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Train and tame your computer

How would you like to:

  • Impress your boss with charts and data analysis, normally created by expensive consultants?
  • Create professional PowerPoint presentations that make you look professional and ahead of the competition?
  • Spend less time performing tasks that are so easy - if you just know how!

Karen Roem is the founder of software training and support firm Roem Limited, with over 10 years software training experience.

In April 2003 Karen introduced a free subscription to weekly computer tips, packed with time-saving tricks, tips and shortcuts. Since then she has written over 120 tips to help computer users - at all levels - think, learn and work more efficiently.

Brilliant! Just what I have wanted for ages! I really look forward to your tips.
Ruth Brittain, University of Cambridge

I looked on the Microsoft site but there was too much information to plough through and nothing about my problem. Having given up on Microsoft I put in a search on Google with the wording "excel formula bar missing" and found you. There was the answer - thanks very much.
Rosemary Crabtree, self-employed bookkeeper, Somerset

The tips have been picked up by a number of business publications and websites (such as the Cambridge Evening News Business section and the Cambridge Network's website, URL http://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk). The full archive can be seen on http://www.roem.co.uk/hints.html. If you would like to start the week with your own copy of the weekly tip, send a blank email to subscribe@roem.co.uk.


Note for Editors:

An example of one of Karenís tips:

Netiquette when emailing a large group of people (Microsoft Outlook)

Netiquette is etiquette practiced or advocated in electronic communication over a computer network. The most important rule of email netiquette is "Think before you post".

This week I'd like you to think before you post email messages to a large group of people. If you use the To: or the Cc: field you will send an e-mail that has all its recipients listed. Not only can it be really annoying having to scroll through screenfulls of names, but - more importantly - if the message falls into wrong hands (don't we all sometimes forward a message, that might get forwarded again, and again and again; you get the picture) the email addresses might be used for commercial mailing lists, adding to the epidemic of junk email. However,

Did you know ...

Using the Bcc: (Blind Carbon Copy) field the recipients' e-mail addresses are not visible. If you want you can give a "description" in the To: field similar to the one I use for this tip, i.e. "weekly tip subscribers".

Here's how:

  1. Create a message as normal.
  2. In the To: field enter the name you want recipients to see, followed by your own email address in between <> brackets. The To: field should (for example) look like this: weekly tip subscribers <karen@roem.co.uk>
  3. If the Bcc field is hidden choose the View menu and click Bcc Field. (In Outlook 2003 this feature is available from the Options drop-down list.)
  4. Enter the recipient email addresses in the Bcc box, separated by commas or select recipient names from your Contacts list by clicking on the Bcc button. Alternatively, enter the name of the distribution list in the Bcc field. (To create a distribution list select the File / New / Distribution List command.)
  5. Compose and send the message as normal.

The email message will be sent with the sender's email address in the From field, addressed to "weekly tip subscribers" (or whatever name you specified in step 2). Hiding your friends' and colleagues' email addresses is common courtesy and good netiquette.

Roem Limited
Cambridge, UK
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email: karen@roem.co.uk

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August 2005