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Are you sending emails to yourself?

We all do it. An idea for later. Something we must remember to do. Some ideas relating to a project.

For example, say you have an Outlook email folder containing email relating to a particular thing you are working on, and you’d like to save some thoughts of your own in the same folder…. So you send yourself an email containing those thoughts, which you then save in that work folder. Sound familiar?

There is a better way!
It is called
Post In This Folder, and it is a button in Outlook Mail.

To use Post In This Folder in Outlook Mail:

  1. Open the folder in Outlook that you’d like to post the note in
  2. Click the New Items button (at the left end of the Home Ribbon)
  3. Click More Items
  4. Click Post In This Folder
    – a blank note “page”  appears
  5. Add a subject line
  6. Write any notes you’d like to record
  7. Click the Post button

NOTE: if you use this button a lot, pin it to the Quick Access Toolbar so that you can access it quickly.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Save Travel Time for Meetings

Some fresh air is great, but you don’t always have the time to travel to and from a meeting. There is an alternative.

Did you know that you can meet with your colleagues around the University, from your desk, using the teleconferencing and video conferencing* features on your computer?
(*video conferencing is available if you have a camera on your computer)

In Microsoft Outlook Calendar:

  1. Click New Skype Meeting on the Home ribbonNew Skype Meeting button
  2. Add your participants (as you would normally add recipients to an email) so that each recipient will receive an invitationNew Skype Meeting Invitation with invitees
    You’ll notice in the body of the meeting there is a link to Join Skype Meeting.
  3. Complete the other details of the meeting and Send the invitation as you normally would.
  4. When the meeting time is due: you, and each participant, click Join Skype Meeting and a conference between you and all the
    participants will be formed.

You can also use this feature for external meetings – eg, with people external to UC – even if they don’t have Skype!

For other ways to make the most of your Skype for Business tools, see these other Skype for Business Basic Tasks.


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Computer Monitor Not Working?

The lights are on but nobody’s home!

This morning I got to work, woke up/unlocked my computer, and only one monitor displayed anything. The other monitor stayed resolutely black, even though its power light was on.

Do you have trouble with a computer screen (monitor) switching itself off from time to time? It might  refuse to wake up from sleep mode, or just apparently switch itself off. One moment you’re working with two monitors, then one goes black – and you can no longer see what’s on that monitor!

Here’s a solution:
Reach behind the monitor and switch it off (using the monitor’s on/off switch). Wait a minute or two, then switch it back on. This usually resolves the problem.

If it still stays switched off:
Check that all the cable plugs going into the back of the monitor are firmly plugged in, and check that the other end of each cable is firmly plugged in as well.

If that still doesn’t work, contact ITS for help. (Click the link, then look to the far right side, in the Need Help? section.)


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Five Things to Massively Simplify Your Day

I posted these tips almost exactly 3 years ago. Did you see them? Read on.

How many times have we heard the words, “if only I had known that yesterday”!

Are you using these five tips?
They make a difference to my life every day. The time investment it takes you to read and implement them will be repaid to you many, many times in time, effort and satisfaction.

  1. Simplify your Emailing with this quick way to find an Email recipient’s name, using Ctrl K
  2. Make your computer type “University of Canterbury” (and other repetitive long phrases) for you
  3. Use Outlook Quick Steps to avoid repetitively entering email address names
  4. Lock your computer when you step away from it
  5. Archive of Tech Tips

For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Using Email Read Receipts

This is one of those things that you may be doing without realising what a nuisance it can be for those receiving your emails.

I’m talking about using “Request a Delivery Receipt” and “Request a Read Receipt” by default – ie, using them for every message you send.

This becomes a real nuisance for your recipient because they have to acknowledge , or “approve”, the receipt for every email of yours that they read (and they can choose not to send the receipt). So it becomes especially tiresome if they have a back-and-forth email exchange with you.

Of course, you may need to use this feature from time to time, but try to avoid using it as the default.

You can find them when you create a new email message, on the Options Ribbon:

Don’t be a nuisance – leave these switched off by Default.

For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Archive of Tech Tips
Technology Information for Staff website

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