Tips of the Week from the LPM Department

OUTLOOK

February 2, 2017

 

Print a List of Emails in Outlook (rather than the emails themselves)

Many of us use Outlook as our email client. While most of us know how to print an individual email, what if you want to print a list of emails in your Inbox or in a folder? Chances are if you ever have tried, you ended up with a copy of an individual email instead of the list you wanted. 

Here's how to print a list: 

1. Open Outlook and be sure your Inbox is displayed. You should see a list of your emails.

2. Select the list of emails you wish to print:

    - Click on the first email in the list so it is highlighted

    - Scroll down (or up) to the last email

    - Press the <shift> key and click on the last email

    - All of the emails should now be highlighted

(If you want to select multiple emails that are not in contiguous order, press the <ctrl> key as you click each email with your mouse to highlight those you want to print on the list.)

3. Go to the toolbar on top and select "File" and then "Print" (just as you would if you wanted to print a document).

4. The default is typically "Memo Style".  Change that to "Table Style."  Now click on “Print Options” just above it.  Under “Print range” click on “Only selected rows" and finally click "Print." 

If you want to see a preview of what it will look like before you print, click "Preview" before you click "Print" and you'll see exactly what will print! 

If you have any questions, contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org

January 19, 2017

Let Outlook Save You Time When You Type in Phone Numbers for Contacts
In my book, anything that saves time is a good thing.  Outlook has a nifty feature that most people don’t know about.  The next time you have a contact open and you’re adding a phone number, try this.  Simply type all the numbers together such as 3038245320 – i.e., no parentheses around the area code, no space between the area code and the number, no hypen.  When you get out of the field as you normally would by pressing the TAB key or you use your cursor to get to another field, Outlook will magically put in the number with all the correct marks like this:  (303) 824-5320.  Wouldn’t it be great if more applications would do this!

 Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions. 

July 21, 2016

Using Outlook Calendar's Time Zone Feature Today’s tip is on using Outlook Calendar’s Time Zones Feature to make sure you don’t miss a meeting when you’re in a different time zone.

I hadn’t paid much attention to using Time Zones in Outlook Calendar. That is, until I missed an important meeting when I was in California. What happened? I entered the meeting in my calendar when I was sitting in my office in Denver. The time zone automatically defaulted to Mountain time. But when I checked my calendar, Outlook knew I was in Pacific time and it changed the meeting to show the time zone it was entered in, and so I missed my meeting.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

June 22, 2016

How to Move Emails Out of Outlook and Onto Your Hard Drive Using Adobe Acrobat
This week, Reba uses a video tutorial to demonstrate how to use Adobe Acrobat to move emails out of Microsoft Outlook onto your hard drive.

 Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

March 3, 2016

Save an Outlook E-Mail Message and the Attachment Together 
We all receive emails with attachments. As you know, you can save the attachment to your hard drive and access it later, but what about the email message that transmitted the document? A message such as “This is the version that was approved by Bill.” can be critical information to have, and it would be great if you could somehow keep that message with the attachment. Good news — you can! Outlook allows you to save a message and the attachment on your hard drive (just as you do with all your other documents).
 
Here’s all you have to do:
 
1. Open the message with the attachment.
2. Go up to the toolbar and click on the Office Button (in the upper left–hand corner).
3. Choose “Save As,” and then “Save As” again.
4. A dialog box will pop up and you can choose where you want to put the message and attachment.
5. Pick a name for the message and then click on the down arrow to the right of “Save as Type.”
6. Choose “Outlook Message Format” and then select “Save.”
 
This will automatically save the message and attachment together as an Outlook message. Then you can go back into Explorer, find the file, open it, and you will have the attached document along with the original message!
 
Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org if you have questions. 

February 4, 2016

Would you like to easily add someone to your contacts from Outlook? This short video will show you how!

 

September 10, 2015

Safe Way to Protect Yourself From Suspicious Emails

Opening suspicious emails can be dangerous.  You used to be safe as long as you didn’t click on any file with an .exe extension at the end.  Now, the bad guys are much more sophisticated.  But there are a couple of simple things you can do to help protect yourself. This video will show you how to turn off the Reading Pane in Outlook, print suspicious emails without opening them, and permanently delete emails.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

 

January 8, 2015

How to Block Phone Calls, Emails, Text Messages, Etc. on an iPhone, Android Device and Outlook
Although it doesn’t happen very often, some of us find we need to block a particular caller from contacting us via phone, text message, Face Time or Outlook.  Fortunately, it’s very easy.  

Here’s how to do it on an iPhone, which covers phone calls, text messages and Face Time –

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-block-calls-on-an-apple-iphone/

Here’s how to do it on an Android device –

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-block-phone-calls-on-your-android-smartphone/

Here’s how to do it in Outlook –

http://www.technipages.com/outlook-block-email 

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions. 

 

APPS

December 8, 2016

Watch Out For Fake Apps

The holidays are here and as to be expected, the scammers are out in full force. Their latest trick is fake apps.  Starbucks started the first "retail app", and many stores are following suit including scammers.  They’re creating fake apps, attempting to trick you into downloading them to your smartphone or tablet.  They ask you to load your credit card information in these apps. You can guess what happens next.

Things to consider before installing an app: 

1.           Be very judicious in deciding what app to download. Better safe than sorry.
2.           If you *do* decide to download an app, first thing to check is the reviews, apps with few reviews or bad reviews are a big red         flag.
3.           Never click on a link in any email to download a new app. Only go to the website of the retailer to get a link to the legit app in               the AppStore or Google Play.
4.           Give as little information as possible if you decide to use an app.
5.           Be very, very reluctant to link your credit card to any app! 

There is more information about this at the New York Times: 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/07/technology/more-iphone-fake-retail-apps-before-holidays.html 

Thanks to Mel Reveles, Director IT, Colorado Bar Association for the tip!!

September 15, 2016

Free Casemaker Mobile App 
There is a free mobile app as well, available in both iOS and Android versions.  To download the app, go to the CBA’s website at www.cobar.org and be sure you’re logged on as a member.  Click on Casemaker on the left-hand side of the page.  Once you’re in Casemaker, click on Mobile App on the left-hand side.  You’ll be asked for some identifying information and you’ll receive a code.  Download the app, enter the code, and you’re good to go!  Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

July 7, 2016 

Use WhatsApp for Free Messaging When You Travel
WhatsApp is a cross-platform messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Windows — so it works with virtually any phone. Because it uses the same internet data plan you use for email and browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with friends. Both parties must download it. WhatsApp was recommended by several friends, including one who lives in Costa Rica, and I soon found that lots of people who travel outside the U.S. use it regularly. Even if you have an international phone plan, chances are you won’t have unlimited minutes. Almost everyone I came in contact with in Costa Rica used WhatsApp, and it meant I could communicate with them via WiFi without having to call or email.

But you can also use WhatsApp within the U.S. The interface is very intuitive, and you can use it to send unlimited images. You can also record an audio message by simply pressing the microphone.

Click here to check out the FAQs at before you use it in a foreign county to help you avoid data roaming charges while connecting using WiFi. Also be sure to contact your carrier first. The latest version uses end-to-end encryption, which is a huge plus!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

 

March 31, 2016

Check out Flight Tracker for the Latest Fight Updates
Flight Tracker is a great website (and free App) that lets you track upcoming and in-air flights, and receive status alerts via push notification. Check gate assignments, delays and cancellations and use the flight map to see a flight's progress. Forward your itinerary confirmation emails and Flight View will automatically load them into your Trips. See your Trips across mobile devices and at www.FlightView.com.  Check out their App at https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/flightview-free-real-time/id399057337?mt=8.  There’s also an Android App at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flightview.flightview_free&hl=en.  Click here for a video showing the FlightView website.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

April 2, 2015

Apps For the Public For Legal Help
The ABA Journal posted an article today entitled “20 Apps to Help Provide Easier Access to Legal Help.”  Most of the apps listed are free.  They range from CitizenshipWorks (an immigration app), to My Health Care Wishes Pro (an app that lets you store health care choices and end-of-life care)  to PhoneView (that lets you print out iPhone, iPad and WhatsApp messages onto a Mac).  Some are geared to consumers, while others are for use by lawyers and consumers.  Check it out.  Whether you personally use them or not – your clients may be! http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/20_apps_providing_easier_access_to_legal_help/?utm_source=maestro&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tech_monthly

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.


March 5, 2015

Apps To Notify People in an Emergency

There are apps that make it easy to notify groups of people in the event of a natural disaster, a snow day, or even the cancellation of soccer practice.

You could always send a message via email, but many firms don’t allow staff to have firm email accounts on their mobile devices.  You could text, but then you can’t be sure your message was received.  Some of the apps below allow you to use a specific sequence.  For instance, your message can first go to their home phone, then to their cell phone, then to their home email address.  Most of the apps confirm the receipt of your message.

AtHoc IWS<http://www.athoc.com/products/platform.html#mobile>,

VoiceShot Urgent Alert<http://www.voiceshot.com/public/urgentalert.asp>,

CodeRED Mobile<http://ecnetwork.com/codered/>,

Dell – AlertFind<http://software.dell.com/landing/1478?gclid=Cj0KEQiApbunBRDs0fba3dz484cBEiQAMsx-pyKjXh6z8CdzAtTaURlTc3-HtSIgReOp6oEvbsd4QhEaAmnD8P8HAQ>,

One Call Now<http://www.onecallnow.com/home?gclid=Cj0KEQiApbunBRDs0fba3dz484cBEiQAMsx-p9zBWgVeI8A-J2hW_Nr35yMVyzlAxrT3NhZMuV7p8x4aAk3L8P8HAQ>

Thanks to Grover Brittain, Legal Administrator for the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, for today’s tip.

EXCEL

July 9, 2015

Recover Microsoft Documents That Weren't Saved Properly
If you lose an Excel, Word or PowerPoint document because of a power failure, frozen screen, or you clicked on Don't Save by mistatke, here's how to easily get it back!
https://vimeo.com/132952271

ADOBE

 

MISCELLANEOUS

October 27, 2016

Create Electronic Sticky Notes on Your DevicesWe’ve all had them – Post-It notes stuck to our computer monitor to help us remember something.  Unfortunately, Post-It notes fall off and get lost. 

Windows 10, 8.1 and 7 have a feature that lets you create electronic sticky notes that won’t fall off.  You can use Sticky Notes to write a to-do list, jot down a phone number, or do anything else you’d use a pad of paper for.  Go to http://www.digitalcitizen.life/how-use-sticky-notes for an explanation of how it works.    

Google Sticky Notes Apps and you’ll get a list of apps for Android devices, iOS devices, and Macs.  There’s something for everyone! 

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

May 12, 2016

Having Trouble Sleeping at Night?  Naked Eyes Are Not Designed To Stare At Artificial Blue Light!
The Vision Council’s 2016 Report confirms what many of us know - nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults experience digital eye strain. Digital Eye Strain is the physical discomfort felt after two or more hours in front of a digital screen including tablets, e-readers, smartphones, desktops, and laptops. The culprit is high-energy visible (HEV) light or the blue light emitted by video screens. Blue light affects levels of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin which in turn disrupts our sleep patterns and/or makes it difficult to even fall asleep. New research also suggests that overexposure to blue light, also referred to as high-energy visible or HEV light may contribute to vision problems such as cataracts and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Long-term implications are just now being studied, but the short-term impact of digital eye strain affects individuals on a daily basis.

There are ways to lessen digital eye strain without turning off the device. Computer glasses can be made with or without a prescription and help the eye adjust to intermediate-distance objects such as computer screens. There are even lenses that selectively absorb harmful blue light, keeping it from entering through the cornea. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away. Adjust your monitor so that it is directly in front of your face and slightly below eye level. Do not tilt a computer monitor. Avoid using digital devices an hour before trying to sleep. The blue light from your phone's display is more likely to keep you awake than the incandescent lamp on your bedside table. Avoid using a digital device in complete darkness.  For more info, and a list of Apps that will filter blue light, check out this article on Make Use Of

Take care of your eyes, you can’t replace them!

Thanks to Sue Bertram for today’s tip!

January 21, 2016

Struggling with Technology? Visit GCF for Free Help!

Take a look at GCF (Goodwill Community Foundation, Inc). This website is part of the wonderful and helpful Learn Free community! There is a variety of computer topics, all very succinctly organized. The topic categories include Technology Basics, Living In The Online World, Microsoft Office, Essential Skills, and Work and Career. Under each topic are options ranging from Computer Basics to Social Media 101, including Facebook 101, LinkedIn Basics, Twitter and Using the Cloud. Every topic is linked to its own easy–to–follow tutorial. Tutorials are titled and numbered so you can easily navigate through each one. The person learning will need to know how to scroll and click with a mouse and what software programs he or she has in order to choose the correct topic. Whether you are new to the computer, need a refresher or want to gain more 21st century technology skills, you can do it for free at GCF Learn Free!

Contact Sue Bertram at sbertram@cobar.org if you have questions.

November 26, 2015

Holiday Gifts for the Lawyer in Your Life
My good friend, Reid Trautz, is my counterpart at the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He just posted his annual lawyer gift-giving picks on his blog titled Reid My Blog.  He has some great suggestions!  Be sure to check out his ten previous editions of his Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers, in case there’s an “oldie but goodie” that strikes your fancy!

Additionally, the ABA just posted their 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.  Check out their list of books by and for lawyers.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

November 12, 2015

Cell Phones for Soldiers

It’s Veteran’s Day, and so it’s appropriate to feature a tech tip that helps soldiers.   Cell Phones For Soldiers is a national nonprofit dedicated to serving troops and veterans with free communication services and emergency funding.  Founded in 2004 by a brother and sister aged 12 and 13, you can donate money, cell phones, smart phones or tablets.  Military members receive free international calling cards to connect with loved ones when they’ve been deployed.

Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.


March 5, 2015

Apps To Notify People in an Emergency

There are apps that make it easy to notify groups of people in the event of a natural disaster, a snow day, or even the cancellation of soccer practice.

You could always send a message via email, but many firms don’t allow staff to have firm email accounts on their mobile devices.  You could text, but then you can’t be sure your message was received.  Some of the apps below allow you to use a specific sequence.  For instance, your message can first go to their home phone, then to their cell phone, then to their home email address.  Most of the apps confirm the receipt of your message.

AtHoc IWS<http://www.athoc.com/products/platform.html#mobile>,

VoiceShot Urgent Alert<http://www.voiceshot.com/public/urgentalert.asp>,

CodeRED Mobile<http://ecnetwork.com/codered/>,

Dell – AlertFind<http://software.dell.com/landing/1478?gclid=Cj0KEQiApbunBRDs0fba3dz484cBEiQAMsx-pyKjXh6z8CdzAtTaURlTc3-HtSIgReOp6oEvbsd4QhEaAmnD8P8HAQ>,

One Call Now<http://www.onecallnow.com/home?gclid=Cj0KEQiApbunBRDs0fba3dz484cBEiQAMsx-p9zBWgVeI8A-J2hW_Nr35yMVyzlAxrT3NhZMuV7p8x4aAk3L8P8HAQ>

Thanks to Grover Brittain, Legal Administrator for the Denver office of McKenna Long & Aldridge, for today’s tip.

February 19, 2015


Newly Revised Self-Audit Checklist
The Office of Attorney Regulation has just posted their newly revised self-audit checklist on their website at  http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/pdfs/Regulation/SELF-AUDIT CHECKLIST.pdf

Patterned after one used in Washington State based on Nancy Byerly Jones’ book  Easy Self-Audits for The Busy Law Office, it is a great resource to identify strengths and weaknesses in your office management practices.  Categories include Technology, Professional Practice, Financial Recordkeeping and Reporting, Budgeting, Billing and Timekeeping. 

While you’re there, take a look at OARC’s Annual Report at http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/pdfs/Regulation/2013%20Annual%20Report.pdf – among other information, Appendix E has a pie chart that breaks down the central intake inquiries by practice area (Family Law is the highest – Worker’s Comp the lowest).  In addition, there’s a pie chart broken down by nature of the complaint (Strategy/Tactics – Opposing Counsel is the highest).  Check it out when you get a chance! 

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions

January 8, 2015

How to Block Phone Calls, Emails, Text Messages, Etc. on an iPhone, Android Device and Outlook
Although it doesn’t happen very often, some of us find we need to block a particular caller from contacting us via phone, text message, Face Time or Outlook.  Fortunately, it’s very easy.  

Here’s how to do it on an iPhone, which covers phone calls, text messages and Face Time –

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-block-calls-on-an-apple-iphone/

Here’s how to do it on an Android device –

http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/how-to-block-phone-calls-on-your-android-smartphone/

Here’s how to do it in Outlook –

http://www.technipages.com/outlook-block-email

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

 

WINDOWS

February 16, 2017

Access Recently Opened Documents Using the “Recent Items” Feature in Windows
This tip is right up there on my all-time favorite tips list! You can set up Windows 7 to automatically display a list of the documents you’ve accessed most recently. Windows XP had this feature enabled by default. In Windows 7, you must active it yourself. Click here to watch the short video tutorial.

I use this feature every single day, and I bet you will, too. Feel free to contact Reba Nance with questions

WORD

June 9, 2016

Let Word Put Lists in Alphabetical, Date or Number Order For You!
Have you ever struggled with typing a list and attempting to put it in alphabetical order at the same time? Or, do you occasionally need to put an existing list in alpha, date or numeric order? Don’t waste time moving the list around manually — let Microsoft Word do it for you

Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org if you have questions.

May 26, 2016

Figure Out the Number of Words and Characters in a Document
Word keeps track of the number of words in a document and displays that information on the bottom of the screen.  But it also keeps track of the numbers of characters as well.  This brief video will show you how it works.  Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

 

December 10, 2015

Repeat Header Row on Every Page of a Word Table
If you use tables in Word, you know that inserting a header row at the top of your table does not mean the header will automatically appear on every subsequent page.  Fortunately, you can set that up in Word 2010 with just a couple of clicks.

Check out the video at ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­www.blahblah.com to see how.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.


July 9, 2015

Recover Microsoft Documents That Weren't Saved Properly
If you lose an Excel, Word or PowerPoint document because of a power failure, frozen screen, or you clicked on Don't Save by mistatke, here's how to easily get it back!

https://vimeo.com/132952271

June 11, 2015

Easily Jump to a Specific Page in Microsoft Word
To move around quickly in Word documents, double-click on the bar at the bottom left-hand of the screen that contains the page numbers, select the page you want, and you'll jump right to it!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

April 16, 2015

How to Change the Default Folder to Save Documents in Word 2007 and 2010
By default, Word tries to save new documents in your “My Documents” folder. Many of us want to save documents somewhere else. For example, if you save your documents to client folders, here’s how you can change the default location for saved documents to something such as C:\clients\documents. That way, the next time you click on “Save As” the location will default to C:\clients\documents and all you have to choose is the individual client folder. Here’s how:

In Word 2007:
 1. Open a new Word document
 2. Click on the Microsoft Office Button (the graphic on the top far left)
 3. Click Word Options (near the bottom of the box)
 4. Click Save (on the left)
 5. Under Save Documents, next to Default File Location box, click Browse
 6. Select the new default folder and click OK—you’re done! 
 
In Word 2010:
 1. Open a new Word document
 2. Click on File (in the upper left
 3. Click on Options (on the left)
 4. Click on Save (on the left)
 4. Click on Browse (next to Default file location)
 6. Locate and choose the folder you want as the default save location
 7. Click OK to save the selection
 8. Double-check to be sure you’ve selected the directory you want
 9. Click OK and you’re set! 

March 19, 2015

Recovering a “Lost” Microsoft Word Document
We’ve all had it happen at one time or another.  You’re working on a Word document, and your computer freezes up.  Or you close a document, but can’t find it again.  If it happens to you, you know how frustrating it can be.  It can happen if an error occurs that forces Word to quit, or you experience a power outage while editing, or you mistakenly close the document before saving the changes.  Microsoft has a very helpful article at http://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/316951 which walks you through seven possible methods of recovering lost Word documents.  Unfortunately, some documents may not be recoverable – but it’s worth a try, right?  Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

February 5, 2015

Using Paste Special in Word
Paste Special is an incredibly handy tool I use frequently. We all use cut and paste when drafting documents. It is handy to be able to grab text from a website (or anywhere else), copy it, and then put it into your Word documents. Nine times out of ten, though, the text you’ve copied into your document is in a different font, size, etc. Wouldn’t it be nice to put text into your Word document and have it assume the formatting of your Word document instead of the source document? With just a few key strokes, you can! Click here to see how.Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org if you have questions.


January 22, 2015

Word 2010 - Displaying the Document Path on the Ribbon

Many Word users would like to easily know where the document they have open is stored.  Fortunately, there are detailed step-by-step instructions at http://www.groovypost.com/howto/howto/show-file-path-in-office-2010-quick-access-toolbar/ .  These instructions will automatically include the path of an open document in the Ribbon.  If you want to copy the path (without having to retype it) simply go up to the box where the path is listed, click on it so it is highlighted, press and c together, to copy it, go to wherever you want the path to be printed, and press v to paste it.  It’s that easy!  Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions. 

GOOGLE

April 14, 2016

Use Google Alerts to Monitor Anything on the Internet 
You can use Google Alerts to monitor anything on the Web.  And did I mention it’s free?

It takes less than a minute to set one up, and you can use them to find out what’s being said about you, your client (or potential client), an issue relevant to your practice (such as product recalls), a sports team, keep up to date on an industry, a news story, or anything else you can think of!

Once it’s been set up, Google will automatically search the Internet and send you an e-mail any time it finds information that matches your alert.  To keep the number of alerts under control, check out their advanced options which allow you to choose how often you receive alerts and determine how many results you see in each alert so they’re relevant to your query and high quality.  You can even limit it to a specific source such as blogs, news or web.

Check out https://support.google.com/alerts/bin/answer.py?hl=en&topic=28415&answer=175925&parent=28413&rd=2 for information on what alerts are, how they’re used, and how to set one up.  Then start simple - take a minute now and set up an alert on yourself!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

INTERNET/WEBSITE

December 22, 2016

Website to Help You Analyze Nutrition in Any Recipe (and further your resolution to eat healthy in 2017!)
If you’re like most folks who make a New Year’s Resolution – yours involves eating heathy and/or losing weight.  In 2016, Nielsen reported  (http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2016/a-healthy-salute-to-new-years-resolutions.html (Alexa - in case you want to link it), the top 2 resolutions were:  Staying Fit/Healthy – 36% and Losing Weight - 32%.  The result was exactly the same in 2015.

Even if losing weight is not one of your personal resolutions, virtually everyone strives to eat healthier.  It’s easier than ever to learn the nutrition from items in the grocery store and restaurants.  The rub has been old family recipes, or recipes on the Internet that don’t break down the nutrition.    

There are websites that allow you to enter ingredients one by one, but that is terribly time-consuming.   This website (https://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php) that lets you cut-and-paste the ingredients and amounts and it will break down the nutrition and even give you a nutrition label (like you see on items in the grocery store).  It couldn’t be easier!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

September 29, 2016

Website – Down For Everyone Or Just Me
You’re on the Internet, but you can’t get a website to pull up. It could be that the website is down, or it could be something on your end. The next time you’re having trouble getting to a website, check out downforeveryoneorjustme.com. The sole purpose of this site is to check if the website you're trying to access is actually down for everyone or if it’s something on your end. Once there, you can enter the URL of the site you’re trying to access, and then click on “or just me?”  The site comes back with a screen that tells us whether the site itself is down or whether it's just you. Very cool!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

September 1, 2016

Use Acronym Finder to Find Meaning of Acronyms and Abbreviations
I was reading an article the other day titled "10 Simple Things SMB Websites Need to Fix Before SEO."  I knew that SEO meant search engine optimization, but I wasn't sure about SMB.  I quickly pulled up one of my favorite websites - Acronym Finder at www.acronymfinder.com. I typed SMB in the box  at the top of the page in the middle and clicked the find button to the right of the box.  I scrolled down a little and I saw that my search returned 62 meanings.  "Small and Medium Business" was the second one listed, between “Server Message Block” and “Seven Mile Beach (Cayman Islands)”Acronym Finder has been around since 1996 and currently has over 1,000,000 human-edited definitions for acronyms and abbreviations.  Every term is reviewed for accuracy, verified from multiple sources, categorized and edited by an experienced human editor. 

The next time you come across an acronym or abbreviation you don't know, run it through Acronym Finder.  I can almost guarantee you'll find what you're looking for! 

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

 August 9, 2016

Unpublished Opinions of the Court of Appeals Are Available Via E-Mail - at no charge!
Upon request, the Court of Appeals will send a copy of an unpublished opinion directly to your e-mail box!  All you need to know is the case name and case number.  Go to their website at http://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_of_Appeals/Opinion_Request.cfm to fill out the form.  Click "Submit", and your request will be answered by 5:00 pm the following business day.  It's just that easy!  If you don't know the case name or number, but you know the approximate date it was announced, you may look for it by the date of announcement.  Go to https://www.courts.state.co.us/Courts/Court_Of_Appeals/Case_Announcements/Index.cfs Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the year, and then the month and click on Go.  All opinions will be listed by date of announcement.  Please contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

March 31, 2016

Check out Flight Tracker for the Latest Fight Updates
Flight Tracker is a great website (and free App) that lets you track upcoming and in-air flights, and receive status alerts via push notification. Check gate assignments, delays and cancellations and use the flight map to see a flight's progress. Forward your itinerary confirmation emails and Flight View will automatically load them into your Trips. See your Trips across mobile devices and at www.FlightView.com.  Check out their App at https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/flightview-free-real-time/id399057337?mt=8.  There’s also an Android App at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.flightview.flightview_free&hl=en.  Click here for a video showing the FlightView website.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

March 17, 2016

Protect Yourself from Becoming a Victim of RansomwareIf you use the internet or email you are susceptible to being infected with ransomware. Once infected, your files become encrypted and you are held hostage without hope of retrieving your files until you pay the ransom being demanded. In addition to being extremely frustrating it can be very costly. You can save yourself serious time and money with regular backups, and by following tips from the experts on the subject to surf safely. Take a look at this article by Norton for proactive advice on protecting yourself.

Contact Melissa Lucas at mlucas@cobar.org if you have questions.

January 7, 2016

Currency Converter and Cheat Sheet for Travelers
One of my favorite travel websites is Oanda.   In addition to listing the current exchange rate for the currency of the country you’re visiting, it has a cool feature that allows you to print a cheat sheet that fits in your wallet.  Select the “Currency I Have” and the “Currency I Want”  A drop-down menu lets you scroll down to the country, or you can enter the name of the country in the search box.  For example, select Brazil and you will see that one U.S. dollar exchanges for 3.99 Brazilian Reals.  Now click “Traveler’s Cheatsheet” box and then “Print a Copy” and you’ll have a cheat sheet that’s the perfect size for your wallet.  On one side you’ll see amounts in U.S. dollars from $1 to $10 and larger increments including $100, $250, $500 and $1,000.  The other side will show you the amount in Reals and the equivalent in U.S. dollars.  It couldn’t be easier!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.


November 26, 2015

Holiday Gifts for the Lawyer in Your Life
My good friend, Reid Trautz, is my counterpart at the American Immigration Lawyers Association.  He just posted his annual lawyer gift-giving picks on his blog titled Reid My Blog.  He has some great suggestions!  Be sure to check out his ten previous editions of his Holiday Gift Guide for Lawyers, in case there’s an “oldie but goodie” that strikes your fancy!

Additionally, the ABA just posted their 2015 Holiday Gift Guide.  Check out their list of books by and for lawyers.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

October 15, 2015

Free Full-Text Online Law Review/Law Journal Search Engine

I am often asked where to go to get law review articles at no cost.  Fortunately, the ABA has a resource for this.  Check out the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center's (LTRC) Free Full-Text Online Law Review/Law Journal Search for law review and law journals.

This free search engine searches the free full-text of over 400 online law reviews and law journals, as well as document repositories hosting academic papers and related publications such as Congressional Research Service reports. Several of the law reviews and legal journals (such as the Stanford Technology Law Review), working papers, and reports are available online only.

They also have a list of free full-text content online, but which must be searched/browsed manually.

Very cool!  Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

October 1, 2015

Easily Calculate the Duration Between Dates
Whether you’re trying to calculate “What date is in X days” or “What is the duration between two dates” there are websites to help.  One of my favorites is Time and Date.com.  Recently I had to calculate how many days there were between two dates to be sure they were no more than 90 days apart, and it was simply a matter of entering the beginning and ending date.  You can also use this site to calculate what date a response is due to the court or to opposing counsel.  One of the best functions on the site is the ability to include (or exclude) weekends, holidays, etc.  You can even create custom criteria such as excluding Tuesdays.  The site also lets you set up a countdown to a date, and it has a stopwatch and a timer/alarm.

Next time you need to calculate the date that is 10 days from today (excluding weekends and holidays), give Time and Date a try!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

August 6, 2015

Government Website to Check For Automobile and Motorcycle Open Recalls
Whether you need to check to see if your car’s airbag was manufactured by Takata and has been recalled, or you have a personal injury case and it’s critical to know if the vehicle involved was under an open recall – check out Safercar.gov.

The website is maintained by the federal government and it couldn’t be easier to use.  Simply type in the VIN number of the car or motorcycle to see if there are any open recalls.  It includes information on open recalls conducted over the last 15 calendar years, including motorcycle manufacturers.  Give it a try!

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

June 25, 2015

Use the History Feature in Your Browser to Access Websites You’ve Recently Visited
There’s a nifty feature in Chrome (and other) browsers that I use all the time.  I sometimes visit a website and decide I want to go back a couple of days later.  The problem is I have no clue of the exact address.  I might remember the main URL, but not the exact page that took me 8 clicks to get to.  This video will show you some of the cool features in using History in Chrome.

https://vimeo.com/131683022

May 28, 2015

AlternativeTo.net Helps You Find Alternatives to Software and Apps
I recently stumbled across a great website that lets you find alternatives to software and apps.  You simply type in the name of the software you’d like to find an alternative to.  Maybe you’re looking for something less expensive, or you need an app for your Android device but it looks like it’s only available for Apple devices.  Check it out at alternativeto.net.  Type in the name of the software or app in the upper right-hand corner where it says “Find an alternative to . . .” and you’ll get a list alternatives you can check out.  I typed in “Adobe Acrobat” and it found 102 alternatives.  Under the names of the alternatives, they link to the software and indicate whether it’s free or there’s a cost, and which platforms it works with (Windows, Mac, etc.)   

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

May 14, 2015

Wi-Fi Airport Guide  
As more people use Wi-Fi in airports, it’s good to know that Airfarewatchdog just updated their Airport Wi-Fi Guide.  The guide is organized alphabetically by city name, and lists the hotspot name and whether access is free or there is a cost.  The next time you have a trip planned, check it out.

You should also check out these articles for tips on using public Wi-Fi safely.  They all contain simple steps you can take to be more secure.

Staying Safe on Public Wi-Fi from CNET dated August 2014

How to Stay Safe on Public Wi-Fi Networks from Lifehacker dated at November 2014

Tips for Using Public Wi-Fi Networks from the FTC dated March 2014

Feel free to email Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

April 30, 2015

Check Out ABA 2015 TECHSHOW’s “60 Sites in 60 Minutes”
Arguably one of the most popular programs at TECHSHOW every year is “60 Sites in 60 Minutes”.  This year’s session was held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Chicago.  They just posted the list of websites, with links, at http://www.techshow.com/2015/04/60-sites-in-60-minutes-from-aba-techshow-2015/

Some will be helpful in your practice, and some will just be fun!  Hotel WiFi Test at http://www.hotelwifitest.com/, Pronounce Names at www.pronouncenames.com, and Invisible Girlfriend at https://www.invisiblegirlfriend.com/ are just a few of the sites you’ll find on the list.

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

Casemaker

March 2, 2017

CasemakerDigest – An Amazing Tool You Didn’t Know About!

CasemakerDigest is part of the Casemaker research tool that is free to all CBA members.  It allows you to search current cases narrowed down by 50 practice areas/issues.   You can also narrow your search by jurisdiction, judge, keyword, etc.  The February 2017 Tech Tuesday 30 minute video at https://vimeo.com/206291509 shows you how to use CasemakerDigest. 

But the Digest is also a summary service, providing summaries of cases that are currently coming out of the court system. Digest allows you to create and manage email alerts to receive these summaries directly through your inbox, daily or weekly, according to your areas of interest, jurisdiction, judge, and more.  Check out the video to see how CasemakerDigest can benefit you! 

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

October 29, 2015

Casemaker – Advanced Search Techniques

I hope you’ve been using Casemaker – the CBA’s free legal research tool.  Many firms have been able to give up their for-pay options because Casemaker has continued to build the functionality and depth of their included materials.  Now, in addition to the complimentary training available in Casemaker, we have scheduled a program on Advanced Search Techniques.  Join us on Thursday, November 5th at 8:30 am for Advanced Casemaker Search Techniques!Robert Linz, Associate Director & Head of Public Services at the University of Colorado School of Law, will share his expertise in advanced research techniques in this one hour program. Submitted for 1 General CLE Credit. Click HERE for more information and to register.

Contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

April 28, 2016

Casemaker Library Includes Recently-Added Federal Materials
Casemaker is the CBA’s free legal research tool.  Click on the Casemaker logo on the main CBA page at www.cobar.org.  Complimentary CLE-accredited webinars are held every other month and available to CBA members around the state.  Scroll down the page for a link to the webinar training schedule and online tutorials.  You can also attend in person if you prefer.

If you haven’t checked out Casemaker lately, take a look at the new Federal materials that have been added.  These include the Federal Communications Commission going back to 2000, Federal Labor Relations Authority going back to 2009, Internal Revenue Bulletins going back to 2008, and the National Labor Relations Board going back to 2000. 

To see everything that is included in the Federal library, click on Federal Materials from the main Casemaker page.  We welcome suggestions for materials you’d like to see included in Casemaker.  Please email Reba Nance atreban@cobar.org with suggestions for new materials and questions concerning Casemaker.  Members tell us that Casemaker is one of the most valuable benefits – check it out if you haven’t already!

September 15, 2016

Free Casemaker Mobile App 
There is a free mobile app as well, available in both iOS and Android versions.  To download the app, go to the CBA’s website at www.cobar.organd be sure you’re logged on as a member.  Click on Casemaker on the left-hand side of the page.  Once you’re in Casemaker, click on Mobile App on the left-hand side.  You’ll be asked for some identifying information and you’ll receive a code.  Download the app, enter the code, and you’re good to go!  Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.

November 10, 2016

Casemaker – Cut-and-Paste Automatically Comes With the Citation, and Even Pin Citation!
Casemaker has a great feature you should take advantage of!  If you want to copy a portion of a case or a statute into a brief or other document, Casemaker has a feature that lets you do that, and will automatically include the citation for you!  Here’s how: 

Pull up the case or statute

Highlight the text you’d like to copy

Right-click and choose one of the three options:

               Copy – this simply copies the text you’ve highlighted, without the citation

               Copy with Citation – this will copy the text, and automatically include the citation so you don’t have to type it yourself

               Copy with Pin Citation – this will copy the text, and automatically include the citation and the exact page number from where        the text came

Open a new document

Paste the text into the document as you normally would and the citation will automatically be inserted with the text. 

Feel free to contact Reba Nance at reban@cobar.org with questions.