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What Lawyers Should Know About Windows 11

Have you upgraded your Windows operating system from Windows 10 to 11? Have you avoided it because you worry that it could be unstable, or that your old software or drivers won’t work? Are you worried that your older computer will not have the required specifications to do the upgrade? These are all legitimate concerns. Microsoft is rolling out a major…

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Tech and Practice Management Tips To Use Today

Recently the Center for Practice Management and CLE Department held a day and a half of programming including How to Manage Your Workload – Time, Task, Email and Distraction Management for Lawyers and Tips Today You Can Use Tomorrow. The programs, now available on demand, are designed to give lawyers and their teams actionable and tactical information that could be…

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Snagit – A Better Screen Clipping Tool

Both Windows and Macs come with screen clipping tools. Windows 10 has Snip and Sketch, Windows 11 has a Snipping Tool, and MacOS comes with Screenshot (see the keyboard shortcuts Shift-Command-4 to take a screenshot of a selected area, or Shift-Command-3 to capture the entire screen).  All are quite handy at capturing a screen, or a part of a screen,…

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Back to Basics: Understanding Core Business Technology for Lawyers

In today’s fast-paced legal environment, lawyers must be adept at using basic office software, Microsoft 365, browsers, and their operating system. This ability is essential for maintaining competency, efficiency, and productivity, which are critical for effectively serving clients. Lawyers who do not understand and master how to use critical business tools like operating systems, office application suites, and browsers will…

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Client Facing Tools in Your MS 365 Subscription

If your firm is paying for the Microsoft 365 subscription product but only using the standard applications like Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint you are missing out! Explore client facing tools that can help you communicate, collaborate, and interact with clients, outside counsel, and others outside of your firm or organization. Your subscription comes with products like Forms, Bookings, Stream, Sway,…

Cloud Computing, Document Generation, Productivity

Easy Automations in Dropbox

If your firm or office is using Dropbox, then you should be aware that they have recently added some particularly useful automation tools that can help you keep your files organized without effort. Automations include categorizations, file renaming, and file format conversions. To invoke the automation options, open Dropbox and add a new folder. When you add the folder check…

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Modern Note-Taking

Lawyers take notes. Lots of notes. Client notes, research notes, brainstorming, checklists, ideas, reminders and the list goes on. Taking notes on paper is comfortable and efficient, but extremely limited. Handwritten notes on paper cannot be searched or repurposed. They are difficult to share or use for collaboration. Paper notebooks begin to proliferate like bunnies. In our multimedia world paper…

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Don’t Doodle

Actually doodling, or scribbling, is good for your mental health. However, using the free Doodle poll tool may have the opposite effect on recipients. What is a Doodle poll? Doodle is a web-based service that helps you find a mutual time for a meeting with multiple participants. So, what is wrong with the free Doodle poll tool? Doodle has a…

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Avoid Overwriting Documents

There are many problems with using an existing word processing document and opening it to use as a “template”. For one, if you are syncing with online file storage and you forget to rename the document with “save as” you will overwrite the old file. Further, you may fail to remove or edit confidential information from the previous file.

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Some Best Practices from Law Firm Associates

A recent Reddit thread posed the question “what are some examples of best practices you employ in your daily routine or have learned from more senior attorneys?”. The following is a summary of the responses, edited for repetition and some negative advice removed. In some cases, more senior attorneys submitted their thoughts. These are helpful suggestions whether you are a…