Notetaking in OneNote

I have been planning on writing a blog on notetaking and notetaking applications and in particular, how to take digital notes using handwriting. I find handwriting is kinesthetic and I am more likely to remember what I have handwritten than … Continue reading

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Windows 10 what is worth having and how to fix the start menu to the way you want it.

It will be a little while before Windows 10 hits the University (education and volume licensing is done differently to the home market). Though this weekend at home I was pleasantly surprised, the Windows 10 upgrade went without a hitch; all … Continue reading

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Things to know about Outlook 4: How to delete or archive mails older than…

I confess, I use my deleted items like a recycle bin. Delete and then leave for a few weeks (in case of error) and then delete for good. So how do you delete emails older than, say a month, automatically? … Continue reading

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SharePoint and meetings: paperless or less paper?

When it comes to meetings, can we really mean paperless or, do we really mean less paper? That all depends on you, as well as the other meeting participants. I have written previously  about the value of digital copies of … Continue reading

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Using OneNote by Daryl Theobalds

If you ever find it difficult to keep notes and documents synchronised across multiple devices and to collaborate on them with colleagues, then OneNote might be worth looking at.  The full application is a standard part of the Microsoft Office … Continue reading

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When I am cleaning windows; multiple desktop management

Are you a person who has multiple applications open at once? Maybe to compare versions of a document or to enter data in more than one spreadsheet? Perhaps you use more than one monitor? Do you have your email open in … Continue reading

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Are digital exams – just an accessibility requirement?

Last week JISC published a blog on the provision of digital exam papers for print-impaired learners. It states “Between 10-13% of people in the UK have a print impairment which means they have difficulty accessing text-based resources, varying from dyslexia through … Continue reading

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Stop procrastinating and eat up now

If it’s your job to eat a frog, it’s best to do it first thing in the morning. And If it’s your job to eat two frogs, it’s best to eat the biggest one first. Mark Twain. [1] Procrastination is … Continue reading

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Email netiquette; 4 S’s subject, simplicity, short and sweet

The problem with email is there are too many and they take too long to read and process. There is a cost to the volume and length of emails and not just in the time taken to read and reply, … Continue reading

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Things to know about Outlook: 3 How to send email later.

Perhaps like me you prefer to something while you think of it or, have the time to do so. The time at which you write an email may not be the best time to send that email. For example, I … Continue reading

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