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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 Suite Tuesday (formerly 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. #SuiteTuesday

And that’s it!

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About the Author: Peggy Duncan is an award-winning, international personal productivity expert. She uses her skills as a professional organizer, project manager, and computer trainer to help busy professionals spend less time working but get more done.

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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 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.

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How to Type International Characters in Microsoft Office (with video)

In Microsoft Office, you can quickly type international characters one by one, or set up AutoCorrect to do it automatically. And when you set this up in Word, for example, it’ll work across the other software.

This video only shows you how to type the alpha e with an accent. Once you’re clear on how to do it, use this list of keyboard shortcuts from Microsoft for a lot more. http://bit.ly/1GBa5Iy

In addition to the tips in the video and this list, you can also insert international characters using symbols. In Word, click the Insert menu, Symbol, More Symbols. But I like quick and easy…set it and forget it.

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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.

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How to Improve Your LinkedIn Profile: a Professional Portfolio (with video tutorials)

LinkedIn is the number one social media site for getting business. Whether you’re job hunting, recruiting, or promoting your business and expertise, it’s the place to be. I put together this compilation of how-to videos I’d recorded that will improve your profile.

For more videos on LinkedIn, I’ve included my LinkedIn Playlist. I hope you’ll find some tips you can use.

How to Add Videos and Files to Your Profile (Create a Professional Portfolio)

 

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Boost Web Traffic and SEO by Leveraging Your YouTube Video Content With SlideShare Presentations (with how-to videos)

Are you taking advantage of being able to add your videos to a Slideshare.net presentation? It’s great for SEO and exposure to a business community. From their Website: “SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. With 60 million monthly visitors and 130 million pageviews, it is amongst the most visited 200 websites in the world. Besides presentations, SlideShare also supports documents, PDFs, videos and webinars.”

Does this sound like somewhere you need to be? Especially since they have a free version, right?

I’ve been busy on SlideShare lately, and wanted to share some tips that I think will help you.

Before You Upload PowerPoint Presentation to SlideShare

  • Use the Insert-Hyperlink command to create live URLs on desired PowerPoint slides (as opposed to just typing the URL). One of my slides invites people to join my email list. Another slide links to the Contact Us page on my Website. This how-to video shows how to create a hyperlink in Word and works basically the same in PowerPoint and other software.
  • Create at least three slides that appear BEFORE the slides with the live links. Otherwise, the links will not work when uploaded to SlideShare. The slide your video will appear on does not count in the three.
  • Remove any text on the slide that you don’t want scripted on SlideShare. SlideShare automatically transcribes your text on the slides and places it under your presentation. With a free account, you can’t delete it. I didn’t want my email address or phone number to display, so I removed that info from my slides. (I don’t want to take a chance in spammers scooping this info up, so I added a link to my Contact page on my Website instead.)

Before You Upload YouTube Video to SlideShare

  • Add annotation links to your Associated Website (You’ll be able to link to any page on your site, not just the homepage). Here’s a how-to video that explains how to do this.
  • Add an annotation link to the Subscribe page or any other annotation that YouTube allows. They will all work in SlideShare. Here’s a how-to video that shows you how.

Add Your YouTube Video to SlideShare Presentation

I have a free account on SlideShare so I can’t upload a video directly. But since all my videos are on YouTube, I can add them to a presentation by inserting the link. Here’s a how-to video I recorded a couple of years ago, and everything works pretty much the same. You’ll want to use the URL from your browser’s address bar on the watch page (should see the word “watch” in the link).

Re-Uploading Your SlideShare File

I had to re-upload my presentation several times as I was learning all this. Unlike YouTube, you don’t lose your view counts when you switch out the file. To re-upload, go to My Uploads, find the presentation, click Edit-Re-upload.

The YouTube video will remain intact as long as the slide count doesn’t change. Otherwise, you’ll have to re-add it.

Here’s Example

To see all this in action, check out my SlideShare presentation below.

Continue to Leverage Your Content

After you’ve finished uploading your presentation to SlideShare, and you’ve added your video, don’t stop there. Below are some ideas on other ways to leverage this content.

  • Subscribers. If people have subscribers to your SlideShare channel, click the Email button above your slide and send to all of them (with a personal note that also asks them to share with their network). 
  • Blog. I’m going to start inserting the SlideShare presentation in my blog instead of the YouTube video (get the embed code from SlideShare). This way, when people click to read/view, I’ll get a view count on SlideShare and on YouTube. The views should count on YouTube because the user has to click the video to play (as opposed to it being set to autoplay).
    UPDATE: The view count on SlideShare is far outpacing YouTube so the view counts are not synching for some reason. If I find out more on this, I’ll update the post.
  • LinkedIn profile. Edit your profile and add your SlideShare presentation as a file. Here’s a how-to video I recorded that will show you how to do this. LinkedIn changed slightly, but at this writing, the instructions work pretty much the same.
  • Press releases. Some press release sites allow you to include a video. Nothing will tell your story as well as a video.
  • Event pages. I use EventBrite for online event marketing and registrations and include videos on event announcement/registration pages.
  • Video Email. There is no need to use a video email service that takes your viewers to their site. Paste an image of your video/slideshow into your next email blast and hyperlink an image to the actual video or slideshow. (Include an image that has a play button (or create one) so it’s obvious they need to click.)
  • Facebook Like page, Social Media Sites. Never miss the opportunity to share videos and presentations on Facebook and other social networks.
  • More on YouTube. I also added a link to my SlideShare page on the About page of my YouTube channel. Here’s a how-to video on this.
  • More Video Websites. Consider uploading your videos to DailyMotion and Vimeo for more exposure. (I’m about to check into this. I like the idea of DailyMotion’s videowall that gives you the code to display up to 81 of your videos.)
  • Webinar. With a combination of PowerPoint and video, you already have your Webinar. I’m currently using GoToWebinar by Citrix and love the service. It’s convenient and no phone needed.

Need More Convincing?

For additional information on using SlideShare for SEO, branding, content marketing, and link building, check out this article by Boris Demaria on this topic. Great insights. And check out this post on The Moz Blog from Rand Fishkin on Leveraging the Power of Slide Decks to Boost Your SEO, Social + Content Marketing. And more great info is in this article by Mark Sherbin for the Content Marketing Institute, titled “6 Steps for Successful Content Marketing Using SlideShare’s Secret Search Sauce.” These articles reassured me that using SlideShare was a smart move.

All this should keep you busy for a while. Please leave any questions or ideas you have in Comments.

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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 Build a YouTube Channel–Free Series of How-To Videos

Don’t just stick videos on YouTube — build a channel. Take advantage of the many features on YouTube, as opposed to just uploading videos there. For example, you can set up default text that’s automatically added to your video descriptions upon upload. You can link your videos to an external, verified website using annotations. You can update the descriptions of all your videos at once without going to each one — and so much more.

Every time I explore a new feature, I record a video to show you how to use it. I’m adding them here http://ow.ly/mtOBm

I hope you’ll share this free training with your social network.

PEACE.