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Five not-so-cool things about Microsoft Office:Mac 2011

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It’s miles ahead of its predecessor in some ways, but Office:Mac 2011 still falls short in certain areas. Some of my gripes are carryovers from Office:Mac 2008, others are brand new. I’ve listed five here. Changed keyboard shortcuts I used to use Cmd-G to go to specific

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A minimalist’s five favorite things about Microsoft Office:Mac 2011

For the past week and a half, I’ve been playing with a pre-release version of the latest Microsoft Office:Mac courtesy of Microsoft Canada and Microsoft Office:Mac evangelist Kurt Schmucker, who flew in from Seattle to brief journalists. And for those of us who insist less is more,

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Opening .docx, .xlsx or .pptx files

If you don’t own Microsoft Office 2007 or 2010 (or the Mac equivalents, 2008 or 2011), you might have difficulty opening files created by these newer versions. Modern MS Office components (like Word and Excel) tack an “x” to the end of each three-letter extension now, signifying

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The difference one "s" can make

On the web,  you can tack an “s” onto the “http” at the beginning of many web addresses to make your browsing more secure. It’s a simple idea and a great habit to pick up. The s in the Web address indicates that you’re using a secure

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Free software – why and how

Computers today are so cheap, it’s easy to spend more on the software you use than the hardware that runs it. That galls many people who buy inexpensive computers. Yet too few of these people know about the alternatives: software that’s both free to install and, in

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Kenneth R. Wilson award, take 2

2010 Kenneth R Wilson Award Best in Canadian Business Publishing

No, I didn’t win another one. I simply received the image this week and decided to plaster it anywhere I can think of doing so, and that includes the blog.

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Still having trouble with email?

Email. It haunts us all. Especially the piles of it sitting in our inboxes. Imagine what a physical mailbox would look like if its owner opened and read each message, then put it back in the mailbox. We can’t do that with physical mail, so we don’t.

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Belated announcement: 2010 Kenneth R. Wilson Magazine Award

Editors at National Magazine, the official publication of the Canadian Bar Association, nominated my article on Canada’s best law firm websites for a magazine award, and I’m happy to have earned an honorable mention (page 13)! Thanks to the judges who provided their input and to the

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Say no to crapware

Windows computers ship with the Windows operating system, and if the buyer asks for it, preinstalled software like Microsoft Office. They also ship with preinstalled software that few, if any, buyers know they’re getting, much less want. The usual culprits include DVD burning utilities, anti-malware protection and

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The point to instant messaging

One of my clients told me the best way to reach him is via Microsoft Messenger. Not phone. Not email. Messenger. And that’s fine with me. When you balance creative work with the need to answer people’s questions, IM is the best way I’ve found to field

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