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Ever sought help in Microsoft Office—only to feel like you needed more help? Melissa P. Esquibel, a Microsoft Certified Trainer who writes “The Office Tech Pro” blog, offers these tips for getting the right help fast, so you can get back to your task:

Billions of email messages are sent each day, but one study estimates that the average employee wastes more than 40 minutes a day on worthless email. That doesn't even include the jokes your friends and family forward and the unnecessary messages your colleagues copy to everyone in the office. Here's how you can trim the time you spend on email:

U.S. Brig. Gen. H.R. McMaster likens PowerPoint to an internal threat. “It’s dangerous because it can create the illusion of understanding and the illusion of control,” he says. “Some problems in the world are not bullet-izable.” He’s one of many who see the limits of PowerPoint, despite the central role it plays in their daily lives.

Google has one of the most successful products on the Internet. Why would its leaders want to alter it? Because even Google has to evolve. That’s the reason for the site’s recent redesign, its eighth. Here’s how Google does it:

You’re leaving for vacation, so you dutifully set up the classic “Out of the office, will reply to your message when I get back” e-mail auto-responder. But the auto-reply message doesn’t get rid of the nagging feeling that you’re missing something. Before you go on vacation, set up a custom auto-reply system that will make it easier for you to relax.

Imagine typing only about half of what you do now. Keyboard shortcuts may seem like more trouble than they’re worth. But once discovered and practiced, shortcuts can prove to be valuable timesavers. The key is not trying to learn them all...

Newer smartphones have such good cameras they can double as barcode scanners. That means while shopping, you can use your phone to: 1. Compare prices on the spot. 2. Store your membership cards on your phone, rather than crowding your key ring.

Newer smartphones have such good cameras they can double as barcode scanners. That means while shopping, you can use your phone to: 1. Compare prices on the spot. 2. Store your membership cards on your phone, rather than crowding your key ring.

During my video training last week, I explained the basics of PowerPoint, including how to import your content quickly and easily. This week, we're going to get a bit more sophisticated...

I feel passionate about how much time we waste comparing ourselves to others. We make assumptions about their lives, rather than recognize that they, too, struggle with their own limiting beliefs, challenges and self-doubts. If we compare ourselves only to the superachievers, we’re always going to walk away thinking we’re not good enough. We need to acknowledge that we are doing our best daily and give ourselves credit for all our efforts.

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