When your needs don’t change but software does

Kathleen Atkins

Lounge member Bender serves as administrator of a neighborhood watch group. Among other tasks, he manages their communication system. He’s dismayed by the reduction of group services in Microsoft OneDrive, which he previously used to broadcast messages and alerts to his neighbors.

Given that this software no longer works for him, Bender asked the Social Media forum for recommendations for replacement software to meet his group’s needs. Facebook was not an option for his social media–shy neighbors. Discussion — and a solution — ensued.

The following links are this week’s most interesting Lounge threads, including several new questions for which you might have answers:

Office Applications    
General Productivity How to tell which service pack is installed?
Word Processing Replacing hyphens with en dashes between numbers
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Spreadsheets Creating records in Excel 2000
Databases Understanding events in Access 2013
Presentation Apps Common shape for all presentations
Visual Basic for Apps MS Word 2010: VBA script to save Word doc with unique prefix and default name
Microsoft Outlook Synching with Google Calendar
Non-Outlook E-mail Troublesome Bluetooth peripheral device
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Other MS Apps Google Maps adds distance measure?
Windows
General Windows Good CPU temp– and fan speed–monitoring software?
Windows 8 Windows 8.1 permissions
Windows 7 Audio configuration problem
Windows Vista How to make a rescue CD?
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Windows Servers Windows 2008 R2 Terminal Server blue screen
Internet/Connectivity
Internet Explorer Internet Explorer stopped working
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Third-Party Browsers Suggestions for Chrome extensions?
Networking Internet not working with another computer on same Wi-Fi network
Social Media Best group email for neighborhood watch
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Other Technologies
Security & Scams File encryption and removal of files
Maintenance Fact or myth: Never switch off computer?

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starred posts: particularly useful

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Kathleen Atkins

About Kathleen Atkins

Kathleen Atkins is the Windows Secrets associate editor. She's also a freelance writer, editor, and photographer. Prior to joining Windows Secrets, she worked at Microsoft Press.