Tricia's Tech Tips, Tricks & Tools Blog

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Have the right tool for the job

In an earlier post I wrote about information management and the tools I use. This is an expansion of that. Simply put, have the right tool for what you’re trying to do. However, there’s a balancing act between having the...

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Fewer spreadsheets, more worksheets

A friend of mine is a professional organizer (who would be appalled at my office!) and she once told me that no more files than will fit on a screen is the ideal number to have in any given folder....

quick tip - outlook 0

Get your email message read

Even after all these years of email, it seems like people assume others are just waiting at their computer with bated breath for their message. Surprise, they’re not. I get at least 50 messages a day. Others get hundreds. If...

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Protect yourself from cyber-scams

Back in the dark ages before cellphones, I used a simple strategy for dealing with phone scams. My mantra was “I never discuss anything financial if I haven’t initiated the phone call.” It served me really well.

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Enter first, format later

This is just a tip from my experience — it saves time and effort. When writing, type in the text and edit before you begin formatting. Once you start formatting, you can get carried away making everything look just right....

The Brain software 0

Information management

We all have so much information coming at us all day long! How do we manage to keep up with it? For me, I have a variety of tools. Probably too many, but I find different tools make it easiest to manage different information and engages different parts of my brain.

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You don’t have to know…

You have to know how to find out. I had a management class when I was in college. The professor made this point and it has stuck with me all these years. It applies in so many circumstances. You don’t...

quick tip - excel 0

Number, not number

Since Excel is designed to work with numbers, it assumes everything is a number, or a not-number. Formatting and calculating are much easier if you remember this. You can calculate on dates so those are numbers. You can’t calculate on...

Problem solving 0

Problem-solving

I saw a book on problem-solving in my daily email from BookBub and it struck a familiar note. Many moons ago when I was in college, we covered problem-solving in one of my classes. (And, yes, I actually remember a...

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Learn more ways to do things

There are at least 5 ways of doing most things in the Microsoft Office programs. Since most Windows programs follow their lead, these should work in other applications as well. We all have preferences, some more conscious than others. If you learn alternative ways of doing things, you can find the way that is most efficient for you.