How to Use Your iPad as a Second Monitor with Duet Display

iPad training with personal productivity expert, Peggy Duncan Duet DisplayI’m accustomed to working with a dual monitor in my office. If I work somewhere else in the house or if I’m traveling with my laptop and iPad, I use the iPad for the second monitor.

Just this week, my ceiling bulb blew in my office, and I wanted to wait for my husband to switch it out. I moved to the dining room and set up my iPad as the second monitor. Excellent resolution and no lag time with the app, Duet Display.

Download Duet Display to your computer (works with Windows and Mac), and also purchase the app for iPad. Connect your iPad to your computer using your Apple Lightning cable, and open the app on both iPad and your computer.

Once connected, you’ll see your computer’s desktop on the iPad. Open your software on the computer to work, and slide it over to the iPad. Work on one thing on your computer and something else on the iPad.

I especially like to work on a PowerPoint slide while looking at it in Slide Show mode. Or have my Outlook calendar open on one while working in the Inbox on the other (in Outlook, right-click on Calendar icon, click Open in New Window, and drag over to iPad).

Note: If you’re seeing a duplicate image of your Windows Desktop on the iPad, hold down the Windows key (next to alt) and type P. Choose Extend.

Check out this video tutorial if you haven’t used a dual monitor setup on your computer.

Leave a comment if you’ve needed this setup or tell us how it’s already helped you.

PEACE.

You Can End Business Card Clutter: PenPower WorldCard Pro Scanner

Do you have business card clutter? You can purge and scan. I’m a personal productivity expert who combines time management principles with technology. I love technology that increases personal productivity at work.

I collected a ton of business cards at a conference where I just presented. When seminar attendees want to join my private email list, they write “Email” on their business cards and turn them in when I’m done.

I had to retire my Dymo Cardscan because it won’t work with Windows 7 or 8, and I was tired of cranking up our XP machine to use it. The PenPower WorldCard Pro business card scanner works with Windows 8 and also the Mac.

PenPower WorldCard Pro
Business Card Scanner

PenPower WorldCard Pro Business Card Scanner
Business Card Scanner
Within minutes, I’ll have all these cards scanned it, turned into text with all the information in the right places, export to an Excel spreadsheet, and import them into my private email list at iContact.

This scanner is a top-rated machine and worth every penny. (The size on Amazon is way off for some reason. It’s more like 5x5x2.)

This is just another way to save time when you don’t have a second to spare.

Note: If you have a backlog and suffer from business card clutter, purge first. Then separate them into broad categories and scan the good ones. 

PEACE.

 

 

Avoid Conflicted Copies of Documents When Saving on Dropbox and iPad

My heart dropped when I thought I’d lost my latest changes to a Word document. All my tedious changes gone! I’d worked on this document using the Office Word app, but I’d also worked it on my computer. Here’s what I found out.

On the iPad, if you access your documents from Dropbox, use caution. When you open a document from different places and save it, or if two people change the same file at the same time, Dropbox won’t merge the changes. Instead, it’ll save the original file as well as a second version with the same name but is appended with “conflicted copy,” the name of the person or computer responsible, and the date the conflict occurred.

If this happens, go to your full Dropbox file structure to find the conflicted copy saved wherever you saved the original. You’ll need to open both copies and decide which one you want to keep.

What I’d Done Wrong

An app is not completely closed on the iPad until you do this.

  1. Double tap the Home button on the iPad, swipe right to find the open document on the app switcher (thumbnails of all the open apps).
  2. Find the app you want to completely close, and flick it up and off the iPad with one finger.
  3. Do this every time you finish working with the document on your iPad.

All is well, and I finished the work without losing anything. Whew!

Put Your iPad to Work at Work

Contact me directly to schedule a SKYPE session, Webinar, conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop. The focus of the training is improving your personal productivity while on the go.

Put the iPad to Work

  • Explore important Settings you have unfortunately ignored.
  • Organize an on-the-go toolkit of must-have apps and iStuff built for mobile productivity.
  • Capture and organize notes and photos, file everything, and find it quickly when you need it.
  • Create and edit documents using tap and flick shortcuts and Office apps you’re already used to.
  • Sync the Safari browser and navigate with ease.
  • And so much more!

Whether you want individual, customized training via SKYPE (or in person), a Webinar, a conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop, contact me directly to get started.

Let me know in comments if you have anything to add to this list. I’m a sucker for gadgets and gizmos that boost productivity.

PEACE.

Make Your Own Charging Station and Clear the Kitchen Counter

DIY Charging Station for devices
DIY Charging Station

I’m brilliant! I made a charging station for our gadgets. Slots in this organizer are wide enough to accommodate the iPad, iPhone, Surface Pro, etc., without removing their protective covers.

Recharge up to six items with a desktop organizer along with a surge protector with six swivel outlets (here on Amazon). I already had this desktop organizer and saw some other ideas that would work on Amazon (like this acrylic one or mesh). And any outlet strip surge protector will work.

We use this overnight for all our gadgets and gizmos, all nice and neat, and didn’t have to spend $60 on a fancy one.

Any ideas on this are welcome in comments.

PEACE.

Put Your iPad to Work at Work

My On-the-Go Toolkit for Working and Presenting Using iPad – Mobile Work

Since I have easy access to my files through the Dropbox app on my iPad, I wanted to travel more without my laptop. Here’s my on-the-go toolkit for working while mobile, complete with my links to each on Amazon.

Present Using iPad Adapters for Projectors

Here are the two adapters I purchased so I can use my iPad for either type of projector a conference makes available.

Microphones

External microphones are a must-have if you’re going to do videos, podcasts, SKYPE, etc. The sound will be the on-board mic every time. I have 3 microphones that work with my iPhone and iPad. I have a handheld iRig mic, the smaller iRig Mic Cast, and a Movo lapel mic.

Wireless Presentation Mouse, Adapter

iPad with Digital Camera USBI have a wireless presentation mouse I purchased in 2012, Satechi SP800 Smart-Pointer, and it wasn’t compatible with my iPad. This USB camera adapter for the iPad made it work (although an “unsupported” message popped up).

External Keyboard – Logitech K480

Logitech Bluetooth keyboard K480 for iPadI’m a power typist, and when I’m using apps such as Word or PowerPoint on my iPad, I need a bigger keyboard with shortcuts I’m used to. Here’s the external keyboard I chose. It’s the Logitech K480. You set the dial to tell the keyboard which gadget you’re typing on (iPad or iPhone, for example), or if you’re using it on a computer.

Mobile Charger

Mobile charger for iPadTo avoid being without any way to charge my gadgets, this mobile charger is a must-have. This one is more compact than my older one.

Car Charger

For long trips in the car, it just makes sense to add a car charger to the list.

Stylus

I use the OneNote app (free from Microsoft) to organize my notes. Its Draw command allows you to handwrite/draw on a page. I like the feel of this stylus.

Screen Cleaner

After so much tapping and swiping, the screen on your gadget or computer can get rather cloudy. This cleaner pad fits right on your hand and wipes the surface to clear.

Put Your iPad to Work at Work

Contact me directly to schedule a SKYPE session, Webinar, conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop. The focus of the training is improving your personal productivity while on the go.

Put the iPad to Work

  • Explore important Settings you have unfortunately ignored.
  • Organize an on-the-go toolkit of must-have apps and iStuff built for mobile productivity.
  • Capture and organize notes and photos, file everything, and find it quickly when you need it.
  • Create and edit documents using tap and flick shortcuts and Office apps you’re already used to.
  • Sync the Safari browser and navigate with ease.
  • And so much more!

Whether you want individual, customized training via SKYPE (or in person), a Webinar, a conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop, contact me directly to get started.

Let me know in comments if you have anything to add to this list. I’m a sucker for gadgets and gizmos that boost productivity.

PEACE.

 

How to Use an Older USB Presentation Mouse with the iPad Using a Digital Camera Adapter

iPad with Digital Camera USBI’m using the PowerPoint app on my iPad, and am accessing all my presentations from the Dropbox app. I have adapters for both a VGA and digital projector. The only thing lacking was a wireless presentation mouse that would plug into the iPad lightning port.

I’d purchased the Satechi SP800 Smart-Pointer in 2012 to use with my laptop. It’d be nice if I could get it to work, but the iPad has no USB port. I found a USB adapter for the iPad, but it was for digital cameras. I love shopping on Amazon because previous buyers always offer such great tips and advice. Several of them had mentioned getting this adapter to work with more than just a digital camera. But no guarantees. Couldn’t find anyone who had used it with this wireless mouse.

I ordered it anyway. (There is a newer presenter that works with the iPad, etc., but this adapter would help me save money.)

I plugged the adapter into the iPad’s lightning port, and plugged the presenter’s dongle into this adapter. Although I got a “not supported” message, it worked! It also worked with my Samson Go-Mic, and my Logitech headset. (I have the iPad 4.)

I’m traveling lighter these days. When I’m doing a PowerPoint-only presentation, no need to take the laptop.

Put Your iPad to Work at Work

 

Get work done on the go using the iPad. Contact me directly to schedule a SKYPE session, Webinar, conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop. The focus of the training is improving your personal productivity while on the go.

  • Explore important Settings you have unfortunately ignored.
  • Organize an on-the-go toolkit of must-have apps and iStuff built for mobile productivity.
  • Capture and organize notes and photos, file everything, and find it quickly when you need it.
  • Create and edit documents using tap and flick shortcuts and Office apps you’re already used to.
  • Sync the Safari browser and navigate with ease.
  • And so much more!

Whether you want individual, customized training via SKYPE (or in person), a Webinar, a conference seminar, or a hands-on workshop, contact me directly to get started.

PEACE.

How to Add a Web Page to Your iPad or iPhone Home Screen

shareiconpiadIt’s easy to add Websites you visit often to your device Home Screen.

  1. Open the Web page using the Safari browser.
  2. Tap the Share icon, then tap Add to Home Screen.
  3. Tap inside the title box, and rename the link if desired.
  4. Tap ADD.

I needed a very long URL with /s that was too difficult to type in the browser bar (it’s also a link that wouldn’t have shown up if I’d Googled it). I copied the link and emailed it to my iCloud email address (or whatever email account you’ve set up on your device). When the email came in (on the iPad), I tapped the link to open it in Safari. Then added to Home Screen as outlined above.?

Any tips to share? Please leave a comment.

PEACE.

 

How to Call and Text from the iPad for Free and Almost Free – SKYPE and Google Voice

Google Voice ConnectMy new iPad is AT&T 4G LTE enabled. But to be able to text or call using it, I’d have to pay for an extra AT&T plan. Ha! Here’s what I do instead of adding another bill to my budget.

With my SKYPE app for the iPad, I can call any land line I want to in the US or Canada for almost FREE, and the sound is crystal clear. I pay $8.52 every 3 months so I can call land lines. Or if they’re on SKYPE, I can call their SKYPE handle as usual.

For texting, I use the Google Voice Connect app, and can text for FREE.

If you’ve discovered other solutions, let me know in comments.

PEACE.

 

Use PowerPoint to Redesign a Room (with videos)

I’m refreshing my front living space. I want to buy an area rug and recover the dining room chairs to match the newly-covered sofa (Surefit.com …I’m a customer). But it’s so hard to know what’s going to work, and I want to avoid doing a lot of ordering, buying, and returning.

Soooo, I’m using PowerPoint.

I have little images of my furniture and am grabbing pictures of rugs, pillows, etc., off the Web (Overstock.com …I’m a customer) using PowerPoint’s screen capture command (see how-to video below). Using actual photos gives me a much better visual when putting the room together.

This is quite interesting and fun.

When I grab the images off the Web, I’m knocking out the backgrounds in PowerPoint, including removing white space. Here’s a how-to video I recorded a while ago to show you how to remove backgrounds.

If I’ve inspired you to make your changes to your surroundings, let me know in the comments.

PEACE.

 

My Three Most-Used iPhone Tips: Undo Typing, Stop Phone from Ringing, Block a Caller

You’ve probably learned a lot of iPhone tips and tricks already. These are the three that I use the most. (I’m still on the iPhone 4.)

Undo Typing

Shake the phone to UNDO. Shake again to REDO.

Stop Phone from Ringing

  • Silence. Press the Sleep/Wake button once to Silence. When you silence a call, you’ll still have a chance to answer it before it goes to voicemail.
  • Decline. Press the Sleep/Wake button twice to Decline. When you decline the call, it’s sent directly to voicemail.

Block a Caller

Go to Recents (phone calls), tap the blue (i) button next to the call. Scroll all the way down on the next screen, and tap Block this Caller.

If you have a favorite tip, please leave it in a comment below.

PEACE.