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Achievement unlocked: maintain “inbox zero” for a year

“Inbox zero” means having no messages in your “IN” tray (and keeping it that way). This is not meant to be a goal in itself, but it’s a clear indication of whether or not you’re staying on top of things.

With Outlook I have finally been able to maintain “inbox zero” since I started this job last year. I feel it’s worth sharing my method in the following. Continue reading

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Excel tip: Alt+Enter works in formulas, too!

Did you know that you can use Alt+Enter in formulas, too? I didn’t, and I’ve been using Excel for exactly thirty years now. This blew my mind. Continue reading

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“The felt is worn”

*”The felt rollers are worn”*
Here’s a completely true story that I personally experienced. I was working at Microsoft, fielding calls from Microsoft partners, retailers, and customers. It was generally interesting and often challenging. And once in a while, a question came along that had me in tears. Continue reading

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20 years ago

*Twenty years ago*
I came across this photo recently of Windows 95 and it struck me: that’s twenty years ago!
I remember that time well. It’s my personal little claim to fame as a member of the Microsoft ShowTeam that toured the country for months. Continue reading

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Show keyboard shortcuts in Windows 7

Microsoft released Windows 7 in 2009, and one thing I’ve always hated about it is that the option to underline keyboard shortcuts was gone. Why would anyone deliberately make it harder for users to work smarter, by no longer showing them those underlines? I’ve finally discovered that the underlines still exist — here’s how to turn them on! Continue reading

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