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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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Backup Error - Executing SQL directly; no cursor

Here are three solutions to issues that cause a MS SQL Server backup of Time Matters or other SQL databases to fail with the error message: "Executing SQL directly; no cursor."

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Ziptr Secure Email and File Sharing Service Closes

Ziptr is closing its doors. This innovative service for securely sharing Email messages and files offered an excellent free service, but did not "go viral" as it needed to succeed.

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Heads Up - Do Not Install Office 2013 64-Bit

When installing MS Office, including MS Office 2013, do not choose the 64-bit option. The 64-bit versions have problems with add-ins, including with the Time Matters links.

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Changing the Time Matters - Exchange Synchronization Frequency

The Time Matters Exchange Synchronization interval is set by default at 60 seconds. You can change the interval to, for example, 300 seconds (5 minutes), to spare your server from working so hard.

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