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Office for iPad

Office 365: To subscribe or not to subscribe

Can you get by without paying Microsoft's subscription fee? In some situations, you can.

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5 quick Mail tricks everyone should know

Swap search shortcuts, customize the Favorites bar, redirect messages (instead of forwarding them), and other smart tips for Mail.

Mail merge and Office 2011 revisited

Chris Breen clears up some confusion from 2011 by readdressing creating mail merged email with Office 2011.

iWork

How to work with iWork's new file formats

With the just-released 2013 versions of Numbers, Pages, and Keynote for the Mac and for iOS, Apple's made some serious changes in file formats, which could impact the way you work with those files. Ted Landau explains.

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Make iPhone actions easier with Launch Center Pro

Launch Center Pro helps you get more out of, and do stuff more efficiently with, your iPhone or iPod touch. This week's video shows you how.

Dealing with Pages' file-conversion and email-attachment problems

If you open an old Pages document in the new version of Pages, you can't open it again in the old one. And you can't send the file as an email attachment. Here are some suggested work-arounds.

Nancy Solomon and the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Calendar

iOS 7's Calendar app isn't going over terrible well with those who find its text difficult to read. Chris Breen squints at the issue.

iOS 7 adds support for zipped attachments in Mail, Messages with Quick Look

iOS 7 now lets you view the contents of compressed files thanks to its new Quick Look feature in Mail. Associate editor Serenity Caldwell explains how you go about it -- and where you'll still have to use third-party apps.

Saving documents to your Mac rather than iCloud

It's not the first time the subject has come up, but some people are still unaware that with a single Terminal command you can cause iWork files to be saved to your Mac by default.

Be More Productive with LaunchBar: Snippets

In this video, our third on getting more out of Objective Development's excellent LaunchBar utility, we show you how to take advantage of LaunchBar's new snippets feature to paste frequently used bits of text.

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Secure location sharing with Glympse for smartphones

Running late for a meet up with friends or an appointment? Share a location securely and for a limited time period with smartphone application Glympse. It's a free download for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry.

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Creating and saving styles in Pages, TextEdit, and Mail

A reader wishes to create and save styles (with colored text) in a variety of Apple applications. Chris Breen explains how it's done.

Tools we use: The best Mac apps for working remotely

While some companies clamp down on telecommuting, the truth is that remote employees today can more seamlessly integrate with the office than ever before. Lex Friedman runs down the apps he uses to stay better connected with his coworkers around the country.

Replace Calendar with Fantastical on your iPhone

The Calendar app on iPhone is fine. But Lex Friedman thinks that the third-party Fantastical app is better. Here's a quick video overview of the app.

Syncing calendars between Mountain Lion and Snow Leopard

Problem: You have events in Mountain Lion's Calendar application and would like to share them with your Mac running Snow Leopard. iCloud is out. Chris Breen tells you what's in.