Are you making the most of your software?


This week marks ten years since training expert Karen Roem started helping Cambridge Network members by offering time-saving tricks, hints and shortcuts through her Tame your computer column on this site.


A decade on, and Karen – who heads her own training and support company, Roem Limited – is as passionate as ever about contributing valuable help to users of Microsoft Office applications. She says: "I actually started writing tips as far back as 2003 and sending them free every week to email subscribers, but my column on Cambridge Network didn't begin until January 18th, 2005.

"At that time I had no idea it would continue for so long or prove so popular. We have regular feedback from readers who say that they always keep the tips, or even post them on their office noticeboards!

"So many people only know and use a fraction of the capabilities of their software packages, so I've made it my mission to expand their knowledge and help them find new ways to save time and effort – via fewer mouse clicks, or by using keyboard shortcuts that mean you don't need the mouse at all.

"My website includes a complete list of all the tips I've produced to date – more than 400. I'm still enthusiastic about helping people to make the most of their software and intend to continue. So I am still adding to the list, collecting new tips either through my own training work or through ideas and suggestions from my course participants."

To mark the anniversary, Cambridge Network today repeats the very first 'Tame your computer' tip - which, it seems, is as relevant today as it was ten years ago. Read it here.

You can see Karen's latest tip and a 'shortcut of the week' at

The full archive of tips can be found at

Roem software training and support

Roem Limited is an innovative computer software training company based in Cambridge, specialising in Microsoft Office and Livelink training. Since 2001, we've successfully developed and delivered courses for clients large and small across the world, so we know that people have different ways of learning.

We offer both hands-on and hands-off courses, either in-house at your offices or at our own premises in Cambridge. We take learning seriously, but we also make it an enjoyable experience.

Learning Collaboration

Cambridge Network's Learning Collaboration members have the opportunity to book places on Roem Ltd courses at a reduced rate.


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Highly respected training company, specialising in Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Outlook. Since 2001 we have successfully developed and delivered training courses for public and private clients, large and small, across 23 countries around the world. We feel passionate about sharing the best of what we know with others and strive to help as many people as we can.

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