Sunday, December 31, 2023

Top 5 Cool Tech Tips that Rocked 2023: AI Work Hacks, Google Bard Secrets, and More!

Have you ever wondered how AI is revolutionizing the way we work? 

Or how to make the most of Google Bard’s new export feature? 

If so, you’re in the right place! 

2023 has been a great year for Cool Tips at OneCoolTip.

We've posted hundreds of Cool Tips on a variety of topics such as AI, Windows, iPhone, Android, and more.

And you've responded by reading and watching hundreds of thousands of Cool Tips!

Thank you!

We’ve compiled the most viewed Cool Tips from in 2023, and we’re excited to share them with you.

1. How AI is Changing the Way We Work: An Example for Bing Chat AI, Excel and Data Analysis

AI is transforming our workspaces, and Bing Chat AI is a prime example. It’s helping us analyze data in Excel more efficiently, saving us time and effort. However, like all AI tools, it requires careful handling to avoid potential pitfalls.
Google Bard’s new export feature is a game-changer for content creators. It allows you to export your creations in various formats, expanding your sharing options. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility!

3. How to Master Split Screen in Microsoft Edge

Split Screen in Microsoft Edge is a handy tool for multitaskers. It allows you to view multiple tabs side by side, boosting your productivity. But be warned, it can be a bit tricky to master!

4. How to Play the Google Snake Game

The Google Snake Game is a fun way to pass the time. It’s easy to play and highly addictive. But beware, it’s not as easy as it looks!

5. Your Pet Deserves to be Royalty, Let AI Paint Their Portrait!

AI is not just for work, it can also be fun! With AI, you can turn your pet into royalty with a custom portrait. But remember, AI is only as good as the data it’s trained on!

Here are a few honorable mentions that caught OneCoolTip viewers' eyes this year:

And in 2023, we've started a YouTube channel, OneCoolTip.

Here are your favorites:

This video provides a tip on how to insert lines quickly into Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook using autocomplete.

This video provides a tip on how to play the Microsoft Edge Surf Game, an Easter egg hidden in the new web browser Edge.

This video introduces a new feature in Chromium browsers like Chrome and Edge that allows you to capture a high-definition still image from a video. You can then use the captured image in image editing software or paste it into documents like Word or PowerPoint.

This video is about how to use the new Gallery feature of File Explorer for Windows 11. It provides instructions on how to open the Gallery view, adjust how to view images, and access the details pane or preview pane.

This video is about how to use Microsoft Excel's Geography Data Type feature.
The video shows how to make Excel spreadsheets more dynamic and informative using Microsoft Excel's Geography Data Type feature. This feature allows users to access and integrate rich geographical data into their spreadsheets.
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Saturday, December 30, 2023

How to Use Copilot, the AI-Powered Chat and Content Generator, on Your Smartphone

Do you want to get more out of your smartphone? 

Do you wish you had a smart assistant that can help you with your tasks, research, and creativity? 

Here's a Cool Tip.   Use the NEW Copilot mobile apps for iOS and Android. 

Copilot, formerly called Bing Chat,  is an AI-powered chat and content generator that can help you with your tasks, research, and creativity. 

You can chat with Copilot, ask it questions, and request it to generate content for you, such as code, poems, stories, essays, and more. 

Copilot is available on various platforms, including mobile apps for iOS and Android, Windows, and Microsoft Office tools.

Here's how to Use the Copilot Mobile App

  • Download the app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, respectively. 
  • Sign in with your Microsoft account to access more features and have longer conversations. You can also use the app without signing in, but with some limitations.
  • Type in your question or request, or use voice recognition to speak to Copilot. 
  • Copilot responds in a chat bubble. 
  • Continue the conversation by typing or speaking more. 
  • Use the app’s menu to access different modes and settings.

Microsoft Copilot iOS mobile app

fig. 1 Microsoft Copilot iOS mobile app

Here are some examples of how you can use the Copilot mobile apps for iOS and Android for different purposes and topics:
  • Learn to Code - Ask Copilot to write a simple program for you, such as “Write a program that prints Hello World” or “Write a program that calculates the area of a circle”. Copilot generates the code for you in a code block, and you can copy and paste it into your editor or compiler. You can also ask Copilot to explain the code or modify it according to your needs.
  • Write a Poem - Ask Copilot to write a poem, such as “Write a poem about winter”.. Copilot generates the poem in a code block.  You can copy and paste it into your document. You can also ask Copilot to change the style or tone of the poem, or add more verses or lines.
  • Recommend Restaurant -  Ask Copilot to recommend a restaurant for you, such as “Recommend a restaurant near me” or “Recommend a restaurant that serves Italian food”. Copilot gives you a list of restaurants that match your criteria, along with their ratings, reviews, and locations.

From a PC, you also can access Copilot at as well as at Bing, then select "Chat".

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Friday, December 29, 2023

Ace Your Day Without Leaving Your Desk: Play Google Solitaire!

Google Solitaire - Easy
Have you ever found yourself with a few spare minutes and nothing to do? 

Ever wished you could turn those idle moments into a fun, engaging experience?

Remember clicking "New Game" on that old computer solitaire? 

Here's a Friday Funday Cool Tip.  Play Google's Solitaire game.

Relive the classic card-flipping fun, right in your browser, with Google Solitaire! 

Play to keep your brain sharp while you procrastinate (we won't judge!).

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Here's how to play.
  • Open your favorite browser and go to
  • Search for "Google Solitaire."  or go to .
  • Select to play Easy or Hard mode.
  • Click and drag cards to move piles to empty slots
  • Build the foundations by alternating colors, and remember, only kings can go on empty stacks.
  • Did you make a clumsy move? No worries! Hit the handy "Undo" button to turn back time and keep your strategy on track.
  • When you clear all the stacks, Google Solitaire showers you with confetti and applause. You deserve it!

Google Solitaire

fig. 1 - Google Solitaire

Solitaire is a proven stress reliever, offering a mental escape and a chance to focus on something simple and satisfying.

So give it a try!

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

Turn Your Photos into a Living Lock Screen with iPhone's Secret Photo Shuffle!

Tired of staring at the same old image on your iPhone Lock screen? 

Wishing your phone could reflect your ever-changing mood or capture the highlights of your life? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use the new Photo Shuffle option, 

Imagine your favorite memories greeting you every time you unlock your phone. Photo Shuffle makes it possible.

Photo Shuffle is a hidden gem in your camera roll that lets you curate a dynamic, personal lock screen slideshow!

The iPhone Photo Shuffle is just one of the many new iOS 17 features.

Here's how to do it.
  • Open the Settings app, tap Wallpaper, and then Add New Wallpaper.
  • Select Photo Shuffle from the top row of options. 
  • Choose what photos you want to include in the shuffle.
    • People: Focus on portraits and close-ups for a human touch.
    • Pets: Your favorite animals.
    • Nature: Immerse yourself in landscapes and serene sceneries.
    • Cities: Capture the urban vibe with bustling streets and architectural delights.
    • Albums: Select a specific album to feature your favorite vacation snaps or family moments.
  • Choose how often your photos automatically update. Options include:
    • On Tap: Change the image by tapping the Lock screen.
    • On Lock: Switch photos every time you unlock your phone.
    • Hourly: Get a fresh image every hour to keep things interesting.
    • Daily: Wake up to a new picture each day.
  • Press "Use Featured Photos"

iPhone Photo Shuffle

That's it.


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Wednesday, December 27, 2023

Ditch the Mouse, Master the F Keys: Productivity Hacks for Windows

Have you ever wondered what those F keys at the top of your keyboard do? 

Want to boost your productivity by making full use of your keyboard? 

Do you get tired of endless clicking?

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use the Function Keys (F Keys) to Boost Productivity.

The F keys, also known as function keys, are a row of keys at the top of your keyboard labeled F1 through F12. 

Use them to quickly access a variety of functions (pun intended!).

F keys improve your productivity by offering easy access to help, searches, spelling and grammar checks and more.

Here's how to use them in Microsoft Windows.

F1: Opens the help menu in almost every application.  

Stuck on a task? Press F1 for instant context-sensitive help in most programs. 

F2: Renames a selected file or folder.  

Selected a file and itching to change its name? Forget right-clicking! Press F2 for instant editing.

F3: Opens the search feature in most applications.  

 Lost in a document or webpage? Unleash F3, the ultimate search bar summoner. 

F4: Closes the current window in most applications when combined with Alt.  

This one's a double-edged sword. Alt + F4 closes the current window, but be careful – it can close programs too! Use wisely!

F5: Refreshes the page in web browsers and other applications.  

Refresh, Refresh, Refresh!: Need a website or document update? F5 is your digital refresh button, bringing you the latest.

F6: Moves the cursor to the address bar in most internet browsers. 

Juggling multiple windows? F6 cycles through them like a seasoned juggler, saving you clicks and precious time.

Master Function Keys -

F7: Varies by program, but often checks spelling and grammar in word processors.

In most word processors and text editors, F7 activates the spell checker, ensuring your writing is polished and error-free.

In some programs with multiple panes, like Windows Explorer, F7 shifts focus between them for efficient navigation.

F8: Used to enter the Windows startup menu (only works during boot-up).

Press F8 repeatedly during computer startup to access the Advanced Boot Options menu, where you can troubleshoot issues or start in Safe Mode.

In certain text editors, F8 enables extended text selection for advanced editing tasks.

F9: Varies by program.

In Microsoft Outlook, F9 sends and receives emails, syncing your inbox with the latest updates.

In Excel, F9 recalculates all open workbooks, ensuring your formulas are up-to-date and accurate.

F10: Activates the menu bar in many applications.

In most programs, F10 highlights the menu bar, allowing you to navigate menus using the arrow keys or letters, often without a mouse.

In Windows Explorer, F10 acts as a right-click, opening context menus for files and folders.

F11: Enters or exits full-screen mode in most browsers.

In most web browsers, F11 immerses you in full-screen mode, hiding toolbars and distractions for a focused viewing experience.

On some computers, pressing F11 during startup can lead to a hidden recovery partition for troubleshooting or system restoration.

F12: Opens the ‘Save As’ dialog in Microsoft Word.

In many programs, F12 opens the "Save As" dialog box, allowing you to save your work with a specific filename and location.

 In web browsers, F12 usually launches developer tools, giving you insights into website code and functionality for debugging or customization.


The F keys can greatly increase your productivity by providing quick access to commonly used functions.

Experimentation and exploration are key to discovering the full potential of your F keys!

What is your favorite F key?

How do you use it?

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Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Vacation Like a Pro: How to Set Up Gmail’s Vacation Responder

Have you ever worried about missing important emails while you’re on vacation? 

Want to let people know you’re out of office without having to manually reply to every email? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use Gmail’s vacation reply feature.

Here's how to do it.
  • Navigate to Gmail on your web browser.
  • Sign in to your account.
  • Click on the gear icon in the top right corner and select “See all settings”.
  • In the “General” tab, scroll down to the “Vacation responder” section.
  • Enter the first day of your vacation, the last day (if applicable).
  • Compose a clear and concise message explaining your absence and potential response delay.
    • Keep it professional yet friendly, perhaps adding a touch of vacation excitement (think palm trees, not spreadsheets).
  • Click "Only send a response to people in my Contacts" to only send a response to people listed in your Gmail contacts.
  • Click on “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page.

Gmail Vacation Responder

Enjoy guilt-free relaxation knowing emails are managed, and set expectations for your return. 

However, remember the responder might miss urgent messages, so notify trusted colleagues beforehand.

So be sure to set your message before you leave the office!

Do you set a "Vacation Reminder" when you are out of the office?  Let us know in the comments below.


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Monday, December 25, 2023

May the Force Be with Your Christmas Cheer: How to Watch the Star Wars Holiday Special

Merry Tech-Mas -
Remember the days when Christmas meant Wookiee carolers, Chewbacca sporting a Santa hat, and Harrison Ford rocking a fur-lined vest? 

And who can forget Life Day?

Or the very time Boba Fett appeared in Star Wars?

Here's a Cool Tip.  Watch the Star Wars Holiday special.

Yes, we're talking about the infamous Star Wars Holiday Special, a TV movie so bizarre it's practically become legend. 

Buckle up, rebels, because we're diving into how to watch this galactic oddity on YouTube!

Here's how to watch it.

Star Wars Holiday Special

The special is, well, a special experience. 

Expect cheesy dialogue, awkward musical numbers featuring Bea Arthur and Harvey Korman, and a storyline that makes even the Ewoks question their life choices.


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Sunday, December 24, 2023

Have a Merry Tech-Tastic Christmas for Your Tiny Elves: Top Tech Cool Tips for Parents!

So, you've got techy treasures under the tree for your kids, but are you ready to unleash the digital magic? 

Do you want to make sure they have a smooth and enjoyable experience with their new devices? 

Do you want to avoid any potential frustration or disappointment on the big day?

Here's are special Holiday Cool Tips to navigate the tech wonderland and make this Christmas truly merry.

Prep for Power:
  • Batteries, batteries, batteries! Stock up on rechargeable batteries and a charger. They'll save you money and the planet in the long run. Consider labeling them with different holiday-themed stickers to avoid sibling squabbles!
  • Charging stations: Invest in a multi-port charging station to avoid tangled cords and ensure all devices are fueled for action. 
  • Portable power banks: For on-the-go adventures, portable power banks are lifesavers. Choose kid-friendly designs and sizes for easy carrying.
Merry Tech-Mas

Unboxing the Fun:
  • Setup assistance: Be their tech helper elf! Set up tablets, games, and other devices together. This is a great bonding experience and ensures everything is safe and secure.
  • Parental controls: Activate parental controls on all devices to manage screen time, app downloads, and online activity. Explain these rules beforehand and involve your child in setting reasonable limits.
  • Content curation: Pre-download age-appropriate games, apps, and educational materials. Research safe online platforms for kids and create curated playlists or watchlists.

Keeping it Merry:
  • Screen time balance: Encourage healthy tech habits by setting screen time limits. Mix and match with non-screen activities like family games, outdoor adventures, and creative play.
  • Open communication: Talk to your kids about online safety, cyberbullying, and responsible tech use. Keep the lines of communication open and make them feel comfortable coming to you with any concerns.
  • Tech-free time zones: Designate tech-free zones like mealtimes, bedrooms, and family outings. This encourages face-to-face interaction and quality family time.

Remember, the best tech gift is one that complements your child's interests and encourages healthy digital habits. 

With these Merry Cool Tips, you can ensure your little ones have a joy-filled Christmas filled with tech wonders and lasting memories. 

Now go forth, tech-savvy Santa's elves, and sprinkle digital delight!

Have a Very Merry Cool Tip Christmas!

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Saturday, December 23, 2023

Use This Shortcut to Inject Emoji Power in Google Docs

Google Docs
Are you tired of dry docs devoid of personality? 

Do your reports read like tax forms on autopilot? 

Here's a Cool Tip.  Use Emojis in Google Docs.

Google Docs is a free, web-based word processor included as part of the G Suite by Google Cloud, which also features apps like Google Sheets, Google Slides, and Google Forms. 

Essentially, it's like a cloud-based Microsoft Word

Google Docs makes inserting emojis easy and there's even a cool keyboard shortcut.

Here's how to do it.

Google Docs - Insert Emoji
fig. 1 - Google Docs - Insert Emoji

  • Use the search bar to enter keywords like "cat," "rocket," or "celebration,". 
  • ⭐Keyboard Shortcut: Type ":" followed by the emoji name (e.g., ":cat") to find the perfect emoji.
Google Docs - Keyboard Shortcut ":"
fig. 2 - Google Docs - Keyboard Shortcut ":"

Emojis can enhance engagement, add personality, and even make complex topics more approachable

Remember, less is often more. 

Go overboard with emojis and you risk looking unprofessional or childish. 

Choose wisely!

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Friday, December 22, 2023

Escape the Hustle! Deck Your Web with Festive Webcams from Around the World

Have you ever dream of sipping hot cocoa by a crackling fire in a Bavarian wonderland? 

Or maybe catching Santa's elves hard at work in their frosty Finnish workshop? 

Here's a Friday Funday Holiday Cool Tip.  Experience Christmas magic from around the world with the enchanting realm of festive webcams!

Escape the holiday hustle and bustle from the comfort of your own home.

Stop 1: Leavenworth, Washington – A Bavarian Christmas Dream

Step into a storybook Christmas scene with the Leavenworth Cam. 

Watch snow gently blanket charming Bavarian-style buildings adorned with sparkling lights, and listen to the joyful carols echoing through the quaint town square. 

Stop 2: Rovaniemi, Lapland, Finland – Santa's Official HQ

Get up close and personal with the Christmas capital of the world! The Santa Claus Village webcam takes you right to the heart of the action, where elves busily prepare for the big night. 

Spot reindeer prancing through the snow, peek into Santa's house (if you're good!), and maybe even catch a glimpse of the jolly man himself.

Stop 3: Times Square, New York City – Dazzling City Lights

Experience the electrifying energy of Christmas in the Big Apple! 

Witness the awe-inspiring crowds, marvel at the dazzling billboards, and soak in the infectious holiday spirit.


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