I just discovered something…I think. I’ve been so frustrated when typing on my laptop. I’d move the insertion point and start typing, but text would go somewhere else! I started wondering if it had something to do with having the touchpad activated while I was using an external mouse. I had no idea, but thought I’d try it.
I hit my touchpad to deactivate it (on my HP laptop, I have to hit the upper, left side hard and twice pretty fast).
Well, I haven’t had this happen since, so that must be the fix. And since I use an external mouse anyway, I haven’t lost any functionality.
If you’re having this problem with your cursor jumping around, try this and see if it works for you (depending on your laptop, the method for deactivating your touchpad might vary). Let us know in a comment if you did something different that worked.
I just saw a paper registration form for a conference. They want you to complete the form by hand, add your credit card information, and fax or mail to them.
I don’t understand why people still do this. First of all, I don’t want to give my credit card info to a person (or fax somewhere to have it piled up with a bunch of other junk). And where are they storing these forms that have your private information? I prefer to hand over my info on an encrypted Website.
And on their end, somebody has to type all your info into whatever system they’re going to use (e.g., mail merge registration sheets, name badges, tent cards, etc.).
I just shake my head when I see people making work so much harder than it should be.
I work solo and make everything as easy as possible. I use EVENTBRITE for online registrations. You can design the page to match your branding, add files, images, and video. In fact, you can use this site as a full Webpage for your event and give it a custom URL. Ticketleap and Cvent are other excellent options.
Stop making work so hard.
I just completed an October training series for Meeting Professionals International – North Carolina chapter. I used my own evaluation form, using a grading system 5 for highest. I completed the tally and chart in Excel, and pasted the chart in PowerPoint as a link back to the Excel data (so if I update the data in Excel, the chart in PowerPoint would update automatically). Then I dressed up the whole slide with colors that match my Website and included a testimonial and a call to action.
I saved the whole thing as a picture and emailed it to my client (and the attendees who’d joined my private email list). This picture was displayed in the message with a hyperlink to a page on my Website.
The client’s response was “Please tell other speakers to do this…so helpful.” So, I just told you.
Here’s a shortcut to finding and opening a program fast in Windows 8. I’m also showing you how to pin a program to your Windows Taskbar for even easier access.
You’ll eventually see a message to check to see if your Flash Player is enabled. Here’s how to do it in the various browsers.
For Internet Explorer, see Enabling Flash Player | Internet Explorer.
For FireFox on any OS, see Enabling Flash Player | Firefox.
For Safari on Mac OS, see Enabling Flash Player | Safari.
For Google Chrome, see Enabling Flash Player | Chrome.
Source: Adobe Website
I’m a stickler for using an external microphone when recording video (people will watch a low quality picture, but they will not listen to crappy sound). Even if it’s a cheap one, it’ll be better than your computer’s or camera’s onboard mic. Here’s a 60-second video on how to hold a handheld mic for optimum results.
Have you ever wanted to play a YouTube video over and over? Me too…it might be a how-to video or music I love. Instead of waiting to click the replay button on YouTube, I wanted a way to automatically repeat it.
Here’s what I did for the Chrome browser. You’ll need to do the same for Firefox.
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One of my YouTube channel (Digitalbreakthroughs) subscribers just asked me how to reorder her playlists (I’d already created a how-to video on how to reorder videos within a playlist). This video will show you how easy it is and also how to create new sections on your channel homepage to better organize what you want people to see.
If you have a question, please either leave a comment below or over on my channel.
When I need photos for my presentations, I will either take my own or grab something free from the Microsoft images Website. I prefer photos, and when I can’t find exactly what I need, I’ll alter. I recently needed someone in bed working on a laptop.
I found a picture of just a bed and another of a woman sitting outside on the grass. I removed her background (easy in PowerPoint 2010), and put the woman on the bed. Perfect.
Here’s a quick video to show you how I did this. You can contact me anytime for software training.
If you have any other ideas, please leave a comment to let us know how you would have handled or how you’ve used a similar technique.
Note: Here is Microsoft® says about using their images, videos, etc.
“3. Media Elements. Microsoft grants you a license to copy, distribute, perform and display media elements (images, clip art, animations, sounds, music, video clips, templates and other forms of content) included with the software in projects and documents, except that you may not: (i) sell, license or distribute copies of any media elements by themselves or as a product if the primary value of the product is the media elements; (ii) grant your customers rights to further license or distribute the media elements; (iii) license or distribute for commercial purposes media elements that include the representation of identifiable individuals, governments, logos, trademarks, or emblems or use these types of images in ways that could imply an endorsement or association with your product, entity or activity; or (iv) create obscene or scandalous works using the media elements. Other media elements, which are accessible on Office.com or on other websites through features of the software, are governed by the terms on those websites.”