Tech Tip Tuesday
October 27 2015
Mac users -- here's a whole mess of things you can do with the Option key. I've been a Mac user for years, and several of these were new to me!
October 13 2015
Did you know that downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks now show up in the library catalog right alongside the paper books? Click the "Download" button next to the eBook or eAudiobook you want.
For help getting started with eBooks
For help getting started with eAudiobooks
October 6 2015
Do you know someone who could use practice with their computer mouse? Try Mousercise, a fun "training" website put together by the Palm Beach County Library. (Sorry, Fitbit users -- it probably doesn't count toward your exercise goals for the day, but getting comfortable with a mouse can make using a computer much easier!)
September 29 2015
Two Tips Today:
- The new iOS 9 includes a feature that attempts to reach a cellular signal in the event that the phone has an insufficient wifi connection. That can cost people with limited data plans money ...here's how to turn it off. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/turn-wi-fi-assist-ios-9-article-1.2378564
September 15 2015
This list is written for parents of teens but includes many social media safety tips that the rest of us should also remember! #TechTipTuesday https://onlineprivacysafetyteens.wordpress.com/10-simple-tips-for-safer-social-media-use/
August 25 2015
To limit your searching to items in our library:
1. Click into the box at the top that says “Everything," and
2. Click on “Grace A. Dow Memorial Library” before you search for the item you want.
August 11 2015
When you're browsing the web, save time by using "Control-L" instead of your mouse to jump your cursor up to the address bar so you can go to a new webpage.
On a PC, hold down the "CTRL" key and press "L" ... you'll see the address of the webpage you're viewing become highlighted, and you can begin to type the address of the one you want to visit.
If you're using a Mac, use ⌘-L -- hold down the Command (⌘) key and press L.
August 4 2015
Need help learning how to get library books on your eBook device? Visit http://cityofmidlandmi.gov/1023/eBooks-Help to get started -- or bring it in to the Reference Desk, and we'll get you started.
July 28 2015
I was stuck recently with a low laptop battery and no charger. Do you know what to do to extend your battery life if you find yourself in that situation?
Whether you use a Mac or a PC, some things you can do include:
-- dimming your screen;
-- quitting applications you aren't using/only using one application at a time;
- muting your sound;
-- and turning off Bluetooth and/or WiFi.
You can buy yourself a noticeable amount of battery life by following some of the above steps and those in the article below.
July 7 2015
Bikers and walkers -- Measure the length of your workout route or plan how far you want to go for a future excursion using the City of Midland’s mapping service.
Go to http://gis6.midland-mi.org/public and choose the "Measure" tab at the top, click on "distance," and the type of measurement (feet, kilometers, miles).
Then you can click point by point on the map to see the length of your route. Double click the last point to finish the measurement. For example, it is 2.05 miles to walk from the Library to Great Lakes Ice Cream Company using St Andrews. Is that enough to offset a cone?
June 9 2015
Have strange marks appeared on your Microsoft Word document? A black dot between each word and strange symbols at the ends of lines? Don't worry -- they won't show up on your printout; they're just informational marks showing you how many spaces are between each word, where you have a paragraph break in your document, and so on. To turn them off, look for the "¶" in your menus and click on it (for an example, see the attached photo).
And by the way, that ¶ symbol? It's called a "pilcrow." The more you know
June 2 2015
Library patrons frequently ask how to print a webpage, particularly when they are using Chrome to browse the Internet. Unlike Internet Explorer, Chrome has no "File" menu to click on. Instead, many menu choices are found under the three-line symbol on the upper right side. Click on the three lines to view them, and then you can select "Print" from the list that opens. See the attached picture for an illustration.
May 19 2015
I know we've covered some Google tips once before, but here's a nice graphic that includes some others. Did you know that you can search for other websites that are similar to one you like?
April 7 2015
When forwarding an email message that includes a list of prior recipients' email addresses, follow these steps:
1. Click in the body of the email message you are forwarding
2. Highlight all of the addresses of people who have received the message -- and
3. Delete them.
By doing so, you may prevent the addresses from being spread around to spammers, and you keep the focus on the message you're trying to send.
March 17 2015
Keyboard shortcuts can save you time! Many people do not know the keyboard shortcuts for "cut," "copy," and "paste," and it's so much easier to use them than to find the appropriate choice using your mouse. Here's how to accomplish these tasks with your keyboard:
COPY: Highlight the text you want to cut, hold down the "CTRL" key, and tap the letter C. This saves the text to your clipboard but also leaves it in its original place.
CUT: Highlight the text you want to cut, hold down the "CTRL" key, and tap the letter X. This saves the text to your clipboard and removes it from its original place.
PASTE: Click where you want the text saved to your clipboard to appear, hold down the "CTRL" key, and tap the letter V. This inserts the text you cut or copied into the new location in your document.
March 3 2015
Ever try to search Google for a phrase (like if you were trying to find out who has been called the greatest basketball player in michigan), only to have it return millions of irrelevant pages?
Use quotation marks in your searches, and your results will be much more on-target.
Searching for "greatest basketball player in michigan" -- with the quotes -- will bring up only pages containing that exact phrase. In this case, that cuts your results down from 1.3 million to 5.
February 24 2015
In Microsoft Word on a PC, use the keyboard shortcut Shift+F3 to change the case of your text.
First highlight the portion you want to change and then press Shift+F3. The shortcut will toggle between upper case, lower case, and then capitalize the first letter of each sentence or word.