Smarter Searches

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by on January 25, 2011 at 9:07 am

If you use the current “Canned Searches” such as All Images, All Movies, All Documents from your finder window, then you might enjoy adding a few more of those search fields. Open up your finder and hit the keys CMD+Shift+G for opening quick address jump. Copy the address below and paste it into the address field. You will now find some additional search fields which you can drag and drop over to your sidebar. See screenshot below for example. 

/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Resources/CannedSearches/



Blank Page in Word

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by on January 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Does it seem that sometimes Word documents will have a last page that is blank that almost seems impossible to delete? An easy way to rid of that last page is to place the cursor after the last character in your document and press “Shift+Command+Forward Arrow” keys which selects all after the last character. Then just press the “Delete” key and that last stubborn page should be removed.

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iTunes Keyboard Shortcuts

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by on January 18, 2011 at 9:02 am

Here are some pretty nifty iTunes keyboard shortcuts to save you some extra time:

The Space Bar: If you have an item selected (song, audiobook, video, etc) press the space bar to start playing it, press it again to pause.

Command-L: Will get you back to the item in the location where you started playing it (your library, playlist, shared library) so if your like me and are browsing around the iTunes music store or your library this is a quick way to dive right back where you started.

Command-T: Will bring up the iTunes visualizer which will give you some flashy visuals while you listen to your tracks (just don’t stare at it for to long might cause dizziness or a nauseated
feeling 🙂 )

Command-Shift-N: If you have a bunch of tracks selected and want to make a new playlist of those tracks, just use this combo. The playlist will get added to your sidebar, and the name will highlight so you can change it.

If you know of other shortcuts please share the below in the comment section for others to use and enjoy.

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Word Document, protected?

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by on January 14, 2011 at 9:21 am

You have a word document that is password protected and don’t know the password? There is a work around to remove the protection and allow you to edit the document again. First just open the document and save it as a RTF (Rich Text Format) file. Close the file and then reopen it again in word. In the menu options click on “Tools”, “Unprotect Document”, now the password is no longer required. Finally just re-save the file as a word document again and your all set.

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Excel Tips

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by on January 14, 2011 at 8:03 am

Tip 1:

To insert the date as a time stamp (won’t change next time you change the document) press Control-Semicolon (;) To insert the time, press Control-Shift-Semicolon. If you want a date and time that updates each time, type =NOW() into a cell.

Tip 2:

A quick way of making pop-up menu is to enter the pop up choices into a series of out of the way cells. For example type Apples, Oranges, Lemons, Pears into D1 to D4. Click on the cell you want the pop-up menu in (B1 for example). Now click in the Data menu and choose Validation. Click on the settings tab and choose List from the Allow pop-up menu. In the source box that appears, enter your data range (D1 to D4) and click ok.

You will now see your pop-up menu then to just clean things up, select your cells D1-D4 and change the text color to white making them invisible.

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Home Sharing (iTunes)

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by on January 13, 2011 at 1:17 pm

There is a new feature in iTunes now that allows you to share your music between computers, rather then just streaming it across your network. It makes it easier to transfer your purchases between computers without having to use flash drives or e-mail attachments. You will see Home Sharing on your list of items where your music, movies, etc is located. An iTunes store account is required to use Home Sharing and the computer needs to be authorized to play the content.

Once that is set-up the lists will appear below “Shared” in the iTunes window. Now you will be able to choose any media type including Music, Movies, TV Shows, and it doesn’t make a difference if it was purchased through iTunes to transfer from one computer to another.

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Duplicates in iTunes

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by on January 6, 2011 at 8:41 am

A feature of iTunes is the “Display Duplicates” option located in the File menu. It is a useful feature when wanting to find and delete duplicate songs in your library. By default iTunes defines duplicate as “Is long as the Song Name and Artist are the same, the song will be seen as a duplicate“. This can be annoying if you have different versions of the same song on different albums and want to keep both.

To make iTunes be more strict when showing duplicates, hold down the “Option” key before selecting the menu item, you will see it change from “Display Duplicates” to “Display Exact Duplicates” so now only songs that have exactly the same information will be displayed, allowing more ease to find true duplicates.

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Your Thoughts?

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by on January 6, 2011 at 8:00 am

Now that our technology blog has been up for a few months what are your thoughts on the blog? We will continue to keep it updated with the latest tips, tech and training information, and helpful guides to help you master your mac even more. Please leave your suggestions and comments below to let us know your ideas and thoughts and what you might like to see included.

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