Use PowerPoint Photo Album to chronicle corporate or personal events

Those charming slideshows that people make for wedding couples to highlight their lives before the nuptials aren’t the only reason to use PowerPoint’s Photo Albums. Corporations create similar slideshows to celebrate or chronicle corporate events, then place them on the company’s Intranet for all the employees to enjoy. They also use Photo Album slideshows for kiosks, trade show booths, and other marketing events to showcase the company and its products.

PowerPoint makes this task super-easy with its intuitive menus and dialog screens that walk you through the process, prompting you for responses along the way. It all starts with the Photo Album button on the Ribbon menu under the Insert Tab. The following instructions explain this feature in detail.

Select photos

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3 Windows 10 apps that will boost your productivity today

Windows 10 has plenty of built-in features to help you work more effectively. But a careful search of the Windows Store will uncover some apps that complement and even work with Windows tools. Here are three gems we unearthed.

Eclipse Manager

If you do project-based work, you probably use separate apps to track your tasks, time, and money. That can make it a challenge to see how those factors affect each other. Eclipse Manager simplifies this by combining all those capabilities into one easy-to-use app.

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3 IFTTT alternatives for task automation

One of the biggest boons to productivity has been the proliferation of automation tools like IFTTT. These apps and services dramatically cut down on the time and energy you spend performing common or repetitive tasks. It you’re looking to bring more efficiency to your personal or work life, consider having one of these tools do the heavy lifting.

Zapier

Along with IFTTT, Zapier is one of heavy hitters of task automation, but with a couple of key differences. First, unlike IFTTT, which only enables two-step actions, Zapier supports multiple-step processes, called “Zaps.” Second, it integrates with popular business-oriented apps as well as personal ones.

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3 tools that easily unsubscribe you from emails

We are often our own worst enemies when it comes to cluttering our inboxes with unwanted email, thanks to our zeal for email subscriptions. And in this time of heightened civil activity, many of us have added political emails to our already unwieldy collection of daily deals, newsletters, and alerts. The bulk of these messages languish in our inboxes unread and obscuring the really important one that require our action.

Fortunately, there are a few tools to help you prune these offenders without having to scroll message by message through your inbox. Give one of these a try.

Unroll.me

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How to get notifications of specific Gmail messages on your Android phone

While it’s true that being a slave to your email is bad for your productivity, there are messages that require an immediate response. But you don’t have to keep an eagle eye on your inbox to stay on top of them. If you use Gmail and an Android phone, you can set up notifications for specific emails so you’ll be alerted the minute its received. Here’s how.

Create a filter

Although the goal here is to receive notification of specific emails on your phone, you need to set up the process in Gmail’s web client.

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4 of the best Windows 10 app launchers for increasing your productivity

You might think an app launcher is a frivolous addition to your Windows desktop, but this tool offers big advantages over the Start menu or taskbar. Not only does it keep your favorite programs front-and-center for easy access, the best launchers also allow you to quickly find and open files, add calendar items to your to-do list, search the web, and more—all without ever touching your mouse.

Here are four of the best Windows 10 app launchers for increasing your productivity.

Launchy

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3 Windows text expanders that take the tedium out of typing

How much of your work day do you spend typing the same phrases over and over again? Things like your company’s address or a signature or a boilerplate paragraph in a document. No matter how fleet fingered a typist you are, that repetition wastes time.

This is where a text expansion app can help. These programs let you insert commonly used phrases and other chunks of text using shortcuts so you don’t have to type out every character. While each shortcut may only shave seconds of your work time, it can quickly add up to hours of saved effort over the course of a week.

Text expansion apps use a few basic mechanisms to make typing less tedious:

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