Top article of the wk – Add GIF images to your texts message Making Your Messages Really Move

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Add GIF images to your texts message Making Your Messages Really Move
Rita’s iDevice Advice for June 26, 2017:
Add GIF images to your texts message, Making Your Messages Really Move.
You can also check out for more options for typing apps,
emoticons apps, and options for GIF images, that would be accessible with
VoiceOver running.
Dancing Banana animated
fun little-known feature of Messages for iOS is that it supports animated
gifs, meaning you can send and receive those quirky moving web graphics that
were so popular in 1996 and are currently enjoying a resurgence on the web.
The only requirement for this feature to work is that both you and the
recipient have iMessage configured touch, beyond that it works in all new
versions of iOS.
There really isn’t much to this. All you need to do is find an animated GIF
with Safari, and then:

Tap and hold on the animated gif, then choose “Copy” to save it to the
Move on over to the Messages app, and then tap and hold in the input box and
choose “Paste” to insert the animated gif into the message to send as usual
You can try it yourself right now by reading this post from an iOS device,
using the lovely dancing banana gif from AccuWeather as an example.
Copy an animated GIF to clipboard for sending it through

Send animated GIFs on the iPhone through Messages

Once the gif has been pasted and/or sent, it will immediately start
animating in the chat message.
You can also save the animated gif to the camera roll for future access
through Photos app, though it’s not necessary to do that if you’re just
looking to send one out. You will find that gifs do not animate when they
are stored in Camera Roll however, thus to get it to become animated again
you would need to place it into a new iMessage.
if you’d rather make your own animated gifs, you can do so directly on the
iPhone using a variety of apps. One easy to use and powerful free app for
this purpose is GifMill
, which makes it
easy to convert any video into an animated gif, and also provides editing
tools if you want to spruce up your animated gif, delete frames, add
filters, or text layovers.
Adding animated gifs into messages is definitely fun, but remember that
multimedia heavy message threads can grow quite large and need to be removed
from time to time, or else the Other storage can grow to unreasonable sizes
on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Making Your Messages Really Move.

there is a way to get animated GIFs into text messages. Top speeds depend on
various factors, like the hardware, software and user involvement. However,
using a dedicated keyboard that taps into a ready library of GIF files is
often a speedy way to send a visual response in a text message, a Twitter
post or a conversation in the Slack communications service. Animated GIFs:
those looping bits of video often taken from movies, TV shows or viral clips
circulating around the web can also be found in online libraries with links
for easy sharing in messages or to social media sites. Keyboard apps with
shortcuts to animated image collections (alongside the traditional QWERTY
keys) are one way to share your visual responses more quickly because you do
not have to jump out to a website to find a GIF and its link to share. Apps
in this category include the GIF Keyboard app iOS, but you can find other by
searching. The site, which houses one of the most used libraries
of animated images on the web, has several GIF-related apps, including Giphy
Keys for iOS. Google’s Gboard keyboard app for iOS devices has shortcuts to
animated GIF files and emoji characters. tap the emoji icon at the bottom of
the screen and then tap GIF to get to the image repository. Apple’s Messages
app for iOS 10 can save and send GIF files when you are composing a message.
Tap the gray arrow next to the message-input field, then on the App Store
icon to see the available collection. The PopKey app for Mac and Windows
brings quick access to animated GIFs to the computer; an iOS version is also
available. Copying and pasting an image’s URL from a website specializing in
animated images into messages is another way to share.

Send and save GIFs with the Messages app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch
With the Messages app in iOS 10 and later, you can find hundreds of trending
GIFs in #images to add to your messages.
Use #images in the Messages app to find and share GIFs with your contacts.
Here’s how:
1. Open Messages, tap , and enter a contact or tap an existing
2. Tap , then tap .
3. Tap in the lower-left corner, then tap .
4. To search for a specific GIF, tap Find images and videos, then enter a
keyword, like birthday.
5. Tap the GIF to add it to your message.
Tap to send.
You can save a GIF that you receive in a message to the Photos app on your
iOS device. Here’s how:
1. Open Messages.
2. Open the message that has the GIF that you want to save.
3. Touch and hold the GIF, then tap Save. If you have an iPhone 6s or
later, you can use 3D Touch to save a GIF. Just press deeply on the GIF,
swipe up and tap Save.

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Top headlines of the week

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snapshot of various important topics and subjects vying for our attention
Enjoy and have a great day!


Top headlines of the week

1. Weight loss diet: Eat THIS food every day and lose belly fat fast – a
STONE in 16 weeks

2. The problem of youth unemployment: Predicting the changing future of work

3. For the retirees, Oct. 22-28, 2017

4. Aerobics Oz Style’s trainers share their best fitness advice, workouts
and healthy snacks

5. Home Textiles Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2022 Market
Benefits, Business …

Home Textiles Market Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2022 Market Benefits, Business Opportunities & Future Investments

6. Pattie Lovett-Reid: It doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom for retirees

7. What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and Can It Benefit Your Small

What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and Can It Benefit Your Small Business?

8. Add ageism to the diversity woes in tech

9. Weight loss tips: Five things to keep in mind before and after you eat

10. Now’s the Time to Make a Foray into Security Services

11. Instead of downsizing, these retirees are ‘aging in place’ by remodeling
their home

12. Old People Dying Will Make US Employment Soar In The Next Decade, Study

13. Aging baby boomers still want it all, including luxe urban apartment

14. Nutritionist shares her best diet tips to help boost your workouts

15. Eliminating the Language Barrier in Health Care

16. Why baby boomers need immigrants

17. Road to Entrepreneurship Begins at Franchise Expo West, Nov. 2-4

18. 5 weight loss facts that have stood the test of time

19. Why baby boomers need immigrants

20. Perryman: Where the New Jobs Will Be

Perryman: Where the New Jobs Will Be

21. Millennials Beat Baby Boomers in Long-Term Care Planning

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A review of the Cora restaurant

Check out this very accessible restaurant!
A review of the Cora restaurant
By Donna J. Jodhan

In the spring of 2016 I had the good fortune to dine at the Cora’s
restaurant in Markham Ontario with my mom and friend Gabriella and on a very
pleasant day when this restaurant was crowded with diners at lunchtime my
dining experience was made even more pleasant by a wonderful waiter called

This young man never batted an eye as he read me the menu and served me. He
did not even ask if he could read me the menu and his instructions as to how
I needed to navigate my plate were nothing but supurb.

So how would I rate their services? With 1 being the lowest and 5 being the
highest, here are my ratings.

Service desk assistance – 4
Assistance for guests with special needs – 5
Assistance at restaurant – 5

Access to the restaurant was extremely user friendly for a vision impaired
person and navigating among the tables was not very difficult.

The waitress went out of is way to ensure that I knew what was on the menu
and his manner was friendly and very accommodating.
So you can see that I was thoroughly satisfied. Both with the customer
service and with the food!
My plate consisted of a delicious omlette garnished with a healthy helping
of fresh fruits.

Any suggestions?
We need more waiters like Charles to serve hungry customers.

So why not go out there and pay a visit to the Cora restaurant in Markham

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Top article of the week – Five Very Useful Websites to Simplify Your Life

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Five Very Useful Websites to Simplify Your Life

As vast and overwhelming as the Internet can be at times, it does offer so
many ways to improve our lives.
Today I want to tell you about five websites that have the potential to
simplify your life, whether you need to figure out how to use that huge crop
of basil growing in your herb garden or find the perfect dress for your
daughter’s wedding.


One of the best tips I know for cutting the cost of healthy, fresh food
is to buy only during a fruit or vegetable’s “peak season.” Items
at their peak are far more plentiful, which typically causes the prices to
drop because of supply and demand. But how can you know for certain if say,
cherries, are at their peak? offers a simple way to find out. Go to the site and
scroll down and click on the Seasonable Food Guide graphic. Now select your
state and month. Or you can select an exact produce item, to discover its
peak season where you live. This handy online tool will also offer more
information on every type of produce you can imagine such as what to look
for, how to store and recipes, too.

This simple but effective app allows you to quickly
remove the background from any image or photo. This is a feature of Adobe
Photoshop, but that program costs hundreds of dollars! Anyone can use
Background Burner for no cost at all.
The instructions for Background Burner are easy to follow and the process is
Best of all the price is quite right (free) as well!

Whether for a prom, wedding or another fancy occasion,
buying a formal gown or even a simple dress can be mind-bogglingly
Now you can forget about buying it and rent it, instead. offers 65,000 designer dresses and accessories for rent,
at quite amazing prices, starting at under $50 plus $12.95 shipping. And we’re
talking designer labels and high fashion. So many beautiful options.And get
this: When you rent a dress you get a free backup size. Returning is easy
and they even send you a pre-paid mailing envelope.
Why would anyone pay hundreds of dollars for a gown they will wear once—then
have to clean it, store it and feel guilty about having spent $400 for it—
instead of renting for a fraction of the price and letting someone else
clean and store it?
For those of us who are fashion and budget conscious, this is a great

This is a fantastic calendar, shopping list, journal and
message center to be shared with everyone in the family. Sign up is a cinch.
You can access your shared account from any computer or mobile phone. No
matter where or how you access Cozi Family Organizer, you’ll always be
looking at the same information. Everyone posts their appointments.
Cozi Family Organizer will keep you from buying eggs twice and make sure you
don’t schedule a baby shower on top of your daughter’s soccer game.


Looking for your next book? Check out what your friends have read and what
they thought with GoodReads. GoodReads allows you to scan book
barcodes to add to your “to read” list so you’ll never reach the end of one
book without having another on deck.
Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations.
“Knowledge is power, and power is best shared among readers.”

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Top Google news headlines of the week

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Top Google headlines of the week

1. Travelers Institute Hosts Cybersecurity Forum in Santa Monica to Share
Tips for Small and …

2. Risky business Sex work and HIV prevention

3. Tips for raising healthy kids as obesity rates skyrocket

4. Jinder Mahal’s diet and workout routine: What it takes to be a WWE

Jinder Mahal’s diet and workout routine: What it takes to be a WWE Champion

5. Even with plethora of job openings, some workers struggle to find

6. Not your grandma’s nursing home: Retirement communities refocus for Baby

7. Seven More NCSAM Tips for Cybersecurity Professionals: Week Two

8. Transitioning entrepreneurial ventures into family businesses

Transitioning entrepreneurial ventures into family businesses

9. Eat more and stop copying your friend’s approach: Personal trainer
Camilla Ackerberg reveals the …

10. Beauty, bistros and bars: Today’s senior living facilities have it all

11. Diwali 2017: 7 Tips On How To Enjoy Diwali Treats and Not Put On Weight

12. Keeping mature-age workers on the job

13. Pattie Lovett-Reid: Trouble signs for retirees

14. The Genius Grocery Shopping Tip That Helped Desiree Eat Clean and Drop
140 Pounds

15. Home-based workers and social protection

Home-based workers and social protection

16. Retirement: What Baby Boomers Should Know

17. Apple Translator? Apple Internally Beta Tests Expanded Translation

18. You Asked: Is It Bad to Exercise on an Empty Stomach?

19. Gender inequality slows VN economy

20. Developers present plan for development targeting ‘active’ seniors

Developers present plan for development targeting ‘active’ seniors

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It goes beyond the workplace

It goes beyond the workplace
By Donna J. Jodhan

For a blind employee, it may not just be that things are looked after within
the workplace; appropriate software and hardware, learning one’s way around
the office, being able to interact with employees and managers, and finding
one’s way to work. There are other things as well and I’d like to call
these so-called things the extras.

I believe that half the battle is won whenever Intranets and Internets are
made accessible and whenever you add to that picture the ability to work
with software and hardware that fits into the work environment but what
about this? The time that it takes a blind employee to complete tasks in
comparison to their sighted counterparts? Yes, the time element and for
better or for worse, this element is always sticking its nose into the
equation and there is nothing that anyone can do about it.

For example: It is almost impossible for a blind employee to skim a
document in the same way that a sighted employee would. A sighted employee
could visually skim a screen or document looking for specific words,
headings, and titles. However, that is not possible for a blind employee.
True it is that they could use the find command within a document to find
what they seek, and if it is an HTML document, they could use their software
to help them find headings and titles but in order to do this, they need to
be sure as to what they seek. In short, it is easier for a sighted person
to skim a document than it is for a blind person.

Another factor may be that a sighted employee may be able to read faster
than their blind counterpart but they may be a bit behind when it comes to
typing. A blind employee may be able to type faster than their sighted

Then here is another example; when it comes to spotting errors. A sighted
employee may be able to do it visually but a blind employee needs to depend
almost exclusively on the spell-check option. A sighted person can choose
to use the spell-check and use their vision to go along with it. This is
probably why in many cases, a blind person writing an exam is given extra
time to complete their work.

The same thought would hold for a blind person’s ability to negotiate their
way around the office space. For whereas a sighted person can visually
check out the landmarks and physical layout, a blind person has to take lots
of time to ensure that where they need to go is exactly they are going to
end up.

Just my two cents worth for today.

I’m Donna J. Jodhan your free lance writer and roving reporter wishing you a
terrific day.
You can follow me on twitter @accessibleworld and @author_jodhan
and chat with me on Skype at habsfan0526.
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Top article of the week

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1. Pray
2. Go to bed on time.
3. Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say No to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule or that will
compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
7. Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places.
9. Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time;
don’t lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time.
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out
what God would have you to do and let go of the anxiety. If you can’t do
anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried
in the garden, extra stamps, etc.,
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut.) This single piece of advice can prevent an
enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the Kid in You every day.
16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.
17. Get enough exercise.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of
21. Write thoughts and inspirations down.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Try to nip small problems in
the bud. Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.
24. Make friends with Godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a
good “Thank you, Jesus!”
27. Laugh.
28. Laugh some more!
29. Take your work seriously, but yourself, not at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
31. Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less; listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that
you’ve never been grateful for before.

— Author Unknown

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Top headlines of the week

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Top Google headlines of the week

1. Op-ed: Gov. Abbott aims to ‘make Texas the No. 1 state for women-owned

2. Your new Japan tour guide: Yamaha’s digital piano tech

3. From eating meat for BREAKFAST to salsa dancing and ice cream: Stars of
hit ’90s show Aerobics …

4. Montgomery County woman helps people find a balance

5. $40 million senior center opening near Lake Waco

6. Manufacturing sector fuels Quincy’s economy

7. Amazon UK wants to lure more of Britain’s rural businesses online

8. How to lose belly fat: Fitness trainers tell GQ the 5 best ways to get

How to lose belly fat: Fitness trainers tell GQ the 5 best ways to get ripped

9. Seven Tips for Cybersecurity Professionals: Lessons From NCSAM, Week One

10. Our most vulnerable deserve the utmost financial protection

11. WorkZone: Can’t afford to retire? A guy who has been fired a few times
counsels boomers on …

12. Organization Leaders and Employees Reminded That “Cybersecurity in the
Workplace Is …

13. Everything IoT Leadership Summit 2017: Fourth Industrial Revolution

14. Do less cardio, eat spinach five times per week and NEVER sip from
straws: Fitness expert and …

15. Women Turn to Tech Careers Later than Men, Finds Harvey Nash Women in
Technology Survey

16. Successful Aging: There are so many ways to celebrate being 60

17. Ask a Security Expert: Confronting the Cost of Security

18. New cyber security guide drawn up by experts to help SMEs

19. WHO Releases New Guidelines for Obesity: 5 Diet Tips To Help Maintain
Your Weight

20. Aging in America: Land of the Free, Home of the Gray

21. Are you ready for an encore?,255312

22. ‘You never know who’s going to be a shoplifter’: Amherst business owners
learn security tips

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How to make recreation more accessible

Hello everyone:
Each month I will be responding to a question; chosen from a pool of some of
the most commonly asked ones that I have been asked over the years and
continue to be asked.
This month, I’d like to answer the following question:
How to make recreation more accessible
By Donna J. Jodhan

I believe that when we talk about making recreation more accessible we need
to keep in mind that recreation is important to everyone, not just the
mainstream person and if we keep this in mind then the rest will come easier
to those who are responsible for making recreation accessible to those with
a disability.

If you are the one in charge of designing accessible recreational programs
then I have some tips to get you started.

1. In most instances, a potential participant who has a disability will need
assistance when participating.

2. Make sure to ask and fully understand the needs and requirements of the
potential participant.

3. Make sure also to fully explain the type of recreational program that you
are offering to the potential participant.

4. Be prepared to make adjustments to your program in order to accommodate
the potential participant.

5. If for some reason you strongly believe that you are unable to do this,
then be prepared to offer reasons to the potential participant that are
sound and logical.

6. Encourage the potential participant to engage with you to develop
solutions and alternatives.

This should be a good start for you.

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19 best windows 10 tips and tricks yyou should know

19 Best Windows 10 Tips and Tricks You Should Know

It has just been over a year and a half since Windows 10 was officially
launched. And if you look at the technical evolution, Windows has changed
tremendously and it has done so rather beautifully. Now we have a whole
different level of features which are not only brilliant but equally
flexible (from a longtime Windows user’s perspective, of course).
Windows 10 Tips & Tricks
It’s not essential that we know all the tricks that a particular tool has in
its arsenal. Knowing the few important ones is all one needs for a
smoother experience .
Features — big or small — play a big role in enhancing productivity . And
while it was an arduous task of picking and testing them, we have done it
and filed it. Phew!
Though you might know some of these, why take the chance of not going
through this entire article and missing out on some cool ones, right? Let’s
jump in.

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1. Dark Theme
The Windows dark theme comes in a time when most of us were bored of the
ordinary look (read ancient). Initially, the darker theme could be enabled
only through the registry , but now it can be achieved with just a few
Windows 10 Dark Theme
Head over to the Settings > Personalisation > Colours, scroll down and
choose Dark as the app mode.
The dark mode would appear mostly in the settings window, though. But
explore the other features of this mode and you might end up with a very
different looking desktop.
2. Resize & Unpin Tiles
I love the start menu tiles since the time when they were first launched,
providing me with useful insights into the weather, mail snippets, news,
Twitter feed, etc. In order to get the most out of it, this particular
section can be
customized to your utmost satisfaction.
Windows 10 Tile
For instance, if you want your favorite tile to occupy a much wider berth,
right-click on it and choose the resize option. Similarly, for removing
right-click and select Unpin from Start.
Speaking of weather, did you know that just pressing Win+S will show you the
weather and news? You know it now.
3. Start Menu Customization
One of the best things about customization is that it lets you achieve a
unique look and Windows isn’t far behind.
The start menu can be customized in many ways. Right from displaying the
recently added apps to the frequently used apps, all these can be turned
off/on depending on your choice.
Windows 10 Start Menu
You can also opt to have a full-screen display of the start menu in all its
glory through the Use start full screen option.
Plus, if you want to get your hands on a sleek start menu, you can start by
removing all the tiles and resizing it.
4. Alternate Start Menu
Surely, you must be knowing that you can right-click on the start button to
access the Power User Menu, but what if you need it real quick?
Just hit Win + X and the menu will pop up. The menu holds a lot of useful
apps in its quiver, like Command Prompt, Control Panel, Mobility center,
etc. And if you will be using the keys to go around, the up/down keys
should do
the trick.
Power User Menu
Another nifty trick to open the tools swiftly is to just press the
underlined letter. For instance, hitting P would open the Control Panel.
5. Snap Windows
An impressive feature for the multi-tasker in you. This feature lets you
snap the current window to one side and simultaneously open the second one
on the other side. Just press Win and right/left arrow key. What’s more,
can just scroll through the windows sans the clicks.
Speaking of multitasking, here’s a quick approach to open the pinned apps,
Win + 1 — first app
Win + 2 — second app, and so on.
6. The Cortana Search
Cortana, the Windows personal assistant is a powerful aide that can be
compared to the likes of Siri or Google Now.
“Microsoft’s voice-activated virtual assistant is more than just a direct
link to Bing (or whatever search engine you’ve got her to use) — she’s,
well, an assistant.”, writes CNET about this wonderful assistant.
And while she can do almost anything right from singing songs (bet you
didn’t know that) to setting reminders, you can also customize the way
Cortana operates. Whether it’s the type of cards that you want to see or
the data
that Cortana accesses, there’s a whole bunch of things hiding beneath the
notebook icon.
Windows 10 Cortana Sing Windows 10 Cortana Define
Plus, Cortana handles most of the natural language commands seamlessly and
while I did face an issue of Siri understanding my accent, Cortana just
wowed me.
Cool Tip: Cortana has a useful built-in dictionary. So if you want to test
her skills, type define followed by the word and the meaning will appear
7. Quick Access Files and Folders from File Explorer
One of the features that I was desperately waiting for and finally, Windows
10 answered my prayers. I find it feasible to have quick access to the
recently used folders, but we are humans and we have a great reputation of
thinking alike.
Windows 10 quick access
So for those who would NOT like to have an open display of their recently
accessed files & folders, there’s quite an easy trick to hide them.
Head over to the file explorer and click on View > Options and uncheck the
privacy checkboxes. The file explorer will switch to the My PC look.
Discover four unique ways in which you can lock files and folders in
Windows 10 natively.
8. Virtual Desktops
Task View, known popularly as Virtual desktops (VD), was added as a
mainstream feature in Windows 10 and trust me, VDs can boost the
productivity levels. In simple words, you get to have a number of desktops
on your
Windows 10 Virtual Desktop
There are a lot third party apps that let you have VDs, but a native one
surely beats the odds when it comes to stability and accessibility. The
choice is yours as to how you would utilize this space. For starters, you
can have a work
desktop and an entertainment hub.
Keyboard shortcuts for VD,
Open TaskView – Win + Tab
New Desktop – Win + Ctrl + D
Close the current desktop – Win + Ctrl + F4
Scroll through VDs – Win + Ctrl + right/left
9. Command Prompt Shortcuts
The previous versions of Command Prompt did a pro-level job of testing
your patience. With Windows 10, it’s quite a breeze as it lets you to use a
number of shortcuts in an effortless way.
Keyboard shortcuts for Command Prompt
Ctrl + C / V /A – Copy, Paste , Select All
Shift + Page Up / Page Down
Ctrl + Right/ Left arrow – Text browsing, etc.
10. Annotating in Edge & Calendar Sync.
We tend to mostly research online these days, ending up reading tons of
articles. That also means getting lost in the sea of posts and not getting
any meaningful work done. That’s when the annotation feature of Edge can
into great use.
It lets you annotate on a specific area of the webpage where you would like
to add a note and save the same for later references.
Plus, Windows 10 not only has revamped the hideous calendar, you can now
sync the core calendar app with any third-party calendars in a fairly easy
11. Select Audio Source from the TaskBar
On Windows 10, the audio source selection process (if one can call it a
process), is neat. It can be done right from the comfort of your current
Windows 10 Audio Source
Just click on the volume icon on the taskbar and select the appropriate
source. And when you compare it to opening the Audio Properties window and
then choosing the audio source, this seems like a cakewalk.
12. Record your PC
Previously, capturing a screenshot or recording a screencast wasn’t
possible without the use of third-party software. However, that’s not the
case with Windows 10. All you have to do is press Win + G and you will be
with a tiny window with all the necessary options.
Windows 10 Screen Record
Keyboard shortcuts:
Win + G+ PrntScr – Screenshot.
Win + Alt + R – Screen Recordings.
13. Picture Passwords & PIN
Because conventional passwords are just so passé.
On a serious note, we all know the vulnerabilities traditional passwords
pose. So, the new sign-in options seem to be an added bonus since it gives
you an alternative choice of having a picture or PIN as passwords.
Windows 10 Passwords & Pins
And not just a plain picture, you will need to annotate over three points in
the picture — these can be a circle, a stroke or a dot on any random area.
As pictures have far more characters, it’s much safer to use them as
passwords, provided you don’t use obvious gestures in noticeable places
(over the nose and ears).
14. Block Suggestions/ Ads
Of all the possible places that Windows can advertise its products on, it
chose the start menu. And if you find these suggestions bothersome, there’s
a straightforward solution to block them out — once and for all.
Windows 10 adv
Head over to personalization in the settings menu and turn off the
Occasionally show suggestions in Start option (under start) and stay
Speaking of ads, learn how to bypass Adblock detection on websites that
literally bombard you with ads.
15. Find my Device
Ever faced the exasperation of tracking a lost device or a silent phone?
Well, Windows offers the choice from where one can track the last known
location of a device . It works similar to Google’s Device manager.
Windows 10 Device
Compared to the phone tracking , the device search has its limitations. For
now, only the last known location of a PC can be tracked and you won’t be
able to wipe or lock your device.
16. Filter Clipboard Contents in Command Prompt
Now that command prompt lets you copy-paste texts in a jiffy, chances are
that you might end up copying stuff straight off from a browser.
And there are equal chances that those texts might have some special
characters or an added tab. So what do you do with the unwanted content?
Remove them manually? Naah, that’s too old.
Windows 10 CP filter
Well, there’s a nice little feature in the command prompt properties which
automatically removes tabs and unsupported special characters from the
copied text (when enabled).
17. Choose Printers
The latest version of Windows allows the system to set any last used printer
as the default one. It can be both a boon or a bane for some users. If this
setting is an over-kill, head over to the printer settings and turn it
The system will no longer switch between different printers and will stick
to the default one.
18. Active Hour Updates
Windows 10 has come up with this amazing feature which lets you choose the
time when you don’t want updates to be installed. It’s referred to as
Active Hours and that’s enabled with the proper timings. Get ready to bid
goodbye to untimely updates.
Windows 10 active hours
To set the active hours, head over to Settings > Update and security and
click on active hours.
19. Block Notifications
Windows PC almost never stops from enlightening you on every single thing,
whether it’s a Java update that’s available or a new notification. And like
me, if you are annoyed with this feature, there’s an easy way to turn it
Windows 10 Notifications
All you need to do is head over to Settings > System and Notifications and
actions and turn it off.


Computer Tech101
By Jim Morgan
First of all, I’d like to thank Karen, aka, Madam Editor, for helping out
with last time’s column. It was a good idea and I’m appreciative of her
thinking of it.
What I’d like to do is to expand just a little on what she wrote. In
addition to sorting one’s Favorites in Internet Explorer, there is an
additional way to group one’s Bookmarks.
What I’m talking about is using folders. This is really no different than
using them anywhere else to group like items. For example, you can group
together a particular Author’s books, in order to make it a little less
than looking at a long list and choosing what you want.
It’s a very simple procedure to add a folder. You simply choose Add Folder
from the Favorites menu and then type in the name. After that, you can use
Organize Favorites, from the same Favorites menu, to cut and paste
Bookmarks into the appropriate place. Although Internet Explorer uses the
term, and menu choice, Favorites, the Correct term, which Firefox uses, by
the way, is BookMarks. I’m not sure why they’re called that but the term is
Perhaps Microsoft just didn’t want to step on any Copyright toes or get sued
again, like Apple tried to do back in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s or,
maybe, they thought it would make things easier for users; I don’t know. In
case, they really are correctly termed Bookmarks.
I would recommend, when you’re finished, to sort the entries as Karen
described last time so that things will be in the right order instead of
the order in which they were entered.
After you’re done with this, when you access The Favorites Menu, just choose
the folder in question and it will show a sub-menu of the Bookmarks in it.
I would, however, suggest that you use folders when you have 2 or more
items of like type. For example, I have a folder set up for Amazon that has
the main Amazon site, the Screen Reader version, and Amazon Smile in it.
Because you can get to a folder or Bookmark by hitting the first letter, I
just hit
the letter A and then using the arrow keys select the one I want.
It’s up to you how you group things together. I would recommend trying to be
as unique as possible when choosing folder names so that it doesn’t get
confusing later.
Just for thoroughness’ sake, there is one other way to add folders, edit
Bookmarks, and place already set up Bookmarks in folders. You can use the
Windows Explorer. Under the Folder Documents and Settings, there is a
that has all the defaults you use in Windows. This folder may be “All
Users”, “Default User”, or whatever name you log in with when starting
Windows. On my computer, it’s my first name. One thing I’ve noticed is that
when I
enter the Windows Explorer it goes to the Start menu folder and I then just
have to Up-Arrow a few times to get to the correct folder. Under the folder
where your defaults are, is a folder called “Favorites”. In this folder are
your Bookmarks and any folders you’ve set up. Just as with any other files,
you can rename, cut and paste, edit and delete, etc. I find this easier to
do if I’m moving a bunch of files around or renaming some things.
As with everything else, it’s up to you which way to go about it; there’s no
one right way. However, I would recommend, as I did above, that you do a
Sort when you’re done so that things will be where you expect them to be.
Anyway, my thanks again to Karen and I hope you found this “expansion”
helpful. Should you have further questions about this or general questions,
please feel free to E-mail me at my address above. I will always reply to a
message, even if it’s to say that I don’t know the answer. Happy Computing!

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