Monday, August 2, 2021

Google Maps - how to change your vehicle and add reports.

In Google Maps it is very simple to change your vehicle. Simply select the blue circle with the white triangle and you will see three three options (red, green, and yellow vehicles).

Also, if you would like to add a report, simply select the circle with a plus on the right-hand side. There you will see options to add a report for the following: crash, speed trap, slowdown, construction, lane closure, stalled vehicle, and object on road.

Embedded below is a 41 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care, Brad

Sunday, August 1, 2021

How to adjust the compass in Google Maps.

 Ever use Google Maps and find the compass is showing you the actual cardinal directions, but you want it easier to see what driving direction to go? If so - simply look on the right hand side for the compass (on my phone it was the second from the bottom). 😀

Embedded below is a 23 second YouTube tutorial.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Use bookmarks in Google Docs to send readers to an exact point in your document that you would like them to see.

Bookmarks in Docs are just like a bookmark that you would use to mark your place in a book. You use bookmarks to mark a location in a document so that you can quickly find and jump back to it. This is quite helpful, especially when you may have lots of documents to read/edit.

Another use would be to allow you or your readers to jump to a specific part in the doc itself. To do this:

  • Insert a bookmark at the specific part of your doc

  • Click on the bookmark

  • Right click where it says link

  • Copy the URL and place it in your document.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 45 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,


Monday, June 28, 2021

How to see a Live Photo on your Lock Screen on an iPhone.

 The other day I noticed that if I took a Live Photo from my photos and set it on my Lock Screen, I could still see the movable photo. Pretty cool!

The whole process is pretty simple.

  • Take a live photo
  • When selecting the photo share it and Use as Wallpaper
  • Press on the photo to make sure it "moves"
  • select Set
  • choose Lock Screen
Nest time you open your phone - press on the photo and see it Live!

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 9 second video.

Take care,

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Have a song stuck in your head that you can hum but can't think of the name of? Try a Google search.

If you can't think of the name of the song, but you can hum it - try opening up a Google search, tap the mic and then tap search a song and hum the song.

Embedded below is a 48 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

Icons all on 2nd monitor? Here is one way to bring them back to the screen you want.

If you are using multiple screens, odds are your icons may someday end up on the wrong screen. One way to get them back is to click your mouse on the screen with all icons and select Ctrl A. This will select all icons and you can drag them to your main screen.

Embedded below is a 35 second YouTube tutorial.

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Thursday, February 25, 2021

3 Ways to take a picture/screenshot on your Windows 10 device Windows Key Shift S is the quickest

 If you want to take a screenshot on your Windows 10 device, I have three ways below.

  1. You can select Alt + Print Screen - this will create a full screenshot where you can place the image in Paint or anywhere you would like your screenshot.
  2. Snipping tool
    1. Has a number of options under the mode that allows you to Snip as a Free-Form, Rectangular, Window, or Full-Screen.
      1. You can also delay the Snip from No delay to 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 seconds

     3. The quickest and easiest way is to hold down The Windows Key, Shift, and S. You can then place 
          the image in something like Paint or a Google Doc, etc.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial.

Take care,

How to change the font size and font style quickly in Microsoft Outlook

 If you would like to change the font size and font style in Microsoft Outlook try the following:

  • Select View
  • Change view
  • Manage view
  • Modify
  • Other settings
  • Change column and row font
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 4 second YouTube tutorial.

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Saturday, February 20, 2021

Turn Your iPhone or iPad Into a Document Camera in Zoom using the Overviewer app

The ability to have a document camera by your side during remote learning has been extremely beneficial. However, a number of teachers still come up asking if they know where I can find a cheap one or if I know anyone who has one "lying around".

Well, if you have an iPhone or iPad and use Zoom - the Overviewer app is a great and free alternative. What I really like about this app is the ability to rotate your screen easily to landscape and zoom in and out. 

Once you start Zoom and screen share you then have options at the bottom of the screen (see embedded picture below). 
select the three dots for settings (see picture below)
depending on type of iPhone the far right deals with different lenses

Embedded below is a followed by a 2 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial followed by a tutorial that the creator made (very informative and easy to follow).

Good follow as well on Twitter to stay up-to-date -

Take care,

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

How to make the most of Tab Groups in Google Chrome

The ability to add a tab to a new group is finally available for all users in Google Chrome. This is a nice feature (has been an experiment) and allows users to group tabs together.

If you would like to take those tabs to the next level try adding a few "Tab Group" experiments in Chrome's chrome://flags/.

  • When in experiments type in Tab Groups and enable the experiments you see in the screenshot below and relaunch Chrome when prompted.

Embedded below is a 1 minute and 47 second YouTube tutorial.

If you would like your Tabs to come up the next time be sure to select the three dots (upper right in Chrome) and either choose history>recently closed or.... settings> scroll down to on startup> continue where you left off.

Take care,