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Top Microsoft Office 2010 Tips

Still using Microsoft Office 2010? It’s hard to blame you. With the high cost to upgrade to a new version but the 2010 version still working, a lot of consumers are hanging onto the version of Office that came with their PCs. If you plan to stick it out with Office 2010, check out these tips to improve your experience.

Customize Your Ribbon

The ribbon is the toolbar you see at the top of your Office document. By default, this ribbon is already pretty cluttered with shortcuts to a bunch of features that you may or not may not use. Thankfully, it’s completely customizable. You can remove features that you don’t want and add a bunch that are typically disabled by default.

Quick Part

Sometimes there are certain tasks or phrases you use a lot in your writing. With Office 2010, you can set up Quick Part to remember these tasks and phrases to save you time. Using this feature, you can fill out addresses, employee information or greetings. You can access this feature by clicking on the Quick Part option in your ribbon. To make things easier, you can separate your Quick Part entries into different folders.

Save and Send

Just like newer versions of Microsoft Office, the 2010 version works closely with your Windows Live account. One example of this is the Save and Send feature. This command allows you to save your document and send the saved data to your OneDrive account, which used to be called Skydrive. From here, you can easily share your documents with friends, family members or co-workers. This makes collaborating on the same document easy.

File Blocks

One of the big security updates that came along with Microsoft Office 2010 was blocking potentially dangerous files. By default, this program blocks a wide range of files, some of which don’t need to be blocked. One example of this is documents formatted with an older version of Office. When trying to open these documents, the 2010 version opens them in Protect View. This allows you to read the document, but you can’t edit it.

Fortunately, you can change this behavior by visiting the Trust Center under Options in the Backstage area. Here you will see File Block Settings. Clicking on it will bring up a list of file extensions that Office opens in Protect View. Disable all the ones that you wish to open normally.

Don’t give up on your version of Office just yet. Using these tips with the 2010 version can help you extend its life by making it more useful.

Why Automation in IT Management Is Becoming More Pervasive

IT management is becoming more complex and sophisticated than ever. Simply having the right IT monitoring platform and IT management software isn’t enough to curb costs and achieve ideal productivity. Good network administrators demand high salaries and have many responsibilities, so automation is an effective way of maximizing that time and the employer’s investment.

Automated Maintenance

The goal of automated maintenance is to eliminate the need for highly trained and experienced professionals to focus on routine and mundane IT tasks. Such automation can require a significant initial investment. Nevertheless, most businesses are opting for that outlay due to the long-term advantages. The most obvious advantage is the one already mentioned: Your experts can focus on the technical challenges that can benefit the most from human involvement. Other advantages include precision and consistency. Humans are inherently imperfect, but you can count on an IT monitoring platform to perform RMM duties in the same manner and at the same time each day.

Automated Onboarding

Through automated onboarding, companies are able to integrate user interfacing with the new employees who are required to carry out those responsibilities. Many IT departments are so large that they’re integrating new hirers on a weekly basis. By automating the manner in which new IT professionals get acclimated to an environment, you eliminate many of the person-hours that were traditionally required to handle this kind of orientation. You can even have probationary periods and the granting of greater privileges done in a completely automated manner.

Automated Reporting

Remote monitoring and management or RMM is the process of collecting information about a network and the hardware, software and users that it comprises. Automated reporting is the system through which we make this kind of monitoring more useful and powerful. A network administrator can request data when needed and even configure a system to provide reports on a scheduled basis. However, the greatest value of such a service lies in the ability to detect situations that require human attention and to push notification to the administrators who need that information.

Automated Setup

Automated setup is the process through which IT management software can be configured and deployed. Consider a scenario in which a security update required the roll out of an updated app. In a traditional IT environment, this would require significant person-hours and could result in delays and loss of productivity if it was a response to a security issue the team was unprepared for. In an automated environment, the framework is already in place for that new app to be configured and distributed with little or even no administrator involvement.