Category Archives: General Technology

VIDEO: How to Find and Install Fonts to Your PC – Windows 10/8/7

I wanted to add a lot more creative fonts to my computer. DaFont.com has it all. In this video, I’ll show you how to search, download, relocate to a folder outside of your default Downloads folders, extract all files, and finally, install.

If Used, Embed

If you use these installed fonts in a Word document, PowerPoint presentation, etc., be sure to embed them when you save. This is especially important if you’re sharing a document or you’re presenting on a different computer and those fonts aren’t installed. When you save your file, be sure to tick the box to Embed fonts (this video shows you how).

NOTE: If you create a template to base future documents on, click to embed fonts in it so you don’t have to remember to do this every time.

WordMark.it

Here is a cool Website I found that allows you to type a word or phrase in a text box to see what it’ll look like in all the fonts on your computer. WordMark.it

Wikipedia Font List

In addition to seeing how fonts on your computer look inside your Office document, you can see them on this Wikipedia list.

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Video: How to Sign a PDF Without Printing It: Create a Custom Stamp with Your Signature in Adobe Acrobat and Foxit Phantom PDF

You don’t have to print a document just to sign it. When I receive a contract from a client, it’s usually a PDF. I created a Custom Stamp in Adobe Acrobat that’s an image of my actual signature. With a couple of clicks, I pop it onto the document and email it right back.

I’ve explained the entire process in the video below. Take a few minutes to set this up, and start saving time, paper, and ink.

  1. Write your signature on white paper.
  2. Scan (or photograph in good lighting) the signature, and save in the .PNG format (for best quality). Crop as needed.
  3. BONUS: Insert the image into PowerPoint (or Word), crop more if needed, make the background transparent, and save the new transparent image.
  4. Create the Custom Stamp in Adobe Acrobat.
  5. BONUS: Use an Adobe Acrobat competitor, Foxit Phantom PDF, to do this (the app I currently use).

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Video: Shortcut for Switching Your Sound Source (Audio Output) from the Windows 10 Taskbar

For sound, I have the option of using a headset, earphone, desktop speakers, and a dual monitor with sound. I switch back and forth depending on what I’m doing. In older versions of Windows, I’d right-click the sound icon on the taskbar, go to sound options, and make the desired device the default.

I stumbled on this shortcut recently, and use it every day.

 

Here’s a real quick video to show you how to quickly change your audio output in Windows 10.

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Google Voice: (Video) How to Find Legacy Version on Desktop (Old Version, Previous Version)

If you can’t get used to the latest experience in Google Voice, you can go back to the legacy version.

In a previous (and popular video), I showed how to block anonymous  (UNKNOWN) callers on Google Voice. When the site was updated, I didn’t see a way to do this in Settings. The video below shows you how to get back to the legacy version of Google Voice on your desktop.

At this writing, the new version eventually comes back so you’ll have to do a repeat.

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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)

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.