Show two time zones in your Outlook calendar

When you work with people in another time zone, it’s a good thing to keep track of what time it is there. But, it’s easy to forget how many hours ahead or behind they are. A simple way to keep track of this is by adding a second time zone to your Outlook calendar. To…

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How Database Availability Groups streamline high availability in Exchange Server

Starting with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Database Availability Groups (DAG) have replaced a number of features that provided redundancy for purposes of high availability and disaster recovery. The earlier high availability approaches included Single Copy Cluster (SCC), Standby Continuous Replication (SCR), Local Continuous Replication (LCR), and Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR). Supporting these were the concepts…

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Export a grayscale pdf of your color layout (InDesign)

If you need both a color and a grayscale version of your layout, you don’t necessarily need to create two different versions. Instead, design your layout in color and then export a copy as grayscale as needed. To do this, choose File > Export. In the Export dialog box, navigate to where you want to…

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Empower users with keyboard shortcuts

While web interfaces are typically thought of as point-and-click, power users often prefer being able to access functionality quickly just by pressing keys. You might think that JavaScript would be necessary to provide this ability in a website, but it’s possible to create a shortcut key with a simple attribute, namely, accesskey. For example, the…

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Changing label fonts in Microsoft PowerPoint

You may notice that your labels and percent values appear somewhat jumbled in the Data Labels preview window. This preview may be a little inaccurate, but if you’re using long titles, you’ll need to do some reconfiguring in order to get each percent value and label to fit properly. One way to do this is…

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Share Excel Workbooks in SharePoint

When working in Excel on a file system, you can share the file so that multiple people can edit it, even simultaneously. However, you may wonder how to do a similar thing in Microsoft SharePoint. One way to do this is to publish portions of an Excel file as Web Parts. When editing a Web…

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Why include CSS with the @import rule?

As with most web development techniques, you have multiple options when it comes to applying CSS styles. One of the lesser used techniques is the @import rule. This allows you to load styles from external files (optionally restricted by the current media type) within an external stylesheet, or inside the style element, like so:  …

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How to enable higher levels of JavaScript

It’s easy to think of JavaScript as a static thing, but actually it’s continually changing. For example, JavaScript 1.7 added the concept of iterators and generators, and 1.8 gives you generator expressions. Even if the user’s browser supports these JavaScript versions, accessibility to their features isn’t automatic. You need to declare the version of JavaScript…

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