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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...