April 2012
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Future-Proof Your Business

How to Delete an Excel Table Without Losing Data or Formatting

Basics for Safer Downloading

Business Continuity Tip
Continuity Tip

Assess, Adjust, Improve

Audit season in finally coming to a close. What a relief! While many of us dread being audited, it is an important exercise that adds value to your organization by providing insight and valuable recommendations for improvement.

In addition to your annual financial audit, regulators and corporate risk managers often require an annual test of your disaster recovery plan. Similar to an audit, exercising this plan identifies problems or weaknesses that can necessitate appropriate modifications to the plan.

To learn more about putting your disaster recovery plan in motion, you can visit the Agility Archives and watch recorded educational webinars on testing.

Quote for Today

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. He that does good to another does good also to himself."


Just for Laughs

10 Ways to Future-proof Your Business
reprinted with permission from HP

If there’s one constant in business, it’s change.

Knowing what your business will look like in five or ten years is important, but your long-term goals should never detract from your short-term objectives. If you don’t have specific, measurable, action-oriented and—most importantly—realistic short-term objectives in place, your business may not have much of a future.

One technique that businesses can utilize when looking to the future is called “flash foresight.” This way of thinking allows businesses to look forward and unearth previously invisible opportunities, as well as transform their findings into a model that they can use to solve any problems. By knowing what to expect down the road, businesses can future-proof their technology and staffing needs accordingly, ensuring they’re prepared for any obstacles they may encounter.

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How to Delete an Excel Table Without Losing Data
or Formatting


Let's say you've created a table in Microsoft Excel. You don't want the table, but you want to keep the data or formatting. The solution is simple: convert the table back to a data range.

Note: For this to work, you need to have an already completed table. You can also watch the video version.

1. Click anywhere on the table. This displays the Design tab under Table Tools. A cell in the table must be selected for the Design tab to be visible.

2. On the Design tab, in the Tools group, click Convert to Range.

3. Click Yes. Now you have a date range without table options.

Basics for Safer Downloading
used with permission from
Microsoft at

Whenever you download a file—whether you open a spreadsheet attached to an email message, grab a cool little screensaver or mouse cursor from the web, or download music or video files from someone else's computer—you could be putting your computer at risk.

You can take some basic steps to protect your PC and your company's network:

  • Set up your computer with security protection. When you upgrade to Windows 7 from Windows XP, you automatically get a lot of security protection built right into the system.
  • Increase your awareness of attack methods so that you can be on the lookout for them.
  • Use tools to remove unwanted software that has been downloaded to your computer (despite your best efforts to prevent it).

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