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Tips for budgeting in QuickBooks

For any small-business owner using QuickBooks for small business accounting, there are an overwhelming amount of options within the program that might pertain to your business. The hard part is finding the features that make sense for you and maximizing your time while working on them. One feature that all small-business owners eventually need is budgeting. With some basic budgeting tools, a business owner can forecast certain trends over a period of time, make wiser decisions on upcoming major purchases, and track cash flow. QuickBooks makes all of these very easy by following a few simple...

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Decoding the Photoshop Selection Tools: Quick Selection

We’re almost done with our tour of the Photoshop selection tools; only two more to go! Already, we’ve visited the Magic Wand, the Lasso, and the Selection Brush, and this week we’ll stop by Quick Selection and see what all the fuss is about. It’s one of a handful of editing tools in the selection arsenal, which is one of the most important and versatile sections in Photoshop! But why, you may ask? Well, let’s back up and explain before we proceed: If you need to cut out an object, or modify only part of an image, then the selection tools are just the ticket. This is one of the most common...

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The Concepts of Strong Visual Design

Strong designs go far beyond looking cool. When you load a website, watch an ad on television or peruse magazine ads, are you looking at them with random purpose, or did someone sprinkle a breadcrumb trail for you to follow? A well-designed document leads viewers from point A to B, highlighting and emphasizing key components without shouting in all caps “HEY! LOOK OVER HERE!” While there are many creative and intricate ways to draw viewers to the important content like moth to flame, there are basic (and highly effective) methods that are commonly used in just about all of today’s media....

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Five Excel© Features That Everyone Should Know

Microsoft Excel is just about as famous for being frustratingly difficult as it is for being exceedingly useful. These five tricks will make your data-crunching experience a much more relaxing one. 1. What Day Is It? Excel’s “Today” feature is no doubt a quick way to insert the day’s date into your spreadsheet. If you are not familiar with it, entering =TODAY() into a blank cell puts the day’s date into the cell. A word of warning, though – Even though this seems like it would be a useful tool to track when you input important data into your spreadsheet, the date will automatically update...

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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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