Keyboard Shortcuts

I LOVE Keyboard Shortcuts!

I’m not exactly nerd-alert when it comes to keyboard commands, but I tend to use them more often than my mouse.  When you have the keystrokes memorized, it’s simply faster to type than mouse around.  Here are a few of my absolutely favorites – I can’t live without them.

ALT + TAB:  switches your window to the most recently used window.  If you hold the Alt Key, and click

Server Shortcut


Right click the start menu icon in Windows Server 2012 R2 to view a list of handy shortcuts. It took me a few months to learn this new feature and now it saves me time daily. The list of shortcuts includes Device Manager and Disk Management, which previously required either run box input or multiple clicks in Server Manager.


Quick Step!

For frequently-repeated tasks in Microsoft Outlook, utilizing Quick Steps in addition to the standard keyboard shortcuts can improve productivity immensely.

Located towards the center of the ‘Home’ tab of the ribbon, the Quick Step sub menu has a number of default steps available for use in addition to an option for creating and

Backup Your Backup!

When I dropped an external HD (hard drive) containing 2 years of my life stored on it, I knew I had to change how I backed up my files. If you currently backup your personal or work files, you are already one step ahead of most individuals who use no backup at all. But what happens when your external hard drive fails one day for no apparent reason?

This is where cloud backup services come into place. When you backup your computer to the cloud, it’s backed up on

Setting Mailbox Size Limits

Many system admins set size limits on sent and received emails, but aren’t aware that there are actually three areas to set them in order to effectively control email size. I usually look at a user’s mailbox in Exchange to determine their specific limit and sometimes forget to check the other two areas.

Size limits should be set for the mailbox, receive/send connectors, and the transport service. If you don’t limit mail sizes, the server will likely become overloaded and mail flow will be interrupted. Admins are responsible to set practical limitations on



Welcome to our new website and new blog, we’re glad to have you.

The Birds will be posting here a few times per month. Sometimes it will be technical information about an IT project that’s captured our attention. Other times it might simply be a favorite new website or internet thing.

Check back often.

We take requests.