Defend Against Spam Using Microsoft Defender – Tech Tip for November 17, 2020

Defend Against Spam Using Microsoft Defender – Tech Tip for November 17, 2020

Defend Against Spam Using Microsoft Defender - Tech Tip for November 17, 2020   This week, as part of our monthly theme of combating spam, we are going to focus on Microsoft Defender for Office 365. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 is a cloud-based email filtering service that helps protect your organization against unknown spam, malware, and viruses. Formerly known as Office 365 Advance, Microsoft Defender is a robust solution for safeguarding your organization against malicious threats posted by email messages, links (URLs), and collaboration tools. It is compatible with…

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How To Combat Spam – Tech Tip for November 11, 2020

How To Combat Spam – Tech Tip for November 11, 2020

How To Combat Spam - Tech Tip for November 11, 2020   This week, as part of our monthly theme of dealing with spam, we are focusing on strategies for combating spam. As mentioned last week, spam is any kind of unwanted, unsolicited digital communication, often an email, that gets sent out in bulk. Spam comes in two forms. It can simply be benign marketing emails that are just an annoyance, or it can be malicious. The most common form of malicious spam is typically phishing emails from bad actors. …

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How To Spot Spam – Tech Tip for November 3, 2020

How To Spot Spam – Tech Tip for November 3, 2020

How To Spot Spam - Tech Tip for November 3, 2020 As we continue to grapple with Coronavirus, we have another scourge to deal with… tremendous amounts of spam. This month our Tech Tips will focus on strategies to identify and combat spam. What is Spam? Spam is any kind of unwanted, unsolicited digital communication, often an email, that gets sent out in bulk. There are several types of spam to consider. On one end of the spam spectrum, you have mostly benign marketing spam from unscrupulous sellers. On the…

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Tools for Success: Planning Your Day in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 28, 2020

Tools for Success: Planning Your Day in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 28, 2020

Tools for Success: Planning Your Day in Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for October 28, 2020 To conclude our monthly theme of highlighting various scheduling tools discussing their use and benefits, this week we are going to focus on Microsoft Planner. As we mentioned last week, Planner will soon be renamed Microsoft Tasks. Planner features a simple to use card-based interface where you can create tasks and buckets (categories) for tasks. Using Planner, you can easily integrate your tasks from Outlook, or attach and view task documentation by linking it…

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Tools for Success: Staying on Task in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 20, 2020

Tools for Success: Staying on Task in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 20, 2020

Tools for Success: Staying on Task in Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for October 20, 2020 This week, as part of our monthly theme of highlighting various scheduling tools and discussing their use and benefits, we are focusing on Microsoft Tasks. Microsoft Tasks brings together the features of Microsoft Planner and Microsoft To Do as well as Outlook Tasks into one app. Microsoft Tasks will allow users to create plans using cards and manage team plans. In addition, it will allow users to manage individual tasks and to-do lists all…

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Tools for Success: Using To Do in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 13, 2020

Tools for Success: Using To Do in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 13, 2020

Tools for Success: Using To Do in Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for October 13, 2020 Continuing our monthly theme of highlighting various Teams scheduling tools and discussing their use and benefits, this week we are focusing on Microsoft To Do. To Do allows you to optimize your day by keeping track of actions that need to be completed. Microsoft has integrated To Do’s functionality with Outlook and with Teams. When to Use To Do There are several reasons for using To Do: To Do allows users to plan their…

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Tools for Success: Using Lists in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 6, 2020

Tools for Success: Using Lists in Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for October 6, 2020

Tools for Success: Using Lists in Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for October 6, 2020 Microsoft recently updated SharePoint Lists and included them as a feature in Teams. This poses the questions... When do I use Planner? Lists? Tasks? and To Do? So many lists... so little time. To bring some clarity, this month we're taking a good hard look at these “tools for success” and making our own list of the best ways to use these tools to get stuff done. Let’s look at Lists - which is really…

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Move Your Meeting To Mobile – Tech Tip for September 22, 2020

Move Your Meeting To Mobile – Tech Tip for September 22, 2020

Move Your Meeting To Mobile - Tech Tip for September 22, 2020 Ever been in a Microsoft Teams meeting on your desktop or laptop but needed to step away from your desk to hop in the car and get the kids or take the dog for a walk? As part of our monthly theme of using Microsoft Teams on the go, this week we’re sharing how to transfer a meeting to your phone from your computer. From the Microsoft Teams app on your phone: Open the calendar. Select the Join…

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Join Teams Meetings On The Go – Tech Tip for September 16, 2020

Join Teams Meetings On The Go – Tech Tip for September 16, 2020

Join Team Meetings On The Go - Tech Tip for September 16, 2020 Continuing with our monthly theme of using Microsoft Teams on the go, this week we’re covering how to join a Teams meeting from your mobile device quickly and easily using a variety of methods. No matter where you are, if you have Microsoft Teams installed on your mobile device, you can join a meeting. Here are some tips to help you do this: Join by Link from a Meeting Invite If you have the Teams app installed…

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Share Content On The Go With Teams Mobile – Tech Tip for September 8, 2020

Share Content On The Go With Teams Mobile – Tech Tip for September 8, 2020

Share Content On The Go With Teams Mobile - Tech Tip for September 8, 2020 As part of our monthly theme of using Microsoft Teams on the go, this week we’re covering how to use Teams mobile to share content from your mobile device during a meeting. This can be especially helpful for those times when you’re not able to be at your desk during a Teams meeting but need to share a presentation or a document. On Teams mobile you can present PowerPoint slides, share videos or photos and…

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Enjoy Some Free Time – Microsoft Teams Helps You Work AND Play – Tech Tip for September 1, 2020

Enjoy Some Free Time – Microsoft Teams Helps You Work AND Play – Tech Tip for September 1, 2020

Enjoy Some Free Time - Microsoft Teams Helps You Work AND Play - Tech Tip for September 1, 2020 We all love our mobile phones… maybe a little too much. This month, our Tech Tips will focus on tips for using Microsoft Teams on the go. We’ll cover sharing content, joining meetings and transferring calls from your laptop to your phone. But first off, let’s take control of your Teams notifications so that you can make sure your work doesn’t interfere with personal time. Set Up Quiet Hours and Quiet…

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Is It Legal To Record And Share Online Meetings? – Tech Tip for August 25, 2020

Is It Legal To Record And Share Online Meetings? – Tech Tip for August 25, 2020

Is It Legal To Record And Share Online Meetings? - Tech Tip for August 25, 2020 Our last Tech Tip for August covers the legalities around recording meetings and then sharing those meeting recordings. This post was written by our corporate attorney, Edward S. Robson. With many of us working from home, the use of Microsoft Teams and similar platforms to hold virtual meetings has exploded. These platforms allow users to easily record meetings for later use. Those recordings, however, can lead to significant legal liability if not made in…

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Resolve Common Connectivity Issues Fast – Tech Tip for August 19, 2020

Resolve Common Connectivity Issues Fast – Tech Tip for August 19, 2020

Resolve Common Connectivity Issues Fast - Tech Tip for August 19, 2020 This week, as part of our August theme of helping make your online meetings more efficient and productive, we’re sharing additional tips for troubleshooting common Microsoft Teams meeting issues. This week we’re focusing on connectivity issues. Try Connecting through the Web Client It can be very frustrating when you can’t join a meeting and you’re pressed for time. Provided that you are certain that you have Internet connectivity, you can connect to Microsoft Teams using the web client…

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Can You Hear Me Now? – Tech Tip for August 11, 2020

Can You Hear Me Now? – Tech Tip for August 11, 2020

Can You Hear Me Now? - Tech Tip for August 11, 2020 As part of our monthly theme of additional tips to help make your online meetings more efficient and productive, this week we’re covering a common troubleshooting issue. Want to make sure you’re being heard in your Microsoft Teams meetings and calls? Here are a few handy tips to address common audio issues. Make Sure You're Not on Mute While this might seem super obvious, if other meeting participants can’t hear you, forgetting to unmute may be the culprit.…

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Keep Microsoft Teams Meetings Secure for Hosts and Participants – Tech Tip for August 4, 2020

Keep Microsoft Teams Meetings Secure for Hosts and Participants – Tech Tip for August 4, 2020

Keep Microsoft Teams Meetings Secure for Hosts and Participants - Tech Tip for August 4, 2020 Happy August! This month we’re going to give you some tips on how to make your Microsoft Teams meetings more secure, troubleshoot common issues and understand what the legalities are around recording and sharing meeting recordings. Ever wondered if someone could be listening in on your meeting or recording you? Want to know how to keep your Microsoft Teams meetings more secure for hosts and participants? Here are a few useful tips to follow:…

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Fun with Teams! Emojis, Fun Filters and a Virtual Water Cooler – Tech Tip for July 28, 2020

Fun with Teams! Emojis, Fun Filters and a Virtual Water Cooler – Tech Tip for July 28, 2020

Fun with Teams! Emojis, Fun Filters and a Virtual Water Cooler - Tech Tip for July 28, 2020 To wrap up our July theme of additional Microsoft Teams tips and tricks, we thought we would share suggestions on how to have some fun with Teams. Discover New Emojis with “:word” Emojis are great for expressing a mood or sentiment in a chat. However, it can be difficult to find the best emoji to express an emotion, even if we know it exists somewhere. Did you know that in the Microsoft…

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Improve Meeting Management with Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for July 21, 2020

Improve Meeting Management with Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for July 21, 2020

Improve Meeting Management with Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for July 21, 2020 July is heating up and so are the new features in Microsoft Teams. In keeping with this month’s theme, here are a few more Teams tips focused on making your online meetings a bit better: 1. Meet directly from your calendar – Why limit yourself to highly formal meetings? Microsoft Teams makes it easy to connect with a group of colleagues at short notice, perfect for a quick brainstorming session. From the calendar, choose the Meet Now option…

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Increase Efficiency and Speed in Microsoft Teams with Slash Commands – Tech Tip for July 14, 2020

Increase Efficiency and Speed in Microsoft Teams with Slash Commands – Tech Tip for July 14, 2020

Increase Efficiency and Speed in Microsoft Teams with Slash Commands - Tech Tip for July 14, 2020 As we continue with another round of Microsoft Teams tips and tricks this month, we thought we’d share more shortcuts for our keyboard loving Teams users. This week we’re going to cover the Teams slash (/) commands. Mastering a few of these slash commands will help increase your efficiency and speed your navigation through Teams. Some of the slash commands include: /goto – to jump to a team or a channel /call –…

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for July 7, 2020

Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Teams – Tech Tip for July 7, 2020

Keyboard Shortcuts for Microsoft Teams - Tech Tip for July 7, 2020 Our May Tech Tips covering new features in Microsoft Teams was so popular that we have decided to share additional Microsoft Teams tips and tricks this month. Our first topic is the ever-popular keyboard shortcuts. If you’re not a fan of using your mouse, here’s a list of useful keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams: 1. Open Search While talking with multiple people in various channels, it can be painful to find a message. One can use the search…

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Flags, Categories, Shortcuts and Automatic Email Filing In Microsoft Outlook – Tech Tip for June 23, 2020

Flags, Categories, Shortcuts and Automatic Email Filing In Microsoft Outlook – Tech Tip for June 23, 2020

Flags, Categories, Shortcuts and Automatic Email Filing In Microsoft Outlook - Tech Tip for June 23, 2020 Spending too much time in front of your laptop these days? Let Outlook take some of the drudgery off your hands. Here are some useful tips and tricks to put Outlook to work for you. Automatically File an Email To apply the “Work Less” theory, have Outlook automatically file an email.  Then you can read them all at one time without distraction. Create a Folder: Ctrl + Shift + E To automate filing…

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Present in Multiple Languages, Share Music and Navigate Quickly in Microsoft PowerPoint – Tech Tip for June 16, 2020

Present in Multiple Languages, Share Music and Navigate Quickly in Microsoft PowerPoint – Tech Tip for June 16, 2020

Present in Multiple Languages, Share Music and Navigate Quickly in Microsoft PowerPoint - Tech Tip for June 16, 2020 Since we’re spending so much time in online meetings these days, in this week’s Tech Tip we’re touching on a few of really cool PowerPoint 2019 features for keeping your audience engaged. Try them out and add some showmanship to your presentations. Zoom Through Your Presentation with Slide Zoom With the Slide Zoom feature in PowerPoint, inserting a Summary slide will allow you to quickly navigate around your presentation. You can…

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Shortcuts, Table And Chart Tips And Personal Finance Management In Microsoft Excel – Tech Tip for June 9, 2020

Shortcuts, Table And Chart Tips And Personal Finance Management In Microsoft Excel – Tech Tip for June 9, 2020

Shortcuts, Table And Chart Tips And Personal Finance Management In Microsoft Excel - Tech Tip for June 9, 2020 Continuing with our June theme of getting to know the other 90% of the Microsoft Office 2019 features that you are missing out on, here are some Excel tips, tricks and hacks. Try them out and impress your colleagues on your Excel wizardry.Continuing with our June theme of getting to know the other 90% of the Microsoft Office 2019 features that you are missing out on, here are some Excel tips,…

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Shortcuts, Sorting And Advanced Math In Microsoft Word – Tech Tip for June 2, 2020

Shortcuts, Sorting And Advanced Math In Microsoft Word – Tech Tip for June 2, 2020

Shortcuts, Sorting And Advanced Math In Microsoft Word - Tech Tip for June 2, 2020 We’ve heard it said that the average Microsoft Office user only utilizes 10% of the features of Microsoft Office…however, everyone uses a different 10%. Would you like to get to know the other 90% of the Microsoft Office 2019 features that you are missing out on? During the month of June we’re going to take a look at Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Outlook features. We’ll share some tips, tricks and hacks to help you…

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Blur Or Change Your Background On A Microsoft Teams Meeting – Tech Tip for May 26, 2020

Blur Or Change Your Background On A Microsoft Teams Meeting – Tech Tip for May 26, 2020

Blur Or Change Your Background On A Microsoft Teams Meeting - Tech Tip for May 26, 2020 We’ve all been there. If you’re joining a video conference call remotely (and you’re actually turning on your camera), any ongoing activity in the background can and will steal your spotlight. From excited pets to dancing children in costume or even a crowded café, it’s hard to control your environment when joining a work meeting virtually. That’s why this week, to wrap up our theme on Microsoft Teams tips and tricks, we want…

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