Terminal Services Remote App: What is it, and how can it save you extra time?

Microsoft Terminal Services Remote Desktop Connection

There is an easier way to access programs remotely, rather than going through the TS Remote Desktop Connection

If you are already using Microsoft Terminal Services to remote into the office, you understand how valuable this tool is for providing access to your files and other information when you are out of the office.

However, even though it’s quite beneficial to access your information this way, it can take a few minutes to log into the system and get what you want, even when you have a shortcut saved on your desktop.

Additionally, when you access your office via terminal services, a window appears, displaying a secondary desktop. Sometimes you will need to switch between the term server desktop, and your laptop or mobile desktop, to accomplish certain tasks. Unfortunately, flipping back and forth like this has also been known to cause confusion with users, especially when the two desktops are too similar.

But what if there was an easier, faster way to allow you to connect remotely and access your information without ever leaving your local desktop? Well there is such a way, and it’s called Terminal Services Remote App (or TS Remote App).

Available on Windows Server 2008 and newer, TS Remote App allows you to access remote programs through the Terminal Server, but they appear as if they are running locally on your computer.

Accessing your commonly used office programs this way provides many benefits. First, it’s faster. You don’t have to go through multiple steps to access the programs and information that you need.

Second, it saves users frustration and confusion because the remote programs look and act like they are running on the local computer, even when they are not. Additionally, it saves new users confusion, because they don’t have to learn about logging into to a secondary source to access the office.

Third, TS Remote App is a great solution for running company software on small netbooks and other devices which may not have a CD rom drive or a large enough hard drive to accommodate installing the software on the actual device.

As an added perk, you can also use TS Remote App to allow your office programs and files to be available to employees through a web page that they can access as long as they have an internet connection. This feature can be extremely beneficial to remote employees.

If your office is already taking advantage of the features of Microsoft Terminal Services, and you want to take it to the next level, consider utilizing the features of TS Remote Apps. Once everything is setup, and shortcuts are created on laptops and other mobile devices, you’ll wonder how you ever got along without it.

If you want to start using remote features such as Terminal Services, and TS Remote Apps, but you don’t know where to start, call us today. We can help get your office up and running so that you can access it securely from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection.

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Microsoft Word: Other Document Formatting Tips

Paragraph Dialog Box

Paragraph Dialog Box

When it comes to properly formatting documents in Microsoft Word, using the Ruler and Tab Stops aren’t the only features that help you create a clean looking product. There are many additional features built into Word designed to help you make the most out of your formatting, if you know where to find them.

*Note: This post is specifically geared towards Word 2007 / 2010 users. If you use a different version, you probably have the same features, but they may or may not be in a different location.*

Adjust the Space Between Lines

Sometimes it’s helpful to have extra spacing between lines of text, particularly when you’re giving the document to someone else for review and editing.

To adjust the space between text, highlight the information that you would like to change the spacing on (or do this on a blank Word document before typing), then right click, and when the menu appears, select Paragraph.

The Paragraph dialog box will appear, allowing you to change various aspects of your paragraph. The last section is about spacing. To change your spacing, change the drop down under Line Spacing from Multiple to whatever you want, such as Single (for single spacing) or Double.

To further adjust the space between lines, change the After field (to the left of Line Spacing) to something other than 10 pt. Note: The higher the number the greater the spacing, and vice versa. Once everything is

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adjusted, click OK to save your settings.

Tip: When adjusting a document to single spacing, change the Line Spacing to Single, and the After field to 0 pt.

Increasing and Decreasing Indents

When you want a paragraph indented a certain way, you don’t want to hit tab repeatedly, as manual formatting can cause a lot of unnecessary, extra work to make sure everything lines up correctly. Instead, use the Increase / Decrease Indent buttons, to indent your paragraphs just the way you want them.

Increase Decrease Indent

Increase / Decrease Indents

To use this feature, either click before the paragraph in question, to move the cursor, or highlight the paragraph. Then, click on the Increase Indent button located on the Ribbon under Home > Paragraph. (See image for more details.)

If, for example, you want to increase your indent, and one click doesn’t quite do it, click the increase indent button again, until your text is formatted the way you want.

The Paragraph Button

When you can’t format your document properly, but you don’t know why, you need to use the Paragraph button. This button is probably one of the more underused features in Word. However, when used properly, it can work wonders.

Paragraph Button

Paragraph Button

To view your Paragraph formatting, click on the Paragraph button, otherwise known as the large backwards P on the top of the Paragraph section of the Ribbon. (See image for more details).

When activated, this feature shows you ever space, every return, every part of the layout in great detail, which can often help you find and fix where formatting went wrong. To turn off the feature, simply click on the paragraph button again.

Knowing how to use these few simple tools in Word can go a long way in helping you create clean looking, well laid out documents.

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The Benefits of Having Remote Workplace Access

Work Remotely from Anywhere

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You are in the middle of a business meeting, when you realize you forgot to bring an important document. It would be rude to interrupt the meeting to call the office to

have the file sent over, but if you wait until later for the file, the meeting will be postponed for review, and you’ve already rescheduled this meeting twice. What do you do?

If you had remote access to your office, you could easily log into your computer to get the files you need, without the interrupting or postponing the meeting. And this is only one of the benefits of having remote access capabilities.

Remote workplace access is becoming increasingly more prevalent, particularly as mobile devices continue to develop into robust little workhorses, capable of doing much more than just making calls or sending texts and emails.

So what are some of the benefits of remote workplace access, and how can you make it work for your business?

Access your Business from Anywhere

Remote access allows you to take your business on the go. Whether you’re traveling for pleasure or business, you can access the office and the files you need no matter where you are in the world. In most cases, all you need is internet access.

Hire More Employees, Without Adding Space

Having remote capabilities allows you to hire remote employees – employees who work primarily out of their homes, as opposed to coming into the office. This allows you to not only save space, but ultimately money too, as you don’t incur the typical overhead expenses of office space, utilities, and other expenditures.

Allow Employees to be Productive, Even During Personal Emergencies

We all know that life happens, but when those personal emergencies arise with your employees arise, give them the flexibility they need to stay at home and take care of their personal life, without impacting their ability to be productive and get projects completed.

Secured Access

The remote setup access we advocate has your businesses best interests in mind. That’s why we make sure your files are secure, and only accessible by the people in your office. This ensures your data doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

Keep Up with the Modern Workplace

The workplace is changing, and if you can’t keep up with the times, your business is going to be left behind. Give your business the mobility it needs to keep up with the fast paced hustle of business, allowing you to go wherever the day, and your work, takes you.

These are just a few of the advantages of remote workplace access. If you currently don’t have the ability to access your office remotely, contact us today. Our systems are affordable, and often utilize your existing technology.

Julie Strier is a freelance writer who likes to help you get the most out of your business technology. Email: