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The Electric Wand
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The Electric Wand
Tip o' the Week #247 – Block the adverts in IE
Adverts. The economy of much of the web is dependent on them, as evidenced by where Google makes its money . Of course, other advertising services are available. Sometimes, you’ll get ads targeted at you, offering things you didn’t know you wanted. The day that happens, make sure you buy a lottery ticket...
31 Oct 2014
Tip o’ the Week #226 – Reading Mode on IE11
Windows 8/8.1 has continued to improve over its life , providing both changes to existing functionality and adding some whole new stuff along the way. One recipient of both such updates is the Internet Explorer browser – Windows 8.1 saw the upgrade to IE11 ( also available on Windows 7 machines too ...
20 Jun 2014
Tip o’ the Week #219 – OneNote takes flight
In case you missed it, OneNote had some interesting news a few months ago. The application has a great following amongst fans who crave being organised (at least some GTD aficionados too) , more so than maybe any other application (even Outlook). If you’re a user of OneNote, make sure you check out the...
9 May 2014
Tip o’ the Week #64–Some IE9 tips
This tip was originally written shortly after the release of Internet Explorer 9, however it’s still valid today. IE9 is the fastest, most modern and most secure browser we’ve ever made (some would say, that anyone has made – recent independent analysis from NSS Labs shows IE9 blocking the vast majority...
2 Sep 2011
Tip o' the Week #194 – Windows 8.1 Reading List
Windows 8.1 is now available free for existing users of Windows 8, and in a break with tradition, will not be sold as an upgrade to existing installed Windows versions – it’ll just be the full version, and that’s it. Upgrading from Windows 8.1 Preview isn’t officially supported – though it can be done...
1 Nov 2013
Tip o' the Week #52 - OneNote on 3 screens & a cloud
After the first year of ToWs, let’s start the 2nd with a short celebration of a cool feature in OneNote – not revolutionary, but the kind of thing that makes one smile when encountering it – somebody really thought about how OneNote was likely being used. Try typing a sum – like 52x1045= (that’s the...
5 Aug 2011
Tip o’ teh Week # 59: Apps on Bing Maps
Another tip from Bing’s Tony Young this week. Remember kids, Bing Maps is not just for mapping. Tony wants to show you how you can use Bing maps to help you plan your day on the road… If you are travelling to a new destination (as long as you’re in London, Manchester, Aberdeen or Glasgow...
26 Aug 2011
Tip o’ the Week #65 – SharePoint 2010, a starter for 10
There are many advantages to SharePoint 2010 if you’re coming from 2007, especially from a usability perspective, and there are a few nice tips to get the best out of it. SharePoint guru Jessica Meats provides a couple and will have more in weeks to come… Update your MySite profile & picture Head...
9 Sep 2011
Tip o’ the Week #86 – Jump into SharePoint sites
Following last week’s IE9 “turn websites into apps” tip in ToW#83 , here’s an early Christmas present, showing a couple of nifty ways of working with SharePoint 2010. It’s possible to add SharePoint sites to your taskbar or start menu in exactly the same way as in that tip – open the site up in your...
21 Dec 2011
Tip o’ the Week #48: Stop! Think! Bing!
As well as serving us up a daily delight by way of its home page image, Bing continues to add and innovate other interesting and useful ways to help us find information. There are many examples of where a 10-second Bing search could save time or provide a little more information that could alter the...
22 Jul 2011
Tip o' the Week #109 - SkyDrive on the move
Everyone should know about SkyDrive - the free Microsoft service that gives users with a Live ID (including MSN, Hotmail etc) a 25Gb storage space online, accessible ostensibly from anywhere? Well, it's just been made more convenient to access SkyDrive files from mobile devices, thanks to SkyDrive Mobile...
13 Apr 2012
Tip o’ the Week #122 – The Sky (Drive)’s the Limit!
For years now, SkyDrive has offered a chunk of online storage to anyone who wanted to use it, if they had a Windows Live (aka Hotmail, MSN Messenger, .NET Passport & others) user ID. Adding Windows Live Mesh to the mix gave the ability to not just store and share stuff online, but be able to back...
29 Jun 2012
Tip o’ the Week #3: IE8 usage tips
This week, we’re all about Internet Explorer. IE9 will be with us in a while, but in the meantime make sure you get the best out of IE8. ZDNet’s Ed Bott published a nice overview of some of the good usability functionality, when IE8 came out: read here . Here are a collection if tip-ettes to make your...
14 Jan 2011
Tip o’ the Week #69 – Keep your favourites and Office settings synchronised
We covered using Windows Live Mesh to synchronise OneNote files between computers in ToW #52 , but overlooked one really simple but useful check-box capability – the ability to sync your IE favourites between PCs, and to sync your Office settings too. Jamie Burgess suggested this would be worth covering...
23 Sep 2011
Tip o’ the Week #176 - F(u)11 screen ahead
This week’s tip might seem a little obvious to some, yet partially unknown to others. Internet Explorer has offered the capability to display a page in full-screen mode, since IE4. Just like the “ content, not chrome ” ethos of the “ Metro ” Modern UI design language, reducing the various window borders...
7 Jun 2013
Tip o' the Week #108 - Using Accelerators
Internet Explorer 8 added a concept known as IE " Accelerators " - the principle being that you could select some text on a page, and using an accelerator, quickly search the web for that piece of text, or maybe do something more specific. The other day, I was talking to someone about a particular piece...
6 Apr 2012
Tip o’ the Week #131 – Shortcuts with Windows 8 Release Preview
This tip is being published out of sequence, like a few others before it, since it’s much more timely than it would be if published in mid-August (which is when it would otherwise be scheduled). Everyone must have seen Windows 8 by now, and many of you will be running the latest version, the Release...
29 Jun 2012
Tip o' the Week #132 - tweaking IE10 compatibility
This week, a tip concerning Internet Explorer 10 in Windows 8 Release Preview. Not running it yet? Booo . Unless, of course, you’re now running the newly released RTM version . Hurray ! Anyway . Once you have IE10, you may find that some sites don’t work as well as they’d like. There are a few ways of...
17 Aug 2012
Tip o’ the Week #83 – some more IE9 tweaks
It’s been a little while since we dug into Internet Explorer in the Tip of the Week, so I figured it would be worth revisiting. Previous tips included some basics in #64 and #65 and there are others. Docking & Undocking tabs Have you ever found a time when you’ve got two tabs open in IE9, and you...
16 Dec 2011
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