It takes more than technology to be productive.

Most everyone appreciates technology and its promise. The flip side is it can also be a pain. It could be you have the right tools, but you aren’t sure how to use them to your advantage. How many times have you stared at a screen and wondered, “now what?”. I have, and it’s frustrating. The goal of this site is to pass on my learnings.

Whether you’re frustrated or simply trying to level up your skills, we’d like to help. We’ve written many tutorials and informative articles covering everything from Amazon’s Alexa to Microsoft Excel with lots in between. And we’re open to suggestions.


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How to Reduce Image File Size

Have you ever had one of those great photos that you wanted to share or upload only to find out there was a file size restriction? Your grand photo was too big. Professional photographers and designers know how to get around these barriers, but this can be a nightmare for others. Fortunately, some easy and free online picture optimization services can reduce image file size without sacrificing quality ...
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Snagit 2021 Captures Screens & Your Imagination

If I were to give an award for the software program I've reviewed and valued the most over the years, TechSmith's Snagit would be toward the top. It's one of those essentials you immediately install to a new computer because you don't want to work without it. In this Snagit review, I'll highlight some of my favorite features. Just don't call it a screen capture or print screen program because it can do much more ...


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Create Outlook Auto Reply Emails Using Rules & Template

Recently, I got an email from a friend who changed his email address and contact information. He asked me the best way to notify his contacts. I sent some suggestions and then remembered Microsoft Outlook rules could complement his solution ...
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Excel Slicers Make Data Analysis Easier

One of my favorite Microsoft Excel features is data slicers. As the name suggests, it's a way to take an Excel table or pivot table and filter it in predetermined ways or slices. It's a little like a push-button interactive ...
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Reuse Text & Images with Outlook Quick Parts

For a moment think of the emails you've replied to this week. I'm guessing some of them were repetitive with people asking the same questions. I dislike having to type the same thing countless times. Instead, I prefer to use ...
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Quick Guide to Microsoft Excel Solver

Some time back, I wrote a tutorial about a useful function in Microsoft Excel called Goal Seek. It quickly allows you to solve easy “what-if” scenarios. However, although helpful, it has limitations. Fortunately, Microsoft has a more powerful add-in analysis ...
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Make Your Own Word Keyboard Shortcuts

Sometimes using Microsoft Word menus is slower. Granted, many built-in commands have keyboard shortcuts, but most do not. This was the case for me when I wanted to use Word's Reading Mode. Instead of finding the correct tab and button ...