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Dispatching Tasks in a Flash
Well, aren’t we touchy?
Many people now work entirely on laptops,
partly because they’re convenient, sometimes
because that’s what’s issued at work. Nearly
all laptops now include a touchpad in place
of a mouse as a way to do all of the pointing,
clicking, and dragging that most computer
applications require. While a touchpad can
achieve the same results as a mouse, you use
it in a slightly different way.
If you slide your finger around the touch pad,
you’ll see your pointer move around the screen
at the same time. If you tap the pad once, you
get the same result as clicking your mouse one
time. Tapping the pad twice has the same result
as double-clicking your mouse.
Most touchpads have two buttons, located just
below the pad itself, that correspond to the two
buttons on a mouse. These two buttons may
look like physical buttons on the laptop case
or outside the touchpad, or they may be in the
touchpad. In that case, you may not realize
they’re there until you press the lower left or
lower right area of the touchpad. You can click
the left button once, twice, or three times to get
the same effect you get by clicking your mouse
the same number of times.
Dragging with a touchpad requires a bit more
skill than dragging a mouse — you can tap
twice, then slide your finger to do the same
thing as dragging the mouse, or you can hold
down the left touchpad button with one finger
while dragging with another.
I’ve found that it takes quite a bit of practice to
master the mysteries of the touchpad, so much
so that I prefer to add a mouse to a laptop, just
to speed my work. But if you have a touchpad
and no mouse, the touchpad can be a lifesaver.
Dispatching Tasks in a Flash
Nobody in business talks anymore — everybody sends e-mail. When your
boss wants you to do something, you usually find out via e-mail. But all those
messages clutter your e-mail Inbox so quickly that you can easily lose track
of what you need to do.
That’s why most productivity experts suggest that you convert e-mailed
instructions into a To-Do list item right away and avoid losing track of important
details. Create tasks from e-mail messages by dragging the message to the
Task button in the Navigation bar. You can add other information later, such
as due date and category, but a single drag and drop is all you really need —
and 25 hours in the day.
You can also take advantage of a little-used Outlook feature, called the To-Do
bar, to give yourself a place where you can drag e-mail messages for automatic
conversion into tasks:
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