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A Great Find!

Do you want to find a specific word in a website?

Do you want to find a phrase in a document?

Do you want to jump to a name in a spreadsheet?

Don’t scroll and read and hope you find it soon. Yawn.

Use the CTRL/Command + F keyboard shortcut. It is one of the most helpful keyboard shortcuts ever!

Here is how it works:

  • ¬†Open a webpage, document, spreadsheet, or even an email.
  • Hold down the CTRL key (the Command key on a Mac) and then press the “f” key (lower case). A “find” window will open. This window will be in different places in different programs.
  • Type in the name, word, or phrase you wish to locate; the word(s) will become highlighted in the text.

If the first instance of the word is not the one you are looking for, hit the Enter (Return) key to jump to the next instance. Keeping pressing the Enter (Return) key until you get to the instance you are looking for.

When you are finished “finding,” click “done” on the Find window or hit the Escape (Esc) key.

Happy — and easy — hunting. What will you do with all of the time you save?

Return to Sender?

Have you noticed that when you receive an email from a friend the return address is sometimes his name, sometimes his email address, and sometimes even only his first name or last name? Why does this happen?

The return address does not change on your end; it is specified in each sending device and can differ from device to device. The different return addresses you see from the same sender means that they are sending you email from their different devices.

Here’s an easy way to see how your devices are set up:

  • Open a blank email in each of your devices.
  • Put your email address in the “To” field.
  • Put “From my phone” (or “Computer,” or “Tablet,” or “Laptop”) in the Subject field.
  • Send the email.
  • Go to your inbox in any one of your devices and, without opening any of the emails, look at the mail you just sent yourself. Note the return address and the device it came from (listed in the Subject field).

The addresses need not be the same in each device — the choice is yours — but at least you will know what your return addresses look like to others.

You can change your return address in any of your devices. Each smartphone, tablet, email, and email program has its own place to specify the return address.

Do you know what your emails look like to others?

One Word at a Time

If you use Microsoft Word, you know you can erase one letter at a time by hitting the Backspace key (the Delete key on a Mac). You probably also know that you can highlight larger sections of text and hit the Backspace key (the Delete key on a Mac) to erase it all at once.

But do you know how to erase whole words one at a time? Here’s how:

  • Place your cursor at the end of the first word you wish to delete.
  • Hold down the Control Key (Command key on a Mac)
  • Hit the Backspace key to erase the first word
  • Hit the Backspace key again to erase additional words

If you keep your finger on the Backspace key (Delete key on a Mac), you will see your text disappear quite quickly. Don’t erase more than you want to!


I didn’t understand Photo Stream at first, but I think I get it now. And I like it.

Photo Stream is Apple’s photo-sharing software. It allows you to wirelessly share your pictures among your Apple devices (or with your PC installed with the iCloud software) that share an Apple ID.

Here is how it works:

  • Turn on Photo Stream (Settings or Control Panel > iCloud) in each device.
  • Take a picture with your iPhone or iPad, or upload an image from your digital camera into iPhoto on your Mac or the Picture Library on your PC.
  • Open the Photo Stream folder on your other devices to see the picture (each device must be on a Wi-Fi network or connected by ethernet cable).

The picture is stored indefinitely in the Camera Roll or Photo Library on the device on which it was taken. Up to 1000 pictures can be stored in the Photo Stream folder on the other devices for 30 days. If you want pictures to remain indefinitely on the other devices, move them into the Photo app of that device. (Pictures taken with a mobile Apple device and shared with iPhoto on a Mac are automatically added to the computer’s permanent photo library).

You can also email pictures by Photo Stream to others by creating a Photo Stream album. If the recipients have Photo Stream, they can view your shared images in their Photo app or in iPhoto. If your recipients do not have Photo Stream, they will be invited to view your images on the web.

In the absence of Photo Stream, you can email yourself a picture and pick it up on your other devices, or upload pictures to Dropbox (for example) and get them from Dropbox on another computer.

Of course, there is always the “wired” option of sharing pictures by connecting two devices by a cable, but that seems less fun now, doesn’t it?

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