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TIP: Selecting multiple items in Outlook

Outlook allows you to select multiple items with just your mouse. The trick is to position your cursor in the very left part of the first column so that the cursor changes from pointing North-West to pointing N-E. Here’s how it is normally: Now position it a little more to the left and your cursor will change to be pointing up to the right (ie North-East): Now simply hold down the left...

TIP: Using GMail +

GMail (and some other email providers) supports the ‘+’ directive in email addresses. Thus, if your GMail address is: barackobama@gmail.com Then, emails sent to the following address will reach you as well: barackobama+temp@gmail.com Based on the email address sent to, you can set automatic spam filtering or other rules. This is handy for signing up on web sites, since you can choose...

TIP: Vista performance tools

I can’t always remember where I learn my favourite tips, but I think this one came from Adam Cogan at a recent .Net User Group meeting. In any case, it is covered via my usual Disclaimer. Here’s how to run a quick performance monitor check on your Vista machine. Go to the orb, and type in perf in the Search box Choose the Reliability and Performance Monitor application. When it opens...

TIP: Using IE7 Quick Tabs

IE7 has a nice thumb view list of all your currently open tabs. That’s it there, right next to the first tab. Click on it or type Ctrl + Q to give you this – a thumbnail of each of the sites you have open. Simply click on the thumbnail you wish to switch to. To obvious you say? Yep, but after using IE7 for ages, I only just noticed it a little while back. So, as usual it sits under...

TIP: Saving Tab Groups in IE7

A feature I like in IE7 and use all the time is the Save as Tab Group function. If you have a bunch of sites open and want to save them for later review, simply Add the whole set of Tabs as a Group in your favourites. Later when you want to open the sites again, simply go to Favourites, choose the Tab group, right click and Open as a Tab Group I usually save a whole bunch of open links to a...

TIP: CTRL + TAB in VS2008

Another simple one you may already know. When working in Visual Studio 2008 you can use CTRL + TAB to switch through your open windows (similar to how you use ALT + TAB to switch between applications). It brings up a window as shown below. Simply keep Ctrl + Tabbing through them until you get the one you want (complete with thumbnail). Thanks to Angus for alerting me to this one. Technorati Tags:...

TIP: Resetting Visual Studio environment

If you’ve installed Visual Studio with a specific environment (eg Visual C#, Web development) and want to change it something else, you can simply reset it from the Tools > Import and Export Settings menu option Just choose the third option You can save your current settings before the reset is enabled. As usual, this tip is covered under my ‘well duh’ Disclaimer. Technorati...

TIP: Sending free time details in Outlook

Here’s how to send someone a list of your available time slots from Outlook 2007. Create a new email item as per below example, then click the Calendar button: The following form will appear: Choose the Calendar (if you have multiple) and Date (or range) you want. I usually tick the box to limit it to just work hours. Click OK and it inserts the list of available times into your email (note...

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