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YouTube Shortcuts

I’ve written many times that YouTube videos are an excellent source for online education: cooking, crafting, fixing, decorating, exercising — even how to play the violin.

When watching YouTube videos on my computer, I use the following keyboard shortcuts:

Press the letter K to play (or pause) a video
Press the letter J to replay the last 10 seconds of a video
Press the letter L to forward a video 10 seconds

By design, these letters are grouped together.

There are other useful YouTube keyboard shortcuts. You can find them — where else? — on a YouTube video!

Check it out at

Ad-Free Reading

Enjoy ad-free reading from Apple and Microsoft.

In Apple’s Safari web browser (on an iPad, iPhone, or Apple computer), tap/click the Reader View button in the Safari search box to see just the text and photos — without the ads.

In Microsoft’s Edge web browser, click on the Reader View icon (looks like an open book) in the main toolbar to see just the text you want to read in a single ad-free column.

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Not all websites support these features, but if the the Reader view is available, the icons will be visible and clickable.

Color Commentary

Online shopping often depends on trusting the color you see on the screen.

But internet color can be tricky. The color you see on the screen may not look the same on the printed page, your wall, your lips, your car, your sweater, your sofa, or your to-die-for shoes. The color you see on your screen may not even look the same as the same color on another computer.

The key to shopping online for an item that depends on color is not to trust just one image.

  • Order a fabric swatch, paint chip, or paint sample of the color(s) you like.
  • Use a search engine to find other images of the item you are considering to see if the color is consistently “true.”
  • Know the store’s return policy in case the color on the screen is not the color in the box.
  • Buy items whose color you already know (the shade of lipstick you already wear).
  • Read the reviews of the item and note how many buyers admit they “returned it because it’s not the color shown on the screen”?

Doing some research might keep you from being disappointed. Loving it on the screen is only the first step.

Shift + Click Shortcut

Rather than drag your mouse to select (highlight) text in a document, an email, or a webpage, try this much easier shortcut:

Click at the beginning of the text you want to select, then hold the “shift” key down as you click at the end of the text you want to select.

Your text is selected without dragging. Try it!

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