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Fix for HP2065dn printer colour fading

Find a job easily in Ostendo when you don't know your Ostendo Job Number.  

RDPlus - an affordable alternative to Terminal Services 

Really Useful Excel utilities


Export data to Open Office

Export dates to Excel without formatting errors

Open the EXO Payroll menus without closing the Current Pay

Free Excel training

Free help from MYOB

Customise an MYOB accounting report and save it for future use

Free PDF Printer 



Hints, tips and useful sites  

We will periodically add hints and tips and links to free, or really cheap, time saving software that we have no financial interest in but have found useful and know is free and reliable. 


Does your HP2065dn printer print faded colours?        

Ours did and I found a fix here: 

Fixing washout out colour on HP LaserJet 2065

And it works!  The colour is now better than when it was new.      

Ostendo Jobs - Press F3

Want to reduce the number of key strokes to find a Job Number?

When you don't know an Ostendo Job Number but do know part of the Job Description, key a few characters from the description into the Job Number field and Press F3 on your keyboard. Ostendo will return all jobs with descriptions that match the characters in your search.  It will then insert the correct Job Number into the Job Number field.  

Where would you use this?  Anywhere where you need to allocate a Job Number to a transaction.        

RDPlus - an affordable alternative to Terminal Services 

RDPlus on Win 7, XP and VISTA enables Multi-sessions, Load Balancing, Universal Printer, Seamless Remote Application, Application Control and more without the need for 2003, 2008 or Citrix! Without touching a single line of code, you can instantly make your Windows applications accessible from any device like Thin Clients.

There is a small one time charge per user.  Contact us for more information.

ASAP Utilities - The essential Add-In for Excel Users

ASAP Utilities is a powerful Excel software add-in that fills the gaps in Excel, and automates frequently used tasks.

One of the best utilties I've found.  Let's you do an impressive list of things in Excel that you never had time to work out for yourself.

ASAP Utilities 5  will run on all computers that meet the requirements of MS Office Excel 2000, 2002/XP, 2003 or 2007 and have MS Windows as operating system (for example Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 64 bit systems, Terminal Server etc.).

For people that still use Excel 97 there is a (very) old version available. ASAP Utilities has also been tested and works with the new Windows 7 (release candidate). With regards to Excel 2010 (former Excel 14), they've tested the pre-release and found out that only the 32 bits version of Excel 2010 supports ASAP Utilities at this moment (September 2009).

“Basically, if you can run MS Windows Excel version 2000 or newer, you can use ASAP Utilities.”  Read More...
Description of all Tools in the ASAP utility available here... Free Download...


A program is automatically trying to send e-mail on your behalf.  Do you want to allow this? If you get this annoying message when you try and email invoices and statements, ClickYes will get rid of it for good.  Read More... Free Download...

Can't export data or a report from your accounting software to spreadsheet because you use Open Office ?

Try exporting to HTML and then opening in Open Office Calc SS. 

Dates do not look right when exporting reports from MYOB to MS Excel?

Try exporting to HTML and then opening in Excel.  Saves a lot of messing around if you're not confident with Excel.  

Online Excel Training - FREE

38 Free lessons on essential Excel features  Check it out

MYOB Exo Payroll and Time and Attendance - Press F2

A trick for moving between the Current Pay Screen and the Maintenance List without having to close the Current Pay.

Have you ever been in the Current Pay screen and wanted to look up something in Maintenance or add a new allowance or deduction on the fly while you are entering the pays? There is an easy way! Press F2 on your keyboard.  This will take bring up the Maintenance list without closing the Current Pay. Once you have finished you close out and this takes you back to exactly the same place you were in the Current Pay.  No more closing screens and reopening again.  Saves soooo much time. 

I tell everyone about this at every training session, every seminar, every opportunity I get and people are still amazed each time.  This is the most useful function in the payroll [after actually paying people :-) ]

MYOB Knowledge Base

Ever been on hold for the Help Desk for ages??  Save yourself some time and money. Look up the MYOB knowledge base and see if you can resolve your problem.  It is regularly updated, it has the answer to most things, you don't have to wait for someone to answer the phone and it's FREE. 

Take me to it

MYOB Accounting, Plus, Premier Report Customisation and Memorising Favourite Reports

When you print a report in MYOB, you can open it in Screen Preview, pick the fields you want, CLICK AND DRAG columns to where you want them on the page, resize columns and them SAVE your customised report under Custom Reports.  Saves all that time consuming set up and filtering each time you run the report. 

Even some accountants and consultants have been surprised to find that you can drag the report fields around.  Try it yourself next time you run a report.

Cute PDF Writer - FREE

FREE for commercial and non-commercial use!  No watermarks!  No Popup Web Ads! 

One of the best free applications we've found.  Professional version available for more advanced work.

Download the free version here



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