Maintain Online Tool Stability

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You'd have your head in the sand (not the clouds) to miss the trend of work tools moving online. From VPN connections to send remote email to complete online applications, you’ll spend less time in the same old Office apps than ever. (Even those applications are going online.) This transition brings a few challenges and twists to the way you work. Here are a few simple tips to keep online apps running smoothly.

Work offline. Yeah, maybe I cheated, but this is the most important one. If your VPN connection or spreadsheet website go down, you'll likely lose your work. Instead, compose email and documents in any old text editor, then copy and paste to the online service.

Save early and often. Some online editing tools have begun to add auto-save measures, but many don’t. Figure out if and when your tool saves, and if you need to do it manually.

Close the windows. Browser-based tools rely on memory allocated Firefox, IE, or another browser. Unused windows and applications can leech available memory from those finicky tools, making them less responsive and more prone to crashing. Close those wasteful windows.

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