Tech Tip Tuesday

T3:04 | Microsoft Word Styles

Modifying Word Styles This week’s Tech Tip Tuesday will introduce Microsoft’s Word built in styles. This tip is best learned with hands on the keyboard. So, open a new blank Word document. What is a Style? A style is a predefined set of formatting, applied to a paragraph in Word. Word formats between its paragraph marks. Step 1 – Turn on Show/Hide Paragraph Marks Turn on the “Show/Hide” Paragraph marks in Word to see what Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Personal Productivity

Weekend Project: Introduction to Autohotkey (Screencast)

One of my favorite programs for Windows is Autohotkey. This video is a brief introduction to just one of its many capabilities. Take 20 minutes this weekend to start working with this incredible program. What is Autohotkey? Free and open source text expansion software. Type a few characters (e.g., “btw” and the phrase expands to “by the way.” There are many uses for this type of software and you will save hours of typing over Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Tech Tip Tuesday

T3-03 | Tech Tip Tuesday | How to Use Numbered Lists in Microsoft Word

This week’s Tech Tip Tuesday discusses using numbered lists instead of manually typing 1., pressing enter, 2., and so on.  Many folks have trouble with the way Word automatically changes numbers.  This tip should help you take advantage of Word’s auto-numbering feature. If you have already disabled Word’s auto-numbering features, the tips in this article may not apply.  You can re-enable the auto-numbering by clicking File (or Office Button) | Options | Proofing | Auto Correct Options Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Personal Productivity

Using Things to Duplicate Tasks

I use “Things” as my primary life and task manager.   I like to track when I have made a phone call to someone and also track the “waiting for” if I’m waiting for a return call. As I explain in this video, I use the “duplicate” feature in Things to create a duplicate task and change the tag and date of that task for follow up. Screencast Conclusion How do you track actions for Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Tech Tip Tuesday

T3-02 | Tech Tip Tuesday | How to Clear Formatting in Microsoft Word

The Issue: You cannot get Word to format the way you want Have you ever felt like just typing an entire Word document over again, because you just couldn’t get Word to format your document they way you want? Have you ever received a document from someone that you need to edit and you cannot get the fonts or spacing to match? What about copying/pasting from one source into a Word document, only to find Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Tech Tip Tuesday

T3-01: How to change single to double space in Microsoft Word

Welcome to the first edition of Tech Tip Tuesday! In this first edition of Tech Tip Tuesday (T3), I’ll walk you through how to change from single space to double space in Microsoft Word. Using the Mouse Find the “Paragraph” section of the Microsoft Word ribbon. Look for the icon shown in the below photo. Left-click with your mouse. Word shows you several options for line spacing. Click “2.0” for double-spacing. You can now type with Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Personal Productivity

The Form Tool Webinar

TheFormTool, LLC, maker of a Microsoft Word document automation add-in TheFormTool, is hosting a webinar “Visualizing Document automation: Five Steps for Success” on July 31. The registration link is here. If you have not seen what this tool can do, I recommend attending the webinar to get introduced to the tool. I have spent many hours over the last few years working with and developing forms in TheFormTool. For those of you who aren’t familiar Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago
Personal Productivity

How to start using Microsoft Excel

The Indiana Lawyer recently published an article I wrote titled “Start Page: ‘Excel-erate’ your practice by learning Microsoft Excel.” The tips should help you if you have never used Microsoft Excel or need some ideas for how to use Excel in practice. What are your favorite uses for Excel?

By Seth Wilson, ago
Personal Development

2014 Reading List

Here is my reading list for 2014. The links are affiliate links to Amazon or iTunes/iBooks as appropriate. Getting Things Done, David Allen Making It All Work, David Allen Quitter, Jon Acuff Boundaries, Henry Cloud and John Townsend Essentialism, Greg McKeown Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money (Rabbi Daniel Lapin) Presentations (David Sparks) Presentations – David Sparks What books are you reading?

By Seth Wilson, ago
Data Security

Follow up on outsourcing Cybersecurity

A few weeks ago, I posted an entry about whether lawyers should outsource security.  In that post, I referenced part one of an article written by Ralph Losey.  Mr. Losey posted part two of his thoughts on “The importance of Cyber Security to the Legal Profession.” There are some good thoughts in the article, including this statement that summarizes the issue well: every law firm needs to have a cybersecurity program focused on client data. Law firms Read more…

By Seth Wilson, ago