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Tip: Control File Sharing for Employees in Microsoft OneDrive

Tip: Control File Sharing for Employees in Microsoft OneDrive

If your business uses Office 365, your users get access to OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage. Your employees can upload, sync, and share documents to collaborate with colleagues. This can be a good thing, but you may want to control how employees are sharing company documents. 

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What’s New in Office 2019

What’s New in Office 2019

Microsoft Office is the most utilized productivity suite in the world, for several reasons. One of the most cited is that they routinely update the applications with new and innovative features. Office 2019 has been out for just under a year and today, we’ll talk about the biggest improvements Microsoft has made within their signature productivity suite. 

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This is What Happens When Your Office 365 Subscription Lapses

This is What Happens When Your Office 365 Subscription Lapses

Subscription-based solutions are quite popular these days, and Microsoft Office 365 is perhaps one of the most important ones on the market. However, the services provided by Office 365 are contingent upon successfully renewing the subscription, making it critical that the user understands how this process works. Any user that fails to renew the subscription loses access to it, so we want to make sure you understand what happens when your subscription expires so as to avoid software access issues.

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Tip of the Week: PowerPoint as a Multi-Purpose Tool

Tip of the Week: PowerPoint as a Multi-Purpose Tool

Microsoft PowerPoint is a well-known solution, well-known enough that the product has become synonymous with the task, regardless of what program one happens to use. Of course, this doesn’t mean that one necessarily must use it to create a presentation to go with a sales pitch. For this week’s tip, we’ll suggest a few other tasks you could complete with the help of a PowerPoint presentation.

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Tip of the Week: Excel-lent Keyboard Shortcuts

Tip of the Week: Excel-lent Keyboard Shortcuts

How well do you know Microsoft Excel, the premier spreadsheet building software? Depending on your proficiency, you may already be familiar with some of the various keyboard shortcuts. We’ll list some of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts to help you to become a Microsoft Excel power user.


Before we get started, keep in mind that most keyboard shortcuts that work with Microsoft Word and other products in the Office suite will also work in Excel. We’re talking about the good old staples of Copy, Cut, Paste, Find, and so much more. Be sure to try out some of your favorites to see if they work in Excel, too.

Check Formulas in Cells
Excel doesn’t show you your formulas in the cells--it instead shows the results of the formulas. While you can click on the cell and view the formula bar at the top of the spreadsheet to see how the results are showing up, this can take some time if you’re checking an entire row or column. To toggle between a spreadsheet containing your values and your formulas, you can use the Ctrl + ` keyboard shortcut.

Place Borders Around Cells
If you’re not too concerned with the specific border you want for your cells, just use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + 7. This will surround the selected cells with a nice, simple border that’s very minimalist, but gets the job done.

Remove Borders from Cells
There’s a keyboard shortcut to remove borders from cells, too. It’s as easy as pressing Ctrl + Shift + - (minus). It’s the perfect solution to a botched border job.

Select an Entire Row or Column
You can select the contents of an entire row by clicking on the first cell in the row and hitting Shift+Spacebar. On the other hand, you can do the same for a column by pressing Ctrl+Spacebar.

Format an Object or Chart
Let’s say you want to insert a picture or a chart into an Excel spreadsheet, but you don’t know how to format it. You can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+1 to bring up the proper formatting dialogue box.

Do you have a favorite Microsoft Excel shortcut? Leave it for us in the comments, and be sure to subscribe to our blog.

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3 SharePoint Considerations Businesses Should Have

3 SharePoint Considerations Businesses Should Have

Businesses are always looking for a way to make their projects more successful. While many organizations have found success by integrating Microsoft SharePoint project collaboration software, some have found it to be a giant headache to manage, or even completely unnecessary. No matter where your business falls on this spectrum, there are some best practices in utilizing SharePoint to get the most out of the platform. Here are three considerations your team should make when you settle on SharePoint for project collaboration.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with SharePoint, it is Microsoft’s browser-based collaboration and document management platform. It can be hosted both on-premise and in the cloud and is currently offered with the enterprise-level Microsoft Office 365 productivity suite. It provides project teams a central hub in which to share and collaborate on documents; and, because it has Office 365 integration, can be set up to deploy Office 2016 applications for easy document access.

Detail Your View of Success
In any project, there is a definite goal. Since SharePoint deployments are designed to help organizations run large projects, it sometimes seems that you are constantly altering the measure of success. The more people who are working on a project, the more places inefficiency can rear its head. Since SharePoint’s main benefit is building efficiency, defining the measure of success when you begin a project and sticking to it can go a long way towards establishing the actual value the project has for your company, once completed.

Does Your Project Team Really Need SharePoint?
Many organizations that roll out a SharePoint platform don’t consider what the platform will be used for beforehand. Since the content management aspect is at the core of what SharePoint is all about, if you have a project that has limited content, is the SharePoint deployment necessary? Knowing what your team needs before having your IT provider integrate SharePoint can go a long way toward determining the success your SharePoint deployment will have, if any.

SharePoint Training Is Important
SharePoint is extraordinarily useful as a central hub to a project. It can store content, allow for the deployment of applications, and provide custom access to each, all which give each team member exactly what's needed to complete their part of the project. Trouble arises when new users are asked to begin using SharePoint without any training. As with any software, the more end-users know about the functionality of SharePoint, the more efficient and productive the team can be. Ensuring that your team is trained to navigate around your SharePoint platform can go a long way toward keeping a project on-budget and a team member on-task.

SharePoint can be beneficial for most organizations that need a dedicated collaboration solution, but if it isn't leveraged correctly, it can be a major time sink. To learn more about Microsoft SharePoint, contact CTN Solutions today at (610) 828-5500.

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The Many Ways Your Business Can Benefit By Having a Productivity Suite

The Many Ways Your Business Can Benefit By Having a Productivity Suite

For the modern business it’s important to have software that is both simple to use and powerful enough to meet your needs. Nowadays, there are cloud-based platforms that come with storage, communication options, and many of the enterprise-level productivity applications that drive your organization’s productivity. Two of these, Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google’s G-Suite bring substantial value and flexibility to the table where there was once only expense.

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4 Reasons Why You Should Give Office 365 a Try

4 Reasons Why You Should Give Office 365 a Try

It can be stressful to select the right technology for your business. To take some of this pressure off of your shoulders, we’d like to make a suggestion--look into Microsoft Office 365. It could be just the solution you need to make several of your responsibilities easier.

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Tip of the Week: How to Set Up Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

b2ap3_thumbnail_office_365_multi_factor_400.jpgHackers are growing bolder by the day, taking on huge organizations like the IRS and Sony Entertainment, and forcing businesses to stay on the defensive at all times. In spite of this, what can the average small business do to keep themselves safe? For starters, you can integrate multi-factor authentication, a solution designed to make it extra difficult for hackers to access online accounts.

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