Tips of the Week
Tips of the Week
An ongoing archive of helpful tech tips
An ongoing archive of helpful tech tips
October 20, 2018
Tip Of The Week: Regular tune ups can vastly improve a computer's speed and life expectancy. Come on in for a free inspection and estimate.
October 26, 2018
Tip Of The Week: The best way to spot a virus or malware on your computer is to watch for performance drops, as well as regular pop up pages while you are browsing the internet.
November 2, 2018
Tip Of The Week: When you get a new phone, or when I replace your screen. Always invest in a screen protector and/or protective case.
November 9, 2018
Tip Of The Week: Always use a surge protector, not a power strip, for your computer. Otherwise, a power surge could disable your hard drive, or even fry your computer.
If that happens, bring it here for service!
November 16, 2018
Tip Of The Week: Back up your important data at least once a month. Even if it's just getting a flash drive and drag/dropping, it saves time and money.
November 30, 2018
Tip Of The Week: Replacing your old spinning hard drive with a solid state drive (SSD) will improve your computer's performance drastically, while lengthening it's life.
December 7, 2018
Tip Of The Week:
Clean out your computer tower with canned air at least once every 3 months. This will prevent dust/pet hair buildup and will extend the life of your computer.
December 14, 2018
Tip Of The Week: You may not need a new computer. You may just need a new hard drive! Cloning your old HDD to a new one adds life to your computer, as well as improving it's performance.
December 21, 2018
Holiday tip of the week: An external hard drive is a great gift for anyone who uses a computer.
January 4, 2019
New Years Tip of the Week: Learn Control! Control key + A selects all the text in the selected field or document. CTRL+X cuts a highlighted selection and puts it on your 'clipboard' and removes it from the document. CTRL+C copies the selected text to the clipboard. CTRL+V pastes what is on the clipboard to the location of the cursor.
These tips are useful for selectively copying parts of a document, such as I have done with my new Tip of the Week archive!
January 11, 2019
You can use the spacebar on a web page to quickly scroll down. If you want to go up, hold Shift while you tap the spacebar.
January 18, 2019
There’s a quick way to figure out which side of your USB connector is up. Look for the small trident symbol. That’s up. If your cable is missing the symbol, then look for a small seam running down the outside metal part of the connector. That’s down.
January 25, 2019
Airdrop is an unsung hero of the iPhone. Use it to quickly share pictures and videos with nearby friends without the hassle of messaging or email.
February 1, 2019
When making any kind of repairs, always document everything. Screw placement, issues (no matter how minor they may seem)... anything. That way, if something goes sideways, you can retrace your steps and find the 'Simple Stupid' solution.
February 8, 2019
Spam emails are a pain. Scam emails are worse! You can report a scam email to the company they are impersonating by Googling 'Scam email report <company name>'. The one for Apple (which I get from time to time) is [email protected] I usually just forward the email to them.
February 15, 2019
The Windows registry is a dangerous place to go in blind. Do not ever adjust or delete items from your registry without proper training. It will likely permanently corrupt your Windows installation, as well as, potentially, damage your computer, itself.
February 22, 2019
Do you ever get nostalgic for the ancient computer games of your youth? The games you loved may have been relegated to ‘Abandonware’ This means they are no longer for sale, but some enterprising people have put them up for free usage. A popular site for this is www.myabandonware.com
March 1, 2019
If you have a wireless network, make sure it's secured with a password. Otherwise, anyone within 50 feet of your house could, potentially, get into your phones, computers, or even you security systems. Secure That Network!!!
March 8, 2019
You can still view office documents, even if you don’t have MS Office. There are tons of free ‘reader’ programs that allow you to view and print these documents.
March 19, 2019
If you are bored, there are tons of time wasters that are playable right in your browser. Just Google ‘flash games’ or ‘flash puzzle games’ if that’s your preference. The vast majority of them are free.
March 22, 2019
If you have an iPhone, you can move the cursor much easier by holding down the space bar on your keyboard. This will grey out the keyboard and your cursor will slide along with your finger as you slide it left and right over the space bar.
March 29, 2019
If you need to enter an email for a site you aren’t sure about, use guerillamail.com. It gives you an email address that will delete itself after one hour. That way, you don’t have to worry about you main email being flooded with junk.
April 5, 2019
If you want to remove something from your Netflix history (for whatever reason), go to www.netflix.com/viewingactivity . Whatever you choose will be removed from your list within 24 hours unless you watch it again.
April 12, 2019
If you accidentally close a web browser tab, you can restore it by pressing CTRL + SHIFT + T (on Windows) or COMMAND + SHIFT + T (on Mac). This works on Firefox, Chrome and MS Edge (Internet Explorer)
April 19, 2019
April 26, 2019
Take CONTROL of your web browsing. Hold the CONTROL key and press these keys for more efficient web surfing:
N: Open a new browser window
T: Open a new tab
SHIFT + T: Re-open last tab closed
SHIFT + W: Close all open tabs and the browser (great for work!)
+/- (plus/minus sign): zoom in/out
F: Find in the page (search function)
May 3, 2019
Beware of 'ScareWare'. If you get a pop-up telling you that you are infected and need to call a number, DON'T!
It's just an attempt to get you to freely hand over money.
They don't have control over your computer unless you give it to them.
When in doubt, just close the pop up and update your malware protection.
May 10, 2019
If you are upgrading your hard drive, get an enclosure and turn your old one into an external.
May 17, 2019
Here’s one for anyone who codes: You may have written the greatest function ever made, but it won’t do any good unless you CALL IT!
May 31, 2019
Be wary of any ad that looks too good to be true. It is likely either misleading (bait and switch) or they are trying to get your personal information, or they are straight up trying to steal your credit card number. Shop carefully!!!!!
June 6, 2019
Use speedtest.net to keep an eye on your network speeds. You can find out if you are at the end of a node chain (line of houses hooked to the same line) as well as testing your phone’s wifi reception based on the distance to your router.
June 21, 2019
Since the advent of digital downloads, most new computers don’t even come with a disc drive anymore, an external is a handy, inexpensive way to make use of old discs, as well as an alternative way to back up important files.
July 5, 2019
Modern phones and computers are not like air conditioners and jukeboxes. Hitting them usually makes things worse.
July 19, 2019
Use CONTROL (or CMD for Mac) Shift + T to re-open internet tabs after accidentally closing them. Even if you already closed the browser.
August 9, 2019
It never hurts to learn a programming language. There are free/cheap courses available online.
October 4, 2019
The info isn’t gone until the hard drive clicks
November 22, 2019
When upgrading a PC, always check for compatibility. Nothing worse than having to return something because you don’t have the right cable.
February 14, 2020
If you aren't sure, ask a professional BEFORE disassembly.
February 21, 2020
Hitting it with a hammer isn't a fix anymore.
February 28, 2020
A USB cord with two identical USB plugs doesn’t do what you think it does
March 6, 2020
You don't need a power cable when traveling with mobile devices. Bring a USB cord and plug it into the TV in your hotel room.
March 13, 2020
Next time you get a scam email in your inbox, forward it on to [email protected] A proxy email address will start replying to the scammer for you, doing its very utmost to waste their time. It’s a nice payback for them wasting your time and email space.
September 11, 2020
A simple tune up will usually fix speed and lag issues.
September 18, 2020
Instead of replacing a slow computer, upgrade the memory and/or hard drive
September 25, 2020
If you have pets, or smoke near your computer, clean the fan intakes often with compressed air. This prevents overheating and internal damage.
October 2, 2020
With spam emails on the rise, if you are unsure as to the validity of the sender of an email, click or tap on the name of the sender and it will show you the actual email address it’s sent from. If it’s something like [email protected] it’s probably fake and you can then block the sender and just erase the mail. Never assume. If you aren’t sure, go directly to the website (netflix.com or whatever), but DO NOT click any links in the email.
October 9, 2020
If you ever decide to unplug from social media, make sure to grab a copy of your info, data and pictures you've uploaded. On facebook, follow this link:https://www.facebook.com/help/1701730696756992
to download a copy of your stuff before you delete your profile.
October 16, 2020
Use compressed or canned air to clean your computer’s fans at least once a month. More often if you have pets or smoke around it.
October 30, 2020
Magnets are bad for your computer. They will degauss (mess up) your LCD, erase your hard drive and screw up the internal workings of your computer. Keep them far away.
November 6, 2020
In most browsers, if you are looking for a particular phrase on a large page, simply press CTRL + F and it will open a ‘Search This Page’ for you.
Bring in your unused electronics for consignment!
Have you tried turning it off, then turning it on again?
You can report texts to the GSMA’s Reporting Service by forwarding the message to 7726 (it spells SPAM on the number pad, too!)
If you use Chrome, Firefox or Safari, if you want to 'Google' something you see on the page, simply highlight it, right click and select 'Google Search'. If you are on your phone, the option will pop up when you select the text.
If you have a newer iPhone, you don't need a separate QR reader app. Just point the built in camera app at the code.
Open PDFs in Microsoft Word to quickly convert a PDF to an editable document. Open Word and from the Open menu select the PDF you would like to convert.
If you’re using Zoom, use the Touch Up My Appearance feature to help smooth out the skin tone on your face and present a more polished-looking appearance when you display your video to others.
Windows 10 has Light or Dark mode.
Select Start > Settings > Personalization > Colors . Under Choose your color, select the color mode you prefer.