March, 2010

  • Turn off AutoFormat As You Type features

    If you work on World Wide Web content where some newfangled characters won't display properly on older Web browser clients or you just prefer the formatting of old-fashioned typewriters, you may find yourself hunting and replacing smart quotes, apostrophes...
  • Use OneNote to create a mini notepad

    If you're using OneNote and not the handy Side Note feature, you're missing out a real time saver. You can have a handy desktop notepad with all of the capabilities of OneNote open at any time to create task lists or save store text, links, and images...
  • Tracking mileage in Excel

    A friend of mine who is self-employed was preparing for his annual trip to the accountant and shared how he quickly sums up his miles using Excel 2007. It's a great example of how Excel can really simplify what appears to be a complex task. First, he...
  • Productivity Hub v2 and new content packs

    A new version of the Productivity Hub SharePoint Server site collection and two new content packs are now available for download ! The new content covers Windows 7, Internet Explorer 8, and various Office products. The v2 Productivity Hub does not have...
  • Twitter 101: Getting comfortable with tweeting

    Twitter can be a valuable tool for finding out what customers are saying about your company and products and, used well, it builds a two-way communication channel where customers are publicly answered and appreciated. If you've only dipped your toes into...
  • Lock down your Office documents

    If you're responsible for sensitive corporate documents, you might be tempted to just password protect them. But then you can't share them very easily, and you have to remember that password! If what you're trying to do is share documents internally but...
  • Achieving total enlightenment with Windows 7 Gadgets

    For those of you who never met a gadget you didn't need to have, Windows 7 has you covered. For the rest of us, Gadgets can unobtrusively supply us with precisely the amount of general awareness we need, without distracting us from all those urgent, mission...
  • Counting sheep with Windows 7: Sleep and Hibernate

    Snoozing on the job can be career-limiting—but not for computers, who all want to win green computing awards. To save kilowatts and battery charges, Windows 7 offers three power-saving modes. Sleep mode shuts down power-hungry gadgets like screens and...
  • Sharing a OneNote reference document

    OneNote is a flexible and powerful tool: It can be used for both simple notetaking and collaborative projects with colleagues . But what about training manuals? Actually, the tabbed sections and sub-page structure of OneNote notebooks make them ideal...
  • The new Windows 7 taskbar: a (deliberately) quiet revolution

    Windows 7 takes the trusty taskbar—that multi-purpose stripe at the bottom of the display—and gives it some truly helpful new features. Let’s look. The first thing we notice is... Taskbar buttons. Hmmm, this is different. A button for each open program...
  • Excelling at Excel - Use Filters to home in on the data you need

    If you have a lot of data in an Excel worksheet, you should generally activate filters to make it more manageable to use. To do so, simply select any cell in the worksheet that contains data, click over to the Data tab, and click the Filter button. Your...
  • Word to the wise: The fast and fabulous Format Painter

    Today, we have a guest blogger. Elyssa is an editor and project manager at Brainstorm , a leading provider of online and onsite software training and one of our partners that provides customized content for your Productivity Hub . ---- Today's tip deals...
  • Save time on font and paragraph formatting

    If you're like me, you spend more than a little time adjusting your text in Microsoft Word to make it appear just the way you want. Here are some shortcuts that can save you from having to drag your cursor back up to the Ribbon to adjust your font size...
  • Windows 7: Recovering items lost in the shadows

    Woe to those of us who have accidentally lost, altered, deleted, or corrupted a file. It happens to the best of us—and the rest of us, too—usually, when we're in a hurry. Is there hope? There most certainly is—and you'll likely find what you need in a...
  • Preparing OneNote documents for distribution with power toy

    It turns out that there is an easier way to prepare OneNote reference documents for distribution. Last week, I shared the manual method for ensuring OneNote pages open to the top rather than to your last edit points. John Guin, a tester on the OneNote...
  • Doing the splits with Word

    Ever wish you could be in two places at once? Microsoft Word 2007 has a handy feature called Split View that lets you do just that: Work in two different parts of a document on the same screen at the same time. If you've ever had to edit a long document...
  • Staying organized with Windows 7 Libraries

    Files and folders are great for keeping everything neatly organized, yes? But sometimes you might want to see or locate the items in those folders in different ways. As in: "I wish I could see all my Customer-related documents in one place."...
  • The Productivity Hub is on Twitter

    If you're a productivity fan (and I know you are - that's why you're here, right?), you can now follow The Productivity Hub on Twitter . We just launched this so there aren't very many tweets yet, but here's what you can expect from us: Our blog posts...
  • Create an Outlook distribution list

    If a coworker asks you to keep them on the DL, they might mean "down low" but in my office they're probably asking to stay on an Outlook distribution list. If you frequently send e-mail to the same group of people and you're not using distribution...
  • Forget a keyboard shortcut? Just tap Alt

    Have you ever pressed the Alt button and noticed that the Office Ribbon suddenly became covered in letter and number bubbles? This is actually an Office feature that can help you find and learn some of the most popular keyboard shortcuts, including the...
  • Boost your Office skills with Ribbon Hero

    I just downloaded Ribbon Hero , a free add-in for Office 2007 and 2010 that scores your usage and trains you to use new features through fun challenges. The more advanced features you use, the more points you score. Once installed, you'll find a new Ribbon...
  • Using the Twitter 'back channel' to attend virtual events

    Your time and budget probably don't permit you to attend every major event or conference that you'd like. Thankfully, there's a way to virtually attend many of these events - by experiencing them vicariously through the Twitter posts (aka "tweets") of...
  • The Productivity Hub is on Facebook

    Two weeks ago, I extended the Productivity Hub to Twitter . Since then, I have been sharing our daily blog posts and other productivity tips from across the Twitterverse. Now, we have another place you can find and interact with the Hub: Facebook . In...
  • Presentations with pizzazz: Using Themes in PowerPoint

    Today, we have a guest blogger. Elyssa is an editor and project manager at Brainstorm , a leading provider of online and onsite software training and one of our partners that provides customized content for your Productivity Hub . ---- I enjoy writing...
  • Excelling at Excel - Keep an eye on your data

    Whether you're working on a sales report or modeling revenues into the next fiscal year, there are usually key cells that you want to monitor in Microsoft Excel. Rather than scrolling madly up and down your worksheet as you enter data and then check the...