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Get the key facts on a wide range of technologies, techniques, strategies, and skills with the help of these concise, need-to-know lists.

  • 10 advanced formatting tricks for Excel users

    10 advanced formatting tricks for Excel users

    Your worksheets will be more polished and easy to read if you learn a few sophisticated formatting techniques.

    Susan Harkins · March 7, 2013, 4:28 AM PST

  • 10 alternative careers for burned-out IT workers

    10 alternative careers for burned-out IT workers

    So you're thinking about leaving IT -- but you're not sure what to do instead. Here are a few alternative fields where you might be able to use your talents in more satisfying ways.

    Jack Wallen · March 10, 2011, 12:09 AM PST

  • 10 add-ins that make Outlook easier to use

    10 add-ins that make Outlook easier to use

    If you can't do something in Outlook, chances are there's an add-in that can. Susan Harkins lists some handy add-ins that close a few feature gaps.

    Susan Harkins · May 26, 2011, 1:00 AM PST

  •  The 10 best ways to visually represent IT data

    The 10 best ways to visually represent IT data

    The right chart, image, or diagram can be invaluable in clarifying and conveying IT information. The trick is finding the best tool to illustrate the specific concept or type of data you're representi...

    Rick Vanover · April 22, 2011, 6:40 AM PST

  •  The 10 biggest failures in IT history

    The 10 biggest failures in IT history

    We've debated the highlights of IT history. Now it's time to consider a few good ideas that went wrong - or that may have been ill-advised to begin with.

    Jack Wallen · October 29, 2009, 11:08 PM PST

  •  The top 10 peeves of a support tech

    The top 10 peeves of a support tech

    IT pro Becky Roberts discovered that in the support field, certain workplace aggravations seem to persist regardless of the industry or environment. See if your annoyances match hers.

    Becky Roberts · March 23, 2009, 6:24 AM PST

  •  10 management techniques we'd love to see

    10 management techniques we'd love to see

    If you've ever been the victim of a trendy, totally ineffective management style, you know how silly and arbitrary those techniques can be. Justin James has seen his share of goofy management philosop...

    Justin James · March 16, 2009, 2:34 AM PST

  •  10+ Microsoft Office add-ins to simplify your work

    10+ Microsoft Office add-ins to simplify your work

    The right add-in can provide helpful features and make existing Office capabilities easier to use. Susan Harkins has rounded up a selection of handy add-ins for various Office applications.

    Susan Harkins · March 16, 2009, 7:10 AM PST

  •  10+ phrases that can be irritating or offensive

    10+ phrases that can be irritating or offensive

    It's possible to rub someone the wrong way without even realizing it -- all because you used the wrong expression at the wrong time. Calvin Sun discusses 10 such expressions and looks at how you can s...

    Calvin Sun · March 16, 2009, 5:18 AM PST

  •  10+ reasons why people write viruses

    10+ reasons why people write viruses

    Why do people write viruses and other mobile malicious code? The answer isn't as simple as it used to be. Here are some possible motives suggested by security expert Chad Perrin and several TechRepubl...

    Chad Perrin · May 4, 2009, 2:25 AM PST

  •  10 ADO best practices

    10 ADO best practices

    You can work more efficiently with data when you know how to take advantage of the ActiveX data objects (ADO) library. Susan Harkins offers some pointers that will help you use ADO objects effectively...

    Susan Harkins · May 27, 2009, 12:58 AM PST

  •  10 best practices for Windows security

    10 best practices for Windows security

    Security risks continue to grow for organizations both large and small. Brien Posey offers 10 suggestions for making sure your networks are as well protected as possible.

    Brien Posey · March 30, 2011, 11:11 PM PST

  •  10 dying IT skills

    10 dying IT skills

    One of the challenges of working in the IT field is staying on top of emerging technologies - while letting go of those that are becoming obsolete. This Global Knowledge article lists 10 areas that ar...

    Global Knowledge · June 28, 2009, 4:12 AM PST

  •  10 efficient ways to produce useful metrics

    10 efficient ways to produce useful metrics

    Accurate metrics are essential for assessing performance and making informed decisions, but companies often rely on flawed information that paints a misleading picture. Alan Norton explains the most e...

    Alan Norton · March 24, 2011, 2:39 AM PST

  •  10 free security tools that actually work

    10 free security tools that actually work

    Plenty of solid products are available to help you protect your system -- and some of them don't cost a dime. Here's a list of some of the most popular and effective free tools for defending yourself ...

    Susan Harkins · March 30, 2009, 3:51 AM PST