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  • 2018-05-24 Special Edition: Excel Week, Continued
  • 2018-05-22 Special Edition: Welcome to Excel Week
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  • 2018-05-17 How Big Tech Is Accommodating More Users
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  • 2018-05-15 Improve Your Productivity With Automation
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  • 2018-05-10 Ask @WinObs: Are Any Other Features Being Removed From the Windows 10 April 2018 Update?
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  • 2018-05-08 How to get the Windows 10 April 2018 Update
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  • 2018-05-03 Windows 10 Redstone 4 Feature Update Review, Part Two
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  • 2018-05-01 Windows 10 Redstone 4 Feature Update Review, Part One
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  • 2018-04-26 Ask @WinObs: Is HomeGroup Really Leaving Windows 10?
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  • 2018-04-24 Hands On: Microsoft Whiteboard App
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  • 2018-04-19 Ask @WinObs: What’s Happening with the OneNote Desktop Version?
    • Ask @WinObs: What’s Happening with the OneNote Desktop Version?

      Q. I heard that Microsoft is going to discontinue the desktop version of OneNote! Is this true? If so, what will take its place? You did hear correctly. This announcement was made within the last 24 hours by OneNote Program Manager William Devereux. He confirmed that active development of new features and capabilities is ending for OneNote 2016. This was the last version of OneNote built for the standard Windows desktop.  It is compatible with the currently supported versions of Windows (7, 8.1, and 10.)  Later this year, when Office 2019 is released as the last stand alone version of Office, there will not be a desktop version of OneNote included. However, there are still options for those of you who are fans of OneNote 2016 on the desktop. According to an FAQ posted by the OneNote team, this announcement does not mean the end of OneNote 2016 is imminent. OneNote 2016 will be under mainstream support until October 13, 2020, and extended support until October 14, 2025. You’ve got a little over seven years left with this product as-is. Installing Office 2019 when it is released later this year will not remove OneNote 2016 from your system. OneNote for … Read More »

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  • 2018-04-17 How Inbox by Gmail Saves Time and Increases Productivity
    • How Inbox by Gmail Saves Time and Increases Productivity

      Trying to get to inbox zero? Switching from conventional Gmail to Inbox can help you get there, thanks to features like bundling, snooze, and templates. Inbox by Gmail first appeared in 2014, when the vamped-up web-based email client was still invite only. But there are still people who haven’t switched over, and may not even be fully aware that they can. Those people are missing out. Inbox by Gmail takes what you already enjoy about Gmail — message sorting, filters, great archive search — and makes it even more useful. Its ethos and functionalities will feel familiar to fans of the Getting Things Done productivity approach, as Inbox works to make every email actionable, even if that action is merely to archive a message. This helps you clear things out of your inbox and focus in specifically on what you need to do with your email, when you need to do it. “It’s not an exaggeration to say Inbox literally transformed the way I use email,” said Vinay Pai, the founder of Unfake.us. “I used to be pretty dedicated to desktop-based clients like Thunderbird, Outlook, and Eudora but Inbox made me decide to switch my whole email workflow around it.” It might … Read More »

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  • 2018-03-29 Special Edition: Get the Most Out of Microsoft Word
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  • 2018-03-27 Windows 10 Features: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    • Ask @WinObs: Can I Postpone Receiving the Next Feature Update for Windows 10?

      Q. Can I postpone receiving the next feature update for Windows 10? Microsoft has been developing the fifth feature update for Windows 10 since late last year, and that work is now in the final stages as they stabilize the update and prepare for its general availability next month. When Windows 10 first came out almost three years ago, there were no official options for consumers to delay the installation of a new feature update. Once it arrived on Windows Update for your device there was no turning back from that upgrade cycle. However, if you are running Windows 10 Professional, settings have been built into the OS that will give you a couple of options for delaying the upgrade to the latest feature update. Note: This option is not available as part of Windows 10 Home. If you go into Windows Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and then click on Advanced Options under Update settings. This is where you have two options for postponing updates to Windows 10. Let’s take a closer look at what is at your disposal for delaying a feature update upgrade. First, let’s begin by looking at the last option on the page … Read More »

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  • 2018-03-22 Organize Photos With the Tool Windows Gave You
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  • 2018-03-20 Ask @WinObs: What is Dynamic Lock Used for on Windows 10?
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  • 2018-03-15 Use Themes to Enhance Your Microsoft Word Documents
    • How to Remove the HomeGroup Icon from File Explorer in Windows 10

      Microsoft originally introduced HomeGroup as part of Windows 7. It enhanced peer to peer sharing across home networks , making it easy to share files and printer access between devices and users. Of course, this was before the days of OneDrive and its multi-device accessible cloud storage service, the introduction of network aware printers, and the integrated sharing functionality that is now a standard part of Windows 10. This past December, when Microsoft released Windows 10 Redstone 4 Build 17063, they announced the upcoming retirement and removal of the HomeGroup service as part of Windows 10 Version 1803. Just as a reminder – Windows 10 Version 1803 is the fifth feature update for Windows 10 that is expected to be released in the March/April 2018 time frame. If you are running Windows Insider builds including 17063 and beyond, then the HomeGroup Listener and Provider services have been removed from the OS, the HomeGroup icon no longer appears in File Explorer, and the Control Panel options for HomeGroup are also gone. If you are not using HomeGroup on the current release version of Windows 10, then you likely still have the HomeGroup icon listed when you use File Explorer. The HomeGroup … Read More »

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  • 2018-03-13 Hidden Gems in Windows 10
    • How to Work with Microsoft Office on an iPad with iOS 11

      The latest version of Apple’s mobile OS offers some benefits for Office users who own an iPad. Apple’s iOS 11 brings several enhancements to the iPad. And those of you who use Microsoft Office on certain model iPads can take advantage of them. iOS 9 introduced a couple of features that can display two apps on the screen at the same time. So for example, you can see both Word and Excel together side by side. Now, with iOS 11, you can drag and drop text, hyperlinks, and images from one app to another. Further, Office users who use OneDrive for backing up and syncing their documents can rev up Apple’s new Files app. The Files app helps you connect to and access files stored on OneDrive as well as other online storage sites. Let’s check it all out. For this article, I’ll assume you run Microsoft Office on your iPad. In my article on How to Choose and Use the Mobile Version of Microsoft Office, I explain how Office Mobile operates on a phone or tablet, and under what conditions you can use the suite for free. Update to iOS 11 First, make sure you’ve updated your iPad to iOS … Read More »

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  • 2018-03-08 How to Use Multiple Worksheets in a Microsoft Excel Workbook
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  • 2018-03-06 Five Easy Pieces: Windows Utilities I Couldn’t Live Without
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  • 2018-02-08 How to Protect Your Microsoft Word Documents
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  • 2018-02-06 How a Voice Assistant Can Make You More Productive
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  • 2018-02-01 Ask @WinObs: How Can I Connect My Android Phone With Windows 10?
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  • 2018-01-30 How to Format Your Tables in Microsoft Word
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  • 2018-01-25 Ask @WinObs – Is There a Built-In Backup Option for Windows 10?
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  • 2018-01-23 Patch Watch: Still Tracking Issues With Spectre/Meltdown
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  • 2018-01-18 Ask @WinObs: I Hear Voice Assistants Everywhere
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  • 2018-01-16 How to Work With Formulas in Microsoft Excel
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  • 2018-01-11 Patch Watch: Tracking Issues with the Spectre Patches on AMD Machines
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  • 2018-01-09 Are You Guilty of Using the 25 Worst Passwords of 2017?
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  • 2018-01-04 How to Protect Against the Meltdown and Spectre Vulnerabilities
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