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Directive has been serving the Oneonta area since 1993, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Microsoft OneNote: Your Desktop's Productivity Swiss Army Knife

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Microsoft's OneNote is often seen as one of the extra applications that is bundled in with several Microsoft Office packages.  In this article, We'll introduce OneNote, and show off some neat things it's used for, and how it can make your life easier.  OneNote has a whole slew of neat features that you can take advantage of, which we'll cover in the article as well.

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9 Secret Google Search Tricks to Impress Your Coworkers

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The Internet is without a doubt the largest collection of information humanity has ever seen. The trick is getting the information you want quickly. That's where search engines come in, and no search engine has received more recognition than Google. These 10 tricks will help you master your Google searches like a pro and get you to the information you seek faster, and you might be able to impress a colleague or two.

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5 Steps Toward Making Documents Presentable with Microsoft Word

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Plenty of Upstate New York businesses use the Microsoft Office suite of productivity tools. From Office 2007 and on, Microsoft has made it extremely easy to dress up your documents and presentations. These tricks will typically work with most Office products, from Word to Power Point, even Outlook; although in some apps the options might be in different places. Today's tutorial will focus on Microsoft Word.

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5 Free Software Picks

Sometimes the best things in life are free, and software is no exception (who doesn't love FREE?).  Surprisingly, free applications can rival the more expensive commercial apps that offer similar features.  We aren't necessarily saying these apps are ready for businesses to use, but for a home user who doesn't want to purchase expensive commercial software, free is the way to go.

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4 Quick Steps for Optimizing Remote Desktop

Plenty of our clients use Remote Desktop to access a terminal server or use their workstation from an off-site location. Depending on your connection and the speed of all of the devices in question, remote work can either be pretty seamless or a laggy, sluggish endeavor if your Remote Desktop client isn’t configured correctly. If you are running into a situation where you type something on your keyboard and it takes several long seconds for it to show up, these tweaks can improve performance and reduce input delays.

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Tired of Windows search? Try this free file search utility, "FileSeek".

When searching for a word or phrase in a program or website that has hundreds of files it can be quite time consuming. When browsing these files the user might miss what they are looking for in the thousands of lines that they have to look through, causing the search to start all over again. A user can narrow down their search based on what they are trying to find, maybe it is wording that would be in a language folder somewhere. In some places there are multiple language folders, with multiple files in each.

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