes to staying productive. Unless you add even more noise to the mix, then it can actually enhance creativity; so says the designers of Coffivity.

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3 Power Saving Settings for Windows 8

b2ap3_thumbnail_SleepTime400.jpgPart of going green is conserving power whenever you can. This means turning lights off in rooms that you are leaving, adjusting the thermostat, and taking advantage of the power saving settings on your computer. Windows 8 has three power saving settings, you will want to be familiar with each one to maximize your energy use.

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Tip: Change Your Home Page on Your Web Browser

b2ap3_thumbnail_Updates400.jpgYour home page is where your virtual heart is. Okay, maybe your home page is not that big of a deal to you, but it's nice to be greeted by your favorite website every time you log onto the Internet. Here's how you go about changing the home page on the three major Web Browsers.

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Get More Done by Checking Your E-mail Less

b2ap3_thumbnail_Email400.jpgThanks to all the communication possibilities that mobile devices offer us, we are now more connected than ever. This is great if you are into receiving real-time updates for every little thing that your friends do, but these updates can be distracting. To stay productive, try scheduling your communications.

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Tip: Take Care of Word Squigglies

b2ap3_thumbnail_word2013400.jpgWriting in Microsoft Word, it will be within a few sentences before you encounter the squigglies. The squiggles are the colorful lines that show up below the words and sentences of your text. Everybody knows of these lines because they are almost impossible to ignore.

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