Tag Archive for Office

One Simple Way to Reduce Email Clutter

Have you been CC’d before on emails that you really should not have been CC’d on the first place? The old way of handling these emails were to simply delete them as they come in. However, in larger email chains there may be 5, 10 email replies or more which quickly adds up in time and lost productivity. A fast and easier way to reduce those emails is to highlight the message in your Outlook inbox and click Ignore on the ribbon. Now if there are more replies to that email conversation, they’ll be automatically deleted before you even see them in your inbox.

MS Outlook

Quick Note: You do need at least Office 2010/2013. If you don’t have it installed, we recommend Office 365 which gives you access to the latest Office version (Office 2013). Sign up for a free trial if you’re interested in trying this and other features out!

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Office 2007 Search Commands

Ron Bokleman showed me a fun tool for Office 2007 from Office Labs. It is an Add-In for Word 2007, Excel 2007 and PowerPoint 2007 which helps you find commands on the new Office 2007 Toolbar.

It looks like this:


It seems to me this is even handier than the Flash tool which I have been recommending previously. If you encounter resistance to the enhanced UI in Office 2007 from an end-user, you may want to recommend this.


Brian Berry is a Director of Technology Consulting with BlumShapiro, focusing on Microsoft Business Intelligence solutions, with a strong focus on Systems Integration, Master Data Management and PerformancePoint Services. He has been helping companies optimize their investments in Microsoft technology for over 12 years.