Office Technology

Managing the stream of email that gathers in your inbox every day can feel like an impossible task. Slim down your filing system into this “trusted trio” of action-based folders.

Another reason to have a Google account

February 1, 2007 Categorized in: Internet

Google Labs is brewing up new ideas to make your day-to-day work easier. All you need is a Google account.

Send the right message

February 1, 2007 Categorized in: Nonverbal CommunicationOutlook

Send the right message with your e-mail sign-off by “mirroring,” says Judith Kallos, creator of NetManners.com .

Test-drive Office Outlook 2007

February 1, 2007 Categorized in: Outlook

The software includes a new category coloring feature that helps you locate, manage, prioritize and respond to e-mail messages more easily.

Stop important phrases

February 1, 2007 Categorized in: Word

Stop important phrases from breaking over two lines.
You schedule a meeting, then hear of a last-minute schedule conflict. A round of rescheduling e-mails only leads to confusion. Locations change, people forget to show up … the list of common problems goes on. But if you’re a Microsoft Outlook (2002/2003) user, you can rely on Group Schedule to check schedules, fill out meeting requests and send group e-mails.
Say you’re trying to use an Excel spreadsheet to track weekly wages for office employees. It’s simple enough to create a formula (hours x hourly rate) that calculates wages for someone who works 40 hours or less. But what if someone works 45 hours one week?
Using PowerPoint visuals that only Einstein could decipher doesn’t make the presenter look smarter. Complicated visuals will cause an audience to focus less on what the presenter is saying and more on trying to figure out the images. Here are seven rules for keeping visuals clear and powerful:
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I didn’t know Excel could do that!

May 1, 2006 Categorized in: Excel

Have you discovered all the tools and shortcuts buried within Excel? Hedge your bet by checking out Annette Marquis’s list of Excel features, tools and techniques, which we’ve detailed here…
The monthly department meeting is next week, and you’ve already heard from four people who want to appear on the agenda. You expect a few more to chime in. It’s your job to create an agenda that affords adequate time for each item, as well as to make sure the meeting runs smoothly and ends on time. Your best approach? Annette Marquis, co-owner of TRIAD Consulting, recommends building an adjustable meeting-agenda template in Excel.

Nine double-click tricks for Word

March 1, 2006 Categorized in: Problem SolvingWord

You probably already know about double-clicking in Word to select a word or paragraph. But did you know about these double-click tricks for getting through your work faster?
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