These Windows-compatible productivity apps that will help you get things done effectively. If you’re feeling increasingly digitally distracted, you aren’t alone. Students check their smartphones in class for non-school purposes about a dozen times a day, according to one 2016 survey. And a 2014 survey from Salary.com found that 89% of respondents admitted to wasting time at work. But our computers, smartphones, and tablets aren’t just distraction machines: when used effectively, they can also help us tackle our daily lives more efficiently or collaboratively. A variety of apps available for the Windows OS, both desktop and mobile, provide powerful productivity features including cloud-based document sharing, collaborative project planning, and online time tracking. And many of these apps are designed to work together, allowing you personalize a suite of products that help you complete your tasks, on time, in the way that works best for you and your team. These 15 applications address all stages of productivity, from cutting out online distractions and tracking your time to employee collaboration and high-level project planning. Note-Taking Applications This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
You may find the Outlook app more efficient and effective than your default email app. Maybe you use Microsoft Outlook on your computer. But what do you use on your mobile phone or tablet? You can use the built-in email app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Another option is the Microsoft Outlook mobile app. The Outlook app supports Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and other services so you can set up and access multiple email accounts. You can choose what happens when you swipe a message. You can attach files from a variety of sources. And you can view and work with your calendar. Let’s check out how to use the Outlook app on your mobile device. For this article, I’m using the Outlook app on my iPad, but it works similarly on an iPhone, iPad, and Android device. If you don’t already have it, you can snag the app for iOS from Apple’s App Store and for Android from Google Play. After you launch the app the first time, tap on the Get Started button. The app may suggest an account to add. You can add accounts for Microsoft Exchange, Office 365, Outlook.com (including … Read More
You can tweak the ribbon for quick and easy access to your favorite commands. The ribbon in Microsoft Office offers a way to run commands and tap into various features in any Office program. The ribbon changes its buttons depending on what you’re doing and where you are. Don’t like the ribbon because it doesn’t offer your favorite commands? No problem. You can customize it to remove buttons you don’t use and add buttons you want to use. Ultimately, you can fashion the ribbon so it’s populated with those commands you use the most often. And once you get the hang of tweaking it in one Office program, the process is the same for the rest of the suite. How can you master the ribbon in Office? For this article I’m using Office 2016, but the information here applies to the past several versions of Office as well. I’ll enlist Word as my guinea pig, so launch Word to kick things off. You can open any accessible document you like. Right-click on any empty area on the ribbon. From the popup menu, click on the command to Customize the Ribbon. The Customize Ribbon window pops up. On the left side … Read More
Your favorite commands can be just a click away. The Quick Access toolbar in Microsoft Office offers you an effortless way to access different features and commands. The Quick Access toolbar (which we’ll call QAT through the rest of this article) is always there and always available no matter where you are or what you’re doing in any Office application. By default, the QAT comes with just a few icons, so you may not find it very useful at the start. However, by adding icons you need to the toolbar and removing the ones you don’t need, you can customize it to your own tastes. You can pack it with a couple of dozen icons, which means all your favorite commands are just a click away. And once you know how to modify the QAT in one Office program, you can do the same in your other Office programs. Let’s look at how to tweak the Quick Access Toolbar. Note: As always, I’m using Office 2016 as my test subject, but the steps apply equally to the past few versions of Office. I’ll use Word as my guinea pig though the process of tweaking the QAT is the same across the … Read More
Adobe released an update to flash that appears to be bug fixes. The update in the form of an October update. This monthly update addresses functionality bugs but does not fix any security issues. Adobe released an update to flash that appears to be bug fixes. The update in the form of an October update. This monthly update addresses functionality bugs but does not fix any security issues. It appears at this time that because this is merely a bug functionality fix, that it won’t make it into this month’s Windows 10 release. However you may see the update released for Windows 7 as a standalone update. What to do: Check your Flash and expect an update for Windows 7 machines. Office Click-To-Run Side Effects The October click-to-run release is causing a side effect with some add-ins. Outlook 2016 on Windows 10 version 8431.2107 removed the Home page from Folder Properties. Prior to version 2107, if you right-clicked a folder under Inbox in Outlook and chose properties, there was a tab for “Home Page” and you could display an HTML file instead of an Outlook folder’s contents. Some add-ins need an HTML home page there; if it’s not there, the buttons on Outlook won’t work. … Read More
As noted in Richard Hay’s recent article, on October 17, 2017, Microsoft will be releasing the Fall Creators Update. Just like Richard, I’m going to urge you now to take steps to push off installing the 1709 release, but I’ll be honest, I’m looking forward to the security enhancements that are included in this release. If you have a home version of Windows 10 I’ll first urge you to do an easy upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. It’s an easy upgrade but unfortunately not free. The reason I’m recommending that you upgrade to Pro is that it gives you the ability to push off feature releases. Once you get up to the Pro release, you’ll need to take steps to defer within the next couple of weeks prior to October 17. Recently the Defense Department sent out a notification that the end of life for various releases of Windows 10 is as follows: Windows 10 version 1507 – May 9, 2017 Windows 10 version 1511 – October 10, 2017 Windows 10 version 1607 – Tentatively March 2018 Windows 10 version 1703 – Tentatively September 2018 So if you have stayed on 1511, it’s time to get ready to upgrade and move off of … Read More
Here’s how you can set up and work with one or more calendars in Outlook. You use Microsoft Outlook for your email. But do you also use it for its calendar? Perhaps you do, perhaps you don’t. Either way, you can take full advantage of the calendar feature in Outlook to manage your scheduled appointments and events. You can add an event to the calendar and share it with other people. You can invite people to meetings and other events. You can juggle more than one calendar. You can share your calendar with others. And you can tweak your Calendar settings. Let’s look at the process for creating and maintaining calendars in Outlook. For this article, I’m using Outlook 2016 via my Office 365 subscription, but the process works virtually the same in the prior few versions of Outlook. Launch Outlook. Click on the calendar icon at the bottom of the pane to switch to calendar view. You can now manually add an event. This article is part of our premium content. Join Now.Already a paid subscriber? Click here to login.
Yes, you can add, remove, and maintain your Windows fonts. Click on the font menu in one of your Office applications or another Windows program, and you’ll likely see a cavalcade of fonts, most of which you probably will never use. Other times, you may need a specific font only to discover that it’s not on your system. Whatever your beef with the fonts in Windows, you can get a better handle on them. Managing your fonts is accomplished through the Windows Fonts screen accessible from Control Panel. There, you can view and preview your existing fonts, remove fonts you don’t want to use or see, and view new fonts that you can find online and install in Windows. Let’s look at how to manage and use your fonts in Windows. Windows comes with several fonts already built into the operating system. Certain applications also add more fonts to your collection. Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, and other products come packed with their own fonts. Most fonts come in families that include assorted styles. So, for example, an Arial font will be available in regular, black, bold, italic, and bold italic. Viewing, adding, removing, and managing your fonts involves the … Read More