How to use Gmail's Google Tasks as your daily to-do list

Dedicated to-do apps abound, but one of the best may be right in your inbox. Google Tasks, integrated into Gmail, provides a simple way to create ordered task lists, complete with due dates, and even turn emails into action items. Here’s how to get started.

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With Google Tasks you can create a to-do list right in your inbox.

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Photoshop fonts: Using Text Type and Text Editing to transform fonts

One of Adobe Photoshop’s many talents at your disposal is the ability to create and decorate fonts. This tutorial is for beginners, and the instructions are applicable for Photoshop Creative Suite 1 through 6.

Character attributes

1. Open Photoshop and select File > New > Name. For this example, we’ll call it FabFonts1 and make these further choices: 

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Windows 10: How to customize multi-finger touchpad gestures

One of the biggest improvements the Creators Update recently brought to Windows 10 was enhanced support for Precision Touchpads, the built-in mousepads on select laptops that support multi-touch gestures. As many a Mac user knows, the ability to use one-, two-, and three-finger gestures to navigate apps, switch desktops, and perform various clicks and selections can really speed up your workflow. Here’s how to configure these settings on your Windows 10 device.

Open touchpad settings

From the Start menu, go to Settings > Devices > Touchpad to access your touchpad options. You should see “Your PC has a precision touchpad” at the top of this page. (If you don’t, your device doesn’t support a precision touchpad and you won’t see any of the associated options.)

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How to use Microsoft Excel's Conditional Formatting

Microsoft Excel's conditional formatting is a wonderful "automatic" feature that allows you to formats cells based on the value of those cells or the value of the formulas in those cells. For example, you can specify that all the sales totals in your spreadsheet that exceed $5,000 are highlighted in yellow; or all the dates prior to the current year use a dark-green font; or use a shape or ratings icon to flag all duplicate values above 12,000. The options are endless and, in addition to all the preset formats, you can create your own custom formatting rules.

The best thing about this feature is that it provides a quick snapshot of your spreadsheet when you view it or show it to others. Because the formatting is based on values, you don't have to do anything to make it work except update your data.

A. Format cells that meet these value conditions

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Google Slides: 3 Chrome extensions for better presentations

Google Slides has become a popular presentation app for those who want to avoid the complexity and cost of Microsoft’s PowerPoint. It offers everything you need to create and collaborate on professional-looking slides. But like all Google’s productivity apps, its capabilities can be expanded and improved with a few choice Chrome extensions. Here are three you should use with your next presentation.

Auto Resize Speaker Notes

One of Google Slides great features is speaker notes, which allow the presenter to view talking points for each slide. However, a common complaint is that the space allotted for them renders the slide previews small and unreadable, which effectively defeats their purpose.

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Excel tutorial: How to import and parse complicated data

Importing data into Excel from other sources can a real headache, especially if you’re copying and pasting from an Internet source. Data that’s exported from a mainframe; from another program such as Microsoft Access, Lotus, Word or Word Perfect, Adobe Acrobat; or from any other text-based source is, generally, an effortless process, because everything can be reduced to a simple ASCII text file.

Excel’s Import and Parsing options use a Wizard to guide you through these processes. Just follow the directions on the screens. Once the data is imported, the challenge is how to properly parse the data, especially if the information in each parsed field has multiple words, lots of punctuation, special characters, or other complications.

Import data

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3 Google Slides tricks to engage your audience

Despite its austere appearance, Google Slides has some powerful features that can liven up your presentations and help you keep your audiences riveted. Here are three to start using on your next slide deck.

Use speaker notes

As a rule of thumb, you want to keep text on your slides to a minimum. It can easily take over and clutter up a slide deck, dulling both your presentation itself and your message. Using a graphics on slides is more visually pleasing and keeps people’s focus on the words you’re saying.

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