• <b>We know how successful companies think, sound, and act, and we want you to be one of them.</b>

    We know how successful companies think, sound, and act, and we want you to be one of them.

    Performance Business Design collaborates with businesses of less than $10 million to help increase profits using a structured approach. We start by assessing your business performance and then work to improve, in our 12-Area Performance Check, the weak areas. These are the 12 areas we've determined are the biggest contributors to business success. The result is your business performs at a higher level and your profits increase. Our goal is to see them increase 10%.

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  • <b>“Vision without execution is hallucination” – Henry Ford</b>

    “Vision without execution is hallucination” – Henry Ford

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  • <b>Our goal is to see your profits increase 10%.</b>

    Our goal is to see your profits increase 10%.

    We assess your Business Performance Score and then collaborate with you to bring it to a higher level.

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  • <b>Our security analysts can increase the value of your company.</b>

    Our security analysts can increase the value of your company.

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  • <b>We work with businesses of less than $10m including startups.</b>

    We work with businesses of less than $10m including startups.

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This Month’s Letter to Our Clients

Clients that hire us enjoy a competitive advantage, which is why we never disclose the name of our clients.  Here, you can enjoy a part of that advantage by reading this month’s client letter, which includes, aside from some great cartoons, the best-of-the-best research to give your business a nitro boost this month.  Enjoy.

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Categories: Client Letters

Are You Using Custom Toolbars in Your Windows Office Applications?

“Where have you been all my life?”, I ask.

True, they’ve probably been around for awhile (which for computers is measured in months) but I never used them.  What I’m referring to is the custom toolbar that comes with every windows application.  Have you been using them?  If not, it’s probably worth hearing why your man-in-the-street loves them so much.

Remember when Microsoft came out with the ribbon, that thing with all the icons on it?  I’m sure you thought, as did I, that this was like putting all your kitchen pots, pans, appliances and silverware on the counters.  On the one hand everything’s there when you need it.  But on the other hand, what a mess!  Custom toolbars I have found to combine the best of both worlds.  They give you what you need…and no more.

How do they work?  Let’s say I use the following commands in my word document: copy, paste, font size, text style, review changes panel, and view page width (actually what I really use is just about that).  Without the customer toolbar I have to go to an assortment of tabs on the ribbon to find what I need.  With the custom ribbon I simply have them on ONE ribbon, appropriately named “Michael”.

How do I Create my Custom Ribbon?

  1. 1. On the ribbon, anywhere, right click Customize the Ribbon.  A funny-looking panel of thingys will open.
  2. 2. Click the button “New tab”
  3. 3. Select the tab it just added, then click the button “Rename”
  4. 4. Name your new ribbon anything you want.  I use my name.
  5. 5. With your new tab selected, click New Group
  6. 6. Rename that as well. In this example I’ll name mine Review, since I want to add the “add comment” icon to it
  7. 5. Under choose commands in the top center, choose “Main Tabs”.  Eventually, you’ll figure out what the other choices do.
  8. 6. Assuming I want to add “Add a comment”, expand the Review section, click Comments, then click “Add comment”
  9. 7. Select your custom group under your new ribbon.  Here, it’s the one I named “Review”
  10. 8. Hit the right arrow marked “Add” in the center, and it will add it to your new custom ribbon, in the section marked Review
  11. 9. Repeat this for every command you use frequently.  And if you forget one, no problem just add it later.

Once You Are Fluent

Once you start using it and adding things to it you’ll figure out how to find lessor known commands.  You’ll also figure out you can disable the ribbon tabs you never use.  As you use your custom ribbon more and more, you’ll find you won’t need most of the ribbons windows provides.  Finally, if your custom ribbon grows to be too cluttered, just add another custom ribbon.  I have one marked “Michael” and another marked “Michael Editing”

Have a Great Week,

Michael Emerald, CFA

Owner, Wall Street Analyst

Performance Business Design

Categories: Technology