Is it bad to want to go back?

I hate things “in” my ears and the only headset I have liked so far is the Sony wired one my hubby bought be for my birthday last year.  They don’t feel like anything is IN my ears.  I have tried numerous Bluetooth ones that I just don’t like.   So, as a lark and for a joke at my training sessions I bought this “old school” phone attachment.   Surprisingly, I actually have used it.  Ha ha.  Ok, not in public but at the office.   Too funny?


BEFORE – Can you tell it isn’t anything but a regular old phone?


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5 Fabulous Tips on Keyboard Shortcuts

Thanks to Business Management Daily and these great tips below!

1. Excel

Make text larger with this shortcut. Use Ctrl+Shift+> when you want to quickly adjust text size in a place holder. The text will grow by the same intervals displayed when you click the font size dropdown box.

Quickly change to smaller text in a place holder by selecting the text and ­hitting Ctrl+Shift+<. Text will shrink by the same intervals displayed when you click the font size dropdown box. You can drop all the way down to 1-point text.

Draw a shape and quickly make it a navigation button by creating a hyperlink with Ctrl+K. You can use the Hyperlink Dialog Box to select anything from a website, to another file, to another slide within the presentation.

2. Outlook

Gain quick access to important email. Get read receipt, important, save and sent messages and other options from anywhere in your email with Alt+Enter.

Quit toggling back and forth between email and your contacts. The Ctrl+Shift+B shortcut eliminates the need to navigate back to the top to add an email address in the middle of composing your email.

Only know part of a name or email address? Ctrl+K will take what you enter and offer you a list of likely choices.

3. PowerPoint

Shift between overlapping objects on slides easily. Using the mouse to move between a complex collection of overlapping objects on a slide can prove tricky. Try Tab to move between them instead.

Select the previous object on a slide. Shift+Tab works the same as above, but in the other direction.

Create duplicate objects. When creating complex diagrams or screen simulations, duplicate objects may be useful. Left-click, copy, click off first object, right-click paste, gets shortened to Ctrl+D. That's also one less keystroke than Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V!

Most computer users can't imagine working without a mouse. 25 Keyboard Shortcuts You Should Know...& How to Use Them will show you how to shave hours off your workweek.

4. Word

Access the Thesaurus easily with Shift+F7. Tip: Choose an ­option from the drop-down menu for the selected word.

Turn Track Changes on and off quickly using Ctrl+Shift+E. When it's that simple, it's easy to do the right thing by leaving yourself the option of reverting back to original text, if you change your mind.

Pull up a list of all open documents by hitting Alt+W, W (press Alt+W, then the W by itself). This makes switching between them a cinch!

5. Windows 7

Windows Key—Same as clicking the Start button (Windows XP and Vista, too)

Windows Key and Tab—Shuffles through open window previews (Vista, too)

Windows Key THEN Right Arrow THEN Enter—Shuts down Windows 7

Which #iPad #iPhone app is using up your memory?

1.       Settings

2.       General

3.       Usage







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You know that you're suppose to be able to do a lot with your Smartphone, Tablet and E-mail but you just don't have the time to learn it all or it feels too overwhelming.  There are so many business apps but you don’t know which one will work for you.  You just wish someone would show you 'how' to use the great features easily so you don't have to figure it all out alone, or worse, from your teenage or next door neighbours kid!  You're in luck!  We love wireless devices and Microsoft and hey, that's our specialty and we are grownups!  That's why we've created our awesome PRIVATE TRAINING that easily shows you how to automate features, focus on business, make life easier and increase your 'smartness'.

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·         General Time Management 

·         What are business apps? Or what are GOOD business apps?



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Great #iPad Apps You Can Use at Work

DropBox  is a free service that lets you bring your photos, docs, and videos anywhere and share them easily. Never email yourself a file again!

QuickOffice offers the ability to create, edit and save Excel spreadsheets, Word docs and PowerPoint with tight integration with Dropbox.

·         Pages, an Apple product, lets you create, edit and view Word documents.

·         Numbers, also by Apple, gives you spreadsheet capability with tables, charts, photos and graphics.

GoodReader and iAnnotate allow you to look at a PDF, make comments and forward it to someone else. iBooks can also be used to load PDFs through iTunes onto the iPad.

Dragon Dictation is a voice-recognition app where you speak and instantly see your text or emails.

Evernote lets you save notes, web pages, business cards, photos and screenshots, then indexes them so you can find what you saved later.

Keynote, by Apple, makes building a presentation easier. Plug the iPad into the projector and you’re ready to go.

AirPrint from Apple gives you wireless printing from the iPad. Your iPad automatically locates and connects to AirPrint-enabled printers on your Wi-Fi network.

Cloud Client by Leveno lets you run virtually any desktop Windows-based application on an iPad.

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iOS 5.1 Software Update for #iphone and #ipad

iOS 5.1 Software Update




About iOS 5.1 Software Update

This update contains improvements and bug fixes, including:

§  Japanese language support for Siri (availability may be limited during initial rollout)

§  Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream

§  Camera shortcut now always visible on Lock Screen for iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch (4th generation)

§  Camera face detection now highlights all detected faces

§  Redesigned Camera app for iPad

§  Genius Mixes and Genius playlists for iTunes Match subscribers

§  Audio for TV shows and movies on iPad optimized to sound louder and clearer

§  Podcast controls for playback speed and a 30 second rewind for iPad

§  Updated AT&T network indicator

§  Addresses bugs affecting battery life

§  Fixes an issue that occasionally caused audio to drop for outgoing calls

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website: 

For more information on: How to update your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, please visit this website:



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