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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The Week In OneNote News: Free On All Platforms, New Companion Apps

OneNote - now free on all platforms

Last week Microsoft launched a major offensive for OneNote, trying to improve its brand recognition and make it more competitive with Evernote. It makes OneNote even more compelling for just about everyone, and there may be some lessons here for what Microsoft will do with its Office programs later this year. […] continued

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How To Survive The Adware Assault

Assaulted by adware

We are being assaulted by adware – programs installed by stealth and deceit by advertisers who do not care if they are unwelcome.

This isn’t a new problem but it’s getting worse. I feel like I’ve been spending half my time cleaning adware from perfectly nice computers in the last couple of months. […] continued

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Microsoft OneNote Will Be Free Everywhere (Even On Macs)

Microsoft OneNote will be free everywhere (even on Macs)

OneNote is the cross-platform note-taking program that has been included with every copy of Microsoft Office for longer than you realized. Microsoft plans to raise its profile and add features to ensure that it stays a step ahead of its biggest competitor, EverNote.

Mary Jo Foley reports today that a new version of OneNote for Mac will be released soon for free. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Rename Your Accounts In Mail App

Windows 8 - rename mail accounts

Here’s a trick that makes it easier to keep track of the different accounts set up on your Windows 8 tablet or computer. Try this:

—  Open up the full-screen Mail app.

—  Bring out the Charms bar and click on Settings. (Charms bar: swipe in from the right, or mouse to the lower right corner, or hit Windows key+C.) […] continued

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How To Convert A PDF Into An Editable Word Document

Convert Acrobat PDF to Word format

Offices have settled on PDF as the universal file format. PDFs are used for everything, from scanning the mail to exchanging contracts during negotiations. Offices might be creating more PDFs than Word documents and Excel spreadsheets.

Sometimes it’s necessary or helpful to edit the contents of a PDF file in Microsoft Word. […] continued

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How To Remove iTunes Add-Ins From Outlook

Outlook errors caused by iTunes add-ins

If you’re an Outlook user and iTunes is installed on your computer, you may have an Apple add-in running in Outlook that isn’t doing anything useful. In some cases, it turns out to cause slowdowns and crashes in Outlook. Since nothing is easy these days, naturally it requires an extra trick to remove the add-in. […] continued

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Windows 8 Tip: Display Address Bar And Tabs In Full-Screen Version Of Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer 11

Here’s a tip that might make it easier to get used to the Metro version of Internet Explorer that runs full-screen in Windows 8. After you upgrade to Windows 8.1, you have the option to always display the address bar and open tabs at the bottom of the screen.

Background  Internet Explorer has two completely different looks in Windows 8. […] continued

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Attacked by Advertising

Attacked by adware and advertising

Tech bloggers were in an uproar today when it was discovered that extensions to Google Chrome are being hijacked to insert unwanted ads onto web pages. It’s only a symptom of a deeper problem that will plague all of us this year: the hunger to deliver ads to your eyeballs is making advertisers more desperate and more willing to resort to subterfuge and deceit. […] continued

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Google Chrome, Windows 8, And Trojan Horses

Google Chrome OS

Windows 8 users who set Google Chrome as their default Internet browser are caught by surprise when it opens in a fullscreen Metro environment instead of running on the familiar Windows desktop. I’ll explain how that works below.

Today Google released Chrome version 32, which makes their strategy clearer. The new version makes the Metro version of Chrome a vehicle for running their faux operating system Chrome OS inside of Windows 8 – a Trojan horse aimed at taking down Windows from inside. […] continued

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Evernote–It’s The Best Of Apps, It’s The Worst Of Apps

Evernote - the best of apps, the worst of apps

Evernote is a popular app that can hold all kinds of information and give you quick access to it on all your devices – computers, tablets, and phones. As its popularity increases, it has been getting more attention, for better and for worse.

Recent puff pieces in Time magazine and the New York Times leave the impression that Evernote is a miracle, the digital archive that can organize your life, the answer to all your problems. […] continued

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Install LastPass 3.0.10 For Extra Stability In Internet Explorer

LastPass 3.0.10

The recent update to LastPass version 3 brought some new features and a refreshed look to the program, but it also brought a crop of new bugs and problems. There is an update to version 3.0.10 that might help Internet Explorer users, but you have to install it manually – as near as I can tell, it’s not being pushed out automatically yet. […] continued

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