Here’s a Shortcut to the Windows Desktop (with video)

I watched a client minimize all her open documents and software to get to the Windows Desktop. She smacked her head when I showed her this.

About Tech Tuesday: This video is part of a how-to series produced by Peggy Duncan that features tips and tricks in software most business people use every day. Will also explore using the iPad. Explained in plain English without any fluff. Free to share. More tips from Peggy Duncan on LinkedIn. #TechTuesday

And that’s it!

PEACE.

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I Like to Download Some of My Voicemails – Google Voice

I use Google Voice for my main phone number. One of the features I like, but don’t use that often, is the ability to download voicemail messages to my computer. Those messages are also saved to Dropbox.

Here’s a graphic that shows how simple this is. When you go to Google Voice, click to display Voicemails. Then, next to the one you want to download, click the more drop-down option, Download, save the message as you normally would any file.

download Google Voice voicemail messages

That’s it.

Microsoft Has a Free Snipping Tool to Produce Screen Captures (with video)

I’m often amazed how Microsoft seems to know just what we need, but then fails to let us know about it. In addition to the Screenshot command provided in your Office software, they’ve also provided a free Snipping Tool you can use anywhere.

In this video, I’ll show you how to find the tool on your computer and how to use it. Be sure not to miss the Delay feature!

“It will cost you $0.00 to share this video on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, or YouTube. It’s also free to give it a thumbs-up on YouTube. Thank you.” – Peggy Duncan

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How to Search With Safari Browser in Privacy Mode (Incognito) – with video

Here’s a how-to video on setting your Safari browser in privacy mode on the iPad or iPhone. You’ll be able to browse without your site visits being tracked.

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How to Add a Webpage to Your iPad Home Screen (with video)

“It will cost you $0.00 to share this video on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, etc. It’s also free to give it a thumbs-up on YouTube. Thank you.” – Peggy Duncan

My how-to video shows you how easy it is to add a link to a Webpage to the Home Screen of your iPad (or iPhone). For example, I’ve added links to the following:

  • All of my Websites so I don’t have to go to Safari first to get to them. They’re together inside a group.
  • A YouTube playlist I’d created on hula hooping (I’m learning how and love it).
  • My local library Website.

NOTE: In the video instructions, if you don’t see “Add to Home Screen” right away, tap the and/or look for “Open in Browser” and continue with the instructions. I had to do this when adding the icon link to my Pulse page.

open-in-browser

This is an easy thing to do, and will save you time going forward.

PEACE.

 

ORGANIZATION TIP: Where Do You Keep Your Software Activation Codes?

Being able to find something the instant you need it is important!

organize activation codeI have an Outlook contact for each app installed on my laptop. When I received the post-purchase confirmation email, I copy/pasted the codes and other information into the notes area. When I need a code (like recently after installing a new hard drive on my laptop), a quick search in Outlook, copy, paste. Done.

No need to find a document and look for the code. Finding something in Outlook is so much quicker, especially since it’s always open.

This is especially important now since we rarely get the actual software DVDs. Back then, I’d write the code directly on the disk with a sharpie (and still created the Outlook contact).

How do you keep up with your codes? Let us know in a comment.

PEACE.

How to Delete Multiple Messages on the LinkedIn Free Account

Did I miss something? I’ve searched and see no way to do this. School me if I’m wrong.
It’s unbelievable that on the free LinkedIn you STILL cannot easily delete multiple messages. They just pile up, year after year.
 
I found this video on YouTube that shows how to delete multiple messages, but still no way to delete all at once.
And this is the code you’ll need. (When I use this, I first click to show all Unread messages.)
$(‘.delete-action’).each(function() { $(this).click(); $(‘button.yes-btn’).click(); });
 

If you know a better way, please leave in the Comments.

PEACE.

 

Using a Tripod with my iPad to Save My Neck

I’ve recently started using a tripod with my iPad, and wish I’d done it sooner. My neck feels so much better as I’m no longer bending it over the iPad for hours.

Using tripod with iPadHere, I’m using it at the dining room table. The tripod allows me to adjust the height and alignment to fit any situation, including when I stand to work. The Bluetooth keyboard gives me the option of typing when tapping won’t do.

Here are Amazon links to what I’m using.

  • Quality tripod. You could use a more lightweight unit than this one, especially if you’re not using it for anything heavier. I travel with my tripod and didn’t want to take a chance of it tipping over.
  • Tripod mount for the iPad. Slip the iPad into this unit so it screws into the tripod. Be sure to get one to fit your model.
  • Desk clamp tripod (optional). I use this unit when I’m recording videos at my desk. It saves on floor space because I don’t have to accommodate the wide legs of a typical tripod.
  • Bluetooth keyboard. (This link is to my next keyboard that has a mousepad. Otherwise, it’s very similar to the one I currently have.)

I know I’ve already done a lot of arthritic damage to my neck over the years, but this is definitely making a difference. Just wish I’d thought of it earlier.

Have you set up something similar? Leave your ideas in comments.

PEACE.

 

Facebook Keeps Showing Me Old Posts – How to Fix That

A few weeks ago, I noticed that Facebook kept showing me the same posts with one or two new ones. I finally figured out why and how to fix it.

  1. Go to the Home view.
  2. Scroll to find News Feed.
  3. Click that drop-down, and click or tap Most Recent.

Facebook keeps showing old postsThat’s it, but keep checking because Facebook keeps switching it back. At this writing, I didn’t see any way to change it permanently through Options. If you have a tip to make that happen, please leave in the comments.

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Equipment to Use to Record Videos Using Your iPhone or iPad

ipad-training-ad-bluenoregister-highres-peggy-duncan02I’ve been recording and editing how-to videos for years. I’ll use either my iPhone, iPad, or a Logitech Webcam.

Here is a suggested list of what you could use to get started. These links are either Amazon or to a post right here on my blog, and I use everything listed.

iRig mic is made for iPhone/iPad and plugs into headphone jack
This microphone is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad. I’ve been very satisfied with the quality.

Order the windscreen that you’ll see with it. This helps to reduce wind interference when you say words beginning with “p”, for example.

Logo Mic Flag. In the photo above, you’ll notice the mic flag around my iRig. Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your brand while all eyes are on you. I created my own labels using Avery labels. I might at some point get this done professionally.

Bluetooth Headset. I use this headset so I can hear while the microphone is plugged into the headphone jack.

Microphone arm. You’ll need something to hold the mic. I’m currently using this space- saving mount so I no longer need a floor tripod.

Desktop Tripod for the iPhone or iPad. You’ll also need a tripod mount to hold the iPhone.

If you ever decide to use the iPad, you could do that too, but you’ll need a unit to slip the iPad into so it’ll attach to this mount. I have the iPad 4 and use this tripod mount.

Movo Lavalier Microphone. Depending on your video setup, you might also need a lavalier mic that will clip to your clothing. I purchased this one, but have only used it a couple of times during a speech.

Bluetooth wireless remote. This Bluetooth wireless remote will start and stop the video app without your having to tap your device. You’ll have to use Bluetooth as opposed to a selfie wire that plugs into the headphone jack (because the microphone will be there).

If you have a multimedia remote for doing PowerPoint presentations, check to see if it has multimedia capability. I have this Satechi remote, and can also use it to operate the camera/video function on my iPad and iPhone remotely.

Logitech Webcam. You’re going to look better with a high resolution Webcam as opposed to the one installed on your computer. I have this Webcam from Logitech.

As with everything you do, having the right equipment will make the job easier. Look your best and you’ll do your best.

PEACE.