To-Do Lists

todoThese To-Do apps sync between all your devices.

Just pick the “flavor” you like.





Here’s what Microsoft To-Do looks like:

Get Microsoft To-Do
iPhone, Android, Windows and web





Here’s what Google Keep looks like:


Get Google Keep
Online: Login to your Google account.
Pull down the App Launcher (nine squares in the upper right)
Select “More” at the bottom.
Click on “Keep”.

Android, iPhone, Windows and Macs

Disable “Clutter” in Office 365 Mail (Outlook 2013)

To totally disable the “Clutter” folder in Office 365 Mail (Outlook 2013) do the following:

Open a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer). This can only be done from your browser and not within Outlook.

From the browser, open your email account in Office 365

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Login to your Office 365 account and go to your email. (Click on the waffle-looking app launcher at the top and select “Mail”.)


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While in the Mail app, open preferences by pulling down the gear icon in the top right corner and selecting “Options”.





In the options menu, click the drop-down arrow beside “Mail” to get more options. Still on the left side, select “Clutter”. In the box on the right UNCHECK both boxes (“Separate items identified as clutter” and “Send me notifications about messages that are separated as clutter.”)

Click “Save”.

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Save Word Doc as PDF

pdf  Any document you post online or email to parents should be in the form of a PDF. A PDF allows a document to be seen exactly as you intend. It won’t show up all whacked out on another person’s computer because they don’t have the right font or paragraph settings, etc. PDFs are universal in that everyone has the ability to open it. (Adobe Reader or similar pdf readers are free and usually installed on computers.) So, how do you create a PDF from a Word document?

Save your finished Word document as you normally would so you can edit it if necessary. Then create the PDF by clicking on “File”. Choose “Export” from the column on the left. Then click the “Create PDF/XPS” button. (See below.)

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When prompted to save, click the “Desktop” on the left, name your document in the “File Name” field, and choose “Publish”. (See below.)

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Use the PDF to upload to your website or email to parents.

If you need to modify the document you will modify the Word doc and then save a new PDF. You will need to replace the previous PDF. You are not able to edit the PDF you created.

Easy peasy! Go eat a cookie.

Help! I Can’t Type in Word

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If you open a Word document and then find you can’t type, you may want to disable the startup screen.

1. Open Word. Open a document, create a new one, or whatever. You want to move past the startup screen.

2. Click File, Options.

3. In the General window (which should appear by default), look to the “Start up options” section. Uncheck the box marked Show the Start screen when this application starts.

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4. Click OK.

Repeat the process in Excel and PowerPoint. The next time you start each of these programs, you’ll go straight to the edit screen, same as in prior versions of Office.

Go eat some cake!

Skype for Business – No Auto Startup

Personally, I love the auto startup feature in Skype for Business and WANT it to always be open and ALWAYS start when I restart my computer. But, there are those of you (alas….extremely misguided souls…) who don’t want Skype for Business to automatically start upon computer startup.

It’s a simple checkbox. One I’m SURE you will want to recheck when you find you’ve made a serious error in technology judgement.

Open Skype for Business.

Click on the gear icon.

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Select “Personal” from the left column.

Uncheck “Automatically start the app when I log on to Windows”.



Click OK. Now go feel guilty.



Word – Installing a Dictionary

You may not have a Word dictionary after you installed Office 2013. If not, here’s an easy way to get it…plus more stuff for Word.

1. In Word 2013, go to the “Insert” tab. In the middle of the ribbon at the top, click the “My Apps” button.

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2.  Choose “Office Store”.

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3. In the search box, search for dictionary. (see illustration below)

4. Note: You can use the scroll bar along the right to see all your options. (see illustration below)

5. Choose one that you want and click the “Add” button. (see illustration below)

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6. Choose “Trust” at the bottom and your dictionary will be added. You can see all the installed apps on the right. To get rid of the app box view click on the X in the upper right corner.  To see the apps you have installed, select the “Insert” tab and pull down the “My Apps” choice on the ribbon at the top. (see first illustration)

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7. You can select other apps to install into Word as you wish. However, if you install a lot of apps it may slow down any actions you perform in Word (saving, printing, editing, etc.) Be a minimalist! (Yup…I could use that philosophy when it comes to the junk in my house…*sigh*)

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Word – Changing Default Margins

The following directions will show you how to change your default MARGINS in Word 2013. For directions on how to change the default font, font sizes, etc. click here.

Open a new document in Word 2013. Click the “Page Layout” tab and then select “Margins” on the left.

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Choose “Custom Margins” at the very bottom of the menu.

A new dialog box will open up. Change your margins to whatever size you want for the default. When finished, choose “Set As Default”. Then click OK.

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You will get a dialog box asking if you want to change the defaults. Click “Yes”.

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Your default margins are set.

For directions on how to change the default font, font size, line spacing, etc., click here.

Word – Changing the Defaults (Except Margins)

screaming insane womanDRIVING ME INSANE!! (And some of you will say it’s a short trip, I know.) So, when I open up a Word document and start typing I always have to change the font and the font size and the spacing and and and…. BLECCCHHH! I have to do this EVERY SINGLE TIME. Anybody else having the same insanity? If so, you can change the default template to have it set like you normally use it. Here’s how:

(To see directions on how to change the default MARGINS, click here.)

Open up a new document in Word 2013. Be sure you have the “Home” tab selected. Then, RIGHT CLICK on the “Normal template” (see below).

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Select “Modify”.

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Then choose “Format” at the bottom. From here, you can change any of the defaults you want. (I only change the font, font size and line spacing.)

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If you choose to format “Paragraph” you’ll want to control the line spacing. I change my “Spacing After” to zero and my “Line spacing” to single.

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Click “OK” but don’t close out of it just yet. You’ll want to click the radio button next to “New documents based on this template” so that all your future documents will open with the same defaults. Click “OK” and you’re finished.

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To change the default for margins click here.