Tame your computer - Best of 2021 - top 11 tips

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she lists her top tips of 2021.

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So looking back at the 48 tips I wrote in 2021 I’ve made a list of those that seemed to grab your attention. (Thanks for getting in touch!) Oh, and as I read the other day that a top 11 is more interesting than a top 10 I’ve sneaked in one more:

  1. Automatically start an application, such as Outlook

  2. Make it easier to schedule a meeting with someone outside your organisation (Microsoft Outlook)

  3. Transform your documents into interactive presentations, reports or newsletters (Word for Microsoft 365)

  4. Ten ways to work faster using the Esc(ape) key on your keyboard

  5. Colour-code appointments and meetings by words in the title (Microsoft Outlook)

  6. Attach a copy or a PDF version of an active document to an email message (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  7. Make your text cursor easier to spot in Word and Outlook

  8. How to make sure hidden rows and columns are not copied

  9. Use Outlook's predefined filters to find that needle in a haystack

  10. Listen to Hazel, George or Susan stumble over mistakes in your draft email or document (Outlook and Word 365)

  11. Increase your chances to recall an email message (Microsoft Outlook)

Oh, and don't forget to check out tip 489 before you're off on your Christmas holiday; it contains five tips to prevent email overload upon your return from a break.

I'll continue to post a shortcut of the week on my home page as well as the occasional shortcut, hint or tip on LinkedIn; follow #CleverClogsTipTime. Remember, you don’t know what you don’t know! Stay curious!!


Related top tips

Best of 2020 - top 10 tips

Best of 2019 - top 10 tips

Best of 2018 - top 10 tips

Best of 2017 - top 10 tips

Best of 2016 - top 10 tips

Best of 2015 - top 10 tips 


These tips are written for Microsoft 365 desktop apps and Windows 10 users, but might also be useful in Office 2010, 2013 and 2016. I meticulously test every tip I write to make sure it is correct, easy to understand and time-saving. Let me know if something isn't clear or doesn't work.

6 December 2021

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk

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