A Helpful Microsoft Office Tip, Reinstalling Windows, Direct Mail is Not Dead!

John Vrooman | March 2019

In recent years, many Microsoft Office 2016 (and Office 365) users have become familiar with saving files to Microsoft’s OneDrive file storage service. If you’re not familiar with OneDrive, the service enables users to store, backup, sync and access files between their computing devices and the online service. Unfortunately, many people would prefer to use Google’s “Google Drive” service, or another popular service called Dropbox (instead of OneDrive) for their file access and storage needs. At the windowscentral.com website, I came across an article titled “How to add cloud storage services as save locations in Office 2016.” If you follow the steps provided in the article, you’ll be guided through the process of adding Google Drive, Dropbox and/or additional OneDrive accounts to your Microsoft Office 2016 applications so they can be used as additional file saving locations from within Microsoft Office 2016 apps. If this topic interests you, please visit the following webpage to learn more…www.tinyurl.com/y7kpd7gf

What is EDDM?

Direct mail is not dead! In fact, direct mail is probably the most effective marketing tool available when it comes to being able to reliably reach people within a geographic area. EDDM stands for “Every Door Direct Mail” and it’s a service that’s provided by the United States Postal Service. While some people may have some basic familiarity with the USPS’s EDDM service, what’s less known is that the service can include/provide some target marketing capability beyond just zip codes and carrier routes. Age, income, or household size target marketing filtering capabilities are also available.

To learn more about the USPS’s EDDM service, you should visit and review the webpage below. However, I would encourage you to also consider calling your local post office and request to be connected to someone who can coach you through everything that’s needed in order to successfully complete an EDDM project. To learn about the USPS’s EDDM service, please visit…www.tinyurl.com/8xvwao9

How to Reinstall Windows 10

It’s a bad day whenever your computer isn’t working properly. It’s an even worse day when you conclude that you need to reinstall Windows to resolve the problem. If you didn’t know, reinstalling Windows can sometimes be the quickest, easiest and most reliable way to get a computer back into proper working order. Unfortunately, most people don’t know how to reinstall Windows and/or are not comfortable enough to attempt to do it on their own. Fortunately, I’m confident that those who have intermediate computing knowledge/skills, as well as the patience to follow instructions, should be able to successfully work through the process of reinstalling Windows 10. At the windowscentral.com website, I came across a very good step-by-step article that covers the reinstallation process more thoroughly than I’ve seen before. The title of the article is “How to do a clean installation of Windows 10.” This link will lead you to the article…www.tinyurl.com/yaa6unft

Learning from Blogs and Podcasts

Whether you’re new to real estate sales, or you’re a seasoned veteran, you can always learn something new from others. While you can find numerous blogs and podcasts that focus on real estate sales and other related topics, I encourage you to also explore non-real estate specific sales and marketing blogs and podcasts. I’m not going to recommend any specific blogs or podcasts (there’s a lot of good ones to choose from), but I will suggest that you Google the phrases “best sales blogs” and “best sales podcasts.” When you Google these phrases, you’ll come across links in the search results that will lead you to many helpful resources that list, talk about and recommend some great sales-related blogs and podcasts. I’m confident that you’ll be introduced to a lot of informative, actionable and otherwise useful information once you connect to just about any of these new resources.

Tip: Consider Learning Some Google Chrome
‘Keyboard Shortcuts’ to Increase Productivity

When it comes to increasing computing productivity, there are many things you can do. However, one the quickest and easiest way to get things done more quickly is to learn about and to start using available “keyboard shortcuts.”

How often do you use your mouse or trackpad to scroll through a webpage, or to place the cursor into Chrome’s “Omnibox” to type out and perform a search? I’m going to guess that you perform those actions several times during a typical computing session. Did you know that you can perform these (and many other) tasks by using keyboard shortcuts? Alone, individual keyboard shortcuts probably won’t lead to significant productivity improvements. However, when you start using keyboard shortcuts regularly over the course of a day, the amount of time saved can add up. To review a list of Google Chrome keyboard shortcuts that you can experiment with, simply visit the computerhope.com website and check out the article titled “Google Chrome shortcut keys.” Here’s a link that will take you there…www.tinyurl.com/ydaoquwk

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John Vrooman
John Vrooman is an experienced Realtor who enjoys staying on top of real estate, technology, gadgets, marketing, new media, and small business trends/developments. He gathers information from a diverse range of resources and enjoys sharing tips, thoughts, and discoveries with others – using a “something for everyone” approach. John has been authoring this column since August 2000 and enjoys receiving comments and suggestions from his readers.