December 19, 2014
I happened, by chance, to come across this Windows 8.1 Quick Reference Card by Custom Guide Interactive (that your can download or print) that is buried at the University of Incarnate Word (whatever that is).
This “must have” guide will be of great assistance to you in navigating and learning about Windows 8.1… The card actually consists of 2 pages of Windows 8.1 training tips. Get it before it disappears!
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November 8, 2014
Google Chrome user? Try this handy tip. Not sure if this will work in the other browsers; but, you may want to give it a try. To me this tip is pretty handy, especially if you are researching something and you need to open another browser tab in the background. I found two ways this will work:
1 – Hover your mouse on a link on a web page and CLICK your MIDDLE MOUSE BUTTON and the link will open in a new tab (in the background). For some reason, the type of mouse that I have, this did not work; however, other mice I have used, this does work.
2 - A workaround, if your middle mouse button does not work (like in my case), is to hover your mouse on a link, is to push down the CTRL key on the keyboard and LEFT MOUSE CLICK the link. Again, this will open the link in a new tab (in the backgound).
September 28, 2014
I figured I would throw this out there for those of you who use the online service called Pocket.
Straight from the horses’ mouth, Pocket is a FREE online service that was developed to “help people save interesting articles, videos and more from the web for later enjoyment. Once saved to Pocket, the list of content is visible on any device — phone, tablet or computer. It can be viewed while waiting in line, on the couch, during commutes or travel — even offline”. It is sort of like a bookmarks manager that is a whole lot more. I am a big user of Pocket and rate it up there in my top five of productivity applications.
Over a period of time of using Pocket you will accumulate numerous bookmarked or saved items. One question that I had was this, “How do you bulk edit to remove multiple specific items from Pocket?”. In my case, I wanted to perform some housekeeping and wanted to remove some items and keep others. It would be time consuming to individually delete items that I did not want; especially, that I have hundreds of tagged and bookmarked items in my Pocket.
As I always have said, “if you can think it, it has been done and is out there somewhere”… I found on the Pocket site the following information:
Bulk Edit helps you perform actions on groups of items at once. These actions include: Archive, Favorite, Tag, and Delete.
How to Use Bulk Edit
- Go to the Pocket Website.
- While viewing your List, hold the Control key (on Windows) or Command key (on Mac) and click on an item in your List. It will turn yellow, indicating that you have selected it and entered Bulk Edit mode.
- Select additional items by clicking on them while continuing to hold the Control or Command keys. You can also hold the Shift key and click on a second item to select everything in between.
- Once you’ve made your selection, click the action in the top toolbar that you wish to perform: Archive, Favorite, Delete, or Add Tag. If you’re in the Archive, the + button will be available to Re-add the selected items to your List.
- To leave Bulk Edit mode without making any changes, click the x button.
September 18, 2014
When I need to raise or lower the sound on my computer, I simply move my mouse pointer to the taskbar (at the bottom) of the screen and rotate the mouse wheel forward to raise the volume and rotate the mouse wheel backward to lower the volume (to the point that it can be muted). To do this I use the utility, by Nirsoft, called Volumouse. This little utility (which is less that 100KB) has been around for quite awhile and works on all modern Windows platforms.
To make Volumouse operate in the manner which I described above, simply launch Volumouse and under the column labelled “Use the wheel when“, select “Mouse cursor is over the taskbar“… Click “OK“, then “Apply” and that is all there is to it.
September 13, 2014
If you use the Google Chrome Web Browser, hold down the “Ctrl” key on your keyboard and hit the “H” key… This hotkey combination makes it easy to view your history (for the past 90 days) and to manage various aspects of it, such as “clearing your browsing history” and managing the history on any of your other google account signed-in devices.
Use the History page to view a list of websites you’ve ever visited in the last 90 days while using Google Chrome in standard mode. This page doesn’t store pages from secure websites, those you’ve visited in incognito mode, or those you’ve deleted from your browsing history. If you’re signed in to Chrome on multiple devices you will see your browsing history from those signed-in devices. Any changes that you make to your history on one device will be synced to your other signed-in devices automatically.
September 5, 2014
If you have installed, a SSD to Windows 8 or 8.1, and you are not sure the OS is optimized for an SSD, go to TCAT Shelbyville’s Technical Blog to learn the secret on how you can tell…