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Productivity Software for Lawyers

The purpose of this guide is to highlight tools and techniques available in common productivity software that you may not have had reason to use before, but that can be especially useful to lawyers and legal professionals.

In the Future...

This guide only covers those tools which are most likely to be used frequently by lawyers.  There are a lot more ways to make Office and Acrobat work for you, including shortcuts that will save you time, ways to automate boring and time consuming tasks, and features that are only used in certain specialties.  It’s important to keep developing your skills.  One good way to do that is to follow blogs that write about productivity for lawyers.  Here are a few good ones to keep an eye on:

•  http://blogs.findlaw.com/technologist
•  http://geeklawblog.com 
•  http://attorneyatwork.com/
•  http://lawyerist.com/
•  http://blogs.adobe.com/acrolaw

It's also a good idea to get into the habit of being proactive about looking for technical solutions.  If you think that what you're doing could possibly be automated by a computer (and a lot of things can nowadays), take a moment to search the internet to see if someone has found a way to make your software do more.  It only takes a minute to look, and it can end up saving you a lot of time and frustration.

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