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Tech Tip 090 – Drop in professional formatting in Microsoft Word with Building Blocks

Templates are a great way to create a professional-looking document in Microsoft Word. It’s possible in the Windows version of Word to drop in preformatted text or formatting elements with Building Blocks. Go to Insert, then Quick Parts, then Building Blocks Organizer and select from a wide variety of cover pages, bibliography sections, headers and footers, tables of contents, quote boxes, and watermarks to enhance your document.


Tech Tip 089 – Eliminate random Airdrop files on your iPhone and iPad

Airdrop is Apple’s method of sharing content between iOS mobile devices. If your iPhone or iPad Airdrop settings are set to “everyone” your device will show in nearby iOS users’ Airdrop list. They can send you content, photos, files, and such from their device. The files won’t automatically be transferred to your device; you have to accept the incoming transmission. In some cases the file preview, popping up on your device’s screen, may be… unexpected.


To prevent random Airdrop file transfer requests, swipe up from the bottom of your device, touch Airdrop in the Control Center screen, and select Contacts Only. By doing this, only trusted sources can send you content.

Tech Tip 088 – Quickly clear your browsing data in Google Chrome

To delete your web browsing history in Google Chrome you would have to:

  • Click the button with three vertical dots
  • Select settings
  • Scroll down to the end of the page
  • Click advanced
  • Scroll down some more
  • Click “Clear Browsing Data”
  • Click the blue button with “Clear Browsing Data”


Why not create a bookmark that can take you to the same place with just one click?


To set up your clear browsing data bookmark, right-click on your bookmarks bar and select Add Page. Enter your title in the name field, then enter chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in the URL field.




Tech Tip 086 – Google Docs – Download Images

Unfortunately, Google Docs doesn’t allow downloading of images from your documents.

However, Google does have a free add-on available. Go to this Image Extractor weblink, click the blue free button, and a Google Doc page will open requesting your permission to run.

Please note: you will need to have your images set to “in line” for downloading. Once you highlight your image and click the blue “Download Image” button, your photo will be saved to both your local computer’s downloads folder and your Google Drive.