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June 2004 Efficiency Newsletter

Technology does not create productive people. We do.

As the two year landmark has quickly passed for SET, we’re happy to say that things are moving at an exciting pace. We’ve worked with a number of regional firms in the last month and have continued to bring on resources that have delivered the quality of work our clients have grown to expect and appreciate. We’re also in the process of re-branding and revising our collateral—so stay tuned. For those who have yet to experience our training, I’m teaming up with Scott Stevens, MLS, to present an array of tips and techniques for internet research, specifically geared toward the legal professional. We’ll present for the National Business Institute all day August 23, 2004; information is available here: http://snipurl.com/nbifast

Tip of the Month

Save time and paper with Print Selection

Have you ever printed a document or webpage only to throw out a few pages and then keep just the ones with the information you need? I used to print directions from Mapquest and then trash the last couple pages. I’m sure you’ve also encountered documents or long web pages where you only want to print a small portion.

Some programs, like Microsoft Word, Excel, and Internet Explorer allow you to print just the text that you have selected. If you want to print two paragraphs (that may normally span two printed pages) or just an image, you need merely select the text or image(s) first. Then, when you go to File->Print or press Ctrl+P, be sure to check “Selection” in the “Page Range” area.

Think about how much paper and print time this could save... all while allowing you to focus on the information you really need printed.

Tool of the Month

Anagram for Microsoft Outlook

Do you frequently copy someone’s contact information from a signature block into the Outlook Contact fields? Have you copied the date, time, and information of an appointment or task into Outlook? Anagram makes this process much easier.

With Textual’s Anagram, instead of copying and pasting, simply select relevant text in an email, website, or other application and then press Anagram’s hotkey. Anagram will parse the selected text, placing it into the correct fields—like address, phone, email, and title. It saves time from the tedious process of copying and pasting of information between screens into Outlook—at least a few minutes every day for many of us. Anagram provides the same functionality to Outlook appointments, tasks, and notes.*

Try anagram for free for 30 days. If you like it, it’s just $20. Thank you to Don Grauel of L.E. Goldsborough & Son for introducing me to this nifty tool a while back.
Download Anagram here: http://getanagram.com/anagramoutlook

* Results aren’t always perfect—but are certainly much faster than manually pasting into each field.

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