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,
Brad

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.



Take care,
Brad

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)
flashlight
orientation
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 - https://twitter.com/OverviewerApp.





Take care,
Brad





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,
Brad


    How to change the default font style, size, and line spacing in Google Docs

     If you would like to adjust the default font style, size, and line spacing in Google Docs here are the steps:

    • Make sure to highlight the text you have typed
    • Select the font style drop down menu and choose your desired font (Times New Roman is what is in the example video below.
    • Select the font size drop down menu and choose your desired font size (in the video I chose 12)
    • Select the line spacing drop down menu and choose your desired line spacing (in the video I chose Double
    • Select the Normal Text drop down menu
    • Choose the arrow next to Normal Text and select update Normal Text to match
    • Select the Normal Text drop down menu
    • Choose the options menu
    • Choose Save as my default styles.
    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 7 second YouTube tutorial.




    Take care,
    Brad

    Monday, February 15, 2021

    Google now has a native screen recorder on your Chromebook - try it out now in Experiments

    Google developers have created a native solution to your Chromebook's Chrome operating system. In order to try out this feature enter into Chrome's Experiments by clicking chrome://flags/  and then typing in screen capture and enable the experiment. You will then need to relaunch Chrome.

    In order to bring up the ability to screen record you can either click on the "Screen capture" button on the shelf quick settings or press the Ctrl, Shift, and Overview keys. You will then see floating bar at the bottom of your Chromebook's screen.
    You will then see the ability to take a screen shot, either full or partial. You can then find the screenshot in the files of your Chromebook and choose images.

    But for the fun part is the new screen recorder. Once you select the screen recorder you have the same option to record either a certain section of your screen or the whole screen. 

    There is a 3 second countdown and then the recording starts. To end the recording you simple need to select the option to stop recording at the bottom right of the toolbar. The video is now stored in the video section of your files.

    Embedded below is a 3 minute and 9 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,
    Brad





    Saturday, February 6, 2021

    QR code generator automatically built into search bar in newest version of Chrome.

     Nice new feature in Google Chrome's desktop browser - the ability to automatically create a QR code of the particular site you are using.

    Simply update your browser to the newest version. As of the date of this post (2/6/21) it is Version 88.0.4324.150.

    • To update your browser select the three dots in the upper right of Chrome
    • Select settings
    • Select About Chrome
    • Chrome will now update
    Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute video on how to update to newest version and what the QR code generator looks like.








    Take care,
    Brad

    Monday, January 25, 2021

    How to change the default font size or style in Microsoft Word

     If you would like to customize the default font size or character options you can simply select (Ctrl + D) - or choose the icon in the bottom right under font.



    Embedded below is a 46 second YouTube tutorial.


    Take care,
    Brad




    How to take a quick screenshot on your Windows based device - Windows Key + Shift + s

     Today I was working with a teacher who mentioned how she would love if there was a shortcut to take a snip of an image on her screen (other than using the Snipping Tool). 

    Well, there is. Simply use the (Windows Key) + (Shift) + (S).



    Embedded below is a 37 second YouTube tutorial.

    Take care,

    Brad  

    Friday, January 8, 2021

    ChromeVox - Chromebook's screen reader - how to toggle on or off

     Ever have your Chromebook reading a page for you? It is possible that you (or someone) has enabled ChromeVox. ChromeVox is Google's screen reader.

    There are a few ways to enable or disable this feature.

    You can turn ChromeVox on or off from any page by pressing Ctrl + Alt + z. On tablets: Press and hold the Volume down + Volume up buttons for 5 seconds. While holding the buttons, you’ll hear a sound to indicate it’s working. Keep holding the buttons, then ChromeVox will start speaking.

    It is possible that it was turned on by selecting the system menu (bottom right corner where you see volume) and then choosing accessibility and turn off ChromeVox.

    Embedded below is a 1 minute and 39 second YouTube tutorial.



    Take care,

    Brad