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Question: My company needs a simple way to share and update documents in real time, with 5-10 clients. We would like to customize the document for each client so it includes each client’s logo. Initially, we may use one or two Excel spreadsheets for tracking projects and later add Word documents. What would be the best and most economical method to accomplish this? - Chriss Shofner
Question: I have been tasked with project coordination for my boss’s home renovation, which is quite extensive.  I am looking for a user-friendly project-software program.  Has anyone used a project-software program that you can recommend? - Karen Kosmoski
Question: Our small law firm has several administrative staff members nearing the top of the pay scale (both in our organization and for similar jobs in our region). We're not in a position to raise their salaries indefinitely, but we need to keep them energized and excited. Any suggestions? - Barbara DeClemente
Question: We have probably covered this ground before, but I will ask again.  Does anyone have a source that provides current salary ranges for admins and exec admins? - Marie Heaton
Question: I'm setting up a large distribution list that I will use to send an announcement. I’ll be using “Bcc” in Outlook.  What name should I use in the “To:” box?  Is there a generic name that I can use?  And what name will appear to the Bcc recipients? - Chierile
Question: My boss needs a way to track tasks that he assigns to his direct reports. We tried using "task list" in Outlook, but once you assign a task to someone, they become the owner. My boss wants to see all the progress for his direct reports. Do you have any suggestions? - Rondallyn McKinzie
Question: How do I post, as an All Day Event in an Outlook calendar, a lengthy reminder that will wrap the text so you can view the complete reminder, whether it’s two or three lines? - Anonymous

Question: A co-worker and I are using Print Shop Deluxe to create a newsletter. But we’re having difficulties saving it in the format the printer needs. The printer requests a minimum 300 dpi. Print Shop properties show 600 dpi, but when the print shop receives it, it shows up at  96 dpi. The printer also requests the file as .pdf .eps or .tif. I can’t seem to find those options.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Are other programs more compatible when using outside printers, such as Quark, Adobe, etc.? And do they have the capability to print newsletters? - Tanya in Denver

Question: When my boss assigns work, I try to go over it with him to make sure that I understand the task or offer suggestions. He often stomps, shouts, uses foul language and belittles me by interrupting and saying, “ I’m worth more than your time.”

Management apologizes for him, but takes no action. I’m not in a position to change jobs because of my age and because I need the insurance. How should I handle the situation? - Anonymous

Question: Although I am not in charge of making sure that the restrooms stay clean, people tell me when it needs cleaning.

Any suggestions on how to communicate in a professional manner that everyone should pick up after themselves and maintain a clean restroom? We provide cleaning supplies such as Clorax wipes, etc. - Martha

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