Articles by David Ringstrom

Technology

Intuit's New QuickBooks Online Accountant Brings the Cloud – and Its Benefits – to Accountants

Intuit has introduced a new product: QuickBooks Online Accountant (QBOA). This add-on to QuickBooks Online is aimed squarely at helping accountants serve their clients more efficiently.
Technology

Excel Tip: Multiple criteria SUM, MIN, and MAX formulas

Most Excel users are familiar with the SUM, MIN, and MAX functions in Excel. Used in their traditional fashion, you provide a range of cells to the function to derive a result. However, in certain cases you may wish to use this functions based on multiple criteria.
Technology

Stealth Price Increase Awaits QuickBooks 2008 Users

As of May 31, 2011, Intuit will no longer provide live technical support or add-on services for the 2008 version of QuickBooks Pro, Premier, and Simple Start.
Technology

Business vs. Personal: Controlling What People See on Your Facebook Pages

If you have a Facebook account, you've probably faced the dilemma of whether to accept a friend request from a business associate. Learn how configure your friends list so that different groups see just what you want.
Tax

Two Things You Can’t Avoid: Apps and Taxes

For many iPhone or Android owners, apps are like potato chips: You can’t stop at just one. Indeed, apps seem to be one of the leading fads of the 2010s – even the IRS has gotten into the game.
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Free spreadsheet-based Form 1040 available for 2010 tax year

Glenn Reeves of Burlington, Kansas, has created a free Microsoft Excel-based version of the 2010 U.S. Individual Tax Return, commonly known as Form 1040.
Technology

Microsoft celebrates 25 years of Excel

Microsoft Excel has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a spreadsheet program for the Mac environment. This year, Microsoft is celebrating 25 years of Excel with a Facebook-based contest that encourages users to post their favorite Excel memory.
A&A

iPhone, Android Productivity Apps for Accountants

Spend a minute or two in the app store for your mobile device of choice, and you’ll uncover inane apps like iLickIt. Fortunately, there are some actual productivity-boosting tools starting to shoulder their way through the pack of apps for iPhones, iPads, and Android devices.
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BlackBerry Productivity Apps for Accountants

If you’re like me, you’re still holding onto your BlackBerry with a death grip. However, you might also have app envy because, it seems, every week there are 500 new apps released for iPhone and Android. Fear not, as we’ve unearthed productivity apps for you.
Technology

Under the Radar Part 1: Five new features in Excel 2010

I have to admit, I was underwhelmed when Office 2010 was released. You’d think that an Excel expert would like nothing more than a shiny new version of Excel, but my initial experience with the new user interface in Excel 2007 left me feeling chastened.
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Under the Radar Part 2: Five New Features in Excel 2010

I introduced you to five subtle changes that Microsoft added in Excel 2010 that I’ve found quite helpful in part one of this two-part series. In this second part of the series, I’ll discuss five more features that have boosted my productivity in Excel.
Technology

Microsoft Office Moves into the Cloud

Many businesses aren’t comfortable with having mission-critical applications and data residing in the Cloud, but this combination of low cost and high flexibility might cause skeptics to pause and consider the possibilities.
Technology

UPDATE: BlackBerry PlayBook Means Business

As iPhones continue to impinge on traditional BlackBerry territory, Research in Motion (RIM) is countering with a competitor to Apple’s famed iPad – a tablet known as the PlayBook will be released in early 2011.
Technology

New Spam Attack Attempts to Disable Security Software

A virulent new e-mail threat is causing significant problems for large businesses and individuals. The infected e-mail messages contain a link that, if clicked on, allows a worm to simultaneously exploit an infected user’s e-mail address book and attempt to disable the user's antivirus software.
A&A

Start-up Company Aims to Simplify Small Business Cash Flow Management

Two graduates from University of California-Berkley have launched what they hope will become Mint.com for small businesses.
Technology

What to do when Excel won't let you insert columns

From time to time you might encounter the prompt that appears when Excel thinks you can't add additional columns or rows.
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Office 2010 Has Arrived! Customize Your Ribbon!

Office 2010 is now in stores and at www.office.com, so anyone can upgrade to the latest version of Microsoft's flagship productivity suite. Office 2010 provides numerous refinements to the new user interface introduced with Office 2007.
Technology

Two Ways to Determine Your Top Customers in QuickBooks, Excel

Given the length of the Great Recession, your top customers today might not be the same folks who were your top customers even a couple months ago. In this article I'll demonstrate two ways that you can determine who your top customers are based on total sales.
Technology

Transform multiple-line cell contents into columns in Excel

Sometimes in Excel you may encounter a situation where each cell contains multiple lines of data. In this article I'll explain some simple techniques that can make quick work of transforming this data into columns.
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Understanding the Undo Option in Excel

One of my favorite features in Excel is the Undo feature, which as you might expect, allows you to undo the last action that you carried out in Excel. Indeed, you can generally undo multiple steps in Excel. However, there are some caveats to this functionality, as well as a couple tricks you may not know.

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