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July, 2012

  • 8 things about windows 8: advanced search

    I had someone ask today about advanced searches in Windows 8 and I can honestly say I hadn’t tried one yet.  Here is an example of what I would consider a simple search:  I know I have a file on my computer with “W7” in the title.  Press...
  • powerpoint 2013 tip: using smart art and actions to touch enable your next presentation

    We have a great deck showcasing 8 things about Windows 8, but like many PowerPoint decks, it is designed to be given in a certain order.  Wouldn’t it be great if someone asks you about slide 3 – how Windows 8 connects you to the cloud to jump right...
  • lorem ipsum and another microsoft word trick discovered

    I love my job – Friday I was introduced to the term Lorem Ipsum and not knowing what it meant I typed it into Bing. And then after reading a bit about it on Wikipedia – I discovered another Microsoft Word trick!  This is good enough to share with...
  • office 2013 tip: touch mode for windows 8 tablets

    The Office Ribbon is a huge improvement, but on a touch screen what if these options are a little too close together? In Office 2013, there is a touch mode to give you a little extra real estate for you finger. from the customer quick access toolbar...
  • office 2013 tip: outlook 2013 notifications on windows 8

    A few days ago I posted about using Metro applications.  The more time you spend in Windows 8 and in particular the Metro interface it becomes important that even applications that run on the desktop (or desktop mode) need to be able to grab your...
  • 8 things about windows 8: mail, calendar and messaging apps

    Most of my machines are now touch.  I have 2 Acers, 1 Samsung, 1 Lenovo a Sony all in one all featuring touch screens.  In Windows 8 there is a great new Mail app specifically designed for touch.  It integrates with the Microsoft Account...
  • 8 things about windows 8: multiple keyboards, themes and microsoft accounts

    Tablets are a fairly personal device – almost like your phone, but as many of us with a wife and/or kids know, what’s “mine” is sometimes shared with others.  The personal computers (especially the family all in one desktop) in our home are often...
  • 8 things about windows 8: microsoft account integration

    Windows 8 brings some obvious and not so obvious changes.  One that I can’t wait for is the Microsoft Account Integration.  Imagine all of your personal devices now connected easily with one another using a single account.  Imagine being...
  • 8 things about windows 8: hardware and microsoft

    Microsoft is marking it’s 30 years in hardware with the announcement of mice and keyboards designed for Windows 8.  Check out that announcement here .  The touch mouse will also have updated device software for Windows 8.  Besides Xbox...
  • 8 things about windows 8: the mouse and the corners of your screen

    One of my all time favorite Dilbert cartoons appeared on December 29, 1996 .  It started with “Dogbert’s Tech Support” and a call asking for assistance because a user had reached the edge of their mousepad (the advice includes rebooting without your...
  • 8 things about windows 8: living in metro

    I’ve been running Windows 8 for well over 6 months as my production operating system, but the funny thing is you wouldn’t normally notice unless you asked “where’s the Windows logo in the lower left hand corner?” and that is because I spend a lot of time...
  • pptplex

    We're almost there - Windows 8 will RTM in a couple of days! Once Windows 8 hits the RTM (or release to manufacturing) milestone, there will be a wave of presentations surrounding this milestone. I was reviewing the PowerPoint templates available to me...
  • web therapy season 2 and the movie ted

    I watched the very first episode of Web Therapy on Showtime, but hadn't kept up with it. Last weekend when I watched the Season 2 premiere I noticed that Fiona Wallice was using Skype on her Mac to communicate with her patients (her new "modality" is...