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AutoCorrect - More Than Just a Spelling Tool

Thursday, July 24, 2014

You know how Word automatically corrects certain words you misspell or mistype? That feature is called AutoCorrect (very creative). It's a nice tool, yes, but can be SO MUCH NICER if you learn to use it to your advantage. Use the feature to help you quickly insert phrases or strings of text that you type every day. For example, my name is Adriana Linares, I can "program" AutoCorrect to spell out "Adriana Linares" when I type "al". If your firm has a long name, you can create a quick shortcut for it. Say, your firm is named, "Clued, Inn and Able, LLP" - you can create an entry that results in that when you type "cxa" (the space bar after the last letter of your entry executes the macro). Regarding the shortcuts: use 2 or more characters, do not use real words, you don't need to use caps and you can use numbers. Here's how to create a custom AutoCorrect entry: Read More


Time and Date Shortcuts in Excel

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here are a few of quick shortcuts for time and date applications in Excel.  Read More


LawTechBox Interview: Bill Gibson

Monday, July 21, 2014

On the latest episode of New Solo, I interview, Reba Nance and Bill Gibson. Reba Nance is a law practice and risk management manager of the Colorado Bar Association. In addition to being a frequent presenter on topics such as legal technology and malpractice prevention, she is the first female chair of the ABA tech show. Bill Gibson has practiced personal injury litigation in Portland, OR since 1979. Working as a full-time neutral since 2000, he has also written several books on law practice management including one of the latest ABA books called Flying Solo. Listen to the podcast on the Legal Talk Network and let's see what Bill has in his LawTechBox...  Read More


How to Select Worsheets in Microsoft Excel

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Selecting an entire worksheet is useful when you want to make changes on a global scale. For instance, you might want to change the size of the font in every cell in the worksheet. You can select the entire worksheet using the Select All button, it’s the box above the 1 row and left of the A column. Read More


CTRL + F is a Popular Keyboard Shortcut for "Find"

Friday, July 11, 2014

From websites to Microsoft Word pressing the CTRL key and the F key at the same time will usually result in a pop-up box that allows you to input a word or term to search for on that page or in that program. Many programs will even highlight each instance of that word as it appears on the page and offer navigation buttons such as Next, Previous, Up or Down (searching direction on the page). Read More


Excel: What else ESC can do for you

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Pressing ESC has multiple functions in Microsoft Excel. Read More


Microsoft Word Text Selection Tips

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Learn these mouse tricks to quickly select text in Word (and many other programs – just try them!).
- Double-click a word to select only that one word
- Triple-click in a paragraph to select only that one paragraph
- Hold the CTRL key on your keyboard plus one single mouse click to select one sentence. Read More


HOME Sweet HOME

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

The HOME key has multiple functions to make your Excel experience sweeter. Read More


LawTechBox Interview: Susan Cartier Liebel

Saturday, June 28, 2014

On the latest episode of New Solo, I interview, Susan Cartier Liebel. She talks to us about how to stay motivated throughout the process of starting a solo law practice. She encourages lawyers to make concrete life goals and envision where they might be 5, 10, and 15 years in the future, both professionally and personally. She recommends integrating personal interests and lifestyle with professional practice, resulting in a support system and a trusting client base. According to Susan, there are three emotional inhibitors when opening a solo practice: the fear of a malpractice suit, the fear of being alone, and the lack of mentors. By focusing on the endgame, a lawyer can create an internal support system that supplements external support. Listen to the podcast on the Legal Talk Network and lets see what Susan has in her LawTechBox... Read More


The Right-Click Button on a Mouse Has One Main Function: Menus

Thursday, June 26, 2014
If your mouse has a right-click button on it – you should use it! Right-clicking an item, a file, a folder, a link – just about anything on your screen will result in a menu. That menu usually displays a list of things you can do with the item. Here’s a handy example – right-click on a hyperlink in a webpage, select “Open in a new tab”. That link will open in a new tab (or window) without jumping you off the current page.

Microsoft Office Tip: Save as PDF Built In

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Did you know that since Office 2007 came out the ability to save a Word (Or Excel or PowerPoint) file as a PDF has been built in? To save your current file as a PDF simply go to File > Save As but before you click OK, be sure to change the “Save as type” to PDF. Read More


Why a Lawyer Should Stick to Being a Lawyer and Not the I.T. Guy

Saturday, June 14, 2014

So, my role in this world is to help lawyers use technology better. That's what I do and that's what I like to do. Short of it is, I LOVE what I do and I think my rates are always very FAIR if not under-market at times (market rate these days between $125 - $225 depending on the work). And while I do occasionally poke fun at my brilliant clients and legal friends ...I am NOT mean, I'm just not a mean person. Except for right now as I'm writing this post. This is a mean post. And please don't hold it against me, I am human and I just cannot contain myself! I'm writing this post because I can't really call up the attorney that sent me the note I will paste below. Read More


Outlook User: Quickly Copy an E-mail onto Your Calendar

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Many e-mails would be more useful on your calendar than in your Inbox – payment reminders, conference call details, docketing-related e-mails. Outlook allows you to drag and drop e-mails from your Inbox onto the Calendar folder to convert that message into an appointment. Read More


Latest Episode of New Solo is Out! Starting Your Own Law Firm: Conversation with Jay Foonberg

Saturday, May 31, 2014
The latest episode of Adriana's podcast, New Solo on the Legal Talk Network is out: Starting Your Own Law Firm: Conversation with Jay Foonberg. Read More

iPad Keyboard Shortcuts for Lawyers

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

There are useful hidden characters on the iPad keyboard. To reveal them press and hold the displayed key: Read More


10 Critical Computer Skills Every Attorney Should Have

Saturday, May 24, 2014
For years now, it has seemed that the art and skill of good lawyering is being pushed upon by technology. Perhaps it started with the first phone installation or the fax machine or the first attorney on the block to get an email address. Regardless from whence it came – it still cometh! And cometh and cometh… Read More

Paperless for Lawyers - A 12 Step Plan

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Seems like the paperless issue has been hot for me lately. Last week I gave a talk about it to the Orange County Bar's Tech Committee here in Orlando and was at two great Firms who have visionaries that want to see LESS PAPER laying around their law offices. One of the the Firms is rather large and looking to see if we can go to paperless prebills (it's my dream to never see a printed prebill again - keep you posted); the second is a small law firm with many technology goals but less paper is at the top of the list. Speaking of list, here's one that I hope gives you some ideas and guidelines on making your law office paper-free. Read More


Going Paperless - Resources for Law Firms

Thursday, May 15, 2014

The typical office document is copied, either physically or electronically, an average of nine to eleven times at a cost of $18. (source: Gartner)
The average office worker spends between 30 minutes to 2 hours per day searching for documents, which is 400 hours a year per employee! The average attorney spends up to three hours per week searching for files. Clerical staff spend another five hours per week searching for the same information. (source: Gartner) Read More


Outlook: Learn to Customize and Use Email Signature Blocks Tips

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Most email service providers and smartphones allow you to customize email signatures even allowing more than one or two available to pick from. We'll use Outlook as an example (if you don’t use Outlook, or use it plus something else, do a Google search to find a "How-to" on your particular service or phone and set up your signature blocks using the following best practices). Read More


How to Change the Direction of Text in Word 2013

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

There may come a time when you want to change the direction of the text in Word. Perhaps you are creating a table and want your column headings to be written vertically. This can easily be done in just a few steps:
- In your table, select the cell(s) for which you want to change the text direction.
- Under table Tools, click the LAYOUT tab.
- Click TEXT DIRECTION in the Alignment section of the Layout tab.
- Each time you click TEXT DIRECTION, a different direction is applied. Keep clicking until you like what you see.
- You can also RIGHT CLICK on the selected text in the table cells and select TEXT DIRECTION from the popup menu to change the text direction on your table.  Read More


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