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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.

Tech Tip 006 – Secure Your Mac Desktop

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 Mac desktop users, it’s a four-step process:

1 – In System Preferences, select Security & Privacy.

2 – Click the lock icon in the lower-left and authenticate with your local account to make changes. Check the box to Require Password after sleep or screen saver begins, then select immediately from the drop-down box.

3 – In System Preferences, select Desktop & Screen Saver.

4 – Select Hot Corners in the lower-right portion of the window, then click one of the corner drop-down boxes of your choosing. Select Start Screen Saver, then click OK.

 

Now, when you leave your desktop computer for an extended amount of time, simply drag your mouse to the corner of the screen you just picked, and the screensaver will automatically launch. When you wiggle the mouse, or tap a key on the keyboard, you’ll be prompted to enter your local account password to get back into your desktop.