Computer PC Tips: Office 365 is Good for Small Businesses

Office 365 is essentially Microsoft Office in the cloud. It essentially lets you have all the functionality of Microsoft Office suite of applications, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Access, Publisher, Outlook via the Internet. Therefore you can use Microsoft Office products on any mobile devises, Mac or other operating systems. The small to medium sized enterprise version also includes access to SharePoint and OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive). Depending on the version you purchase you can also have local copies of Microsoft Office and Lync available. (Lync is Microsoft online meeting and communications application).

For small businesses who don’t want office_365the maintenance of regular business server or Microsoft exchange server, Office 365, provides the functionality of a networked environment without the expensive hardware and software costs. Because it is cloud-based it also means no more upgrading since Office 365 will always be up-to-date. Once 365 is set up then it can be managed by an administrator or IT support staff.

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Computer PC Tips: Protecting your Computer from Viruses

We aren’t free from the virus world yet with PC’s. It is important not only to have virus protection software but also make sure your PC settings are set up correctly to avoid getting viruses. Follow these Microsoft tips to help protect your computer from viruses.computer_virus

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Get to Your Data Quickly: Insert Customized Toolbar in the Start Toolbar

With PC systems, there is an option to add toolbars to the user’s desktop on the start toolbar. Because these added toolbars are quick links to files or directories, users can then find and open files without opening Windows Explorer or the program itself—saving time and clicks!

To add a toolbar to the start bar, right click on the start toolbar and choose “Toolbars” from the context menu. Choose “New toolbar” to open the dialogue box, as shown below. Highlight the file or directory to add and click “OK.” Once the file or directory is added, a user will click on the double arrows and the file hierarchy will appear, as shown in the screen shot below. Move the mouse over a selected folder and it will open another context window to show the contents of that folder.

To remove a toolbar from the start bar, right click on the toolbar and choose “Toolbars” from the context menu. Merely click the toolbar listed to remove, and it will be deleted from the start toolbar.