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Tips and Tactics for a Better Digital Life

July, 2005

  • Stop sending incomplete emails

    One of my favourite rules in Outlook is the one I created to defer the sending of every email I create by two minutes. You can find a variant of this in my [email] blogcast linked to from http://blogs.technet.com/usefultechnology/archive/2005/04/22/404061...
  • Task auto-formatting on steroids

    Outlook contains some automatic formatting rules to help you manage your Task list. For example, when a task is overdue it turns red. When you mark it as completed it gets crossed through. But you can do so much more to make your Task list so much...
  • How do you like your toast?

    Those happy folks at Outlook Tips recently sent out a little gem showing how you can change how long Outlook 2003's desktop alert (also known as a 'toast') displays each time a new email arrives. The simplest way is by tunnelling deep into Outlook's Options...
  • What's the point of the Folder List in Outlook 2003?

    If you've never noticed the Folder List in Outlook 2003, you're not alone. It's the sixth view accessible from the navigation pane and the easiest way to see it is to hit CTRL+6. And now you're in the Folder List you're probably wondering what you...
  • Making your calendar 'real pretty' in Visio

    Those cheery folks at the Office Online site provide some great productivity tips. I recently spotted this one which shows how you can export your Outlook Calendar into Visio 2003 with the click of a mouse. So now you can turn your calendar into a...
  • Slip into Slipstick

    Any power Microsoft Outlook or Microsoft Exchange Server users who haven't yet discovered www.slipstick.com are missing out, big time! Slipstick offers a world of advice and tips about how to get the most out of these applications. The coolest, and often...
  • Stop feeding me toast!

    More on the tasty topic of toast... My advice is to switch off desktop alerts ('toasts') for all but your most important messages. Having toasts appear without warning on your screen can be really distracting and you rarely need to respond to an email...
  • Longhorn gets a brand new Vista

    It's official! At last the news is out. The next generation of Microsoft Windows operating system which we've all been referring to as 'Longhorn' for what seems like forever will be called 'Windows Vista' . Microsoft has been demoing a lot of the cool...