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Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.

When you add a business card to a signature, an image of the business card is inserted into the signature and the vCard (.vcf) file is attached. If you don’t want to attach the vCard file, you can insert the image only into your signature.

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vCard is the abbreviation for Virtual Business Card and is the standard format (.vcf files) for electronic business cards. vCards allow you to create and share contact information over the internet, such as in email messages and instant messaging.

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If you sign most of your emails the same way, you can easily specify a default signature to automatically insert into new email messages and replies and forwards. This can be done directly in the Signature editor in Outlook 2013.

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If you sign your emails the same way most of the time, you can create signatures in Outlook that you can attach to your emails. Easily create a signature for business emails and a different one for personal emails.

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There may be times when you want to add a note to an email message you received. Maybe you need to remember something about the sender or the contents of the email. There are several ways to add a note to an email message.

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If you need to do something related to an email message you received, you can easily create a task from the message in Outlook. A task can be created that contains all the content of the message without requiring you to re-enter the information.

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If you choose to manually update your RSS feeds on demand, there is a way to do this without having to send and receive your email at the same time. You can create a special Send/Receive Group for your RSS feeds.

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By default, RSS feeds update automatically. If you have a lot of RSS feeds you follow, you may not want them all updating automatically. You can set up the RSS feeds so none of them update automatically, or only certain ones will.

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If you have a long list of emails and you’re having difficulty distinguishing among the individual emails in your list, you can select a grid line style to display between each of the emails. This can improve the visibility of each email in your list.

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If you have a lot of RSS feeds in Outlook, it may get very chaotic in your RSS Feeds folder. There is a way you can set up your RSS feeds using Search Folders so you can view only today’s unread feeds.

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By default, when you double-click on a contact in Outlook 2013, the new Contact Card displays for that contact. The Contact Card doesn’t contain all the fields from the full contact editing window that opens when you create a new contact.

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Outlook 2013 introduces the in-line reply feature, which allows you to reply to an email directly in the Reading pane, instead of opening a separate window. However, if you prefer to use the separate message editing window, there is an easy way to access it.

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If you prefer to write your emails in Word, there is a way to send them directly to your recipients from within Word. This feature is not obviously available in Word 2013, but rather must be added to the Ribbon or Quick Access Toolbar.

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Outlook 2013 allows you to customize the font used to display the sender’s name, subject, date received, and size of each message in your message list. Maybe you want to just change the size to make the font bigger or smaller, or change the font to one you like better.

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Office 2013 allows you to add useful apps directly to Word, Excel, etc.. By apps, generally we mean research resources such as dictionaries for defining terms or accessing sites such as Wikipedia directly within Office programs to confirm facts.

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If you use Outlook for your email and calendar, but also use Google Calendar (say one for business and one for personal), you can easily add your Google Calendar to Outlook so you can view all your calendars in one place.

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When sending email, you might want to know that your message has been delivered (delivery receipt) and you might want to know whether the message was opened (read receipt). You can request one or both types of receipts easily in Outlook 2013.

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If you write a lot of legal documents or other types of documents in which you need to reference specific sections, adding line numbers can be useful. We will show you how to add unobtrusive line numbers in the left margin of a Word document.

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There may be times when you want to change the direction of text in Word. This is easily done using text boxes or shapes or using cells in a table. We will show you both methods for changing the direction of text.

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If you’re working on a long document in Word, you’ll probably be opening it often until it’s completed. Rather than opening Word to the general start screen, and then opening the file, you can automatically open the last document you were working on.

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In Word 2013, you can select one of several units of measurement for the ruler. You may be working on a document for someone who measures their margins, tabs, etc. in a different set of units than you usually use. It’s easy to change.

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By default, Word automatically saves your document at certain intervals. If you’re concerned about losing data, you can decrease the interval. If you’re distracted by the hard drive crunching too often, you can increase the interval. Either way, changing this interval is easy.

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When you open an Office 2013 program, a start screen automatically displays showing you the various templates available and a list of recent documents opened in the left column. If you find this screen annoying and would rather pass it by, it’s easy to disable.

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There may be times you want to remove a row or column from a spreadsheet, but you don’t want to permanently delete it from the worksheet file. Excel has a feature that allows you to temporarily hide a row or column from view.

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If you’ve copied text from another document and it’s not formatted the way you want, or it has some strange or mixed up formatting, you can easily remove all the formatting from the text and return the text to the default style.

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