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15 Microsoft Office keyboard shortcuts (1/15)

This article details 15 Microsoft Office keystrokes that can help save time in Excel, Word and Outlook. We’ve summarized them below:


  • Help – F1
  • Go To – F5
  • Toggle Between Documents – CTRL + F6
  • Spell Check – F7
  • Save – Shift + F12 or CTRL + S


  • Change Case – Shift + F3
  • Repeat Last Action – F4
  • Thesaurus – Shift + F7
  • Disable Hyperlinks – CTRL + Shift + F9


  • Edit a cell – F2
  • Insert a Function – Shift + F3
  • Create a cell reference – F4
  • Display Macro dialog box – ALT + F8
  • Calculate the active worksheet – Shift + F9
  • Create a chart with data in current range – F11

Facebook tips for power users (1/15)

Yes, we know that many of you are laughing at Facebook and “Power users” being used together, but since it is the #1 social networking platform, we thought some tips might be in order!

See this article for details; we’ve summarized them below.

The Other Messages Folder – this is where messages from people you are not connected to are put. It is next to your inbox on the top left column of your Home page.

See who’s snooping in your account – want to see if someone is logging into your Facebook account without your permission? Go to your settings page, and under the security folder you’ll see a link to “Where you’re logged in.” You have the option to end activity from specific individuals or everyone.

Make Facebook upside down or in Pirate Speak – we’re not sure why you would want to do this, so check out the article if you really want to know.

Create an interest list - these are curated collections of posts from websites, companies or individuals that you can follow in a feed. To access this, scroll down to “Interests” link in the left column, hover over the header and click on “more”.

Detail your Facebook romance – go to and you’ll see your Facebook history of whomever you are listed as being in a relationship with.

Transfer files over Facebook chat – there is a little gear icon in the top right corner of the chat window. One of the options is to “Add Files”.

You can embed public content - click the pull down menu in the top right of the file and click “embed”.

Secret Emoji – Facebook has many emoticons – see a full rundown here.

Don’t let Facebook track your mobile browsing – Facebook is using your app and web-browsing history to show targeted ads from advertisers. This tip shows ways to opt out of this.

Prune your newsfeed - this is your home on Facebook. You can prune advertisers or friends who are inundating you with posts. Hover your mouse over “News Feed” in the left corner and then click on the little gear that pops up. Or, you can click the little arrow in the top right corner of any post to follow or unfollow specific people.

Save posts for later - sometimes you want to read something, but don’t have time right then. To save a post for later reading, click the little arrow in the top-right of any post. Then click the Save “[name of story]” button from the pull-down. This will send the link to your Saved folder, which will appear in your left-hand favorites bar.

See what your friends are up to without you - sounds a little masochistic, but might appeal to some. You can see a detailed history of the friendship between two of your friends by finding a post that one has posted on the others wall. Then click the little arrow in the top right hand of that post and then click “More Options.” There, you will see the “see friendship” option, which will give you a detailed history of their friendship.

25 most common passwords (1/15)

This article discusses the 25 most common leaked passwords found on the Internet. If you are using any of these it is time to rethink your password strategy!

123456 123456789 1234567 mustang superman
password 1234 monkey access 696969
12345 baseball letmein shadow 123123
12345678 dragon abc123 master batman
qwerty football 111111 michael trustno1

Farewell to Microsoft Server 2003 (1/15)

Support for Windows Server 2003 is ending on July 14, 2015. What does this mean? Microsoft will no longer patching or updating Server 2003, so if you are running it your IT network will no longer be secure. Hackers target out-of-date operating systems. We are working with our clients for plans for their remaining 2003 servers, but if you would like to discuss your specific situation please give us a call.

Microsoft takes action against tech support scammers (1/15)

Microsoft recently filed a lawsuit against Omnitech Support, a tech support company, accusing them of unfair and deceptive business practices and trademark infringement. Omnitech is accused of confusing prospective customers about their affiliation with Microsoft, using that affiliation to convince consumers that their PCs were infected with malware in order to sell them unnecessary security services to clean their computers. Even worse, Omnitech actually introduced security issues that weren’t previously there.

The lesson? Here is a summary of the advice that Microsoft offers:

  • Never hire someone to work on your computer who approaches you online or via the phone.
  • Do not purchase any software or services
  • Ask if there is a fee or subscription associated with the “service” — if there is, hang up
  • Never give control of your computer to a third party unless you can confirm that it’s a legitimate representative of a computer support team with whom you are already a customer
  • Take the caller’s information down and immediately report it to your local authorities
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support.

See this article for more details.

Data security – year of revolt by merchants and customers? (1/15)

Who hasn’t had their credit card compromised? Changing all of your automatic payments is quite a pain. Aside from the inconvenience, someone is absorbing the cost. This year may be the year that merchants revolt against being stuck with the liability for fraud. Or, it may the year that we see a more secure credit card infrastructure (for example chip and pin, which is already popular in Europe.) We also may see credit card companies competing on the basis of security. Something has to give – it will be interesting to see what happens.

Guide to Headphones (1/15)

PC Magazine has a great guide to headphones in a recent issue. Here is a list of the articles:

Health IT News for Metro DC: January Predictions for 2015, Clunkers from 2014 (1/15)

In our January HIT Newsletter we took a look at 10 predictions for key healthcare IT technology areas in 2015, as well as a look back at 4 real clunkers from 2014!

Tech Hygiene – keeping it clean! (12/14)

This article has some very good suggestions for keeping your technology clean – inside and out! We’ve summarized the tips below:

  1. Don’t save to your desktop. It gets messy, and backup utilities usually don’t backup your desktop so files can easily get lost.
  2. Don’t ignore software updates. When programs such as Java, Windows, Flash, Adobe Reader and Internet Explorer are updated one of the major changes is usually patching software to plug vulnerabilities. Ignoring these updates leaves you with risks that could be easily avoided. BUT – a couple of warnings. (1) if you are on a hotel Wi-Fi or other public network, don’t download updates unless you are sure they are legitimate. Leave this activity for a “trusted” connection such as home or office. (2) Note that some line-of-business applications require specific software versions, so make sure you work with your IT support staff to be sure you remain compatible.
  3. Don’t eat or drink at your computer. Liquid is TERRIBLE for computers, and crumbs can get in the keyboard and cause problems. If you have to eat/drink while using your computer, make sure you keep your distance!
  4. Use two-step verification to access any important accounts. This usually involves a code being sent to your phone or a USB security key.
  5. Backup your data. Use a cloud service or a cheap hard drive. No excuses!
  6. Clean your PC every few months.
  7. Don’t leave your laptop or phone in a hot car. Heat is worse than cold, but electronics are not fond of really cold temperatures either.
  8. Don’t use one password for everything. You can use a password manager, but if nothing else have a password-protected spreadsheet that you use for keeping track of your passwords. Check out this tip for suggestions on strong passwords.
  9. Clean the surface of your phone. Studies show that cell phones are often as dirty as a public restroom!

10. Don’t let your PC get too slow. Upgrade the RAM, clean out your hard drive, don’t visit questionable sites, don’t start too many programs when your computers starts up – all of these suggestions will help!

Glympse – share your location (12/14)

Glympse is an app for your phone that allows you to share your location in real time. You can send someone a Glympse and they can they track your location, estimated speed of travel and estimated time of arrival. If your company is delivering something, it is a way for you to either track the delivery yourself, or to share the tracking with the recipient. It is also very useful for a group of friends who are meeting, or for someone traveling by car – send your host a Glympse and they can have dinner on the table when you arrive!

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