Productivity Tip: Portable Scanning AND File Syncing

A client of mine, Margaret, recently acquired an iPad. After using the iPad camera, she realized that all of her magazine articles that she had clipped out over the past few months could be digitized! Eureka! And her question to me was: is using the camera the best option for this need? I challenged her […]

Three Productivity Tips for your iPad

At work you may use your iPad for managing email (and various email accounts), taking notes, managing tasks, and doing research. The more I use my iPad, the more I find I want to do things faster with it so I thought you might be in the same situation. Here’s a video with 3 quick […]

Editing PDFs Electronically

My clients are asking me how they can edit electronic forms in PDF format. For me, the easiest and quickest solution that I’ve found is to save the PDF to my computer and open it with PDF editing software. I like PDF Pen – it works on the Mac and on the iPad and it’s […]

Adding footers in Word

Scenario: You are creating a multiple page document with others. You need to let others know how many pages there are in total and you want to help your future self remember where you stored the document. Use the header and footer functionality in Word which lets you insert repeating text on each page in […]

Resetting a style in Word when all else fails

Scenario: You’re trying to apply a new style to a paragraph yet the new style isn’t being applied. You’ve tried clearing the style and even that doesn’t work! Now what? If you ever run into style issues like the one listed above, delete the paragraph marker, make a new paragraph, and then apply the new […]

What To Do If You Get A Word Document With Messed Up Styles Throughout

Scenario: Your boss comes to you with a Word document and you are asked to make the content look professional in a short amount of time. Someone else has written the content, and, when you look at the document, you see that the author has inconsistent styles throughout the file. Or one section has styles […]

Make Professional Looking Documents in Word (Part 2)

See the first part of this subject: Make Professional Looking Documents in Word (Part 1) before reading any further. OK, so you have a document that now contains styles, whether you applied the styles or you inherited a document from someone else that contains styles. Here are 3 reasons why you need to use styles […]

Using the Document Map in Word

The Document Map in Word provides an outline of the sections in your document. Subsections are indented in the Document Map to show you that they are sub points. At a glance you can see the writer’s logical progression of the topic that you are reading about. You can also use the Document Map to […]

Make Professional Looking Documents in Word (Part 1)

Here’s the scenario: You are working on a document that needs to be formatted nicely so that it’s both easy to read and easy to see the inherent logic, or document structure, in the document. You want: text evenly spaced, headings to introduce new sections, and maybe even a table of contents. So you start […]

Reusing Online Content In Your Microsoft Word Documents

This tip will save you time and unnecessary heartache. Here’s the scenario: You find some content during your web travels that is exactly what you’re looking for. You decide you need to include it in one of your Word documents. After pasting in the content, everything in your Word document looks screwy! What happened?! Content […]