Outlook: For a fast way to enter future dates and times in Outlook forms, tab to the New Appointment date and time fields, and, if the date is three weeks in the future, go to Start time and type 3 w (with or without a space between 3 and w) and then erase the rest of the date, automatically changing the Start time from Fri 1/1/2010 to Fri 1/22/2010. Use 3 d for days. Oddly, it will not schedule future months.


Office 2007: If the Ribbon takes up valuable space on your screen, you can toggle it off by pressing Ctrl+F1. Press Ctrl+F1 again to re-engage it. Also, right-click on the background of the Ribbon for even more toggling options.


Excel and Word: Speed up a Find and Replace by highlighting the area you want searched before initiating the command.


Year-end tax planning and what’s new for 2016

Practitioners need to consider several tax planning opportunities to review with their clients before the end of the year. This report offers strategies for individuals and businesses, as well as recent federal tax law changes affecting this year’s tax returns.


News quiz: Retirement planning, tax practice, and fraud risk

Recent reports focused on a survey that gauges the worries about retirement among CPA financial planners’ clients, a suit that affects tax practitioners, and a guide that offers advice on fraud risk. See how much you know with this short quiz.


Bolster your data defenses

As you weather the dog days of summer, it’s a good time to make sure your cybersecurity structure can stand up to the heat of external and internal threats. Here are six steps to help shore up your systems.