Windows 8 Tip: How To Delete PDFs Without Throwing Your Computer Out The Window

How to delete PDFs in Windows 8 and not go mad

Here’s a trick that may keep you from going crazy one day. I wish I’d known it before I gouged this nasty dent in the top of my desk with my forehead.

It’s such a simple thing. Open up File Explorer in Windows 8. Find a PDF that you don’t want. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: How To Play DVDs In Windows 8

How to play DVDs in Windows 8

Windows 8 does not include built-in support for playing movies from a DVD. If you can’t play a movie, your options are different than you might expect.

It was easy with Windows 7. Windows Media Player isn’t a very good program but at least it can play a movie in Windows 7 when you pop a disk in the drive. […] continued

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Crazy Eddie Sale On Microsoft Office–They’re Giving It Away!

Crazy Eddie - Microsoft is giving away Office

Microsoft unexpectedly announced that the Office apps on iPad, iPhone and Android devices can now be used for free without an Office 365 subscription. There are new versions of the core Office programs – Word, Excel and Powerpoint – for iPhones, updates for the already excellent iPad programs, and touch-optimized versions of the programs for Android tablets are right around the corner. […] continued

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What The Deal Between Dropbox And Microsoft Really Means

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Dropbox and Microsoft unexpectedly announced a partnership to allow Office users to access and edit files stored in Dropbox directly from Office apps on phones, tablets and the web. The announcement comes just a week after Microsoft eviscerated Dropbox’s business model with unlimited OneDrive file storage. We can learn a lot from the deal about Microsoft’s business strategy and what to expect in the future. […] continued

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Price Reduced For New Office 365 Business Plans

Office 365 - compare business plans

Small businesses can now choose new, cheaper plans for Office 365. Making a choice is not a well-organized experience at the moment, though, because a long list of plans includes all the previous overlapping and confusing versions.

There are three new plans. All of them include online storage space in OneDrive for Business and use of the online versions of Office. […] continued

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Ninite Makes It Painless To Install Windows Programs

Ninite - fast, easy & painless program installs

I’ve been holding out on you. I haven’t told you about one of the best tools in my toolkit when I set up a new computer. Ninite.com is a free service that installs Windows programs quickly and without adware.

The Ninite website lists almost a hundred apps, with a checkbox by each one. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Explore the Bing Apps (Soon To Be “MSN Apps”)

Bing Apps (soon to be MSN Apps)

Windows 8.1 includes six best-of-class apps designed to show off the Windows 8 full-screen Metro environment. Last week Microsoft announced that they will be rebranded as “MSN apps” and made available on additional platforms. Give them a look – each one is beautiful and packed with useful information. They’ve become part of my daily routine. […] continued

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The Return Of X1 Search

X1 Search 8 - fast file and email searches

X1 Search 8 is a program for searching files and emails. It is not for everyone but there are some law office and small business professionals who will find that it immediately enhances productivity and quickly becomes an essential tool.

Windows and Outlook are indexed and searchable already. It will take a minute to explain why you might want to spend $49.95 […] continued

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OneNote Tip: Clip A Web Page By Mailing A Link To Me@OneNote.com

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Microsoft has added yet another nifty feature to make OneNote easier to use. If you send an email to me@onenote.com with a link to a webpage, a screenshot of the webpage will automatically be added to your Quick Notes in OneNote.

A few months ago, Microsoft added the ability to send the contents of an email message to Quick Notes. […] continued

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Bruceb Backup Pro Now Available

Bruceb Backup Pro - maximum protection, fast recovery

I’m pleased to announce that Bruceb Backup Pro is now available for small offices that want maximum protection and fast crisis recovery.

All of the details are now available online on brand new web pages. Well, actually it’s all just a lightly-modified rewrite of the article I wrote about Bruceb Backup Pro last month, but it’s laid out nicely with lots of white space and the front page has pictures that look very high-tech, so that’s good, right? […] continued

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Going Paperless: The Joy Of Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Scanners

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 desktop scanner

Offices are stepping up their efforts to go paperless by scanning and recycling paper files and incoming documents. For years I have told clients that the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 (previously the ScanSnap S1500) is the best tool for desktop scanning. I knew that from its reputation but I had never owned one. […] continued

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How To Buy Adobe Acrobat XI

How to buy Adobe Acrobat XI

Adobe Acrobat is almost as prevalent in businesses as Microsoft Office. Almost all office workers now outgrow the free Adobe Reader and need access to the full Acrobat program to create PDFs, scan documents, fill forms, convert PDFs to Word format, and more.

Acrobat has always been expensive but it is slightly more bearable now that Adobe has changed its licensing model to monthly subscriptions. […] continued

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Tales From The Trenches: Upgrades Gone Wrong

Tales from the trenches - upgrades gone wrong

Here’s a story about small business technology in 2014. It’s a long story and there’s no moral and no villain (except for Adobe, in the surprise twist at the end, but just so you’re not disappointed – spoiler! – the surprise twist probably doesn’t apply to you).

The setting is a small law office with a mix of Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 workstations. […] continued

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How To License And Install Microsoft Office

How to license and install Microsoft Office

Here’s a guide to buying a license for Microsoft Office, followed by a description of what Office programs and apps are available for computers, tablets, and phones.

The core Microsoft Office programs – Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, plus Outlook and OneNote – have been essential tools in every business since the dawn of Windows computing in the 80s. […] continued

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Microsoft Office Is Everywhere (Now Including iPads)

Microsoft releases Office for iPad

The release of Office for iPad last week immediately makes an iPad a better productivity tool for anyone in business. It’s only one part of a major effort at Microsoft to make sure that Office continues to be the ubiquitous toolkit for everyone.

• Office was originally developed for keyboard and mouse users. […] continued

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