17Aug 2015

Keyboard Tricks

Close the current program Typing ALT + F4 will close the program that is running. This is useful as it saves you time mousing over the “X” and clicking.

Close the current window/tab Don’t want to move all the way to that X button? Press CTRL + W and the current window will close.

Copy only active window to clipboard Print Screen key copies the entire display, ALT + Print Screen only copies the currently active window to the clipboard.

Cycle through open windows Pressing ALT+TAB allows you to cycle through currently open windows. This makes switching back and forth between running processes quick and painless. If you want a more stylish method of cycling through open programs, Windows + TAB will do the job for you.

Fix those little mistakes Did you know you can undo almost any action? CTRL + Z is the ultimate hot key, and for sure you knew about it already, however note that undo doesn’t just apply to typing. If you accidentally delete or move a file, you can hit CTRL + Z to bring it right back to where it was. In Chrome you can also undo closing a tab using CTRL + SHIFT + T.

Minimize all windows Sometimes you have a bunch of stuff running, and you want it all to go away so you can get to the desktop. Simply pressing Windows + D will minimize everything you have up, which will save you some time pressing the minimize button for each window. It should be noted that Windows + M offers similar functionality, but there is no undoing, so Windows + D is the more better approach.

Typing Tips

Delete an entire word Instead of deleting a single letter, pressing CTRL + BKSP will delete the entire word behind the cursor. This makes deleting text quicker if you screw up a whole word.

Making sub and superscript text If you need to make sub or superscript text, press CTRL + = for subscript and CTRL + SHIFT + = for superscript.

Keshnie Bhugwandin
Training and Business Unit Developer NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS
04Aug 2015

Bored of the look and feel of your Chrome Browser?

Try these themes out.

  1. To access the theme options, Click on the “Settings” button from your customize and google control button.  Click this, and you’ll be taken to a screen containing the Chrome “Appearance” section.
  2. Click on Get Themes
  3. Browse through the themes and once you have chosen an option, click on  the theme.
  4. Click on the Add to Chrome button on the top right of the screen.
  5. When you re-open Chrome the theme would have installed.
Keshnie Bhugwandin
Training and Business Unit Developer NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS
20Jul 2015

Professional development isn’t just for those new to the working world. It’s a lifelong process!

       1. Act Professional

Young workers have a tendency to let their professionalism slide when their boss isn’t around or when their guard is down during happy hours or company-sponsored parties, for example. It’s important to be professional at work, work functions, and, well, just about any time you’re representing your company. This even includes cyber professionalism. Never, ever facebook or tweet negative things about work or anyone from work if you want to keep your job.

2. Be Confident

Don’t be narcissistic, but show your colleagues that you deserve to be there. Don’t hesitate to share your thoughts, and believe in your ability to succeed in your new position.

3. Be Innovative

From day one, confirm that you bring something new to the table. If this applies to your new position, be sure to offer your boss or colleagues ideas for how to enhance the product or company. Most young professionals take the back seat the first few days. Relax.If you exhibit apprehension, you may not be taken seriously. Be aware of your nervous habits and try to control them. If you ramble when you’re nervous, make it a point to limit your chatter.

4. Come Early, Stay Late

Young workers have a lot to prove, but one of the quickest ways to earn respect and present yourself as a reliable, hardworking employee is to come early to work and stay late. Punctuality is very important, but coming early to work shows even more that you care and it may earn you credit when it comes to getting honorable assignments and perhaps being considered for a raise or promotion.

5. Don’t Abuse Your Privileges

If you work at a place that does not require you to punch in your hours, provides free parking, or allows casual fridays, then consider yourself lucky. Many companies do not give their employees such perks because they’ve been abused one too many times. Don’t ruin it for everyone by taking two-hour lunches or running personal errands every day during work.

6. Look Neat And Clean – Dress For Success

“People assume ‘professional’ means a suit, but it depends on the company or industry. Wear what the company requires you to wear. The days of rolling out of bed and throwing on a wrinkled t-shirt and jeans to face the day are long gone. You’re in the real world now, and that means you have to dress for success. Whether or not your workplace has enforced a dress code, you should always strive to smell clean and look tidy. Get familiar with the iron, find a good dry cleaner, and take out that tongue ring and hide those tattoos.

7. Mind Your Manners

Minding your manners at work goes beyond saying please and thank you, it also includes giving your undivided attention during meetings, answering e-mails promptly, showing appreciation to those who help you, and respecting others’ time. Also, don’t forget to clean up after yourself and ask before taking things from work, including pens and other supplies that belongs to your company.

8. Never, Ever Talk About Salary

Salary is a taboo topic that shouldn’t be discussed with anyone but your supervisor. Even if you work for the most laid-back company, it’s never really appropriate to talk about or compare salary wages with your co-workers. If you have questions or concerns about your salary, bring it to your boss and work it out in private.

9. Refrain From Gossiping

If you’re trying to make a good impression on your boss and co-workers and develop meaningful, trusting relationships with them, then steer clear of office gossip. Getting caught up in petty gossip makes you look unprofessional and two-faced. Even if everyone is gossiping around you and it seems like you’re in good company, take the high road and walk away from gossipers or change the subject altogether.

10. Save Social Networking For Home

There’s a time and a place to get on facebook and tweet about your day, but it’s not at your work desk. Sure, everyone needs a mental break here and there, but signing on to social networks may not be the best way to clear your mind and stay on track at work. Even if your company does not restrict use of these sites, you shouldn’t abuse this privilege by signing on every hour or facebook-ing when you should be working.


Keshnie Bhugwandin
Training and Business Unit Developer NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS
06Jul 2015

Email is mode of communication we use daily. E-mails are sent to specific individuals but they can reach unintended recipients through forwarding, copying and even human error. Be-aware of the content you put into an email.

Few important points to remember when using email:

Archive Your Email

It is a good idea to save your email messages, including your sent items, especially if you use email to communicate for a course. You never know when they will be helpful in proving that you communicated with an instructor or colleague.

Be Concise

Most people have a lot of email to read. State your point as quickly as possible to make sure it gets read. Be sure to include all the important facts, but be brief.

Do Not Assume Email Is Private

Forwarding email messages is common. Email containing confidential information may be shared with authorized others as well. Also, some system administrators are able to read all messages sent or received.

Do Not Write In All Capital Letters

It is generally considered SHOUTING.

Don’t Delete Prior Communication On Reply

When you reply to an email, it is helpful to include the previous communication you’ve had with that person. Usually an email automatically includes this at the bottom of your message, don’t delete it.

End With A Signature That Includes Contact Information

It is helpful to your recipients to have a signature that includes your full name, email address and phone number. Here’s an example:

Joe Blogg
Phone: (031) 1233 345

Never Send An Email When Angry

Before sending a message, consider whether you would say what you have written to the person’s face. The detached nature of email can cause people to say things they would never say in person. Email can be forwarded, and cannot be deleted after it has been sent. If you are angry, pause and write your email after you have calmed down.

Use A Professional Email Address

All email addresses are considered professional. A personal email address may be filtered to junk mail (ex. funnyguy@yahoo.com).

Use Spell Check

Pay attention to grammar and spelling. While email is less formal than a letter, people will form an opinion of you based on how well you write.

Write The Subject Of The Email In The Subject Line

Writing “Hey,” “Hi,” or “Important Info” in a subject line will make your email look like junk email. Write a subject line that is short but summarizes the email (ex. “Query about PO NB001”).

Keshnie Bhugwandin
Training and Business Unit Developer NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS
08Jun 2015

Microsoft offers a storage service called OneDrive. You may already be using OneDrive to store documents and other content in the cloud. This service is different from OneDrive for Business:

  • OneDrive is free online personal storage that you get with either a Microsoft account or Outlook.com. Use OneDrive to save documents, photos, and other files in the cloud, share them with friends, and even collaborate on content. You’re free to decide how you want to use it.
  • OneDrive for Business is online storage intended for business purposes. Your OneDrive for Business is managed by your organization and lets you share and collaborate on work documents with co-workers. Site collection administrators in your organization control what you can do in the library.
Keshnie Bhugwandin
Training and Business Unit Developer NETWORK CONFIGURATIONS