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Word Styles: Automating a Table of Contents

By | Dec.11.14 | 3 Comments

In her latest “Power User” series, Vivian Manning has been showing how to use Microsoft Word Styles to produce documents much more efficiently. In her last column, she showed how Heading Styles can be used to structure …Continue reading »

Master Styles in Microsoft Word

By | Nov.04.14 | No Comments

In this “Power User” series, Vivian Manning has been teaching us the ins and outs of Microsoft Word Styles — helping us understand why they are so necessary and how to apply and customize Styles to suit individual tastes. But …Continue reading »

Power User

For Better or Worse: Customizing Styles in Microsoft Word

By | Sep.25.14 | 2 Comments

In last month’s column, “Stylin’ It in Microsoft Word,” I showed how using Word’s default Styles to format documents can make your life much easier — and urged you to “leave ’em as Microsoft set ’em.” Still, …Continue reading »

Power User

Stylin’ It in Microsoft Word

By | Aug.14.14 | 7 Comments

Do you ever wish you could just open your closet in the morning and pull out an entire coordinated outfit? Imagine deciding to dress “business casual,” and reaching in to retrieve a hanger holding a complete outfit …Continue reading »

Power User

Use New School Legal Technology

By | Jul.01.14 | 1 Comment

I recently read an article, Why old school attitudes to technology are hitting law firm profitability, by Neil Cameron, who beautifully sets out the profitability argument for lawyers and staff to properly use the legal technology …Continue reading »

Where, Oh, Where Has My Email Gone?

By | May.19.14 | 1 Comment

We are so used to instant gratification when it comes to communication — instant messaging, texting, all-access all-the-time smartphones. We can’t even get away from it when we travel, especially now that more and more …Continue reading »

Power User

Bid Farewell to Windows XP

By | Feb.17.14 | 2 Comments

The firm I work in is Windows-based, just like the vast majority of North American law firms. When our firm upgraded from Windows 98 to Windows XP, I became a much less grumpy techie. Windows …Continue reading »

Email Tech Tips

Fine-Tune Your Outlook Junk Mail Settings

By | Jan.16.14 | 1 Comment

As Outlook has matured, so has its Junk Mail filter — it’s getting better and better at recognizing what’s good and wanted, and what’s bad and not. You’ll seldom find “good” mail in your Outlook …Continue reading »

Tech Tips

Power User Guide: Best-Loved Keyboard Shortcuts

By | Dec.11.13 | 2 Comments

Break up with your mouse! You know that old chestnut from composer Burt Bacharach, “Make it easy on yourself, ’cause breaking up is so very hard to do?” Well, that’s what I want you to …Continue reading »