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Many of our customers have been experience some frustrations with Office 2013. The most common complaint has been concerning the new Excel Animations.

To minimize these animations, you can follow these steps:

1. Access the Windows Control Panel:

  • Windows 7: Click Start, and then Control Panel.
  • Windows 8: From the desktop right-click the Windows button and choose Control Panel. Or, from the Start screen (also known as the Metro interface), start typing the words Control Panel to make a Control Panel icon appear.

2. Choose Ease of Access Center within the Control Panel (Keyboard shortcut: press Windows-U to hop directly to this window without first launching the Control Panel in step 1 above.)

3. Scroll down and click the Use This Computer Without a Display link.

4. Scroll down and click the Turn Off All Unnecessary Animations (When Possible) checkbox.

5. Click OK as needed or close any onscreen windows.

For other tips and tricks including how to turn off read mode, check out this PC World Article: “12 infuriating Office 2013 flaws (and how to fix them)”

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2028412/12-infuriating-office-2013-flaws-and-how-to-fix-them-.html

 

Windows 10 debuted last week leaving many excited but also a bit confused about when/if they should upgrade their devices. Most Windows 7 and 8 devices are eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 but we’re recommending that our clients wait for a few reasons.


1.You have a whole year to upgrade.

 All users with eligible devices for a free Windows 10 upgrade have one year to transition to the new operating system. This means there is plenty of time to prepare and no need to rush the install. Prior to upgrading users will want to make sure they have a complete backup of their system and that they have allocated time to be away from their computer while the upgrade completes.


2. It won’t be perfect right away.

Microsoft has been testing and demoing Windows 10 for months now, but there are always unforeseen issues that rise to the surface when a new operating system is released. Windows 10.1 is expected to come out in October and by waiting for the first service pack before converting you can let others identify any initial bugs that need to be worked out. Once the operating system is more stable and less work in progress an upgrade to Windows 10 will be ideal for organizations looking to upgrade from Windows 8 and something to consider when purchasing new hardware.

3. All applications and external devices won’t be compatible.

Uptime for critical business applications is crucial for organizations large and small. Before upgrading to Windows 10 it is very important to determine that all necessary applications and programs will run on this new operating system. Databranch can work with your business to determine compatibility for key apps and prepare an upgrade path. It is also important to research and be prepared to install new drivers for external devices like printers. If you do not take this step, there is a chance your previously purchased devices like monitors and printers will no longer work causing pain and unplanned expenses to replace the faulty units.

Databranch is excited to work with our clients to plan future upgrades to Windows 10. As a longstanding Microsoft partner we are looking forward to the benefits this new operating system will bring to our clients but we are advising that for now you wait and take this software launch as an opportunity to look ahead, plan, and prepare for a smooth transition. To speak with one of our consultants, call 716-373-4467, email info@databranch.com, or click here to start your Windows 10 upgrade conversation.

Have you upgraded to Windows 10? Share your story in the comments!

 

We’ve made it to the middle of summer and as the temperature rises we have been emphasizing to clients the importance of maintaining a proper environment for their servers and other critical network equipment. The optimal temperature for a server room is between 68 and 71 degrees Fahrenheit. The maximum recommended temperature is 80 degrees and the lowest recommended temperature is 50 degrees.

Airflow around servers and network equipment is critical to extending the life of your equipment and maintaining a high performance quality. Without proper airflow, temperatures can rise surrounding the equipment even when the room temperature is within the optimal range. For personal computing devices, we recommend keeping devices out of direct sunlight and tell our clients to avoid taking their mobile devices outside when the temperature is over ninety degrees or above eighty percent humidity.

Have a technology question? Let us know in the comments and a Databranch representative will be happy to address it.

  1. Login Notifications – Enabling this feature allows you to be notified when your account is accessed from a computer or mobile device that you have not used before.
    1. Click on Settings ==> Security ==> Edit
    2. There are two notification methods: Email or Text Message/Push Notification.
      • If you choose the Email Option:
        1. You need to check the box and save changes.
        2. You will now receive notification emails to the account associated with your Facebook Account.
      • If you choose the Text Messaging Option:
        1. You will be prompted to enter your cell phone number.
        2. You will receive a text with a confirmation code.
        3. To finish set-up, you will need to enter the code on the site and click save changes.
        4. You will now receive notifications to your phone.
      • You can enable both notification methods!
  2. Login Approvals – Enabling this feature allows you to use your phone as an extra layer of security to keep others from logging into your account. This means that when someone tries to log-in to your account from a browser that has not been previously used to access your account, you will receive a notification requiring your approval before access is granted.
    1. Click on Settings ==> Security ==> Edit
    2. Check box “Require a security code to access my account from unknown browsers”
      • Benefit: You are able to prove that it is actually you trying to access your account.
      • Note: These codes can only be sent to your cell phone via text message or through the Facebook app
    3. Click Get Started ==> Choose your phone type: Android, iPhone, iPod touch, or Other
      • If you choose Android, iPhone, or iPod touch:
        1. You will be asked to make sure you have the latest version of the Facebook App on your device.
        2. Next, you will need to activate Code Generator which will create new security codes in your phone’s Facebook app every 30 seconds. Follow the 4 steps provided on your screen.
        3. Using Code Generator, you will enter the security code provided.
        4. You then will have the option to delay needing a security code for a week after set-up or requiring a security code right away. We recommend you check the box that says, “No thanks, require a code right away.”
      • If you choose Other:
        1. You will be sent a text message with a code to confirm access to your phone for login approvals.
        2. Enter the security code once you have received it.
        3. You then will have the option to delay needing a security code for a week after set-up or requiring a security code right away. We recommend you check the box that says, “No thanks, require a code right away.”

If you set-up either feature below or are already using Login Notifications/Login Approvals, leave a comment below with your thoughts!

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