Tips

Computer Tips From My Journal

As I mentioned, I have a notebook that records the computer tips that work for me and how I solve my computer problems. Here is a random list of recent entries: To add a YouTube video to a Blogger blog, copy and paste the embedded code associated with the video. Buy a child’s mouse for both children and older people. The mouse is bigger and a little easier to maneuver. If you write a blog, keep a journal or spreadsheet of the titles you’ve written about and any you plan to do. If you add a video to WordPress that doesn’t show up, you may need to click ‘publish’ first. To add audio to WordPress with the audio plugin, you must be in Visual Mode, not HTML. You also need to save it first. If the audio still doesn’t work, try a different theme. If you have too many files on your computer, try organizing them into topic-related folders. For example, if you are doing a special project, all the files related to that project should be kept together in one folder.

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If you set up a template in Open Office, you can write your manuscript or report and, with one click, turn it into a PDF file. Taking a family trip? Print off all possible places to visit and plan your itinerary before you go.
Keep up with friends and family in other countries by using the chat feature on Facebook. Agree on a time and have a live conversation rather than posting an update.

Family members can’t make it to your special event? Take a group shot and then use photo editing software to add them to the picture. My photos only showed as icons; since they weren’t labeled, it was pretty hard to find what I wanted. To fix that, I had to go into my Pictures folder, click ‘Tools,’ then ‘Folder Options’ journal, and make sure the box beside “always show icons, never thumbnails” isn’t checked off. You want to see your thumbnails, and I always did before. I’m not sure why my picture view suddenly changed.

When sending the same email to a group, you can create a group in Outlook Express. But if the ‘Create Contact Group’ option doesn’t show up on your contacts page, you do this: After opening the contacts list, right-click on the open space on the top right side and select ‘customize this folder. Then choose ‘Contacts’ from the drop-down and click ‘Okay. If you have trouble playing MP4 videos, right-click and try again with the Windows Media Player instead. There you have it. A baker’s dozen computer problems I’ve managed to solve, although it took me hours to do it in some cases. This is why I write the solutions down for the next time I need help.

Roberto Brock
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Snowboarder, traveler, DJ, Swiss design-head and HTML & CSS lover. Doing at the nexus of art and purpose to develop visual solutions that inform and persuade. I'm a designer and this is my work. Introvert. Coffee evangelist. Web buff. Extreme twitter advocate. Avid reader. Troublemaker.