Have You Clicked Your Mouse One Place but Text Jumped Somewhere Else? Here’s How I Stopped It

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.

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Why Are You Still Doing Manual, Paper Event Registration Forms

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.

PEACE.

Create a Visual of What You Want Them to Know

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.

 

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Features I Love About iOS 7 for My iPhone–Improve Your Personal Productivity

I’m digging the latest update for my iPhone (I’m still on the 4 model, and that suits me just fine).

Here are the top features that help me stay productive.

 

The Unit

  • Control Center. If you swipe up from the bottom of the screen (from anywhere except the camera so far), the Control Center opens with shortcuts. I especially like that I can quickly play my music and set a reminder with the alarm. The flashlight is right there too. The other shortcuts there are either to features I don’t use or already have easy access to (e.g., camera). You can change the functionality of the Control Center in Settings (e.g., you might want to turn it off when inside an app). When it’s disabled, you’ll still be able to get to it on the Home screen.
  • Notification Center. If you swipe down from the top of the screen, the Notification Center opens. It shows new mail, missed calls, a calendar Today view, and more. You can customize what you see by tapping Settings, Notification Center.
  • Searching. Whether I’m looking for a contact or an app, if you swipe down from the middle of the home screen, you’ll be able to conduct a quick search.
  • Alter Data Usage. Under Settings, Cellular, you can determine which apps will be restricted to using WiFi as opposed to your data plan. I turned completely off and will use cellular plan only when I have to.
  • Zoom. Use your fingers to zoom. To turn the feature on, tap Settings, General, Accessibility, Zoom. After this is set, use three fingers and double-tap to zoom in and out. Double-tap and drag three fingers to move around the screen.
  • Easier Tapping. I’ve realized that the more streamlined interface makes it easier to tap the keyboard.

Apps

  • Automatic Updates. You can set your unit up to automatically update apps. Tap Settings, iTunes & App Store, and scroll down to Automatic Downloads and tap it on. You’ll also see where you can opt to use your cellular data plan for updates instead of the default WiFi. I left this off.
  • Quick Preview of Apps. When you double-tap the Home button, you’ll be able to swipe through preview screens of the apps you have open. Tap one to open. To quit an app, just swipe it up and out of preview.
  • Organize More Apps Inside Folders. I have most of my apps organized into folders using broad categories such as Media, Travel, etc. I just noticed that I can add more than the nine I can see. To preview the others, tap the folder to open, then swipe to the right to see more. (To get them into a folder in the first place, press down on any icon until all start to shake. Then slide an icon on top of one that you want to group. When you release, you’ll have the opportunity to name the folder by tapping the text, deleting, and typing as you normally would.)
  • Media Organization. I’m a professional organizer and organize everything. I appreciate having my photos separated from videos in albums. Tap Photos on the home screen, Albums. Another feature is Summarize Photos and show in collections and by year. Tap Settings, Photos & Camera, tap to turn the feature on or off.
  • Close Apps. Double-tap the Home button. Close apps by swiping them upward. You can see more of them by swiping left and right. Double-tap the Home button when done.

Messages

  • Message Templates. I love the message templates. Go to Settings, Phone, Respond with Text. Create your own custom messages. When a call comes in, Message will be one of your options. Tap that, and choose one of your templates.
  • Selecting Text-Paragraph. Only if you’re in typing mode (e.g., replying to an email message), you can double-tap (use two fingers) a paragraph to select it.
  • Selecting Text-Word. To select a word, double-tap it (use one finger). Then drag the pointers to extend the selection.
  • Timestamps for Messages. It’s easy to check for the exact time every message was sent and received by swiping message bubbles to the left.
  • Blocking Unwanted Calls and Messages. You can block someone by first adding them to Contacts, Settings, Phone, Blocked, Add New, find that contact you want to block.
  • Always Bcc Yourself. When I send a message from my iPhone, I automatically send myself a blind copy so the message will end up in my Outlook Inbox. Under Settings, Mail, Contacts, Calendars, scroll down to Mail, and turn on Always Bcc Myself.
  • Customize Your Signature. I wanted to add a couple of lines to my auto signature. Under Settings, Mail-Contacts-Calendars, scroll down to Mail, tap Signature, tap inside the signature space, and tap your text.

Calendar

View in a List. If you’d rather see your appointments in a list, open Calendar, and tap the magnifying glass at the top. You can search your calendar from here also.

Reminders. I don’t use iPhone’s Reminders as mine are in Outlook and synched. Plus, I have a separate app (Alarmed) that I use. But if you do use Reminders, here is a great article about that.

 

More Tips

Here’s a great article I found with some more less obvious tips. Click to find out how to:

  • Delete an entire conversation (swipe to the left in the Messages screen). “However, if you want to keep some messages but delete others, this is less obvious.“
  • Find out how to see the timestamp on every message.
  • And more.

Here’s a great article on ways to save on your battery life.

Have you found features hidden in this new operation system? Leave a comment to let us know.

PEACE.

How to Hold a Hand-Held Microphone (with video)

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.

 

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How to Automatically Replay YouTube Videos (with video)

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.

If you like these types of quick tips, please share and subscribe.

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How to Reorder YouTube Playlists and Create New Sections (with video)

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.

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Merge Pictures for Your PowerPoint Presentation When You Can’t Find that Perfect Image (with video)

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.”

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