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Outlook Tip – Speed up your workflow

Posted in Methods, Workflow with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by Sirusdark

Outlook 2013 Logo

Here’s a very simple tip that will help you save time, improve your health and make your workflow a lot more efficient.

Keyboard is da bomb

It’s simple! Use Outlook’s keyboard shortcuts to switch from your Inbox/Mail, Calendar, Contact/People and Tasks! It makes things faster, less mouse clicks (thus reducing chances of wrist pain/carpal tunnel problems) and greatly improves your workflow!

Ctrl+1 = Mail

Ctrl+2 = Calendar

Ctrl+3 = People

Ctrl+4 = Tasks

Ctrl+5 = Notes

Note that these shortcuts work in every Microsoft’s Office Outlook versions.



Efficiency trick – Shift-Click scroll bars

Posted in Computer, Methods, Windows, Workflow with tags on April 28, 2014 by Sirusdark

Scroll BarHere’s another neat trick to speed up your navigation: shift clicking scroll bars!

Most program’s windows within a window system environment, whenever there’s a scroll bar, you can shift click (left-click) to move the scroll bar’s bar strait to the bottom or desired position.

So instead of scrolling endlessly and wasting your time, just shift-click scroll bars!

Free will

If you really do like to scroll, you could use a Logitech mouse that has a free wheel feature (Ex.: G500s, but beware, it produces a high-pitch sound). It’s awesome for sound editing when you need to zoom in a sound wave to see a detail.



File copy – Windows 8’s hidden gem

Posted in Methods, Windows, Workflow with tags , , , on April 1, 2014 by Sirusdark

I just can’t talk enough about how this feature is awesome. Gone is the time where a 2 hours file copy would be interrupted by a “same name” file/folder error. Windows now merges same named folder’s CONTENT instead of throwing an error. Also, if same named folder(s) contains same named files, Windows will ask you if you want to replace the existing files or simply skip them after copying the new files. Oh yeah! :D

Real-life example

Let’s say you have two drives: drive C:\ contains your active work folder called “My_work” and drive F:\ is your backup drive:

5 files: 001.jpg, 002.jpg, 003.jpg, 004.jpg, 005.jpg

3 files: 001.jpg, 002.jpg, 003.jpg

What happens if you copy the folder from drive C:\ to drive D:\?  Windows 8 will simply copy the files WITHIN the folder “My_work” that are not identical: thus, images 004 and 005 will be added and Windows will ask you if you want to replace 3 files or skip them.

Now THAT’s what I call efficient. We can now create backups in a breeze in a single click’n’kip BAM! Incremental backup.

Same named folder? No problemo

Windows 8 File CopyScreenshot shows two folders with identical names and Windows looks INSIDE instead of throwing an error. The 7 items are 1 folder and 6 files inside.

Best practice: rename, rename, rename, F2, F2, F2…

Of course, saving , copying and manipulating any kind of files, requires that you properly identified them the first place.