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Smartsheet Review

4.0

If you're willing to put in the time to learn what Smartsheet can do and customize it to your needs, it can be your go-to tool not only for project management but for other collaborative business, too.

By Jill Duffy

Google Chat Review

3.0

Google Chat isn't compelling enough to warrant setting up a Google Workspace account for your team messaging needs, but, if you're already invested in Workspace, it's suitable for quick communication.

By Jill Duffy

How to Stop Images From Automatically Downloading in Emails

If you're worried about tracking pixels from email images compromising your privacy and security, here's how to disable automatic image loading in Gmail, Outlook, and Apple Mail.

By Jason Cohen

Microsoft 365, Office 365 Getting a Price Hike Next Year

Rate increases vary from $1 to $4 per seat, per month for business customers.

By Nathaniel Mott

Get More Done: Try These 10 Simple Tips for Better To-Do Lists

Want to make progress in your daily tasks? A smartly managed to-do list can make all the difference. These quick tips will set you up for success.

By Jill Duffy

Running Out of Storage? Clean Up Apple Messages to Free Up Space

Don't let videos, photos, GIFs, and stickers buried in text messages fill up your Apple devices' storage. Our guide shows you how to dig them out of the Messages app on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

By Jill Duffy

The Best Writing Apps for 2021

Novelists, screenwriters, book authors, and bloggers: Look no further for the best dedicated writing apps for your craft.

By Jill Duffy

Script Studio Review

3.5

If you write screenplays, teleplays, or novels, you should consider Script Studio. This writing app offers sample screenplays to help you structure your work plus some genuinely unique features, but it doesn't support collaboration and can't track your writing goals.

By Jill Duffy

Swapping Microsoft Word for Google Docs? 8 Simple Tips to Help You Get Started

Google Docs is a free, web-based alternative to Microsoft Word. All you need is a Google account, an internet connection, and these tips and tricks.

By Jason Cohen

Microsoft to Consolidate OneNote Into One App

Microsoft is planning to have the OneNote app bring OneNote for Windows 10 into the fold.

By Nathaniel Mott

yWriter Review

3.5

The free and stats-heavy yWriter is ideal for writers who crave organization and data about their work, though anyone looking for a distraction-free experience should look elsewhere.

By Jill Duffy

Gmail Tips That Will Help You Conquer Email

Google's free email service has come a long way since its debut. It's time you became a Gmail power user. These tips will get you there.

By Eric Griffith

iA Writer Review

4.0

Taking minimalism to the extreme, iA Writer may have the fewest built-in distractions of any writing app. It's inexpensive and a great choice for bloggers and short-form writers.

By Jill Duffy

Byword Review

3.0

Byword, an inexpensive writing app for macOS and Apple mobile devices, publishes your work directly to Medium, WordPress, and other platforms. It's not ideal for long-form writers, however.

By Jill Duffy

How to Use Microsoft Office for Free on the Web

If you don't need the full might of the desktop version of Microsoft Office, try the free online version instead. Here's how to access Office on the web.

By Lance Whitney

Ditch the Paper and Pens: How to Use OneNote to Take Notes for School

Tired of writing class notes by hand? Digital note-taking offers many practical advantages. We show you how to use Microsoft OneNote to format, organize, and preserve your class notes.

By Ben Moore

Fade In Review

4.0

Fade In is a capable screenwriting app with most of the features scriptwriters need. Its low, one-time cost should appeal to anyone who wants to produce professionally formatted scripts on a budget.

By Jill Duffy

Final Draft Review

4.5
Editors' Choice

Final Draft is the best writing software for anyone in the screenwriting business. It has all the tools you need to get the script right, from both a story and technical perspective.

By Jill Duffy

Trello Review

4.0

One of the most intuitive kanban apps you'll find, Trello lets you fully customize the boards you create. It's a capable tool for managing work and workflows within teams and with outside partners.

By Jill Duffy

The Best Office Suites for 2021

Microsoft 365 is not your only choice for word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Whether you want local or cloud-based apps, our roundup of the best office suites helps you choose the one for your needs.

By Edward Mendelson