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Including deleted emails in your Outlook searches

Posted by Andy Brown on 03 July 2020

Did you know that Outlook doesn't include your Deleted Items folder by default when you search? This owl didn't until today!

Tags:   Outlook | General topics

The answer to the word search puzzle from our May 2020 newsletter

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

This month's puzzle was won by Linda Waterworth, who correctly found all 44 missing Beatles' songs and identified the hidden quotation revealed by the unused letters.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Changes for the June 2020 update of Power BI Desktop

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

This month's update doesn't include many changes - the biggest being probably the emergence of the hierarchical slicer from preview.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Our June 2020 competition: write a mini-saga containing exactly 50 words

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

For this month's competition we invite you to summarise your thoughts or experiences of the last three months of lockdown using exactly 50 words.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Should you use JavaScript or VBA to program in Excel?

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

Is JavaScript for Office (also known as OFFICE-JS) the next big thing? Unless you're a full-time web developer, emphatically no - this blog gives 3 reasons why you should continue to write your Office programs in humble VBA.

Tags:   VBA macros | General    |    Musings | Microsoft Office

Retrieving past items from your clipboard using clipboard history

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

Windows now lets you retrieve up to the last 25 things you've copied. It does this by keeping a clipboard history, from which you can paste items with a single keystroke.

Tags:   Musings | General IT

An update on Annie and Neo, the (no-longer) kittens

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

We invited you to help name our new kittens 6 months ago. Time then for an update on how Annie and Neo are faring!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Saving the best till last, have a look at Paul Eden's impressive lockdown desk

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 June 2020

This may well be the last in our series of lockdown desks, but it's probably also the most impressive. See what you think!

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Finding beauty in (and explaining) cryptic crossword clues

Posted by Andy Brown on 26 May 2020

Cryptic crossword clues can be ingenious and witty, as this blog tries to explain. The blog tries to convey this owl's passion for the genre, but also to give a mini-tutorial on how cryptic crosswords clues are constructed.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

Find 44 related items in a word search and reveal the hidden quotation

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 May 2020

For our competition this month, find 44 items in a collection in our word search grid, and send in the quotation spelt out by the unused letters.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

The winner of our April 2020 newsletter competition (and the answer)

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 May 2020

Our April 2020 word search competition was won by Pam Politis - if you came unstuck, this blog reveals the answer!

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

More snapshots of life during lockdown - working from home

Posted by Andy Brown on 25 May 2020

Following last month's reveal of what Wise Owl nests look like during lockdown, here are three more snapshots of home life from clients and suppliers.

Tags:   Musings | Random musings

What's new in the May 2020 Power BI update

Posted by Andy Brown on 24 May 2020

The May 2020 update is a good one! The decomposition tree is a seriously good new visual, drop shadows are a nice idea well-implemented, and there are lots of improvements to the way buttons look and work.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

Our take on the April update to Power BI (announced on May 6th!)

Posted by Andy Brown on 09 May 2020

It was announced 6 days after the end of the month, but the April 2020 update to Power BI was worth waiting for - if only for the fact that you can now select visuals by clicking and dragging with the mouse. See our take on the new features in this update in the latest in our series of monthly update blogs.

Tags:   Power BI | Updates

You can now see your booking history on our website

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 April 2020

Clients can now sign on to our website to see a full record of everything they've booked. Wondering if Anna in Accounts has been on an Excel course? Log on to find out!

Tags:   Musings | Online training

You can now book and pay for places online!

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 April 2020

We've finally got an online booking and payment system to match the quality of our training, as this blog explains.

Tags:   Musings | Online training

Wise Owl now do (excellent) online training courses!

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 April 2020

We've been meaning to deliver live online courses to complement our classroom training for years, and we've finally bitten the bullet! So now you can sit on one of our courses in your dressing gown at home, in your office or wherever you may find yourself in the world.

Tags:   Musings | Online training

Last month we asked you to draw a picture - see the answer and winner here!

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 April 2020

Last month's puzzle was won by Paul Silvester of North-East Lincolnshire Council, one of 5 people who correctly drew the picture of a downhill skier.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

This month's puzzle - a word search to pass the time away in lockdown!

Posted by Andy Brown on 28 April 2020

For this month's competition, we're asking you to complete a word search and let us know where the quotation spelt out by the unused letters comes from. As always, a 50 pound Amazon voucher will go to the first correct entry drawn out of the Wise Owl electronic sorting hat.

Tags:   Musings | Competitions

Add the ComicGen custom visual to your Power BI reports to spice them up!

Posted by Andy Brown on 27 April 2020

The ComicGen custom visual allows you to show one of two characters (Dee or Dey) in a variety of poses, and with a range of emotions. Excitingly, the poses and emotions can depend on your data, making these the most human of KPIs. Find out more in this blog!

Tags:   Power BI | Visualisations
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