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Top Three Time-Saving Tricks for Microsoft Word

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 7/19/12] There always seems to be something in Microsoft Word we can’t figure out, right? Besides being a powerful word processing application, Word has a wide reach of capabilities in many other areas. However, wouldn’t it be nice to know the cool tricks that all the pros use? Here is a list of my top three tricks for Word. Table of Contents For longer documents that require a table of contents, you have two choices to build it. You can either manually create it at the end of your project, or use the built-in features of Word and have...

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Businesses Can Accept Payments by Phones, Tablets

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 6/22/12] While organizing an upcoming event for my business, I realized that I didn’t have an effective way to swipe credit cards in person. My business doesn’t do in-store credit card transactions, as all are handled in advance. But, with this event looming, we realized there may be a need for people to pay on site. In the past, there was always a need for traditional credit card machines, but that’s no longer true. Using a smartphone or tablet, with one of many clever apps installed, anyone can accept payments instantly. I signed my business up...

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Free Microsoft Excel© Tips & Tricks Seminars for Local Businesses

In an effort to assist the local business community, The Fort Collins Digital Workshop is offering free “Tips and Tricks” seminars focusing on Microsoft Excel©. These one-hour seminars take place onsite at the business location, and usually occur during the business’ allotted lunch hour. Participants are allowed to enjoy their lunch while watching the presentation and are encouraged to bring along a portable computer so that they can try out the timesaving tips and tricks that they will learn throughout the seminar. A popular software program with businesses, Microsoft Excel© is a powerful...

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A Simple Mail Merge Can Save You Time

[Originally published in The Coloradoan on 4/6/12] If you have a list of contacts on your computer and are ready to start mailing to a large group of them, then you can put down your pen and let your computer do all the dirty work. With two of the most popular Microsoft programs, Word and Excel, you can quickly and easily create a mail merge system for your contacts. A mail merge is the combination of a data source and a word processing document to produce mailing labels, envelopes, form letters and more. It is an extremely powerful tool that most administrative professionals use to save...

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