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Working from Home Tips: Network Security Edition

Large amounts of the work force are now working from home and that doesn’t look to change in the foreseeable future. This puts more emphasis for the need to have home networks secure to protect not only yourself but your employer. Here are some recommendations on securing your home network and devices.

Introducing Microsoft’s Power Platform

Microsoft’s Power Platform is an emerging tool set meant to bridge the gap between developers and business users in the workplace. Using what Microsoft is calling a low-code/no-code development platform, individuals with any level of programming experience can develop fully functional and scalable applications to meet their various business needs.

Cloud Migration of Legacy Java Application White Paper

In today’s data-driven business environment, government organizations are trying their best to optimize the cost of managing and maintaining their infrastructure and applications. Moreover, the pandemic has accelerated this need to rapidly adopt the cloud. Cloud offers a myriad of benefits such as improved scalability and reliability for legacy applications, and improved security and durability for your critical business data.

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Getting to Know iWorks: Working All Around the U.S.

Since 2020, several of our D.C., Maryland, Virginia (DMV)-based staff have seized the opportunity to move to a new location for various reasons, whether it’s to be closer to family or to have a lower cost of living.

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Pro Tips for Working Remotely

While working at home does have its advantages (good-bye long commutes), it can also be isolating, distracting, and challenging. Included are five pro tips to keep you and your team working successfully from home.

iWorks Reflects on New Heights Reached in 2021

Join us as we reflect on 2021 and revisit the most popular articles written by iWorks employees that showcased our biggest themes of the year.

Making the Most out of Microsoft Office 365 with Yammer

Did you know that Yammer means to talk foolishly or incessantly? While constant chatter may not be everyone’s cup of tea, Microsoft Office 365’s application, Yammer, encourages team discussion virtually.

iWorks’ 5 Microsoft Word Keyboard Shortcuts

By: Amanda Ngo, Becky Chawner, and Jenna Harrity

Microsoft Word is an essential tool for many people nowadays from students to professionals. Most people know basic shortcuts like copy (Ctrl+C) and paste (Ctrl+V) – but did you know there are many more? The iWorks Documentation team has compiled five unique shortcuts that we use in Word. Please note that these tips only work on Windows!

1. Ctrl+G
You may already be familiar with the Find (Ctrl+F) and Replace function in Word. However, there is a third tab in that pop-up window. Use “Ctrl+G,” otherwise known as “Go To,” to jump to a certain page, section, table, etc., in the document. This is particularly useful for longer documents and can be faster than scrolling or using the navigation pane.

2. Alt+< (left arrow)
This shortcut is useful for navigating hyperlinks in a long document. Clicking on an internal link directs you to a new place in the same document, and it can be difficult to navigate back
to the original location. Click Alt+< (left arrow) to navigate to the original link location. Our documentation team uses this shortcut when checking links during a technical edit.

3. =lorem(# of paragraphs)
In templates or sample documents, you may want to populate the document with dummy text. Type “=lorem(# of paragraphs)” with no spaces and press Enter. Word automatically generates dummy Latin text. For example, “=lorem(2)” creates:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Maecenas porttitor congue massa. Fusce posuere, magna sed pulvinar ultricies, purus lectus malesuada libero, sit amet commodo magna eros quis urna.

Nunc viverra imperdiet enim. Fusce est. Vivamus a tellus.

4. Ctrl+A; F9
Many users employ field codes in Word documents to ensure content is consistent and easy to update. For example, tables of content and cross references use field codes. Use this easy shortcut to update all field codes in a document: select all using Ctrl+A and then hit F9.

5. Create your own keyboard shortcut
Did you know you can create your own keyboard shortcut? Not every menu option has an assigned shortcut in Word, but you can create your own. For example, we often switch between Simple Markup and All Markup during a technical edit. Microsoft has detailed instructions on how to customize keyboard shortcuts on their site. Using these steps, we can switch between these two views quickly and easily.

How many of these did you already know? Were there any that were new to you? Tweet us @iworkscorp and let us know if you found this article helpful!