Automate Common Tasks with Quick Steps

Quick Steps apply multiple actions at the same time to email messages. This helps you quickly manage your mailbox. For example, if you frequently move … [Read more...]

Comments in Microsoft Excel

Many users of Excel have been able to see comments on cells for a while, but there hasn't been a way to add new comments to a cell. With Excel Online, … [Read more...]

In-Memory OLTP in SQL Server 2014

The development name for this new technology is Hekaton. It’s Greek and means 100 (hundred) which was the aim of performance improvement with this … [Read more...]

I want to go into IT – Where do I start?

Ah yes, an age-old question asked by young go-getters right out of junior college, massively in-debt graduates from universities, and folks who have … [Read more...]

Backing Up Multiple Databases in an Instance of SQL Server

Sometimes things that seem complicated are much easier than you think and this is the power of using T-SQL to take care of repetitive tasks. One of … [Read more...]

Editing Messages in Outlook

Outlook 2010/2013 - Need to edit a message you received or add notes to it? Have you ever received a message and just wanted to simply add notes to … [Read more...]

Office 365 Users – Blog Like the Pros

Create a Personal Blog with Office 365/SharePoint Online A blog is a great way to share information and get feedback from others. Office … [Read more...]

Conditional Formatting for Outlook Appointments

I recently joined the Directions Training team and learned quickly that classes could be at any one of our training facilities, or off-site at a … [Read more...]

File History

File History, introduced in Windows 8, gives you a new way to protect your files. It replaces the existing Windows Backup and Restore features, … [Read more...]

Introducing Digital Textbook Updates

Always have access to the latest edition of a digital textbook! When you take a course from Directions Training using Microsoft Official Curriculum … [Read more...]

Top 5 Ways to Get Started Writing Your Own Apps for the Windows Store

Do you have the next great idea for an app? Do you know how to code? There is a fantastic opportunity to write apps for the Windows Store. Windows … [Read more...]

Lync 2013

Lync 2013 streamlines communications for users, gives organizations the flexibility and control they need to better manage their communications … [Read more...]

Dashboards in SharePoint 2013 using the Excel Web Access Web Part

You can easily display Microsoft Excel charts and tables using the Excel Web Access Web Part in Microsoft SharePoint 2013. This enables decision … [Read more...]

Using Sections in PowerPoint to Keep Organized

When you are working on a large PowerPoint presentation it is often necessary to rearrange the order of the slides. While there have always been many … [Read more...]

Locking Certain Cells or Ranges in a Protected Worksheet

By default, the Locked setting is turned on for every cell in a Microsoft Excel worksheet. This can be confusing because the locked setting doesn't … [Read more...]

Why Upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013?

Here are just a few reasons why you should upgrade to Microsoft Office 2013. Office 2013 ventures beyond the mouse and keyboard to embrace … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Why the Surface Pro 3 Will Change the IT Game

The laptop is dead. Long live the laptop! The desktop is dead. Long live the desktop! The tablet is dead. Long live the tablet! No, … [Read more...]

Removing Attributes in SCOM

One of Directions Training’s Microsoft Technical training experts wanted you to know about a question he runs into in SCOM. What is the easiest way … [Read more...]

Repositioning of the Chart Formatting Tools in Excel 2013

Creating charts using Microsoft Excel is nothing new, this has been a core feature of Excel for a very long time. However, in Excel 2013 there are two … [Read more...]

Hybrid and Solid State Drives

In the past few years we’ve seen some long overdue improvements in data storage technologies. Every other aspect of computer technology has rapidly … [Read more...]