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    AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide

    AdminSecret's Laptop Buying Guide
    Over the last few years, laptops have become powerful, portable, and inexpensive enough that it's easy to get by without a desktop machine. As laptops have become more of a default than a luxury, the range of features, models, and prices has expanded greatly. Sorting through all those options isn't always easy, but these 10 rules for laptop buying should help ...
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    Is Amtrak a Viable Solution for Business Travelers?

    Is Amtrak a Viable Solution for Business Travelers?
    With rising fuel costs and concerns about my carbon footprint, I decided to take the train on a recent business trip. Although I've often used high speed trains in Europe and Japan, riding the rails in America outside the Northeast corridor promised a new adventure. When visiting the East Coast I often use Amtrak to traverse the Northeast corridor between ...
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    Are We in the Budget?

    Are We in the Budget?
    A good question to ask your office manager or HR person would be, “Is there a budget for the administrative staff?” Here are some things that I have often wondered about, but was always afraid to ask: * -Is there a budget for education for the administrative staff? Some organizations have this in the employee benefit package. At some places I've ...
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    PC Stress Busters: Word Shortcuts

    PC Stress Busters: Word Shortcuts
    Take the stress out of formatting and make Word work how you want it to, as well as reducing the risk of losing work if your system crashes due to a power failure. Watermarks. If you want to insert words such as Draft across every page, go to the Format menu| Background, Printed Watermark and complete the dialogue box as appropriate. ...
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    How Can I Make My Computer Run Faster, for Free?

     How Can I Make My Computer Run Faster, for Free?
    Q. My computer has gotten slower and slower at doing basic things like booting up and running multiple programs at once. How do I improve its performance without spending any money? A: You're wise to try to fix this problem yourself, for free. There are a few things you can do to make your computer feel more like the brilliant multitasking ...
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    Ten Ways Admins Can Make the Boss Look Good

    Ten Ways Admins Can Make the Boss Look Good
    What is the measure of an administrative professional? Some would say it’s all about helping your manager do his job well, AKA making your boss look good. With that in mind, we asked professionals who have been on both sides of the relationship what admins can do to help their bosses shine as brightly as possible. Here are their top 10 ...
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    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors

    How to Catch Common Grammatical Errors
    Business documents rife with typos can undermine your professional reputation, not to mention that of your company. That's why admins should have a good working knowledge of grammar, spelling and punctuation as well as the ability to catch mistakes before someone else does. Catching your own errors can be challenging. But with a little practice, you can reduce your margin of ...
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    Book It: The Best Hotels for Business Travel

    Book It: The Best Hotels for Business Travel
    With some budget hotels offering free in-room Wi-Fi, ergonomic work spaces, high-thread-count linens and rewards programs, you might want to consider trading down, at least for short trips. In any price range, Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz can be good places to start. Hotels.com finds rates on more than 70,000 properties worldwide; Priceline lets you request particular hotels. The reviews at Trip­Advisor.com ...
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    Going Checklist Crazy

    Going Checklist Crazy
    I am organizing a Board meeting and I have checklists and to-do lists coming out of my ears. I'm sure my assistant must think I am the Checklist and To-Do List Queen. Making a List, Checking it Twice The Board meeting I am preparing for is a two-day event and I don't want to forget anything that I need to do ...
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    The Latest in Phone Etiquette

    The Latest in Phone Etiquette
    From "The Latest in Phone Etiquette (Part 1 of 2)" One of the most important skills I use every day as an executive secretary is proper phone etiquette. The way I handle myself on the telephone reflects on my employer, my company and me. My professionalism speaks volumes about the image of my company. And as you know, professionalism is a ...
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    Resolve Office Conflicts

    Resolve Office Conflicts
    When the going gets tough, your coworkers can be the first to get on your last nerve. Whether it's due to on-the-job pressures, stress at home, familiarity or just proximity, when you're feeling hot under the collar, it's often your coworkers who wind up feeling the heat - whether they actually deserve it or not. So the next time you're ready ...
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    Create a Disaster Plan: Work Together to Prepare for the Worst

    Create a Disaster Plan: Work Together to Prepare for the Worst
    When it comes to preparing for disaster, executives are the ones who sweat the big stuff, whether the potential risk is a hurricane, earthquake, pandemic, terrorist attack or other calamity. Top managers approve the plan for offsite data mirroring, pick an alternate payroll processor and assure the firm's biggest customers that current services won't be interrupted. But of course, it's the ...
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    Prepare for Disaster: Take Steps Now to Protect Your Financial Records

    Prepare for Disaster: Take Steps Now to Protect Your Financial Records
    Natural disasters, from earthquakes and tsunamis to hurricanes and wildfires, keep appearing in the headlines. By taking a few precautions with your vital financial records now, you could save endless time and stress if the unthinkable happens to you. Some preparation can save you worry if you live in an area prone to hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, fires or tornadoes. Even if ...
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    Link with AdminSecret

    Link with AdminSecret
    Have your own website? Have a MySpace account? Here's a great way to spread the word about AdminSecret. Just copy and paste the code from the text box below the image of your choice into the HTML body of your page. AdminSecret is now offering all admin and member-owned websites the opportunity for partnership and link swapping. Email: info@adminsecret.com for more ...
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    How to Get Into First Class

    How to Get Into First Class
    Every business traveler wants to sit in a big seat at the front of the plane, but getting an upgrade these days is increasingly difficult. I caught up with Matthew Bennett, who runs upgrade advice site FirstClassFlyer.com, for tips on how you can sit in first or business class without breaking your travel budget. -Get What You Ask For. With so ...
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    Office Bullies

    Office Bullies
    How many of you have had to deal with a bully in the workplace? Someone who is verbally abusive, demoralizing, screams and rants or belittles others… I have. The bad news is they still exist out there. The good news is people are starting to notice and realize the negative impact they have on the bottom line. This topic is of ...
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    Establish a Workplace Safety Policy

    Establish a Workplace Safety Policy
    Why worry about safety? Because failing to do so could literally destroy your business. Besides your ethical responsibility toward your employees, workplace accidents cost money and time. You could be liable for substantial penalties that could wipe out your business's cash flow. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) penalty for willful violations of safety rules that could result in death ...
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    Sign Up for AdminSecret's Weekly Newsletter

    Sign Up for AdminSecret's Weekly Newsletter
    Wanna hear from us? Every week, AdminSecret sends out a recap of the best and most popular content from our site. It also showcases new and under-the-radar features you might have never know were there! Want in on the action? Follow these steps to be sure you know what's up from the top administrative community on the web... To receive the ...
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    Forgot Your Password? Again?

    Forgot Your Password? Again?
    Forgetting your Windows password happens to everyone from time to time. Yes, even I forget it at times. People are always bombarded with computers asking them to change their passwords every so often. Then you have to try to remember all of these passwords! When does it ever end? Then you have the dreaded website passwords. These are endless, since many ...
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    Use Drag and Drop to Create New Outlook Items from Existing

    Use Drag and Drop to Create New Outlook Items from Existing
    An excerpt from the course ‘Outlook 2007 Productivity’ brought to you by Academy of Virtual Professionals. Use Drag and Drop to create new Outlook items from existing Drag and Drop — a key component to keeping organized! You can easily create new Outlook items from other Outlook items using drag and drop. The hidden beauty of drag and drop is that ...
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