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Monthly Archives: April 2017

Tech Tip 011 – The BCC field – Your email’s silent partner

The term Megathread is not a villainous ball of yarn set to take over the knitting world, but a way to describe an excessive number of replies to an original post. By including all recipients of your email in the Blind Carbon Copy section, also known as BCC, you can avoid megathreads as well as, quite possibly, a number of grumpy replies.

 

 

Replies to your BCC field will go directly to you, not everyone else. Plus, those who may not want their email shown to others may thank you for your discretion.

 

Tech Tip 010 – Stop videos from playing automatically on webpages

If you’re tired of always having to stop videos from playing automatically when you visit a website (I’m looking at you, CNN.com) go to the Google Chrome Webstore and search for “Disable HTML5 Autoplay” or click here. It’s a free extension, and does what it says: stops videos from playing automatically.

 

Avoid the unexpected barrage of sound blasting through your computer speakers when you aren’t expecting it.

Tech Tip 009 – CTRL-Z or Command-Z – Your Best Friend

It’s for those “Oh, Crikey!” moments. Those moments when you accidentally delete an important paragraph, or even your entire document’s content. When you replace a sentence and want to go back to the previous one. When you accidentally move a file, or a bunch of files somewhere they shouldn’t be, including the trash.

For Windows users, hold the CTRL button down and press the letter Z.

For Mac users, hold the Command buttons down and press the letter Z.

Undo your most recent move. Let life return to normal. Breathe a sigh of relief.

Tech Tip 008 – File and Folder naming scheme

If you name files and folders starting with the month or day, sorting will be scattered and difficult to pinpoint.

 

Using a year-month-day title scheme, e.g. yyyy-mm-dd, will sort your files and folders chronologically, making it easier to locate a specific date.

 

Tech Tip 007 – Secure your Windows Workstation

When you step away from your computer, it’s important to secure it so others don’t have access to your files or other important information. For Windows desktop users, it’s a quick keystroke combination:

Hold down the WindowsKey and hit the letter L to lock your workstation:

 

When you return to your computer, press CTRL-ALT-DELETE and login with your password, and your desktop will reappear.