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Tip of the Week: Setting Your Outlook Out-of-Office Message

Tip of the Week: Setting Your Outlook Out-of-Office Message

During the holiday season, people are out of the office quite often, but unless this is properly conveyed to those reaching out to them, it could look like negligence on the employees’ part. To make sure you are as transparent as possible with your out-of-office time, be sure to set up a message. Here’s how you can do it in Microsoft Outlook.

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Why (and How) to Disable Wi-Fi Calling

Why (and How) to Disable Wi-Fi Calling

Users of Android devices might notice that they have the option to make a call using their Wi-Fi in addition to using their mobile service or data. While there is certainly something to be said for using a wireless connection when you don’t have mobile service, there are circumstances when you might not want to default to using a Wi-Fi connection.

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Tip of the Week: How to Clear the Cache on Your Android Device

Tip of the Week: How to Clear the Cache on Your Android Device

In order for your device to run at optimal efficiency, you sometimes need to clear the temporarily stored data on your device known as the cache. You can do this for your applications on your Android device, as well as the browsers you frequently use. Let’s go over how you can do both to speed up your device a bit.

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Tip of the Week: Learn How to Archive Your Emails in Outlook

Tip of the Week: Learn How to Archive Your Emails in Outlook

Sometimes you have an inbox that is chock-full of emails, but you just can’t bring yourself to delete them. After all, who knows what valuable information could be found in all these messages? The natural solution to keep you from wasting time digging through an inbox day after day just to find important information is to get those messages out of your inbox and into an archive of sorts. Today, we’ll walk you through how to do this for Microsoft Outlook.

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Tip of the Week: Saving Files from the Internet as PDFs

Tip of the Week: Saving Files from the Internet as PDFs

Sometimes you will find something on the Internet and think, “Wow, I’d love to save this, but I also love PDFs.” Well, for instances like this, there are features built into your web browser that allow you to do just that! Let’s go over how you can save a web page or image as a PDF directly from your browser.

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Tip of the Week: Update Your Android Device

Tip of the Week: Update Your Android Device

If you use Android devices, then you should know that updating your operating system is incredibly important. You’ll get the latest patches and fixes for various bugs, but you’ll also receive important security updates that will help you stay safe while using your device. Today, we want to walk you through how to update your Android device to the latest version of its operating system.

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Tip of the Week: Create a Calendar Event in Google

Tip of the Week: Create a Calendar Event in Google

How often do you receive requests for meetings or other time-sensitive reminders through your email inbox, only to forget that you signed up for them weeks or months later? Sometimes it can be easier to just add an event to your calendar right from your email inbox. Let’s go over how you can add an event reminder to your Google Calendar right from your Gmail inbox so you never miss an important date or deadline again.

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Tip of the Week: Essential Excel Formulas to Know

Tip of the Week: Essential Excel Formulas to Know

Microsoft Excel is, putting it frankly, a hugely capable piece of software that can do more than most people would imagine—more than we could go over in a million blog posts. However, there are a few essential functions that Excel offers that business users are bound to find useful. Let’s go over these most essential functions so that you have them in your back pocket.

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Tip of the Week: How to Ensure You’re Using Strong Passwords

Tip of the Week: How to Ensure You’re Using Strong Passwords

Creating secure passwords is not always the easiest thing in the world, as evidenced by many individuals opting to go with the same password for multiple accounts. Thankfully, you have us to help walk you through how to make a secure password. Let’s discuss some of the best practices associated with passwords and how you can get started using them to maintain security for your online accounts. 

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Tip of the Week: Password Protect Your Files

Tip of the Week: Password Protect Your Files

Have you ever thought about protecting a specific file or folder on your computer? You could always hide the file, but this isn’t doing much to protect it from anyone who has access to your computer and its settings. Sometimes it takes a stronger approach. Windows has some basic file encryption functionality built into it, so let’s go over how you can use it to protect a specific file or folder on your computer!

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Hide Your Files in Windows 10

Hide Your Files in Windows 10

Is your desktop littered with random files or folders that need to be organized? Do you have a handful of folders that you absolutely need but would prefer if they weren’t out in the open all the time? Windows has built-in functionality that lets you hide certain folders from view, if you want, and it’s a great way to clean up your desktop. Let’s get into how you can hide these folders from your desktop or Documents view.

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Tip of the Week: Easy Microsoft Word Tips

Tip of the Week: Easy Microsoft Word Tips

Microsoft Word is a great tool that you can use to fulfill your business’ requisite word processing needs, and depending on your skill level, you can take things up a notch with a couple of quick and easy tips. Let’s go over a couple of easy ways you can elevate your Microsoft Word skills.

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Tip of the Week: Tips to Help You Manage Your Inbox

Tip of the Week: Tips to Help You Manage Your Inbox

Managing your email can be challenging, especially if you are a business owner. We’re sure you get countless emails on a day-to-day basis, and it can be difficult to assign them priority or triage them accordingly. All of this leads to one messy inbox that can get in the way when you need simplicity most. How can you make sure your inbox’s organization is not holding you back from achieving maximum productivity?

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Handy Shortcuts in Google Chat

Handy Shortcuts in Google Chat

Google Chat—the successor to Hangouts—offers a TON of features to its users, more so than most users probably realize. For instance, there are a lot of features buried under keyboard shortcuts. Let’s go over some of these shortcuts and what you can use them for in Google Chat.

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Tip of the Week: Adjusting Your Mouse’s Sensitivity

Tip of the Week: Adjusting Your Mouse’s Sensitivity

A sluggish mouse is one way for you to lose out on valuable moments throughout the workday, so why not give your settings a change and switch up your mouse speed or sensitivity? You might find that it makes getting work done a little less frustrating and much faster, too. Here’s how to do it in Windows 10 or 11.

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Tips to Improve Your Microsoft Teams Usage

Tips to Improve Your Microsoft Teams Usage

Collaboration platforms are all the rage these days, and one of the more notable choices out there is Microsoft Teams. With any collaboration software, there will be best practices that you can use to get the most out of it, and Teams is no exception to this rule. Let’s go over how you can use Teams to the best of your ability.

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Tip of the Week: How to Secure Your Business’ Credit Card Transactions

Tip of the Week: How to Secure Your Business’ Credit Card Transactions

A major concern for your business is protecting the credit card data you collect from your customers and clients, but you also need to ensure that the company credit card you use to make purchases is secure. Here are some tips, tricks, and best practices you can use to keep this incredibly important asset safe and secure.

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Tip of the Week: 5 Tips to Help You Keep Your Computer in Good Shape

Tip of the Week: 5 Tips to Help You Keep Your Computer in Good Shape

The modern computer is a marvel, but they can be quite the investment. It stands to reason that when you purchase new hardware—whether it be for yourself or your business—that you should want it to last as long as possible. For this week’s tip, we wanted to go through five things you can do to protect your computer from wear and tear. 

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Tip of the Week: Typing Through Dictation

Tip of the Week: Typing Through Dictation

Sometimes the last thing you want to do is type on your keyboard, especially if you have already been doing it just about all day. In cases like this, you can give your fingers a break and use Microsoft Word’s dictation features to “write” by speaking into your device’s microphone. Let’s go over how you can use this feature on a desktop, your web browser, and even your mobile device.

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Tip of the Week: Switching Your Default Android Browser

Tip of the Week: Switching Your Default Android Browser

Chances are that, if you are a user of an Android device, you prefer Google Chrome as your mobile web browser. However, did you know that you can change your default web browser to a different one? All you have to do is know which browsers are available to use; then all it takes is a quick settings adjustment!

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