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We’ve written previously about how to set the Office 2007 color scheme away from that awful default blue, but you can also set it with a quick registry hack or even via group policy on your network, so we’ll cover that here.

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Are there times when you are reading something online or come up with an idea and want to quickly email a friend or colleague?  It might be hard to believe but some people do not always have their email client open all day!  As a time saver for those folks we can create a shortcut on the Desktop to send email.  This comes in handy if you email particular contact(s) on a regular basis.

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Have you ever accidentally deleted the wrong file, or duplicated files while trying to select them with the mouse? Those types of mistakes can be extremely frustrating, but there’s a really, really simple way to reverse them.

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If you want to send the email off to multiple contacts then just separate each email address with a semi-colon.  Hopefully this time saver will be useful to somebody out there!

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The cool thing with email these days is you can pretty much use any client you want and still be able to check most of your web based accounts.  Most POP accounts such as hotmail or Gmail are able to be checked with any client.  Here we will take a look at how to get your Gmail into Windows Live Mail. 

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If you are a fan of application launchers to quickly launch your favorite applications from the keyboard, you’ll probably want to take a look at a new one from Microsoft Office Labs called Speed Launch.

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This article is part of Mysticgeek’s IT blog, a How-To Geek blog focused on IT geekery.

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Last week we took a look at different options for backing up, storing, and sharing data files with online storage services.  This week we will take a look at services which are more secure.  IDrive uses AES 256 bit encryption for its online storage service.  Transfers of data to the drive is done with 128 SSL encryption.  IDrive allows you to sign up for a free 2GB account.  Their Pro Personal Account is 4.95/month for 150GB of storage.  They also offer accounts for businesses at different rates.

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If you are working on a spreadsheet and want to be able to quickly see differences in numbers at a glance, you should use the new Conditional Cell Formatting in Excel 2007. With this you can change the background of a cell based on the data in the cell, almost like an inline chart.

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There is also a feature called Continuous Backup which will monitor the backed up directories on your computer and update them on IDrive as needed.  IDrive works with Windows and Mac.

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