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Monthly Archives: July 2017

Tech Tip 058 – Quick research for a tech purchase

When considering a new tech purchase, a simple Google search might not be as helpful as it used to be for finding the right product for your needs. In many cases, websites will “turbocharge” their webpage with SEO, which stands for search engine optimization, in order for their page to rank higher than others in Google search results. Also, some popular websites may be receiving compensation from tech companies in trade for a favorable review. An advertorial may not have the unbiased information you’re wanting to learn about a future purchase.

Consider researching Amazon.com’s website. Popular products purchased by many people who rate it four or five stars will be a strong indicator that this would be a solid purchase for your needs.

 

 

Tech Tip 057 – Windows – Quick Access Folders

Windows 10 puts the Desktop, Downloads, Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos folders by default in the Quick Access section of your Windows Explorer. If you’re working heavily with files in a particular folder, perhaps one that is buried within many subfolders, simply right-click on the folder and select “Pin to Quick access.” This will place this folder among the other folders in the left column when you access Computer or Windows Explorer:

 

To streamline your Quick Access folders, right-click on a folder you may not need and select “Remove from Quick access.”

 

Tech Tip 056 – macOS – quickly lock your workstation

It’s always a good idea to lock your workstation when you leave it, even for a brief minute. On your Apple desktop computer’s system preferences, you can require a password immediately when your computer goes to screensaver or sleep in Security & Privacy:

To immediately put your computer to sleep, simply press control + shift + eject:

 

If you’re using a MacBook Air that doesn’t have an eject key, consider setting up a screensaver hot corner.

Tech Tip 055 – Google Chrome – Access Extensions

Version 59 of Google Chrome’s web browser has a new Material Design-based Settings page. New navigation menu on the side, and grouped settings shown in a single column. One of the bigger changes to the navigation menu involves accessing Chrome Extensions. The older version had a specific link to Extensions. Version 59 does not.

 

To access Google Chrome Extensions, type chrome://extensions in the web address box. To install extensions on your Chrome browser, type in https://chrome.google.com/webstore.