Quick Tip: How To Quickly Lock Your Windows 10 Computer

When I was managing a computer network and teaching others, one of the first things I would teach people is how to lock their computer when they walked away from the computer for an extended period of time. In the work environment, this is especially important from a privacy and security perspective.

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With Windows 10 the easiest method is to hit the Windows Key + L . When you return to your computer to start working again you will be required to enter your password or pin.

A more modern automated method is also available in Windows 10 and it is called “Dynamic Lock” where you can pair your PC and your Smartphone via bluetooth; providing, your computer is bluetooth ready. You can setup “Dynamic Lock” by going to Start > Settings > Accounts > Sign-in options

Quick Tip: Keyboard Shortcut To Go “Page Backward” or “Page Forward” In Your Web Browser

These two keyboard shortcuts work in Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge for sure; and, may work in the other web browsers as well.

  1. When wanting to go a page backward in your web browser you typically mouse click on the “back button”. You can also perform the same function on the keyboard by hitting the “ALT + “left arrow” keys.
  2. When wanting to go a page forward in your web browser you typically mouse click on the “forward button”.  You can also perform the same function on the keyboard by hitting the “ALT + “right arrow” keys.

What do browser cookies do?

The purpose of the computer cookie is to help the website keep track of your visits and activity. This isn’t always a bad thing. For example, many online retailers use cookies to keep track of the items in a user’s shopping cart as they explore the site. Without cookies, your shopping cart would reset to zero every time you clicked a new link on the site. That would make it difficult to buy anything online!

A website might also use cookies to keep a record of your most recent visit or to record your login information. Many people find this useful so that they can store passwords on frequently used sites, or simply so they know what they have visited or downloaded in the past.

Different types of cookies keep track of different activities. Session cookies are used only when a person is actively navigating a website; once you leave the site, the session cookie disappears. Tracking cookies may be used to create long-term records of multiple visits to the same site. Authentication cookies track whether a user is logged in, and if so, under what name.

Source: Norton by Symantec

Quick Tip: How to use the “Windows Snap” feature with the keyboard…

Snap with the keyboard

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To snap a window with the keyboard:

  • Select the window you want to snap and press the Windows Logo Key  + Left Arrow to snap that window to the left of your screen or the Windows Logo Key  + Right Arrow to snap that window to the right.
  • If you want to move it to a corner after snapping it, then with the window selected, press the Windows Logo Key  + Up Arrow or the Windows Logo Key  + Down Arrow to get it into the desired corner.
  • After you move the window to a corner, the window is in its smallest possible state, which is a quarter of the screen. Then you can use the Windows Logo Key  + Arrow Keys to move it wherever you want.

Quick Tip: Lock Down Your Android Smartphone For Peace of Mind

Nothing is more distressing than losing your phone or thinking it has been stolen. For peace of mind, as soon as you set up your new phone, take a moment and lock it down by configuring the lock screen. Most phones during the initial set up prompt you through a process to lock down your phone, either via a PIN, pattern, password, fingerprint and/or facial recognition. My phone, I have set up to use a combination of these, with the fingerprint recognition I feel is the most powerful. My phone also allowed me to pick a 6-digit PIN, which I feel really makes it tougher to overcome.

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If by chance you skipped over the process to secure your phone when you initially set it up or you desire to modify the current settings, you can do this by heading to the system settings. The system settings on most phones can be accessed via an app icon (labeled “system settings or settings”) or by pulling down from the top of the screen and tapping on a “cogged gear icon”. From the system settings, you are looking for the Security Menu. The menus and options may slightly vary from phone to phone but look for anything that is related to “security” and once there you should see various options to lock down your phone.

Just do it for peace of mind… These phones are computers in our pockets and contain a mother load of personal information.

 

 

Quick Tip: If You Use An Android Phone You Have A Google Account (i.e. Gmail)

When you purchase and set up an Android phone, you initially are prompted to establish a Google Account. Many home-based users who are just getting into the Android smartphone arena do not know that. By establishing a Google Account (with a username and password) you now have access to many of Google’s apps and services such as Gmail, Google Photos, Google Docs, etc… that can be accessed from any web-based device (i.e. computer and tablet). Anything that is Google related, you will be able to access with your username and password. There is a great benefit to this on the upside, but on the downside, you essentially have sold your soul to Google…

There are workarounds to this, but for most folks at home just want their phones to work and do not think about workarounds. Just want to point that out…

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Quick Tip: How To Use “Tell Me” In Microsoft Office 2016 and Microsoft Office 365

I captured this tidbit “quick tip” directly from Microsoft. It is a tip on how to use “Tell Me” in the suite of Microsoft Office 2016 (i.e. Word, Powerpoint, Excel) and Microsoft Office 365. Many folks fail to use this readily available feature that will save you time and help you get answers to specific features you want to use.

Do things quickly with Tell MeYou‘ll notice a text box on the ribbon in Office 2016 and Office 365 apps that says Tell me what you want to do. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases about what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform.

Shows the "tell me" search box on the ribbon in Word.

Source: Microsoft – Do things quickly with Tell Me

Quick Tip: Did you know you can perform a search from your browser’s address bar?

I have found that many folks at home do not know that you can perform an internet search by typing what you are looking for in the browser’s address bar. For example, I use Google Chrome. I can perform a Google Search by going to the address bar (at the top) and typing in what I am looking for. This saves me from having to go to Google.com to perform a search. This also works in the browsers on your smartphones and tablets, as well.

Depending on your browser, the default search engine or provider can be changed in your browser’s settings.  Some people like Google, other’s like Bing (and so forth).

 

 

Quick Tip: Learn About Browser Tabs

When you open your web browser (i.e. Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Firefox, Opera, etc…) you initially open up to a page that is your designated home page. At the top of the browser window, you will see what is called a “Tab”. The “Tab” will look like a tab that you may have seen on a file folder that you place into a file cabinet. The “Tab” to a file folder in the file cabinet lets you know the contents of the file folder. The same principle applies with “Tabs” in a web browser. You can open another web page by adding another tab, in conjunction with others; therefore, you could have multiple “Tabs” open. You can switch between these tabs anytime, which is helpful and productive. What I have found with basic computer users they are unaware of browser tabs and often have a hard time grasping the concept. I usually can tell this when I go to help them and they have multiple tabs open. The “Tabs” are easy to close, by clicking on the “X”,  and should be closed when not in use,  in order to conserve computer memory.

Below is a screenshot of the browser tabs that I had open while I was composing this article… If you noticed at the last tab labeled “Facebook” there is a “+” sign. If you click on that plus sign in your browser at home, you can add another tab. Also, notice the “X” at each browser tab, that will close the selected tab, if you click on it. Also, some links you click on when web browsing will open additional tabs. Again, a good idea to close down tabs that you are not using.

Quick Tip: How To Power “OFF” Your Android Smartphone Or Tablet

One of the first questions I am often asked about Android OS Smartphones and Tablets is: How do you shutdown or power “off” the device (smartphone or tablet)?  

Many folks will often tap the power button thinking they are turning the device “off”, when in fact they are only putting the device in a standby mode only. To really power “off” the device you need to hold down the power button until you see an option to power the device down (varies slightly from device to device, but the process is very similar). Select the “power off” option and the device will shut completely down. To power the device back “on”, hold in on the power button until you see the screen light up (typically with the phone or tablet’s logo).

A good practice to follow is to turn the device completely “off” on occasions. I typically will power my smartphone (off) and back (on) at least once or twice a month. You will find this helps refresh the memory cache and the device will actually run a bit faster.

Quick Tip: How To Set Up Your Computer Work Environment

Work Environment

  • Avoid excessive reaching. Your keyboard, pointing device, files and telephone should be within easy reach.
  • Use a keyboard tray to properly position your keyboard and pointing device.
  • Use a copyholder positioned in line with your monitor and keyboard.
  • When writing at the computer, avoid excessive reaching over the keyboard or work materials. A sturdy in-line copyholder can double as a writing surface if appropriately positioned.
  • Position the monitor so that the viewed part of the screen allows you to keep your neck in a neutral or straight position. The monitor should be centered directly in front of you. The top of the computer screen should be slightly below the top of your head, so that you are looking at it with a slightly downward gaze.
  • Position your monitor to eliminate excessive glare or reflections from windows and lighting.
  • Customize your computer by using your software. The screen font, contrast, pointer size, speed, and color can all be adjusted to maximize your comfort and efficiency.

Source: University of Pittsburgh – Ergonomic Tips for Computer Users

Quick Tip: Lifesaver Keyboard Shortcut To Open A Closed Browser Tab

This is one keyboard shortcut to plug into your memory banks (your brain) when using your web browser. Let’s face it, in today’s world of computing, especially at home, we are nearly 100% of the time using our web browser. What this keyboard shortcut does, is open any browser tabs you may have closed (or accidentally closed). This keyboard shortcut works across most popular browser platforms and can be done multiple times to open tabs that you closed.

Ctrl + Shift + T

Quick Tip: How To Get Amazon Shipment Updates Via Text

Most folks these days shop Amazon and most folks carry a cell phone (or smartphone). Did you know when you buy from Amazon you can subscribe to receive text alerts on your cell phone (or smartphone) as to when your package is shipped; when your package is out for delivery; and when your package is delivered or encounters a problem?

To subscribe, simply visit the Shipment Updates via Text page and follow the instructions. You will need to log into your Amazon account to make this work.

How to search in Windows 10. Ten tips to become a Pro | Digital Citizen

In Windows 10, the search field found on your taskbar lets you look for apps, settings, documents, settings, music, and so on. To start searching, click or tap on the search field first. When you do that, the search home screen shows up. The search home screen lets you filter the search right from the start, by selecting to look for Apps, Documents, Settings, Email, Folders, Music, People, Photos, or Videos.

The Search home screen from Windows 10

Learn More @ Digital Citizen

Quick Tip: Keyboard Shortcut To Bookmark A Webpage

Want to save some time bookmarking a webpage that you want to save for future reference?

When you are on a website or webpage that you want to bookmark, simply hold down the following keys in combo:

Ctrl + D

This will initiate the bookmark manager in your browser.

Quick Tip: How To ‘Quickly’ Select A Range of Text or Paragraph Of Text With Your Mouse

I typically use the following process in my web browser to copy and paste blocks of information I come across. This will also work in other applications, as well; and, has come in very handy when posting articles here on ‘What’s On My PC’…

To Select a range of text or paragraph(s) of text that you desire to copy and paste, hold down the shift key and left mouse click at the beginning of the sentence or paragraph; then go to the end of the paragraph or sentence, hold down the shift key and left mouse click at the end of the sentence or paragraph. The block of text that you have highlighted can then be copied and pasted elsewhere.

Quick Tip: 3 Tips To Follow To Avoid Handheld Phone Use While Driving

Memorial Day weekend is here… Hooray! During this time many, many people will be on the road and many, many people will commit the ultimate driving sin; AND, that is using your handheld phone while driving.

It only takes that millisecond of distraction
that ultimately can change your life and the life of others; sometimes, forever…

Texting and phone use are the leading causes of distracted driving. The laws in many States prohibit the use of a handheld phone while driving. This includes the writing, sending or reading of a text or electronic message. Avoid a fine and park the phone before you drive.

Here are 3 tips to follow:

  • Pull over in a “safe” location if you need to call or text
  • Use your passenger as your designated texter and caller
  • Secure your phone in the trunk, glove box or back seat while you drive

All distractions endanger drivers, passengers and pedestrians. Most distractions involve cognitive and sensory distraction. When you make a call on a hand-held phone you are not only holding and looking at the phone, you are also dialing, listening and thinking about the conversation.

Driver distractions include:

Texting
Using a cell phone or smartphone
Eating and drinking
Talking to passengers
Grooming
Reading, including maps
Using a navigation system
Watching a video
Adjusting a radio, CD player, or MP3 player

Remember distractions are:

Visual – looking at something other than the road
Auditory – hearing something not related to driving
Manual – manipulating something other than the wheel
Cognitive – thinking about something other than driving

Quick Tip: How to “Pin To Taskbar” In Windows 10

I like to keep the desktop on my Windows 10 computer pretty much clear of any icons. Typically, if a program icon shows up on the desktop that I need to use frequently or get to quickly, I will pin it to the taskbar (the bar located at the bottom of the screen); then, once I know the program icon is on the taskbar, I will delete the program icon on the desktop.  I do this so that I can access the program from anywhere on the computer without having to go back to the desktop or go to the Start Menu. So, how do you pin a program icon (or folder, etc…) to the taskbar?

It is actually pretty basic. If you “right mouse click” the icon item, you will see an option to “Pin to taskbar”. Click on that option and the icon item will then be seen on the taskbar. To delete a pinned item on the taskbar, “right mouse click” the icon and click on “unpin from taskbar”. This same process will work on many program items that are on your Windows “Start Menu”, as well.

 

Quick Tip: The Power Of The “Right Mouse Click” Context Menu In Gmail

Gmail has become a very powerful web email application that has many features that we often fail to use. One such feature is the “right mouse click” context menu.

When Gmail is open, if you “right mouse click” on any email that is listed you will be presented with a context menu that is very powerful and will be of great benefit to you productivity-wise.

You can do such things, on the fly, such as:

  • Reply to, or forward, an email in one click from the main page
  • Archive, Delete, Mark as unread, Snooze emails
  • Move, Label or Mute emails
  • Search for all emails with the same subject (if conversation view is turned off)

You can also use this menu when selecting multiple emails at a time to perform batch operations. For example, you could select 5 emails, right mouse click and label them all the same; or move them all together into a specific folder…

Quick Tip: How To Find, Lock Or Erase A Stolen or Lost Android Device

There is nothing more distressful than losing your smartphone… If you own an Android device, such as a smartphone, tablet or Chromebook, you most likely performed the initial set up using a Google Account (i.e. Gmail account). As a result, you have a feature where you can remotely find, lock or erase the device in the event the phone is stolen or lost (Note: The phone must be turned “on” in order for this to work). You can even ring the phone and send information to the phone requesting that the phone be returned. You will need to go to a computer, log into your Google account, in order to make this work. Follow the steps below to put you on the road of recovery. You can go ahead and practice this…

  1. Open a browser, like Chrome Chrome. If you’re using someone else’s device, use private browsing mode.
  2. Open your Google Account.
  3. In the “Security” section, select Find a lost or stolen phone.
  4. Select the lost phone, tablet, or Chromebook.
  5. Follow the step-by-step suggestions to help find and secure the device.

ADDED TIP: Also, did you know, if you have a Google Account, and you are logged in, you can perform a Google Search, type in “Find My Phone” and Google (with a map) will find your phone within about 50 feet.

Quick Tip: What is an UPS?

If you own a desktop computer, which is an investment or an appliance of value, you may want to invest in purchasing a UPS (uninterrupted power supply). An uninterruptible power supply (UPS), offers guaranteed power protection for connected electronics. When power is interrupted, or fluctuates outside safe levels, a UPS will instantly provide clean battery backup power and surge protection for plugged-in, sensitive equipment. Typically, during a power outage, the UPS will keep the equipment stable for a prescribed amount of runtime (depending on the type/model UPS you install). The time element gives you enough time to safely shut down the computer to prevent component damage and loss of data.  Many UPS will come with a bank of outlets. For example, I own the APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650 which gives me a total of 8 outlets (4 on each side of the UPS). The important part to note here is that 4 of those outlets provide “battery back up & surge protection” and the other 4 provide on (surge protection).  I typically plug in the computer, monitor, router, and modem into the battery backup side and other less significant devices (such as a printer) in the other surge protection outlet. This particular UPS (APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650) is rated for approximately a half hour of runtime during a complete outage.

APC UPS Battery Backup & Surge Protector 650

In the end, investing in one of these is like having an insurance policy that will help keep your computer and electronics running smoothly, even during those times when you have power fluctuations and outages.

Quick Tip: Did you know that the Google Chrome browser has a built-in task manager?

Google Chrome has a built-in task manager that will help you troubleshoot what tabs and extensions are causing issues. From the task manager, you can kill or end those processes that may assist you in troubleshooting what may be the culprit. Very, very seldom have I had to use the task manager, but is good to know it is there when things start slowing down.

You can quickly get to the task manager in Google Chrome by hitting the “Shift+Esc” keys together on your keyboard. You can also get to the task manager by accessing Chrome’s menu by clicking on the three dots at the top right corner of the browser, then “more tools”, then “task manager”.

10 Tips to Keep Your Online Bank Account Secure | Make Use Of

I encourage my readers to visit “Make Use Of” (source link below) to learn 10 tips to keep your online bank account secure. One of the tips that jumped out at me is that it is safer to log into your bank account using the bank’s app on your smartphone (through your cellular service), versus accessing your bank account from your desktop or laptop computer which is more susceptible to malicious attack.

Online Banking Mobile App

Switching to online banking comes with some security risks. These tips explain how to keep your online bank account safe.

Source: 10 Tips to Keep Your Online Bank Account SecureT

Quick Tip: Most Important Process You Can Learn In Windows is “Cut, Copy and Paste”

To this day, after over 30 years in computing, people still do not know how to “Cut, Copy and Paste”; and, I have found it to be one of the most difficult things to teach people. I consider it the most important process you can learn in order to master the computer that will increase your productivity immensely. I encourage you to learn how to “cut or copy and paste”; you will not regret it.

To explain how this works… In simple terms, when you select text, a graphic, or a file in whatever it is you are working in, you can cut or copy that text, graphic or file from one location to another, by using the paste command. Whatever it is you cut or copy will be saved to the area of the computer (that you do not visually see) called the Windows clipboard. When you go to use the paste command, it will take whatever it was you cut or copied (saved) to the clipboard and allow you to paste (insert) it at another location. When you copy something, it does just that, it makes an exact copy. When you cut something, it removes it from the location you are cutting from.

For example, I could highlight and select text in a document, right mouse click, select copy from the menu; then, go to another document I may be composing, right mouse click and select paste (and the text will be copied or pasted at that location). If you select the cut command, it would remove the text from the source document location, be copied to the clipboard where you can then paste it in the document you are composing. In file management, cut or copy and paste is very useful when moving files from folder to another.

Typically cut or copy and paste can be used from the “right mouse click menu” after you select the text, graphic or file you desire to use.

You can also can use the keyboard commands: Ctrl+X (cut); Ctrl+C (copy) and Ctrl+V (paste)…

As I mentioned, difficult to grasp, but learn how to do this and it will change how you use your computer forever and you will soon see it is actually very easy to master. If anything, learn how to “copy” and “paste” first until you get a good understanding of how this works; then, go to “cut” and “paste’. As an added note, “cut or copy and paste” are used on other operating platforms too, like your Android smartphone…

34 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for the Windows Command Prompt | How-To Geek

The Command Prompt is a powerful tool in Windows, giving you access to all kinds of useful commands you can’t get any other way. By its very nature, the Windows Command Prompt relies on a lot of keyboard use–and with that comes handy shortcuts. Most of these shortcuts have been around since the Command Prompt’s early days. Some are new with Windows 10 (especially some of those that use the Ctrl key) and you’ll need to enable them before you can use them. When you’ve done that, you’re ready to unleash your full-fingered keyboard fury.

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To learn more, click on the source link below to go to “How-To Geek”…

Source: 34 Useful Keyboard Shortcuts for the Windows Command Prompt

Quick Tip: How To Quickly Switch Between Multiple Gmail Accounts

Today, many of us have multiple Gmail Accounts (i.e. personal account, work account, account for shopping purposes, etc…).  Here is a line of instruction that will help you toggle between these accounts while in your default (main) account without having to go through the task of signing in and out of each account.

  • Open your browser and sign into your Gmail account.
  • Click on your profile picture, located in the upper right-hand side of your Gmail dashboard screen. If you do not have a profile picture setup, what you will be looking for is the circular icon at the top right side of the Gmail window. When you click on this a new window will pop up.
  • Click on the “add account” button within that new window.
  • Enter your second Gmail address in the box and type in that account’s password.
  • Click on “sign in.”
  • Repeat as many times as necessary.

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Once all of your Gmail accounts are linked, you can switch between your accounts by clicking on your profile picture and selecting the account you wish to access from the drop-down menu that appears.

 

Quick Tip: How To Find What Version Of Windows 10 Is On Your Computer

With Microsoft periodically sending out major Windows 10 updates (i.e. spring and fall) it is a good idea to learn how to find what version of Windows 10 is on your computer.

To do this:

  1. Right mouse click on the “Start Button” at the bottom left corner of your screen.
  2. On the menu that pops up, click on “System”
  3. When the “System” window appears, click on “About” (if it is not already showing).
  4. On the right side of this window, under “About”, scroll down and you will see “‘System Specifications” where you will find the version of Windows 10 you are running. For example, on my PC, I am running version 1809 of the Windows 10 Home Edition.  You will also find the install date and the OS build.

Quick Tip: Crop and Edit Images in Google Docs

You can crop and edit images in Google Docs. To do this, click on the image in your document, then click on the “Format” menu (at the top), and select “Image”. You will then find the cropping option as well as “Image Options” where you can perform recoloring and adjustments for transparency, brightness and contrast. “Reset” will return the image to its’ original format.

 

Quick Tip: How To Force A Computer To Shut Off

Did you ever run into a situation where your computer froze and nothing is working (including CTRL+ALT+DEL)? Typically, this is an indication that an issue is present; especially, if it occurs on a frequent basis. If the computer does freeze or lock up on you, sometimes rebooting may rectify the problem; but,  how do you force the computer to shut off, short of pulling the plug?  On “most” computers, if you hold in on the “power button” on the computer, the computer will shut “off”.  I usually wait about 10 seconds, hit the button again (do not hold in) to reboot (start) the computer.

Quick Tip: How To Use The “Show Desktop Button” in Windows 10

Using the “Show Desktop” button to show the Windows desktop is one of those options in Windows, that is right before your eyes, that most people do not know exists.

If you move your mouse pointer to the very bottom right corner of your screen, to the taskbar, next to the time and date you should see a line or a sliver (actually called a button).

If you hold your mouse pointer on that button the desktop will appear. You can actually click on that button to go directly to the desktop. You can also toggle back and forth from the desktop and whatever application you are in by clicking on that button. This is handy when you need to get to the desktop to quickly launch another app, document, etc… I personally have found this to be quite useful.

If this button is not allowing you to peek at the desktop, it may be turned “off”. To turn it “on”, right mouse click on the “Windows Start Button”, click on “Settings”, then click on “Personalization”, then click on “Taskbar”. On the right side of the screen, you will see an option to toggle the desktop peek preview on and off.

Did you know that “Windows 10 now lets you pull out USB drives without ‘safely removing’ them”? | The Next Web

Been seeing this on numerous sites where you can now safely yank out that USB drive (so long as the drive is not being written to) on Windows 10.  Most people do not know (prior to now) that you should use the “safely remove hardware” option when yanking out that USB drive so as not to risk data loss and corruption of the drive. Heck, I’ve been yanking those drives out for years and don’t remember any issues. Just have to make sure the drive is not being written to.


We all know that one person who annoyingly reminds you to use “Safely Remove Hardware” before pulling the USB drive out of the slot. They shouldn’t bother you anymore. As Betanews first noted, Microsoft has introduced a new policy that allows you to remove the device without using the Safely Remove Hardware process – as long as you’re not writing data to it.

Source: The Next Web – Windows 10 now lets you pull out USB drives without ‘safely removing’ them

How to Avoid Common Identity Theft Scams | Addictive Tips

This is an excellent posting at “Addictive Tips” that looks at the various common identity theft scams. I especially encourage the readers at home to take a moment and take a look at this (see source link below). There is a lot of criminality out there and the more knowledgeable you are, the safer you (and others) will be.

While there are many things that can expose your personal information (like data breaches), there are precautions you can take to prevent others that are more in your control. But how do you avoid the common identity theft scams that are out there? Today, we’ll be showing you what to look out for, and how to protect yourself.

Source: How to Avoid Common Identity Theft Scams

How To Turn “ON” and Use The NEW Windows 10 Clipboard Tracking Utility

Did you know that following the Windows 10 October 2018 update, a new Windows clipboard feature has been added that allows you to track and maintain a history of the items (text and images — up to 4MB) that you copy to the clipboard?  This new feature is not turned on by default; however, I will outline below how to turn it on.

Why would you want to maintain a history of your copy (and paste) operations?

This new feature is a Godsend to me. If you are a blogger, graphic designer, and/or write numerous documents at work, you have most likely learned how to use the “Copy (Ctrl-C)” and “Paste (Ctrl-V”) operation in Windows where you copy a line of text or an image and paste it into another location. The problem with this is once you do this more than one time, it erases any previous items you may have copied.

With the NEW Windows 10 clipboard tracking utility, this problem is resolved where once you copy an item (text or image) to the clipboard it is added to a list of previous items you copied. If you copy/paste the same item on multiple occasions you can pin that item to the list so that it is not removed from the list. Another feature with this clipboard is that you can sync the clipboard timeline so that it is available on other computers you may access. You will need a Microsoft account for this feature to work.

Before I go any further in explaining how to turn on this NEW clipboard utility, I want to sort of back into this by telling you that to invoke or launch the clipboard history, hit the “Windows + V” keys in combination on your clipboard. Once the clipboard appears on the screen you can double mouse click on an entry and it will auto paste in the location you select.

How do I turn on this clipboard utility?

  • Go to the “Windows Start Button” at the bottom left corner and “right mouse click”
  • Open Settings.
  • Click on System.
  • Click on Clipboard.
  • Turn on the “Clipboard history” toggle switch.
  • Turn on the “Snyc across devices” toggle (optional)

That is all there is to it…  Remember to launch this utility you must hit the “Windows + V” keys…

Source: How to use the new clipboard on Windows 10 October 2018 Update | Windows Central

Don’t Overlook Google’s FREE Drawing and Graphic Editor

Anyone that uses any of the online web-based Google Products, such as Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides most likely have overlooked Google’s version of their drawing and graphics editor (called Google Drawings). I currently use Google Drawings to typically make graphic postings on my blog and other social media sites such as Facebook. To give you some good insight into Google Drawings I came across the tutorial below to help you get started. Some points I do want to make is that Google Drawings is very easy to learn and use; that you can do some pretty neat graphics related tasks such as creating logos, signs, backgrounds, etc.; and, it integrates well with Google Docs, Sheets and Slides.

Source: Google Drawings

How to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome | Addictive Tips

If you are a Google Chrome browser user, you need to read this article at Addictive Tips (see source link below) on how to install and uninstall extensions. Many folks I know and have helped at home have no idea what a browser extension is. Browser extensions are, in my words, add-ons that you can install that will enhance your computing experience when using your web browser. Most extensions (or add-ons) will show up on the toolbar at the top of your browser. For example, I have an extension installed where I click on an icon on the toolbar and can easily read my incoming email. There are many, many extensions to choose… Right now I have approximately 30 different extensions installed. These extensions, for Google Chrome, can be acquired (for FREE) at the Google Chrome Store.

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If you’ve never tried an extension out, or you don’t know where to get started, you’ll be surprised to know how easy it is to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome.

Source: How to install and uninstall extensions in Chrome

What Is Wi-Fi? Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

One of the goals of my blog is to teach people about computer information technology, a byte at a time… Here is a good article at Digital Trends about “Wi-Fi”. Most people who own computers and other devices know the term “Wi-Fi”, but do not know about “Wi-Fi”. To learn about “Wi-Fi” in under 5 minutes, check out the Digital Trends article by clicking on the source link below.

The term “Wi-Fi” is a marketing name, but it stands for “wireless fidelity.” Similar to other wireless connection types, like Bluetooth, it’s a radio transmission technology that’s built upon a set of standards to allow high-speed and secure communications between a wide variety of digital devices, access points, and hardware. It makes it possible for Wi-Fi capable devices to access the internet without the need for restrictive wires.

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Source: What Is Wi-Fi? Everything You Need to Know | Digital Trends

How To Open The “Command Prompt” From An Open File Explorer Window

Thanks to MSPoweruser for sharing this power user tip… I love tips like this; plus, I have always been a fan of using the Command Prompt.

Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

To open a CMD window in the same directory as the folder you are viewing, you simply need to type CMD in the directory path area of the File Explorer. There is also a tip which goes in the opposite direction.  If you want to open an File Explorer window in the same directory as your command prompt, merely type Start . with the full stop.

Source: Tip: I wish I knew this Windows 10 Command prompt tip years ago – MSPoweruser

Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors?

Did you know that you can sort in Microsoft Excel by using colors? For example, Excel can sort by cell color, font color, cell icon, and values. If you want to learn quickly how this works, follow the source link below at PCWorld.

Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter’s Custom Sort | PCWorld

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Source: Can Excel Sort by Color? How to Fill Color and use Sort & Filter’s Custom Sort | PCWorld

Web Based Version of “Google Tasks” Is Eventually Going Away

I actually use the web-based version of Google Tasks via a browser extension; but apparently, I am one of the few… This news does not mean “Google Tasks” is going completely away. It will still be available via the Google Calendar, Gmail and Mobile version interfaces. The current web-based version is sort of dated and here is to hoping that Google comes up with a more modern standalone version.

Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

Google informs users who open Google Tasks using a web browser that the classic version is going away.

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Source: Google is shutting down the classic Google Tasks web interface – gHacks Tech News

Did You Know “Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly”?

Unlike the “unsend” feature in Instagram’s direct messages, however, you will only have 10 minutes from when you send the message on Facebook Messenger to delete it from the chat for both parties. Similar to WhatsApp’s delete feature, the removed message will be replaced with a line of text saying that you “removed a message.”

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Source: Facebook Messenger now lets you unsend messages, if you act quickly

What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

You are probably hearing about all of the hoopla about 5G. Many of you know that it mean’s something faster; but, how fast. This article by PCMag sums it up.

AT&T, Verizon, and other carriers will start to launch 5G networks this year. But what exactly is 5G, and how fast is it compared with 4G? Here are the facts we know so far.

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Source: What Is 5G? | PCMag.com

Did you know that “Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web” | Android Authority

Google Duo is a Google product (app) that allows you to make video calls… If you are not using it, I encourage you to give it a try…

So far, using Google Duo has been limited to smartphones, tablets, and the majority of Chromebooks. In the near future though, the Google Duo video chat service could work on your laptop or desktop computer through your internet browser.

Source: Soon, you might be able to use Google Duo on the web – Android Authority

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