Thursday, February 2, 2023

Dude, Where's My Luggage?

Lost Luggage
Frequent travelers know the question well.  

Travelers arrive at their destination and their luggage doesn't appear on the carousel and mysteriously goes "missing".

Where's My Luggage?

In my own recent experience, the airline had no idea where my luggage was located.  

For all of their vaulted computerized tagging and tracking, they couldn't or WOULDN'T tell me where my luggage was located.

I'm looking at you Frontier Airlines.

But now that's all changed with Apple's new Air Tags.

Apple Air Tag

Here's the Cool Tip: put an Apple Air Tag into each piece of checked luggage. 

And also into every bag you take on board the plane.

And on your keyring (you can buy Air Tag keyring holders).

So how do Apple Air Tags work?

These small devices first easily connect to your iPhone.  

Then using the Find My app, all connected Air Tags display with their most recent reported locations.  

So how does your iPhone know where the Air Tag is?  

By themselves, Air Tags don't transmit their location like a phone directly.

Instead, whenever the Air Tag comes within range to any iPhone, the iPhone will report its location. 

And all you have to do is check your Find My app to see where each Air Tag was last reported.

You can also have an Air Tag Play a Sound, or get directions on your phone to locate an Air Tag.

Air Tags cost about $25 each when you buy them in a pack of four.  

And they have a replaceable battery.

Apple was not the first company to introduce a similar device.  

That honor goes to Tile.

Tile Tracker

Similar to Air Tags, Tile devices allow users to locate them with their phones.

Tiles have the benefit of working with both iPhone and Android phones.  

However, only phones also running the Tile software will report their location.

So that's limiting compared to the installed world-wide base of iPhones.


Finally, rumors swirl that Google is developing its own Air Tag clone.

Hopefully, in the the future, you'll never have to ask "Where's My Luggage?".

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Secret Shortcut to Redial on Your Mobile Phone

iPhone Call Button
Do you want to quickly redial the last person on your list of recent calls?

The usual step is to go to the Recent Calls and select the last call name.

But there's a Cool Tip for that.

Here's how to do it:

  • All you have to do it press the Call Button on Your Android or iPhone.
  • The last caller name will appear.
  • Press the Call Button again.

This will cause your phone to call the last person in your list of recent calls.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Unlock the Power of Your Data: Master the Microsoft Excel Data Filter in Just a Few Easy Steps!

For many long-time Microsoft Excel users, new features have been added that they might not know about.  

Do you know how to use the Data Filter option so that you can filter your spreadsheet to only show the data that you want to view?

In the example below, we want to only view the Sales Agents from the NE Region.

Here's how to do it:

  • Select the data you want to filter.
  • Go to the "Data" tab in the ribbon.    The "Sort & Filter" section will be visible.

  • Select "Filter".

  • Click on the drop-down arrow in the header cell of the column you want to filter.  In this case, it's Column A named "Region".  We'll only select "NE" by selecting that option and de-selecting all others.

  • Choose the filter criteria and select "OK"  Now only rows where the Region has "NE" in the column cell will be visible in the list.

  • To remove the filter, go to "Sort & Filter" and select "Clear".

  • The list will return all data again.

That's it!  

You can also filter more than one column at a time to obtain the dataset you want to view.

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Monday, January 30, 2023

How Do You Undo an Undo in Windows?

Undo the Undo
How do you undo an 'Undo' when there's no 'Redo' available?

For example, you select text and type a paragraph.  

Then you Undo with Control + Z.  

But then you want that paragraph back?

How do you Undo your Undo?

If you've done this, don't panic!

Here's the Cool Tip:

All you have to do is press Control + Y!

That's It.  Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 29, 2023

ICYMI: In Case You Missed It - Cool Tech Tips for the Week 1/29/23

ICYMI In Case You Missed It OneCoolTip

We had a great week of Coop Tips here at  

These tips included Cool Tips for using Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Apple iPhone and Google Assistant.

Check them all out!

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Use This Cool Tip to Organize Your Windows, Documents and Applications While Working 

Do you have too many confusing windows, documents and applications open on your Windows PC?  

Here's a cool tip to help you better manage and organize your Windows screens.

 #Windows #desktop

Be the Microsoft Excel Hero with These Spacebar Secrets 

Do you know the power of the mighty spacebar when using Microsoft Excel?

The spacebar is a useful tool that can speed up selecting data in your spreadsheets.

#Microsoft #Excel #spacebar

And Now, A Change of Case in Microsoft Word 

What happens if you accidently type several paragraphs in all UPPERCASE in Microsoft Word?

Don't worry, there's a Cool Tip for that.

 #Microsoft #Word #text

How to Find Out if an Online Service is Down

Is the cloud service down?   

Learn how to find out!

 #DownDetector @systemdown

When You Need to Cleanse Your Eyes from the World Wide Web 

Have you just seen too much crazy and weird stuff this week on the World Wide Web?

Check out this Cool Tip to cleanse your weary eyes!

 #eyebleach #FridayFunday

How to Unlock Screen Rotation on an iPhone 

Find out how to fix an iPhone screen that won't rotate.

 #portrait #orientation #iPhone

How to Turn Off Slow WiFi Using Siri or Google Assistant 

Learn how to turn off WiFi hands free!

#WiFi #Siri #GoogleAssistant

How to Turn Off Slow WiFi Using Siri or Google Assistant

Did you just automatically connect to a slow WiFi?

This can happen when you're away from your home WiFi and your phone has automatically joined a WiFi that is slow.

You can manually disable WiFi to jump back to your Carrier's data connection by clicking the menus.

But you can also just tell Siri or Google Assistant to turn off your WiFi connection.

 “Hey Siri, turn off my WiFi” 

When you know you have a solid WiFi connection again, just tell Siri or Google Assistant to turn it back on.

"Hey Siri, turn on my Wifi"

That's it!  Enjoy.

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Saturday, January 28, 2023

How to Unlock Screen Rotation on an iPhone

Portrait Orientation Lock
Sometimes when using an iPhone you'll need to rotate your phone to see a wider view of the content.

This is very useful when you are laying on your side and want to read on your phone or watch a video.

But what happens if the screen doesn't rotate?

It could be because the Portrait Orientation is locked.

To fix this, you'll need to turn it off.

Here's how to do it.

  • Swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to open Control Center.
  • Tap the Portrait Orientation Lock button  to make sure that it's off.
iPhone Control Panel
  • Rotate your iPhone sideways.

If the screen doesn't rotate, try using a different application such as Google Chrome or the Safari browser. 

Conversely, there may be times when you DON'T want the screen to rotate.  Make sure the Portrait Orientation is LOCKED.


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