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We all know how distracting it can be to start Outlook in the morning and be put into the Inbox. It’s difficult to be disciplined and not look through new emails immediately. Trying changing the default so Outlook opens to show your Calendar (or Task List) instead. Here’s how in Outlook 2007: Open Outlook Click […]

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If there are people to whom you often send email, you can easily create desktop shortcuts that will start Outlook and automatically address messages to your frequent email recipients with one click. Here’s how: Right-click on a blank area of the Windows desktop (the screen you get when you first start your computer) and select […]

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In The Lawyer’s Guide to Records Management and Retention, authors George Cunningham and John Montaña provide a clear and comprehensive guide to the creation and maintenance of an effective and efficient records management and retention program. They emphasize that although information is paramount to lawyers, a rare few practitioners properly manage this critical resource. The […]

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It took some urging, but a fellow solo finally convinced me to borrow a copy of Ann Guinn’s “Minding Your Own Business: The Solo and Small Firm Lawyer’s Guide to a Profitable Practice” from the CBA Lending Library.  I have already read several expensive, boring, and ultimately useless books on the subject and wasn’t that […]

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Few things make me happier than a double monitor. If I had my druthers, I would set my office up to mirror the docking stations in “The Matrix.” I would have 15 screens with scrolling green letters and numbers … The legend of the quad-monitor is quietly whispered throughout the halls of Micro Center and […]

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You probably already know that you can use the “cut and paste” feature in Microsoft Word to copy one set of text to another place, but if you want to select several different pieces of text to cut and paste, it’s much easier to copy each snippet of text at once and have Word save […]

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There are times when it would be helpful to embed a document in a contact, calendar, or task in Outlook. For example, you might have a reception on your calendar and want to embed a PDF copy of the invitation in your calendar so you have it handy. You might have a copy of a […]

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Studies show the average law firm spends upwards of 30 percent of its time creating documents, most of which are repetitive. This area should be low-hanging fruit for improving productivity. The problem has been that most solutions are expensive, complex, and time consuming to install, learn, and program. TheFormTool has changed all that. There is […]

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By default, Outlook will notify you whenever you receive an email. This can be very distracting when you’re in the middle of doing something else and a pop-up appears in the middle of your screen. Here’s how to turn off that notification in Outlook 2007: Open Outlook Choose Mail Choose Tools Choose Options Choose Preferences […]

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