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Tip of the Week: 5 Easy, Peasy, Basic Keyboard Shortcuts to Boost Your Productivity

Tip of the Week: 5 Easy, Peasy, Basic Keyboard Shortcuts to Boost Your Productivity

Sometimes the simplest tips are some of the most powerful, as seen in the case of the Undo button. If you make a mistake, most Windows programs (and many other visual-based programs) allow you to undo your previous actions. Today, we want to remind you of Undo and Redo, as well as three other well-known and effective keyboard shortcuts out there.

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Tip of the Week: Upgrade to Windows 11 Without a Microsoft Account

Tip of the Week: Upgrade to Windows 11 Without a Microsoft Account

Microsoft’s Windows 11 operating system has seen pretty positive reviews. In contrast, others just see it as an unnecessary update of the popular Windows 10 offering. Still, regardless of the opinions you come across, there are some pretty major benefits to upgrading. The thing is that Microsoft, like almost any other company, wants you to have an account to interact with their products. Fortunately, for those who, for whatever reason, don’t want to make a Microsoft account, you can update your computer to Windows 11. Today, we will tell you how. 

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Tip of the Week: Editing PDFs with Your Cloud Productivity Suites

Tip of the Week: Editing PDFs with Your Cloud Productivity Suites

PDFs, or Portable Document Format files, are something many people come across in the course of doing business. Not everyone knows all the cool stuff you can do with them, like changing things in them. This week, we'll talk about some simple ways to make and edit a PDF file.

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How to Run Your Laptop Even if the Lid is Closed

How to Run Your Laptop Even if the Lid is Closed

Laptops are powerful tools for office productivity, particularly due to their mobile nature. In the workplace, however, more users prefer to have the screen real estate offered by multiple monitors and traditional desktops. You can get more bang for your buck, however, by using a laptop that can work while it’s closed, thereby transforming it into something like a PC tower.

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Tip of the Week: Waste Less Time By Using Every Moment

Tip of the Week: Waste Less Time By Using Every Moment

The idea of “finding time” for particular tasks has always been a bit of an odd saying. After all, there is a finite amount of time in any given day. No matter how hard you search, you’re not going to magically find more of it. What you can do for those tough-to-schedule projects and tasks, however, is make more time by freeing up time that is already in use.

Let’s go over some strategies you can use to make more time for the projects that matter most, whether they are for business or for life.

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How to Quickly Take a Screenshot in Windows 11

How to Quickly Take a Screenshot in Windows 11

Sometimes it can be really handy to take a screenshot of something on your computer screen. Sure, there are tons of applications you can download and install that let you do this, but with the modern version of Windows 11, you don’t need any of that if you just need to take a quick screenshot and share it with someone or put it in a document. Let’s jump right into it!

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Tip of the Week: Five Extremely Useful Email Security Tips

Tip of the Week: Five Extremely Useful Email Security Tips

In business, email is one of the tried and true methods of communication. Unfortunately, there are many out there searching to breach a network, whether it be to deploy malware or lie in wait until they have access and cause havoc from within. Regardless of what strategy hackers and scammers use, it is important that users understand what to do to protect themselves and their organizations’ email. Here are some tips to keep in mind. 

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Your Keyboard is Gross. Here’s How to Make it Less Gross

Your Keyboard is Gross. Here’s How to Make it Less Gross

Your keyboard sees a lot of use, probably more than any other piece of technology related to your computer. It’s how you interface and interact with it, and if you don’t take the time to clean it up every so often, it’s going to get pretty nasty. Let’s go over how you can clean your keyboard, as well as a couple of tips to keep it cleaner over the long term.

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Tech Tips: How to Clean and Disinfect Your Keyboard

Tech Tips: How to Clean and Disinfect Your Keyboard

You use your keyboard more than your average piece of technology, and as such, it can quickly grow pretty gross. Today, we want to talk about how you can not only clean your keyboard, but how you can also keep it clean so you don’t have to go through the cleaning process nearly as often.

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Tip of the Week: Keep an Eye Out for These Smartphone Battery Killers

Tip of the Week: Keep an Eye Out for These Smartphone Battery Killers

We’ve all found ourselves in a pickle due to a dead smartphone battery, and if not, you’ve been living with a charger perpetually on your person. What is it that kills a smartphone’s battery so quickly?

As it turns out, a lot of things impact your smartphone’s capability to hold and maintain a charge over time. Let’s run through the list of factors that you could encounter, and how you can address them.

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Tip of the Week: Make Use of App Shortcuts and Android Activities

Tip of the Week: Make Use of App Shortcuts and Android Activities

If you’re an Android user, you probably have loads of applications on your device that make navigating it somewhat difficult. If you want to make navigation a bit easier, you can utilize shortcuts on your home screens for your most frequently used apps—including specific screens within those apps!

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Tip of the Week: Be Specific in Your Out-of-Office Messages

Tip of the Week: Be Specific in Your Out-of-Office Messages

The out-of-office email is a great tool…provided, that is, that it is used to its full potential. Let’s talk about a simple adjustment you can make to the ones you send to ensure they are much more effective, and much less likely to be ignored as a result.

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Tip of the Week: How to Use the Heat Maps Feature in Excel

Tip of the Week: How to Use the Heat Maps Feature in Excel

Microsoft Excel is a really useful tool for organizing data. Using something called a heat map strategy can help you get more out of the solution. If you actively use spreadsheets in your business to contextualize data, you will find this easy-to-use tip for using heat maps really useful.

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Tip of the Week: Preparing to Survive a Potential Disaster

Tip of the Week: Preparing to Survive a Potential Disaster

Look, we know that thinking about disasters can be a nerve-wracking experience, but you need to acknowledge that your organization is constantly in danger of becoming subverted by challenges outside your control. While you might not be able to stop a disaster from striking, you can be prepared for when it does strike, as well as how you respond to it. Let’s go over some of the methods you can use to ensure you have a plan in place.

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Tip of the Week: Use a Favicon to Consolidate Bookmark Space

Tip of the Week: Use a Favicon to Consolidate Bookmark Space

When you’re using the Internet, how often do you find yourself using so many bookmarks that the bar simply cannot display what you want it to? You can make things a bit easier by saving some space on your bookmark or favorite bar by only showing the sites’ favicons. Don’t know what a favicon is? We’ll cover that too!

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Tip of the Week: How to Build a Strong Password

Tip of the Week: How to Build a Strong Password

Cybersecurity has never been more important. There are millions of scams sent out every day that are ultimately targeting you and your employees’ password-secured accounts. Today, we are going to give you some tips on how to create passwords that work best to protect your data and information systems. 

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Tip of the Week: Three Ways to Optimize Your Technology

Tip of the Week: Three Ways to Optimize Your Technology

Nowadays, technology and business are intimately interconnected, the success of your operations and processes largely informed by the tools you have in place. Let’s go over three ways you can help boost your potential success even further by implementing the right methods.

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Tip of the Week: Freeze Microsoft Excel Panes

Tip of the Week: Freeze Microsoft Excel Panes

In the right hands, Microsoft Excel can be an incredibly potent data management tool. Unfortunately, scrolling down will leave your headers out of sight unless you take steps to freeze them in place. Let’s discuss how you can do this and be more productive with this tool.

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Tip of the Week: What to Do to Avoid Malware

Tip of the Week: What to Do to Avoid Malware

We discuss security a lot. It’s really an important issue for businesses and individuals alike. We typically discuss the actions you can take to ensure you are doing all you can to protect your organization’s network and infrastructure from harm. Today, we are going to break down one of the most crucial parts of any cybersecurity setup: the antivirus. 

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Tip of the Week: Easily Share a Website from Your Smartphone to Your PC

Tip of the Week: Easily Share a Website from Your Smartphone to Your PC

Sometimes you might be browsing the Internet on your phone and come across an interesting tip or page that you want to share with your other device to access later. On Android, you can easily send the webpage to your PC when using the Chrome browser. 

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