It takes more than technology to be productive.

Most everyone appreciates technology and its promise. The flip side is it can also be a pain. It could be you have the right tools, but you aren’t sure how to use them to your advantage. How many times have you stared at a screen and wondered, “now what?”. I have, and it’s frustrating. The goal of this site is to pass on my learnings.

Whether you’re frustrated or simply trying to level up your skills, we’d like to help. We’ve written many tutorials and informative articles covering everything from Amazon’s Alexa to Microsoft Excel with lots in between. And we’re open to suggestions.


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How to Reduce Image File Size

Have you ever had one of those great photos that you wanted to share or upload only to find out there was a file size restriction? Your grand photo was too big. Professional photographers and designers know how to get around these barriers, but this can be a nightmare for others. Fortunately, some easy and free online picture optimization services can reduce image file size without sacrificing quality ...


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How to Separate Names in Excel

Recently, a friend asked about fixing an Excel spreadsheet where his subscriber names were in one column. He wanted to separate first and last names in Excel so he could send a personalized greeting. After all, most of us would ...
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How To View Your Chrome History

When I mention Google's web history to people, they think of items they typed in Google’s search box. Many people are OK with their browsers storing this data. Google and other search engines use that info to refine future search ...
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How to Create a Letterhead in Microsoft Word

Have you ever wanted to create a custom letterhead to impress clients? Or, maybe you've decided to set up a home business? Either way, you don't need to order from a printer or graphic designer. This simple guide will show ...
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Make Special Characters & Keyboard Symbols

Symbols are a type of computer character that does not exist on the standard keyboard. These special characters range from currency symbols to legal symbols to degrees. In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make symbols with your keyboard ...
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Easy Ways to Bulk Delete Gmail

Are you like me and have a habit of letting your Gmail Inbox get big? I'm not an Inbox Zero devotee. Many of the emails tend to be non-urgent and not a priority, such as subscriptions. In this guide, I'll ...
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Snagit 2021 Captures Screens & Your Imagination

If I were to give an award for the software program I've reviewed and valued the most over the years, TechSmith's Snagit would be toward the top. It's one of those essentials you immediately install to a new computer because you don't want to work without it. In this Snagit review, I'll highlight some of my favorite features. Just don't call it a screen capture or print screen program because it can do much more ...