Windows 8 – Where is the Start button?

Where is the Windows 8 Start menu – rather than adding in a third party replacement, I explore rearranging the tiles and few useful keyboard shortcuts.

First one created using Camtasia – Please adjust the volume to suit.

Creating your Own Content- moving beyond consuming…

A topic guaranteed to get me on my soapbox is encouraging people, especially young people to develop their own content, to move beyond consuming to creation. There are low cost and no cost tools for use in creating content in any sphere.

So I start up the Boxee box this morning to listen in on some Ted talks, and I find this talk: Mitch Resnick: Let’s teach kids to code.  I commend this talk to teachers and parents, and please also watch the Knowhow episode below on a related theme, creating Podcasts. I have also included some links to free and open source tools below.

Mentioned in the Ted Talk – want to try Scratch?

If you are more ambitious in coding or web app directions,  Microsoft provide a mixture of free tools and open source tools:

Then I found an episode of the TWIT show Knowhow which runs through how to create and Podcast and what tools to use. You can read the Supporting Transcript which includes links to tools  mentioned in the show.

I’ll add another suggestion to those from Leo and Iyaz – for Windows users – Movie Maker is still free and will save in MPEG4/H264 to suit  viewing on multiple platforms. Movie Maker includes tools to publish to YouTub, Vimeo and others. Other video editing tools are more sophisticated, but Movie Maker will trim  and do the basics! It is part of Windows Essentials 2012 – you can select just the components that you need. Continue reading “Creating your Own Content- moving beyond consuming…”

Finding Templates and Resources for MS Office End Users

A short video tour of some Microsoft resources for templates and information aimed at end users.

Tips for speeding up preparing reports in MS Word

Tutorial covering Headings, Styles, Table of Contents and the Navigation pane – all useful for saving time in preparing reports. Shows how to:

  • Easily format headings
  • Prepare a Table of Contents
  • Move content within  a report
  • Convert to a PDF for distribution

Outlook Questions:How to create Reusable Messages and Fix Time Zone Problems

Resources to help you solve two common Outlook questions

I have to send a lot of similar messages. How do I create a standard reusable message?

I am having problems with appointments and meetings going into my calendar with the wrong time. How do I fix my Time Zone problems?

Where can I get Outlook Tips and Tricks?


Steven Knight


SharePoint 2010 – Not seeing the Alert icon in the ribbon?

If you are not seeing the Alert icon (The Bell) in the SharePoint 2010 ribbon on lists or libraries, your friendly Server Guru/SharePoint Admin will need to tweak the set up. The underlying problem is that SharePoint needs to know where to find the SMTP server (your mail server) so it can generate emails.

In order to send email eg use the notification setting or alerts – you need to

  1.  Set up SMTP
  2.  In Central Admin – enter the information to tell SharePoint where the SMTP server is

This  article covers the process for Step 2: “To configure outgoing email for a farm by using Central Administration


Steven Knight

SharePoint – Can’t Drag and Drop Web Parts on some pages?

This problem will arise when you have a combination of a shallow height screen and a wiki page (you may have a wiki page without realising it – SharePoint uses them as the default in places, and normally that’s not a bad thing).

The article Hey – why can’t I move Web Parts below the visible portion of my SharePoint page? has two short videos under 2 minutes each that illustrates minimising web parts as a walk around. This discussion advocates cut and paste Can’t change order of web parts.

Steven Knight

Passed MOS Exam 77-891 Office 365

Passed MOS Exam 77-891 Office 365 one hour ago!!!

In the immortal words of Kermit the Frog “Yayyyy!!!! “

SharePoint Custom Lists Tutorials

My Series of Tutorials showing building and using custom lists in SharePoint 2010/SharePoint Online (Office 365) is now gathered together in a convenient YouTube Playlist. Over the next few weeks I will be adding workflows and KPIs to this series.

Creating PDF from Word Series

My Creating PDF from Word tutorials from my YouTube channel are now gathered together in one convenient PlayList.

Excel Pivot Tables and Conditional Formatting

My Excel Pivot Tables series from my YouTube Channel – are now gathered together in a convenient Playlist.

How to create Custom Views in SharePoint 2010/Online/Office 365

Learn how to Sort, filter, group, add totals, export in 15 minutes. Part 3 in my series on custom lists in SharePoint – Applies to SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint Online.

Windows 8 on Desktop – The trick is to organise the start screen

Working through the Windows 8 for IT Pros Jump Start videos and just had a penny drop with a thump. My first impression was that without the Start button, end users will find Windows 8  frustrating on the desktop. The trick is to organise your tiles into logical groups for your organisation. Sorting out the grouping could be challenge – my suggestion would be to borrow a principle from web design – that is to organise content from the perspective of the end user, not the organisation. This might mean different teams get different groups of applications on the left – to suit their needs and view of the world. Going for bigger tiles for organisations with older users? – I have just entered the trifocal zone of life and I  find the smaller tiles are OK.

So if the apps are well grouped, I could argue it is more convenient than the old start button – especially where applications were buried in sub menus in the past – they can now been brought to the “surface” more easily.

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