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A few q's from a pc-to-mac switcher

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I've had some q's about my mac since I switched recently, wonder if anybody can help answer these. thanks!

• how do I create shortcuts to open programs through the keyboard (as opposed to the mouse)

• Can anybody suggest tools to make work on a mac more efficient?
• Entourage has gotten very slow. How to speed up the speed with which it does things especially searches for things?
• How to prevent Entourage from asking every time if i'd like to open the file because some files have viruses (entourage)?
• I have lots of duplicate email in my entourage inbox, emails that Entourage downloaded twice. Anybody know of a way to have Entourage automatically remove emails that have 2 copies in the inbox?
• In mac, is there a word shortcut for inserting a comment?
• Possible to have entourage add all recipients i send to into my address book?
• how to have Entourage alert with sound when new email arrives?
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1) Sytem Preferences--> Keyboard & Mouse --> Keyboard Shortcuts then click the "+" symbol on the left, select application and then choose shortcut.

2)Don't understand. In what way more efficient, it's a very vague question.

3&4)Sorry I use Mail.

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6&7) Check the Preferences option of Entourage

Sorry I couldn't be more helpful, but most of your questions related to Entourage so you may have been better posting about that. I personally prefer Mail as it's straight forward and simply laid out.

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I don't intend this in a negative way... but... perhaps you need to switch a bit further away from the Microsoft stable? I used Entourage for the first week (I migrated from PC land in June) and it was horrible! Slow and clunky... it doesn't help that it's a PPC application (I'm assuming you've got an Intel?).

Try Mail, it may look simple but it does everything I need, and it integrates to Address Book and Calendar to give you all the contact / event organising. It even alerts with sound when a new mail arrives

Similarly, with MS Word, you should perhaps give NeoOffice a look - it's Office compatible and free and again, from my light / medium usage, it's provided everything I've needed. I guess it's got comment support too

Both Mail and NeoOffice are Universal Binaries so they're inherently faster than Microsofts current Office offering for the Mac, I believe they have a new one coming next year if you want to shell out for an upgrade.
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Entourage doesn't give me warnings about viruses when opening programs. Maybe there's a setting in the prefs somewhere?

Have you updated to 10.4.8? (look in Software update). It increases the speed of non-Intel programs like Entourage.
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