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Bad News for Windows XP Users

Beginning on April 8, 2014, Microsoft will no longer provide updates to fix newly-discovered vulnerabilities in Windows XP. While security software vendors will continue to provide updates, those updates will not protect against holes in the Windows XP operating system.

We recommend replacing Windows XP computers before April 8.

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Time Matters 13 Requirements

Time Matters 13 Third Party Software Requirements

While Time Matters still works on Windows XP computers, the Windows XP operating is far less secure than Windows 7 and Windows 8 now. As of April 8, 2014, Microsoft security updates for Windows XP will no longer be released.

If you are still using Windows XP, you cannot install Word 2013, Excel 2013 and other Office 2013 applications.

Word and Outlook 2003 are no longer supported for Time Matters version after 11.


Time Matters Known Issues List

LexisNexis has started publishing a public Known Issues List for Time Matters here:

At this writing only some Target Issues are listed. More issues will be published as the LexisNexis team works through their list.

The article on each Known Issue describes the issue and sometimes offers a work-around.


Create an Abbreviation with PhraseExpress

Here is my path of least resistance for creating a PhraseExpress abbreviation or "Autotext" that will expand into the whole word as soon as you type it.

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Windows 8 Hotkeys

Windows 8 hotkeys or shortcut keys include:

  • Windows Key + Tab - Opens up the left-hand "Switch List"
  • Windows Key + C - Opens up the right-hand Charms Bar
  • Windows Key + I - Opens up the Settings Menu
  • Windows Key + T - Jumps you back to Desktop Mode and cycles through your open windows on the taskbar.
  • Windows Key + Shift + . - Docks the app to the left, middle, or right side of the screen with each press.
  • Windows Key + M - Jumps to the Desktop and minimizes all applications
  • Windows Key + Q - Opens up Windows 8's global search utility within Metro

Searching with Windows Explorer

To narrow your searches for specific files or folders using Windows Explorer, you can add filters after your search word, for example, type:folder.

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Future-Proof Filenames

Future-proof your files by avoiding the use of "illegal" punctuation characters in filenames for documents, spreadsheets and other files.

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Start and Stop Time Shortcuts in Event Records

In Event records, a Duration is required in Time Matters 12 Service Pack 2. This post shows examples of time-saving shortcuts for entering times and durations.

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Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500 Works with Time Matters

You can use Time Matters to efficiently scan documents with any scanner that creates PDF files, including the Fujitsu ScanSnap iX500.

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Events with Zero Duration - No Stop Time

In Time Matters 12 Service Pack 1, each Event on the Calendar needs a Start Time and a Stop Time. Here are some shortcuts for dealing with that requirement.

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