Using Google to save you money

Using Google to save you money
Up until a while ago, when I purchased something online, if the shopping cart totalled up to $100, that is what got charged to my credit card - not any more.  Thanks to a simple Google search. Most online companies offer discount coupons or codes of some sort to help attract new customers or get the sale from people still sitting on the fence. The problem is if you are buying from a website for the first time, chances are they don't know about you -

Decembers tips for using the computer at home (from ITConnect)

Decembers tips for using the computer at home (from ITConnect)
Our December version of ITConnect, 10 pages full of tips for using the computer at home, has now been released and delivered to our subscribers. Here is a list of subjects covered this month (with a description of the tip): How to Organize Computer Help Remotely When something goes wrong with your computer or you can’t understand how to do something on it, you’ll often know someone who could help. However, if that person lives elsewhere you might co

An IQ test that matters

An IQ test that matters
Nearly every day I see a new IQ test on LinkedIn.  I don't get them.  I haven't ever participated in one, but hundreds of people do - pages and pages of comments under each one tells me that. Maybe I don't have an IQ level? Did your boss check your IQ level before employing you? Probably not.  That's why I don't get them. But they do check your Microsoft Office skills - it's the second most important skill required by employers - check the fact

Send Personalized Email to Multiple Recipients

Send Personalized Email to Multiple Recipients
This end of year, rather than send out a bland "thank you for your business this year" email that starts off with "Dear Valued Customer", why not use the tools you have at hand to easily send a personal email? Send Personalized Email to Multiple Recipients Your List of Recipients The first step in a mailing is to establish your database. You may already have a database which can be used, such as your Outlook contacts, or you may need to create one fr

Quick way to email someone you email often (a speed dial for emails)

Quick way to email someone you email often (a speed dial for emails)
Today we announced that you can now submit tickets directly to our Excel helpdesk by simply sending us an email, and I thought it would be an ideal opportunity to share iTip 197 with the not so priveliged - as in, those of you who get iTips because you're not subscribed! The real reason I'm sharing it is because for those of you who are subscribed, you can make submitting tickets to our helpdesk even easier by using this little tip.  Create a shortcut o

Great feedback from Ferro Clean!

Great feedback from Ferro Clean!
Ferro Clean subscribe to our newsletters and Excel Helpdesk (read below - they saved more money than the cost of the subscription) and Luke was kind enough to send me a report on a recent ticket he submitted to our helpdesk.  We help companies like this every day, but not everyone is willing to admit in public that they could have saved a whole heap of time if only they'd known how.  So thanks Luke for allowing us to publish this. Before we contacted This

The results are in: Statistics on Excel users

The results are in: Statistics on Excel users
We analysed the results of pre-assessment tests on 500 randomly selected people who have taken our Excel Tutorials and came up with some statistics on Excel users - the results confirm businesses do have a problem on their hands. This is a test that each user takes before each lesson and it covers all subjects covered in our interactive tutorials - a full course outline can be found here.  The results are from Office versions 2003 to 2010, although the

$617 Billion Fat Finger Error – How to avoid errors in Excel

A trader in Tokyo found himself in a hopelessly embarrassing situation after it was found that he had keyed in some wrong numbers, which ended up in an error that caused 617 billion US dollars' worth of orders to be cancelled on the stock exchange.  These sorts of errors have earned the name "fat finger errors", and we thought it was a good opportunity to give you some tips on how to avoid errors in Excel. Avoid Errors in Excel using Data Validation Exce

The email lifesaver – delay your emails by a few minutes

The email lifesaver – delay your emails by a few minutes
The Email Lifesaver - delay sending your emails by a few minutes It's not until you arrive at the airport you remember everything you forgot to pack, and it's not until you click the Send button, you realize you've just mucked up big time, and now it's too late to stop that email from making its way to the recipient. The wrong pricing, you included someone you shouldn't have, you sent the job offer to the wrong candidate or you sent a draft email fir...