Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Unlocking a Treasure Trove of Knowledge: Exploring Wikipedia's List of Lists of Lists

In the vast ocean of information available on the internet, Wikipedia stands as a beacon of knowledge. 

With its comprehensive articles covering various topics, it has become an indispensable resource for many. 

However, nestled within this vast repository of information lies a Cool Tip known as the  List of Lists of Lists

This invaluable resource offers a condensed yet powerful collection of information on a wide range of subjects. 

The Wikipedia List of Lists of Lists is a curated compilation of categorized lists, providing a quick overview of information in a concise format. 

It serves as a gateway to explore and navigate through an extensive array of topics with ease. 

The value of this resource lies in its ability to save time and effort by condensing information into easily digestible formats. 

Suppose you are an aspiring writer seeking inspiration for your next novel. 

By exploring the Lists of Lists of Lists related to literature, you can uncover a plethora of possibilities. 

In the "Category:Literature" section, you will find subcategories like "Book awards," "Best-selling books," "Lists of books," and more. 

Wikipedia List of Lists of Lists
fig.1 - Wikipedia List of Lists of Lists, Literature

By delving into these lists, you can discover renowned authors, notable works, and literary milestones that can serve as a springboard for your creativity.


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Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Tick Tock: Windows 11 Now Shows Seconds in Taskbar Clock!

Windows 11
Have you ever found yourself staring at the clock on your computer, waiting for the minute to change? 

Do you wish you could see the seconds ticking by? 

Well, now you can! 

With the latest update to Windows 11, you can now enable the display of seconds in the Taskbar clock. 

Seconds Shown in Windows 11 Taskbar Clock
fig.1 - Seconds Shown in Taskbar Clock

Here's how to do it:

  • Be sure you have the latest Windows Update
  • Open Settings on Windows 11.
  • Click on Personalization.
  • Click the Taskbar page.
    • You can also right-click the taskbar and select Taskbar Settings
  • Click the Taskbar behaviors setting.
  • Check the Show seconds in system tray clock option to enable the feature.

Shows Seconds in Windows 11 Taskbar
fig. 2 - Show Seconds

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Monday, May 29, 2023

Unlock the Power of Picture-to-Text with Microsoft OneNote!

Have you ever found yourself struggling to transcribe text from an image? 

Do you wish there was an easier way to convert image text into editable text?

Why should you have to re-type text?

Look no further than this Cool Tip:  

Use Microsoft OneNote’s picture-to-text feature!

Here’s how to use it:

  • Open OneNote
  • Paste a picture into OneNote or 
  • Go to Insert > Picture to choose an picture from your device to import it into OneNote.

Picture in OneNote
fig.1 - Picture in OneNote

  • Right-click on the picture and choose Copy Text from Picture from the drop-down menu
Copy Text from Picture
fig.2 - Right-click picture for Copy Text from Picture

  • Paste the extracted text into OneNote notes or other apps for further use.

Paste Text from Picture
fig. 3 - Paste Text

It’s that simple! 

With this feature, you can easily convert text from images into editable text, saving you time and effort.

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Sunday, May 28, 2023

Snip like a Pro with These Shortcuts

Windows Snipping Tool
Do you know the Snipping shortcuts?

Windows Snipping Tool is a powerful and versatile tool that can help you capture your screen with ease.

These keyboard shortcuts will help you use this amazing tool.

Here's how.

Windows Snipping Tool Example
fig. 1 - Snip a Screen Capture

Snipping Tool Keyboard shortcuts - Windows 10/8 (Snip and Capture Tool)

  • Windows Key + Shift + S –  The screen will darken while you select an area for a screenshot 
  • Alt + D – Sets a delay for the screen capture by 1-5 seconds
  • Alt + M – Choose a snip mode
  • Alt + N – Create a new snip in the same mode as the last one
  • Ctrl + C – Copy the snip to the clipboard.
  • Ctrl + O – Open File
  • Ctrl + P – Print
  • Shift + Arrow keys – Move the cursor to select a rectangular snip area
Note:  Windows 11 has fewer shortcuts.  Use Windows Key + Shift + S to capture a screenshot.


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Saturday, May 27, 2023

Unleash the Power of Google Chrome's Task Manager

Do you ever feel like your Google Chrome browser is running slow? 

Or maybe you're having trouble with a particular website and you're not sure why. 

If so, check out this Cool Tip:  use the Google Chrome Task Manager to troubleshoot the problem.

The Task Manager shows you a list of all the tabs, extensions, and processes that are currently running in Chrome. 

This is similar to Microsoft Edge's Task Manager.

You can use it to see which tabs are using up the most memory, CPU, or network resources. 

You can also use it to end a process that is causing problems.

Here's how to use it.

  • Open Google Chrome
  • Press Shift + Esc or 
  • Select the three-dot menu at the top-right, followed by hovering over More tools and selecting Task Manager.
  • The current tab will be highlighted. you can select another one.
  • Once you select a process, select End process.
Chrome Task Manager
fig. 1 - Google Chrome Task Manager

The Task Manager will show you a list of all the tabs, extensions, and processes that are currently running in Chrome. The columns in the list show the following information:

  • Name: The name of the tab, extension, or process.
  • CPU: The amount of CPU that the tab, extension, or process is using.
  • Memory: The amount of memory that the tab, extension, or process is using.
  • Network: The amount of network bandwidth that the tab, extension, or process is using.

You can sort the list by any of the columns by clicking on the column header. 

The Google Chrome Task Manager is a powerful tool that can help you troubleshoot problems with your browser. 

If you're having trouble with Chrome, be sure to give it a try.


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Friday, May 26, 2023

How to Play Google Breakout

Do you remember the classic arcade game Breakout? 

Here's a Cool Tip for Friday Funday:  Google Breakout

Now you can play it online for free! 

To play, go to:

You can also find the link by searching Google Image and searching for Breakout.

Google Breakout
fig. 1 - Google Breakout

How to Play

  • The goal is to use a paddle to hit a ball and break all of the bricks on the screen. 
  • Use the mouse of the keyboard arrow keys to move the cursor left or right.
  • As you break bricks, you will earn points. 
  • The game ends when all of the bricks are broken or when the ball falls off the screen.

That's it!


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Thursday, May 25, 2023

The Secret Shortcut You Need to Know About the Excel Formula Bar!

Microsoft Excel
Are you tired of scrolling left and right to view long formulas in Microsoft Excel? 

Do you want to learn a quick and easy way to expand the formula bar? 

Expanding the formula bar in Microsoft Excel is a useful trick that can help you view long formulas without having to scroll left and right. 

There are two ways to expand the formula bar in Excel. 

  • The first way is to hover your mouse near the bottom of the formula bar until you see an up-and-down white arrow
    • Click that arrow and drag down until the bar gets big enough to accommodate the entire formula. 
  • The second way is to use a keyboard shortcut: Press Ctrl + Shift + U.
Microsoft Excel Formula Bar
fig. 1 - Expand the Excel Formula Bar

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Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Use this Microsoft Edge Cool Tip to Go To a Website

Microsoft Edge Browser
Are you tired of copying and pasting URLs from web pages to your browser’s address bar? 

Do you want to save time and effort while browsing the web? 

If yes, then you’re in the right place! 

In this Cool Tip you'll learn how to use Microsoft Edge browser to highlight text and go to a website. 

Most websites will hyperlink a web address so that readers can just click.

But when you see just plain text, use this Cool Tip.

It will help you save time and make your browsing experience more efficient. 

Let’s get started!

Here's how to do it.

  1. Open Microsoft Edge browser.
  2. Highlight the text you want to go to a website.
  3. Right-click on the highlighted text and select “Go to” option.
  4. The highlighted text will be automatically copied into the address bar and you will be taken to that website.

Microsoft Edge Highlight Text to Go To a Website
fig. 1 - Example of Highlighting Text to go to a Website

That's it!


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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

How to Convert Currency in Windows 11

Windows 11
Do you have a big international trip coming up?

Are you tired of manually converting currency? 

Do you want to know how to quickly convert currency? 

Here's a Cool Tip: use the Windows 11 search feature to convert currency.

For example, you can use this Cool Tip to determine how many Great Britain Pounds $100 will buy. 

Here's how to convert currency using Windows 11 search.

  • Open the Windows 11 search bar by clicking on the magnifying glass icon in the taskbar or by pressing the Windows key + S.
  • Type 100 USD to GBP in the search bar and press Enter.
  • The search results will display the converted amount of $100 in British pounds.

Convert Currency in Windows 11 Search
fig. 1 - Convert Currency in Windows 11 Search

It’s that simple! 

You can use this method to convert any currency you want. Windows 11 search also supports other units of measurement such as temperature, distance, and weight.

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Monday, May 22, 2023

How to Create Graphics and Illustrations Using PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint
Are you tired of spending hours creating artwork and design elements for your projects? 

Here's a Cool Tip: Look no further than Microsoft PowerPoint! 

This versatile tool is not just for presentations - it can also be used to create artwork and designs in just a few simple steps. 

This can save you the cost and complexity of buying more complicated and expensive software.

Here's how to use PowerPoint as a simple solution for creating artwork, text and design elements for normal computer users.

  • Open PowerPoint.
  • Select a blank slide.
  • Click on the Insert tab and select Shapes to add shapes to your slide.
  • You can also add text by clicking on the Insert tab and selecting Text Box.
  • To add images or pictures, click on the Insert tab and select Pictures.
  • Right-mouse click any object to Format.  Change the color of lines and fill.  Change the size and pattern for any line or object.
  • As you can see in fig. 1 below,  a snip of an Excel sheet was brought into PowerPoint, red boxes drawn around key areas, and a large red arrow was added.  Then this image was snipped, saved and then brought into a final document.
  • You can also use PowerPoint's built-in design templates to create professional-looking designs for your artwork.
PowerPoint as Graphics Editor Example
fig. 1 - Use PowerPoint to Compose Graphics
  • Use the Windows Snipping Tool (shortcut is Shift+Windows+S keyboard shortcut) to select your new artwork.  Save the image for future use as well.
  • You can also save the PowerPoint deck for future use if you need to modify the image.


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Sunday, May 21, 2023

How to Survive the End of Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10
Are you still using Windows 10? 

If so, you might want to pay attention to this Cool Tip. 

Microsoft announced that Windows 10 will reach its end of life on October 14, 2025. 

What does this mean for you? 

Windows 10 End of Life October 14 2025
fig. 1 - Microsoft Windows 10 End of Life
- October 14, 2025

Circle this date on your calendar!  


After this date, Microsoft will no longer provide security updates or support for the operating system.

The final version is 22H2, released on October 10, 2022.

And until then, Microsoft will not release any major updates or enhancements to Windows 10.

To check if your current Windows 10 PC can run Windows 11, download the PC Health Check app once it becomes available. 

The app will provide an indication if and when your PC is eligible for the update.

If your PC can't be updated, you'll need to consider buying a new PC with Windows 11 pre-installed.

But wait... change is constant.

Windows 12 is expected to be released near the end of 2024.

So whatever you do, keep your system up-to-date, make back-ups regularly, and update your anti-virus protection!

And don't forget to create your personal Disaster Recovery Plan!


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Saturday, May 20, 2023

How to Use ChatGPT iPhone App: Your Personal AI Assistant in Your Pocket!

Are you tired of searching the internet for answers to your questions? 

Do you wish you had a personal assistant to help you find the information you need? 

Here's a Cool Tip:  Check out the new official ChatGPT iPhone app! 

The official ChatGPT iPhone app is a powerful tool that can help you get answers to your questions quickly and easily. 

Whether you’re looking for information on a particular topic or just want to chat with an AI assistant, the ChatGPT iPhone app is the perfect solution

Here's how to use it.

  • Download the official ChatGPT app from the iPhone App Store. 
    • The app is compatible with iOS 16.1 or later.
  •  Once downloaded, open the app and log in to your OpenAI account
    • If you don;t have an account, you can sign up for one.
  • After logging in, you can start using the app by typing your query in the send a message box and tapping the send icon.
  • ChatGPT will output its answer to your query.
  • To access the ChatGPT settings, tap the menu icon (three lines) for the sidebar menu.

ChatGPT iPhone App
fig.1 - ChatGPT iPhone app

Note:  You can also use the voice to text feature to speak your request.  Just click the sound icon, say your request and tap to stop recording.  Your request will be turned into text.  Click the send icon to send your request to ChatGPT.

fig. 2 - Voice to Text ChatGPT iPhone app

Android owners will need to wait a bit longer for an app.  ChatGPT says that an Android app is coming "soon".


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