Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

March 8, 2012
Increase productivity with default choices

Over the years, Microsoft’s Outlook has become much more than just an e-mail program. It has become a program that helps users increase professionalism, achieve higher productivity and develop top-notch organizational skills.

Additionally, in Windows 7 and Office 10, Microsoft has eliminated many unnecessary clicks throughout their software by making programs easier to access and processes simpler to perform. With Microsoft putting attention on simplicity and user-ability, this translates into more productivity each year for those who learn the features.

“Automatically moving the pointer to the default button in a dialog box” can save dozens of clicks each day. Here’s how it works. Let’s say you are typing a document in Microsoft Word. After a few moments, you decide you should save it in case something happens and you lose your work. When you click on the “Save” button, no matter where your cursor is located on the screen, once you click “Save,” your cursor will be moved to the “Save” button automatically ready for you to click it, once you name your document. This is called the “default” choice because most users do want to save their document.

To enable this feature, click the “Start” button (round circle in lower-left corner) and then click “Control Panel.” Windows Vista and XP will be similar. In the Control Panel, click “Mouse.” Now, click the “Pointer Options” tab near the top of the Mouse Properties dialog box. About half way down, put a checkmark in the box: “Automatically move pointer to the default button in a dialog box,” click “OK” and then close your Control Panel.

Use this feature for a week or more and you’ll realize just how much time it can save.

Scott Lindsay actively promotes learning the computer, regardless of age, to better one’s life and circumstances and has helped thousands of people over the past 10 years to become better computer users. He can be reached at Scott@HelpTooele. com

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