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April 26, 2016
by Rachael Inake

Google Calendar’s “Goals” helps you to make the most of your time

Google Calendar now helps you to make the most of your time with their new feature, Goals. Goals allow you to make time for things that matter to you whether it may be to exercise, do chores, get together with friends, or whatever it may be. We all have those things that we know we need to do but never seem to have the time to do. Well now with Goals in Google Calendar, there are no excuses! Goals will help you find time in your day for what’s important and can also help you to start making healthy habits like exercising daily. It even has the ability to defer goals if something unexpected comes up. Or if your goal conflicts with another event, Google Calendar will automatically reschedule your goal.

Try it today by downloading and installing the Google Calendar app for Android or iPhone.

Read Google’s blog post about Goals:

February 12, 2014
by Leanne Riseley
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Timesaver: Save Commonly Used Documents as Templates

clock_partIf you frequently create similar documents, such as memos, rubrics, or chapter reviews, it’s tempting to  open an earlier file of that type, edit key sections, then save it with a new name. But there’s a better way to go about it that will prevent you from accidentally leaving parts of your original file in the new version.

Simply save your base document as a template. This lets you reuse the parts you want quickly, while protecting the original and preventing you from accidentally leaving parts of the original behind.

To save a document (or any Office file) as a template, start with any document you have already created or build a brand new one.

  1. Click File –> Save As.
  2. Type a name for your template in the File name box.
  3. For a basic template, click Word Template in the Save as type list.  If your document contains macros, click Word Macro-Enabled Template.
  4. Click Save.

Now, if you want to use your template, when you start a new document, click File –> New –> Personal, select your template and the new document will be based on that template.

Modified from Microsoft Word Help




January 28, 2014
by Leanne Riseley

Use Format Painter in MS Office to Replicate Formatting

Do you have formatting in one part of your document that you want to apply elsewhere? You can “copy” one or multiple characteristics of text (bold, color, font size, etc.) by using the Format Painter which copies formatting to another selection of text.

To do this:

  1. Select the text you like the look of by highlighting it. Click Format Painter, and then highlight the text you want to change.

FormatPainter2. If you want to copy the formatting to more than one selection of text, double-click instead of single-clicking Format Painter.  It keeps the Format Painter “active” which allows you to repeat it in multiple locations. To exit the Format Painter, press Esc. or click on the Format Painter icon again.

In addition to text, Format Painter also works on shapes, cells, or picture borders, and applies it to the second. You can easily apply the same formatting wherever you want in your document with a couple of clicks. This applies to all MS Office Applications.

Video Tutorial (2 min) on using Format Painter

November 19, 2013
by Leanne Riseley

Timesaver: Mobile Device

Do you wish you could type faster on your Smartphone, but your fingers are just too big for the keyboard? If so, you aren’t alone. Here is a quick tip to save you time – at the end of a sentence press the SPACE bar twice. A period is automatically added, inserts a space and capitalizes the next letter. This works on iPhone, Android, Windows phone in most text-based applications such as notepad, mail, Evernote, and many more. Try it out today!

October 30, 2013
by Leanne Riseley

Timesaver: Scrolling Down a Page

If you are like me, you use your mouse to scroll up and down web pages.

But, did you know you could tap the space bar to scroll down a page?

Use <Shift> + space bar to scroll back up the page.

This works on all browsers.  It also works with PDF files. Try it out, it saves time with long pages and documents.

October 17, 2013
by Leanne Riseley

Timesaver: Rapidly access address bar in browser

Do you use the backspace key to remove the address in your browser’s address bar? Or do you highlight over the address and press delete? Here is a timesaver that will help you to rapidly replace the address in your browser with a new one. First, press <ALT> + D which will place the cursor in the beginning of the address bar and highlight any previous entry. Then, begin typing. The previous entry is deleted. Hit <Enter> and you will quickly access your new website.

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