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How to Change Search Provider Internet Explorer 10 (Windows 8)

If you have a computer running Windows 8 it will come with Internet Explorer 10 installed. When you perform a search on the internet it will use Bing as the search provider. If you would like to change the settings it’s not as simple as it used to be. Follow instructions below to change your search provider.

Becoming Familiar with the Ribbon In File Explorer (Windows 8)

In the new “File Explorer” (previously called “Windows Explorer), where you view the list of files/folders on your computer, there is now a “Ribbon” filled with commands just like the Office Programs (Word, Outlook, Excel, etc.).

Each section of the Ribbon is divided into Tabs. The Tabs will change depending on what is selected in File Explorer. For example, when you click on “Documents” under “Library”, the “Library Tools” tab will become available.

Optimize Search Settings for Windows 7

Changing a few simple settings within your Windows 7 Search window will make it easier for you to find important documents and e-mails.

Email

'Quick Parts' (Outlook 2010)

Quick Parts helps you to reuse content in e-mail messages by creating and using building blocks (i.e. company’s contact information, mission statement, or directions to your office). This video will show you how to create a Quick Part in Outlook 2010. It will also show you how to use the newly created Quick Part. There is one more quick tip that will help you to utilize the "Quick Parts" command more efficiently, adding it to your Quick Access Toolbar. That process is demonstrated in the second half of this video.
 

Save Un-sent e-mails to Inbox instead of 'Drafts' (Outlook 2003 & Outlook 2007)

You can change where Outlook saves drafts of your unsent e-mail messages.  By default Outlook will save the messages in the ‘Drafts’ folder.  For me its “out of sight, out of mind”, and I frequently forget I have saved a draft of an e-mail message.  It will help you to remember the unsent message if you save them to your Inbox. 
 

Shortcuts

Windows 7 - How to Open 'Documents' instead of 'Libraries'

When you open Windows Explorer in Windows 7, the default is to open the 'Libraries' view.  In previous versions of Microsoft Windows the default was to open 'My Documents' or 'Documents'.  By following the steps outlined in this video you can change the settings.  You will be able to view 'Documents' when you open Windows Explorer instead of 'Libraries'.

'Quick Parts' (Outlook 2007)

Quick Parts helps you to reuse content in e-mail messages by creating and using building blocks (i.e. company’s contact information, mission statement, or directions to your office). This video will show you how to create a Quick Part in Outlook 2007. It will also show you how to use the newly created Quick Part. There is one more quick tip that will help you to utilize the "Quick Parts" command more efficiently, adding it to your Quick Access Toolbar. That process is demonstrated in the second half of this video.
 

How to Create and Use e-mail Templates in Outlook (Outlook 2013/2010)

If you find that there are e-mail messages that you send out frequently that contain similar text, you can create a reusable template in Outlook. You can then edit and send the template as often as you need to. This works in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010.

Smartphones

How to View all calendars on iPhone and in Outlook (sync iPhone, iPad and Outlook) (iPad/iPhone iOS 7)

You may not have all the calendars showing on your iPhone and in Outlook. This could prevent you from seeing events that you create in Outlook on your iPhone, or vice versa. It is easily remedied. You will want to make sure you are displaying all the calendars on your iPhone as well as in Outlook. This process is shown on iPhone, but works the same on iPad.

iPad Typing Shortcuts: Quick Capital Letters, Numbers, Apostrophe and Quotation Marks (iPad)

There are some great shortcuts you can use when typing on your iPad. In this video we will cover how to quickly insert a capital letter, a number, an apostrophe and a quotation mark. This will help you to save time when typing.

Performance

Use 'Print Screen' to Capture Dialog Box ONLY

You may use the “Print Screen” function to capture images and insert them in publications, e-mails, presentations, etc.  By adding one key when you capture the image you can restrict the capture to the dialog box only vs. capturing the entire screen.
 

Disable 'Aero Snap' and 'Aero Shake' in Windows 7

Aero Snap lets you resize a window by dragging it to the edge of the screen.  Aero Shake allows you to minimize all other windows by shaking an open window.  These features may be useful to some and a problem for others.  You can quickly disable these two features.
 

Calendar/Tasks

Optimize Search Settings for Windows 7

Changing a few simple settings within your Windows 7 Search window will make it easier for you to find important documents and e-mails.