Personal Vault- OneDrive

Microsoft just recently announced a new feature that anyone who uses OneDrive should take note of. It’s called Personal Vault, and it’s a protected area in OneDrive that adds an extra a layer of security, such as your fingerprint, a PIN, or a code sent to you via email or SMS.

Anyone using OneDrive has access to Personal Vault, regardless if you are using personal OneDrive or OneDrive for business.

In today’s climate of security breaches and cyber threats, protecting your data is imperative.

Read more about Personal Vault here.

Interested in learning more about security? Check out our Cyber Security For The End User course.

By some estimates, over 90% of security breaches can be prevented by simple security awareness. This course is designed for everyday computer users and will help identify and prevent common cyber threats through awareness and the development of basic good habits.

Where did my Windows 10 Sticky Notes go?

I keep bits of information on those little, virtual, yellow pieces of paper called Sticky Notes. Books I want to read, the company color numbers, to do lists, the name of that person I need to contact (but can never remember how to spell their name), and other flotsam of my daily life.

After the latest Windows 10 update, I had only three stickies left. OH NO. I could recreate some of the data, but where was I in that list of updates I had to complete by Friday? When researching the problem, I discovered not only how to recover those missing bits of information, but also where the deleted ones (by mistake) live.

  1. Type Sticky in the search bar and select Notes list.
  • Hover over the date, click Menu (…) and select Open note.

You can also delete old, out-of-date notes to clean up the list. Or, search for a particular bit of information.

By Carol Marion

This Week’s Tip: Export Images from Word Files

Did you know that Word’s DOCX file format is a glorified ZIP file? Change the extension to ZIP, unzip it, and you’ll find all of the document’s original assets, including the images as individual files in a folder.

More importantly, InDesign can access the original high-resolution images when you place a DOCX file, even if they’re CMYK. The older DOC format converts all images to RGB PNG files.

***This tip courtesy of InDesign Secrets… we just HAD to share!




What Would Ed Do?

At Intellezy, we take pride in the solid Instructional Design of our content. It’s why we strive to work with some of the top trainers in the industry. We are a team of educators, and our focus is on creating quality short-segment videos that are going to help our students retain the information they learn.  

We recently received an email from a user describing how helpful an Excel course by Ed McCrae was, which is not unusual fan mail for us. However, what really got us excited was how the user stated their whole team is now asking themselves “What Would Ed Do?” when they are stumped in Excel.  The user’s team at this particular company made a connection with Ed as he was teaching because the learners could see his facial expressions, gestures, and voice because Ed never left the screen. He was with them throughout the whole duration of the course, just as a live instructor would be. Now, it begs the question would this have happened with a typical eLearning course with the screenshot and voiceover? Maybe… but I doubt it. Our brains are wired for face-to-face communication; the information flows better when you see the other person speaking because you see how they are conveying the information.  Video in general is booming, both in the marketing and education space, because our brains consume the information easier and faster than reading text. Additionally, our brains remember 95% of the information given in video compared to only 10% when the information is given in text.

As you know, there are thousands of eLearning courses to choose from, and we at Intellezy know your time is valuable. If you are in a corporate setting, we also know you have about 20 minutes of your work week to devote to training, so make it count. Choose training that will make a lasting impression and help you retain the information. Choose training that is up to date with your applications, and that provides projects and exercise files that mimic live situations. Choose Intellezy and soon you’ll be asking yourself, “What Would Ed Do?” 

PowerPoint tip for navigating graphics

by Carol Marion, Senior Media Designer

You just created a fantastic graphic illustrating the new workflow or process on a PowerPoint slide. Your client will love it! The presentation is tomorrow and you need to make updates. But now it’s hard to select parts of the graphic. Too many shapes in the way. 

PowerPoint has an easy way to see and select any object on a slide. Select any shape and go to the Drawing Tools Format ribbon. In the Arrange group, click on Selection Pane. In the pane, every text box and object is listed. Click on each object to select it. You can drag them up or down in the stacking order, or click the eye icon to hide the object while you work on another. You can even double-click on a listing to rename the object for easier identification. 

Now, go wow that client!

Exciting New Partnership Announcement for Intellezy & GO1

We are thrilled to announce we have teamed up with GO1 to help distribute Intellezy content globally. GO1 is an established leader in online learning and education, covering areas such as South Africa, Vietnam, Malaysia and The United Kingdom. Intellezy is an award-winning content provider delivering relevant content on Microsoft Office, Office 365, Adobe IT and Business Skills needs.

GO1 is your one-stop training solutions and eLearning resource. Giving the users the ability to curate content combined with choosing from an ongoing growing library of courses, GO1 has you covered.

Click here to learn more about how GO1 and Intellezy can benefit your organization!

Intellezy vs Live Training – Round 1

by John Dukarski-French, Senior Project Manager   

First off, in full disclosure, I’ve worked at Intellezy for the last few years. I have been spoiled from a training and development standpoint (and others) since I walked in the door. Not only because we provide training on a lot of the topics and software that I want to learn, but because we have a steadfast culture of personal growth and development that runs from the top to the bottom of our organization. I’ve worked in this industry for the last decade, and far too often, I have observed, and been a part of, different training and educational organizations that do not take the investment in training and developing their own employees seriously. That is not the case here at Intellezy.

I recently decided to take a certification preparation course on the PMP (Project Management Professional) exam. I work as a project manager (among other things) and wanted to see how difficult and time-consuming it would be to prep for and take the PMP exam. Spoiler alert: It is A LOT of work and time. I had exhausted all of the Project Management courses Intellezy had currently offered, so I took a PMP Certification course with one of our partners. I will say the content and the instructor were exceptional, but throughout the Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM live course (which was hard to work into my schedule…it took months), I found myself constantly thinking about and missing Intellezy’s course format.

As I sat through our partner’s PMP course, I had to wait for the slower learners to catch up on the presented material, and due to that, our instructor had to rush through other content that I needed. I think of myself as intelligent and quick on the uptake, but at times throughout the course, I struggled to keep up and truly understand the content before we moved on because of the pace we had to keep to put us back on schedule. While the course was recorded and put in the system for review after each day, there was no way I was going to sift through 8+ hours of a recording for the area I needed. At that, the parts I really needed were not taught in depth anyway due to the aforementioned time constraints.

Again, my experience overall with my PMP course was not in itself bad. It was a good experience, but it is no longer my preferred method after experiencing Intellezy’s course format.

On the Intellezy platform, I am able to access the course or specific video topic I want. I can also do this quickly, whenever and wherever I need it. I do it at my own pace and can re-watch content I do not understand or fast forward through content I already know. I also like being able to come back to the content later when I realize my brain is just “done” or has learned all it wants to before fatigue sets in and I do not retain anything further.

This is just my opinion, and I know it will be different for everyone. However, if you do want to try out Intellezy and our format free for 10 days (with no credit card number required), you can do so by navigating to http://www.intellezy.com/subscriptions and choosing our 10 Day Free Trial.

Lastly, let’s talk about Price. Since I took the class with one of our partners, it was free for me. Otherwise the course would have been well over a thousand dollars. You can get access to the Intellezy Full Library for $99.95 for a full year or $14.95 per month. Reach out to us any time if you have questions at info@intellezy.com or call us at 781-295-1410.

THE ART OF DIPLOMACY

I have been working in the entertainment industry in some form or fashion since I was 13 years old. I started in summer stock theater backstage, did public relations, ticket sales, and performing. In college, I was involved in stage production as well as event planning for a 3000-seat venue. After graduation, I moved to Los Angeles and started working at a talent agency, then at a music company, then for an A-list producer, and then finally at a movie studio. I don’t say all this to brag (though come on, my career has been COOL) but rather to highlight the one thing that was consistent about almost every single job… REALLY TOUGH BOSSES. (Yes, a few were amazing!) The entertainment industry is not for the faint of heart and you must develop a thick skin quickly or it will eat you up and spit you out. To be perfectly frank, agents, producers, directors, etc. are under tremendous pressure, and often have egos and totally unrealistic expectations of what a human being can do. But when you work with music and movie stars on million dollar deals that will be seen all over the world, the stars in your eyes can make it all feel worthwhile.

So with tough bosses in a tough industry, how did I stay successful? Well, growing up, there was this giant paperclip on my dad’s work desk with a plaque on it that said “Diplomacy is the art of letting someone else have your way,” and that has been my motto since I started working. Magic words, I assure you. There were many times I had to stand up for myself with a boss. There were also many times when I had to take a deep breath and, like Elsa. say “let it go.” I had to learn skills that allowed me to take “feedback” constructively, sifting through emotion – theirs and mine – and hear the real issue at hand so I could respond professionally and walk away unscathed and hopefully, with a plan for improvement. It wasn’t easy but it was necessary. Staying in a positive place and focusing on the real meat and potatoes of any issue is crucial to workplace success.

Ya’ll thought I was kidding! Here it is. Words to live by from my dad’s desk.

Be brave, be awesome and smile whenever possible.
Kristen Teixeira


*Need to master some workplace diplomacy? Check out our Business Skills titles!

How to break bad habits with Intellezy

by Pamela Dumont, Channel Partner Manager

Habits can be good or bad, and I am one to have a fair amount of bad habits. Examples include: not folding laundry, eating something called “lunch dessert,” and using Ummm as a filler word. Eeeek! On the flipside, I do have some good habits as well. I floss my teeth, I work out, and take my vitamins on the daily.

Habits are hard to break, and habits are hard to develop. What I have learned is that to break or to develop habits takes time. You can’t overcome them all at once. For any changes to occur, you need to be specific on what you are going to change, and practice it consistently, until one day it just flows.

How do habits and Intellezy training relate? Intellezy’s content helps you break out of old habits and develop new habits, especially when it comes Microsoft Office products. If you are like me and have been using Microsoft Office since the early 2000s, you probably have picked up some bad habits along the way. Maybe you learned a specific skill from the very beginning, and although you may have been shown new tricks along the way, you never took the time to really learn them and implement them. For example, we all know that coworker who uses space bar instead of Tab to indent a paragraph, or the sales or marketing person who doesn’t take advantage of slide master in PowerPoint so the slides match, or my personal favorite, as someone who reads and edits contracts and agreements, the person who manually uses strikethroughs instead of track changes in Word. STOP THE INSANITY PEOPLE!

Want to do these people (or yourself) a huge favor so they get with 2019? Refer them to Intellezy to help them STOP performing skills from the early 2000’s! As humans, we need to break down our training in smaller segments to aid us in our learning process, and we also need constant reinforcement to remember that learned behavior. On top of this, we need to make the effort to practice this new skill each day to make it a habit. This is why I love Intellezy’s content. It is broken down into micro-lessons, so you can just quickly reference what was taught and go back to it when you need to refresh your memory in just a couple of minutes. You then can implement and apply those new skills each day making your daily work routine more efficient. So make 2019 the year you take the challenge and ask yourself “What is outdated in my Microsoft Office skill set?” and change it! Learn the new skill, practice it each day until it becomes a habit, and then move on. Before you know it, those new skills will make you the Microsoft Office superstar you were always meant to be.

Intellezy offers learning at your pace in segmented, easy to follow videos, from beginner to advanced. Check out all of our titles, especially the new 2019 releases and Office 365 updates.