Quick Productivity Tips
This section covers articles that provide quick tips as opposed to the longer tutorial section that mostly covers Microsoft and Google products.
This master list is presently comprised of 6 categories:
- Cell Phone
- Internet of Things
- Computer Security
- Microsoft Windows
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I recently attended a meeting where an agenda item was to review a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation. One bullet point showed a daily cost of 37 cents. Several people wanted the bullet point to show 37¢. Others commented that there is no way to use these symbols as the cents sign since they weren’t on your computer keyboard. This got me thinking about the different methods you can insert special characters in Windows .
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 for others, this can be a nightmare. Fortunately, there are some easy and free online resources that reduce image file sizes.
Back in the old internet days, people rarely changed email addresses. Today is a different story with people changing jobs and having multiple email addresses. Sometimes email programs don’t want to let go of the old addresses and keep displaying them for us, which can present problems. I’ll skip the embarrassing parts and show you an easy way to remove stale addresses from the Google’s auto-complete list.
Recently, I was trying to track down some system specs for my computers and ran into a snag. It had to do with this Meltdown and Spectre chipset nonsense. It seemed that some articles referenced the “chipset” and others the “code” name. I didn’t have a decoder ring so decided to see if various system utilities could help me check my computer specs. I came away thinking that these profiler tools vary widely in information and details.
Keyboard shortcuts are a great way to enhance your productivity. The benefits are compounded the more you use a program like Gmail. The problem is learning them and committing them to memory. In the case of Gmail, there are quite a few and some don’t seem intuitive to me. I decided to test the TinyCards system and build a card deck to help me learn them faster. And you can get it too.
Image my surprise this morning when I looked at my To Do list and saw, “do a review on grimm kermit call marilee”. I stared at the screen for a good 20 seconds hoping something would pop to mind. I was stumped. Fortunately, I could tell the task had been placed the day before by Alexa. Now, the question was how to figure out what Alexa voice recognition heard. It was time to go to the source.
Somedays, I just want to scream when things that did work, no longer work. This happened this week when I needed to contact a vendor by email. This is usually a simple task where you click an email link and it opens in your default application. Instead of getting Gmail to open up in Chrome, I was staring at the Microsoft Store email app.