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Access 2007/2010 shortcut: create new fields with field templates

Published by | Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Want an easy way to create new fields in Access 2007 or 2010? Gone are the days of painstakingly creating each new field, setting its data type, and then modifying the properties, especially for commonly used groups of fields like addresses. This time-saving shortcut from Alicia Katz Pollock shows how you can use field templates to do the job quickly and easily. You’ll find this tip along with lots more in Alicia’s courses on lynda.com, Access 2007 Power Shortcuts and Access 2010 Power Shortcuts.

Access 2007/2010 shortcut: customize the navigation pane

Published by | Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Want to make Access 2007 or Access 2010 truly your own? This productivity shortcut from Alicia Katz Pollock shows how you can reorganize the Navigation Pane to streamline your workflow—or to create a customized navigation system for Access users who are not experts. You’ll find this tip along with lots more in Alicia’s courses on lynda.com, Access 2007 Power Shortcuts and Access 2010 Power Shortcuts.

Outlook 2007/2010 shortcut: keeping track of schedules

Published by | Monday, April 11th, 2011


Finding it hard to keep track of your coworkers’ or employees’ schedules? This tutorial from David Diskin shows how to view the schedule of a group of contacts that you define, so that you can have immediate access to that group’s schedule in one place. You’ll find this time-saving tip along with hundreds more in David’s new courses Outlook 2007 Power Shortcuts and Outlook 2010 Power Shortcuts.

Outlook 2007/2010 shortcut: open multiple windows

Published by | Thursday, April 7th, 2011


Want to be able to view your email and calendar (or contacts) at the same time in Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010? This tutorial from David Diskin shows how you can easily open multiple windows to have all the information you need at your fingertips. You’ll find this time-saving tip along with hundreds more in David’s courses Outlook 2007 Power Shortcuts and Outlook 2010 Power Shortcuts.

Want to be more productive, less stressed out? Then you probably want to meet Dave Crenshaw.

Published by | Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

As a mom with a full-time job and two young daughters, I am obsessed with time management. But as much as I think about how I must manage my time more effectively, I haven’t always succeeded in coming up with ways to do so. As the pace of work increases, I’ve found myself losing track of important tasks. Inboxes and to-do lists that were supposed to keep me sane have become sources of stress. I’ve struggled to strike a happy balance between work life and family life.

Then I met Dave Crenshaw, author of the upcoming lynda.com course, Time Management Fundamentals. In working with Dave—a time management coach and best-selling author—I realized how ineffective all my obsessing was and how what I really needed was some practical strategies to apply to my work and life. (It became clear something was really wrong when I missed my first scheduled phone call with Dave, of all people. Luckily he’s as understanding as he is organized.)

In Time Management Fundamentals, Dave shares eminently practical techniques for doing more in less time: how to develop habits to be more organized and reduce the clutter in your workspace; how to stay mentally on task and eliminate the to-dos you have floating in your head; how to develop a time budget to get the most done during your workday and focus on your most valuable activities.

Here’s a little preview:

The techniques I’ve picked up from just watching the course in development have made my work more productive and my life less hectic. I’ve even been able to pass Dave’s techniques along to my kids.

We’ll be bringing Dave’s time management strategies to the lynda.com Online Training Library® later this month. In the meantime, I’d love to hear from you about what other kinds of courses we could offer to help you develop the skills you need to succeed in business.

Outlook 2007/2010 shortcut: changing the default address book

Published by | Monday, March 14th, 2011

Ever email your boss an email meant for your friend because Outlook pulled the wrong contact from the wrong address book? This tutorial from David Diskin shows how to change the default address book so the one you use most often is the one Outlook searches first. You’ll find this time-saving tip along with hundreds more in David’s new courses Outlook 2007 Power Shortcuts and Outlook 2010 Power Shortcuts.

Access 2007/2010 shortcut: toggle between views

Published by | Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Sure, you can use the View toggle button in the upper left corner of the ribbon to toggle between views in Access 2007 or Access 2010. But did you know there are actually half a dozen ways to make the switch, depending on where your cursor is? This time-saving shortcut from Alicia Katz Pollock shows all the ways you can toggle between the Design and Data views. You’ll find this tip along with lots more in Alicia’s courses on lynda.com, Access 2007 Power Shortcuts and Access 2010 Power Shortcuts.

Need help with your resume? Ask questions you’d like answered in our upcoming interview.

Published by | Thursday, February 17th, 2011

We’re working on a course for job seekers, and we’re wondering if you have any questions about how to improve your resume to find the job you want. I’ll be interviewing the author when they are in town recording the course, and putting that interview up here on the blog. I’d love to hear your ideas for questions. Put your questions here in this post’s comments, and we’ll answer as many as we can. (We won’t use your name or private information in our response.) Thank you!