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Power User

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Word Styles: Automating a Table of Contents

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 and even reorganize ...

Vivian Manning - December 11, 2014
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Master Styles in Microsoft Word

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 ...

Vivian Manning - November 4, 2014
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For Better or Worse: Customizing Styles in Microsoft Word

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, I had a few requests from readers who ...

Vivian Manning - September 25, 2014
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Stylin’ It in Microsoft Word

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 — from neatly creased khakis, ...

Vivian Manning - August 14, 2014
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Use New School Legal Technology

I recently read an article, Why old school attitudes to technology are hitting ...

Vivian Manning - July 1, 2014
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Where, Oh, Where Has My Email Gone?

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 flights are Internet ...

Vivian Manning - May 19, 2014
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Ready for Inspection! Word 2013 Document Inspector

Before a new airplane rolls off the production line and is put into service, it undergoes exhaustive inspections until it’s certified as completely airworthy. Even more inspections take place before and after every single flight takes off, for ...

Vivian Manning - March 27, 2014
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Bid Farewell to Windows XP

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 XP delivered the holy grail of computing for me — ...

Vivian Manning - February 17, 2014
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Fine-Tune Your Outlook Junk Mail Settings

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 Junk Mail folder, and the filter rarely lets spam ...

Vivian Manning - January 16, 2014
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Power User Guide: Best-Loved Keyboard Shortcuts

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 do. I want you to break up — with your mouse. And I’m going ...

Vivian Manning - December 11, 2013