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Move a Browser Tab to a New Window

There are times when it is helpful to be able to display browser tabs as separate windows, in order to make comparisons.

This is easy to do: simply click the browser tab and drag it away, placing it where you’d like.

To put it back, click the browser tab again and drag it back to its original position.


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Save typing time on Your iPad/iPhone

This tip on creating text shortcuts
is worth repeating!

This is the iPad/iPhone version of my Top Tip:
Use Outlook/Word Quick Parts.
For words or phrases you type over and over again, you can easily create shortcuts on the iPad and iPhone. This will
reduce errors and the time you spend typing repetitive phrases (like University of Canterbury), long words, jargon and acronyms.

(The precise details here may vary slightly depending on the model of your iPad/iPhone and the version of the iOS (Apple Operating System) you are running, but the concept remains the same. The concept will also be the same for Android phones and Windows phones – you’ll just have to find the right place.)

On your iPad or iPhone…

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard
  2. Select Shortcuts
  3. Tap the “+” symbol (in the upper right corner)
  4. Type in the phrase you want to shortcut and then the shortcut key you wish to associate with that phrase
  5. Tap Save (in the upper right corner)
  6. Now when you want to type that phrase (in an email, message, document, etc), type the characters assigned to the shortcut and tap the spacebar.

 


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Quickly Access Your Most-Used Folders

Save yourself A LOT of mouse-clicking every time you open or save something on
your computer.

Just implement this easy tip:

Gain quick access to the Folders you use most using Favorites


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Shortcut to enter date in Excel

If you use Excel, sooner or later you will need to enter the date into a cell. The following shortcut inserts a snapshot of the date into a cell, formatted in whatever way the cell is formatted.

1. In Excel, open the worksheet you need to insert the date into.

2. Click the cell you wish to insert the date into

3. Type CTRL+; (press the Ctrl key followed by the semicolon key)

The date displays in the cell. Format it any way you wish (eg, long date, short date, colour, etc). It is a snapshot, so it will stay the same no matter what other date you open the workbook.


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Include an email as an attachment

As you probably know, files can be attached to an email message. But did you know that other Outlook items, such as messages, contacts, or tasks can also be included with a message that you send?

Here we’ll look at including an email as an attachment.

There are various ways to do this, but the simplest way is as follows:

1. Create a new email message in Outlook

2. Drag the new email message window to one side so that you can also see your Outlook Inbox

3. From your Inbox (or Mail folders), drag the email messages you wish to attach and drop them into the body of the new email message. Don’t worry, this will not remove them from the Inbox or folders!
– the attached messages are grouped into an “Attached” area on the new email message

4. Complete the email message with your message and recipient(s)

5. Send the email message


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