Use Google+? Your Face May Be On An Advertisement!

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Recently Google has made a change that allows your activity to be viewed on a more broad spectrum. If enabled, your picture and opinion / ratings for products and services could be displayed to the public. By following these simple steps below, you can ensure that you’re face isn’t plastered all over a Google ad.

1. Log into your Google+ account. (http://plus.google.com)
2. In the upper-right hand corner, click on your profile picture.
3. Click on “Account”

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4. In the menu to the left, select “Google +”

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5. Look for the bold text “Shared Endorsements” and click the blue “edit” text beside it.

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6. At the bottom of the page, check the “Based upon my activity, Google may show my name and profile photo in shared endorsements that appear in ads.” and click “Save”.

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7. Select “continue” when the dialog pops up.

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8. You’re all done!

Congratulations, your face will now not be used to help endorse products or services!




File Operation Tricks in Windows

For most of you out there, working on a PC is a daily routine. Whether it be for office use or for entertainment purposes, computers use lots of files to keep everything running. Of course trying to manage all these files can be a pain. As our dependence on technology grows so does the number of files we need to keep track of.

Here are a few simple tricks to help keep the chaos in check and save time in the process.

1. “CTRL Clicking”

Control (CTRL) key clicking is very useful for when you only want to select certain files in a window that contains many other files.

Press and hold the CTRL key, click on the files you want to select. When you’re done selecting those files, release the CTRL key. As you can see only the files you clicked on are selected as the other ones are ignored.

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2. “SHIFT Clicking”

Shift clicking lets you select numerous files consecutively. Great for mass deletions or moving items to another location.

Click on the first item you want to select. Hold the shift key then click on the last item you want selected. If you notice everything between the first file and the last file is selected and ready to be copied, moved or deleted.

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QUICK TIP: You can combine CTRL and SHIFT clicking to select consecutive files and stray items that are not included in the consecutive selection.

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3. The “CTRL + A click”

This is useful for selecting everything in a particular folder or location.

Simply click on one of the files in the folder. First press and hold CTRL while pressing “a” once. Then release CTRL. All the items are now selected.

4. “Right-click dragging”

Right click dragging is useful for doing multiple file operations in a couple clicks. By right clicking and dragging on files you have selected to a new location, you are presented with the option to “copy here”, “create shortcuts here” or “move here” which is all very useful. Well, maybe not the “create shortcuts here” selection. I’ve never used that one.

First select the files you want to copy or move.

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Now HOLD the right mouse button and hover to your new location. After your new location is selected release the right mouse button. You will be presented with a menu which I have explained what each one does below.

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Copy: Copies files from one location to the other, meaning the files will be in the place you originally selected them from and the new place you are putting them.

Move: Movies the selected files to the new location, meaning they will be deleted from the old location and only remain in the new location.

Shortcuts: Creates shortcuts to the original files in the new location. This means an item will be placed in the new location that points to the old location. That way you are only modifying one file but have a shortcut to that file in another place if you are really big into organizing but wanting to quickly access frequently used files.

Cancel: Cancels the selected operation. Your original files will still remain selected.

All the methods explained here can also be used in multiple applications. I particularly find this useful when organizing my e-mails in Microsoft Outlook.




Custom Facebook Friends Lists

Facebook is the number one social networking site in the world, helping millions stay in touch with each other every day. If you’re like most people then you have people from all parts of your “world” added as a friend. This includes acquaintances, friends, family, friends of the family, people who you attend your church, co-workers and (dun dun dun) bosses.

Well there are those times where you want to post a funny (but inappropriate) picture, joke or video that your friends would find hilarious but your family not so much. Well there is a way to keep everyone happy without any bickering from anybody using Facebook custom lists.

This guide will show you how to make certain lists for the different people that make up your social network. First, you should think of what lists you want to make. In this example, I will be making a list of my co-workers and showing how you can either just post to that list or even hide an update from the list or lists that you specify.

First, think of the first person you would like to add to that list and go to their profile.

1. Click on the “Friends” button to the right of their name at the top of the profile page.

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2. Click “Add to another list”

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3. At the bottom, click on “New List”

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4. Now type in what you would like to name the list. For this example we will name it “Co-workers”.

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5. Press Enter to make the new list.

Awesome! Now you have made a new list and have added your first person to it. Now let’s continue by adding more people! You can do this in two ways. The first and (probably) easiest way would be to go to each person’s profile, clicking on the “Friends” button (like in step 1) and selecting either the “Co-workers” list (if it’s there) or by clicking on “Add to another list” and then selecting “Co-workers”.

The second way you could add people to the list is by going to the list itself and adding people from there. Here’s how to do that.

1. On your home screen, look on the left side of the page. Near the end of the column you should see a “Friends” section that contains the co-workers list. Click where it says co-workers (or whatever you named your list).

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Now you are directed to a page where you see posts from the people on that list. On the right side you of the page, you will see a panel titled “On This List”. From there you enter your friends’ names into the “+Add friends to this list” once you start typing part of the name in Facebook should find that person, after Facebook finds that person hit enter or click on their name and you will now see that person’s profile picture above meaning they have been added to the list.

Okay so now we have added everyone we want to the list. Now let’s see how we can use these lists to post things to or even hide particular posts from this group.

Let’s say I have a picture that my co-workers will get but nobody else really would.

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Let’s post this picture, but only to my co-workers.

1. Add the photo to the post as you normally would.

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As you can see by the picture (click on it if you need to make it bigger) that right now this is going to post to all my friends. We don’t want that. Let’s change it!

2. Click on the “Friends” button next to the blue “Post” button.

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3. On the drop-down menu. Click on the “Co-workers” list you see below (if you see it, proceed to step 6),  if you do NOT see it click on “Custom” and continue with the next step.

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4. Click on the top drop-down menu and click “Specific People or Lists”.

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5. In the empty box that appears, type co-workers. Facebook will most likely find it after you type the first few letters so just click on it when Facebook finds it. Then click “Save Changes”.

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6. Now you will return to your original post, notice now that the “Friends” icon has been replaced with Facebook Lists 12 or Facebook Lists 13. Click “Post” and you’re done. You have successfully shared a status update with a particular group of people.

You could also do the opposite and hide particular people or lists from posting something. Instead of modifying the top part in step 5 you can choose “Don’t Share With” and enter particular people or lists. As shown below:

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QUICK TIP:

1. You can use multiple lists or even lists and people to adjust visibility. Facebook Lists 14

I hope this guide has helped you understand how lists can put you in control of the content the people in your social networks can see or even not see.




Share YouTube Videos From A Certain Time

YouTube is the focal point of sharing anything on the Internet. Whether it be informative or for entertainment, there’s a video for everything!

Sometimes when you want to share videos with your friends, you just want to share a certain part. Well Google has you covered and has thought of that exact feature!

All you have to do is be watching a YouTube video, then pause it at the part that you would like to share to a friend. Right click on the video and select “Copy video URL at current time”. That copies the link of the YouTube video at its current time to your clipboard which then you can paste into a message to direct your friends to that video at that current time.

The link will look something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=xEhaVhta7sI#t=195s

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Enjoy!




Watch Your Favorite Youtubes Video Over and Over Again!

There are a lot of websites out there that turn very simple ideas into very useful tools for both productivity and entertainment.

This website in particular takes your favorite YouTube videos and repeats them endlessly until you tell it to stop. Originally used for listening to music videos, you can use this service for any video that is on YouTube.  The website is called Listen On Repeat and is accessible by visiting http://www.listenonrepeat.com.

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The concept is also very simple. For this example we will take everyone’s favorite past time, watching cats!

The URL (or link) for this video is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEhaVhta7sI in order to make it repeat all you have to do is replace the “youtube” with “listenonrepeat” and press enter. Then voila! You have a looping cat video that you can enjoy as much as your heart desires!

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It even has a repeat counter that tracks how many times you have watched a particular video!




Keyboard Shortcuts – A Reference Guide

For those of us who use computers regularly, keyboard shortcuts make our lives easier every day. From copying and pasting to switching between windows. Keyboard shortcuts are everyone’s secret weapon to keeping productivity high!

Listed below are links to websites that list keyboard shortcuts for all your frequently used programs.

Windows-based shortcuts: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/keyboard-shortcuts#keyboard-shortcuts=windows-7

Internet Explorer: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306832

Google Chrome: https://support.google.com/chromeos/answer/183101?hl=en

Mozilla Firefox: http://support.mozilla.org/en-US/kb/keyboard-shortcuts-perform-firefox-tasks-quickly

Safari: http://osxdaily.com/2012/04/03/safari-keyboard-shortcuts/

Microsoft Word: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290938

Microsoft Excel: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/excel-help/keyboard-shortcuts-in-excel-2010-HP010342494.aspx

Microsoft Outlook: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/outlook-help/keyboard-shortcuts-HP003084223.aspx

iTunes: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH12310

 




Capture a Certain Part of Your Screen!

Sure capturing your entire screen is nice when you need to see everything at once, but what about those times where you just want to grab certain parts of your screen.

Windows 7 has a great tool built-in that let’s you do just that. It’s called the Snipping Tool.

1. Click on the Start menu, in the search bar above type “Snipping Tool”, then press Enter.

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Right when you press enter, you will see that your entire screen “whites out” and the Snipping Tool dialog box appears

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2. Click on the arrow besides “New” and you will see a menu where you can choose from many different kinds of screen capture techniques.

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  • A free-form snip is where you manually draw what part of the screen you want to capture.
  • A rectangular snip is where you select a (you guessed it) rectangular area that you wish to capture. Note: this area can be any size you desire, it’s just as simple as dragging out the area you want to capture.
  • A window snip is where you capture a full window.
  • Of course the Full screen snip is your classic “Printscreen”.

3. For now we will use the rectangular area snip. Just draw out what you want to select, and you will see the area you want to capture is in full color and not “whited out” like the rest of the screen. It will also be surrounded by a red border.

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4. After you have selected the area you want, press “Enter”.

After pressing enter, you see a box will appear with a preview of your capture and several options to choose from.

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You can select Save, Copy to Clipboard, e-mail to someone, a pen and highlighter.

In this example, we will just highlight the servings and prep time.

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5. Now click on the Floppy Disk Screen Capture 7, and you will be prompted to save the file to a location of your choosing. Just choose your location, press Save, and you have successfully saved a particular selection of your screen!

 




Windows 7 Background Slideshows

In computing, nothing is more personal than your desktop background. In Windows 7, you can have a slideshow as your background in a few easy steps.

1. Right-click an open space on your desktop, and select “Personalize”.

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2. The Personalization window will open. On the bottom, click on ‘Desktop Background”.

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3. At the top of the window you will see “Picture Location”. Click the gray box next to it and select “Pictures Library”.

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Now, you will see all the pictures from your Pictures Library show up with all of them with a check mark in the top left corner. To simply remove some pictures from the slideshow, click on the check mark to remove it.

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4. At the bottom of the windows you can change the interval between when the picture on the background changes. Just simply click on the gray bar under the “Change picture every” field and change it to your desired time. Also, feel free to shuffle the pictures to add a little mystery to what picture will appear next.

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5. Finally, click Save Changes and you’re all done!

Want more control over what pictures are seen?

In Step 3, just click on “Browse” and you can choose what folders you want to show!




Windows 7 Snap and Shake Features




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