I am a really long time user of the Snipping Tool in Windows. It has been very valuable to take a picture of something on your screen to either save, copy or even print. Windows is moving this feature to a new utility call Snip & Sketch. Try it out: Press Windows logo key + Shift + S to open the snipping bar, then drag the cursor over the area you want to capture. The area you snipped will be saved to your clipboard. You can then paste it into an email or Word document.
Automatically back up folders – Most of the time when I ask users if they like One Drive, they admit they have no idea what I am talking about. One Drive is cloud space that Microsoft gives you when you use their Office program. Keep your Documents, Pictures, and Desktop folders automatically backed up with OneDrive so they’re protected even if you lose your PC. On the right side of the taskbar, select OneDrive > More > Settings. On the AutoSave tab, select Update folders and specify which folders you’d like to automatically sync. If you don’t see the One Drive icon on your taskbar, simply click on the Windows logo on the left, or use the Windows key on your keyboard and type OneDrive.
Tip of the month
Improving your Internet
In these days of working from home the last thing you need is to be frustrated by your internet – speed, access, range, etc… There are a few fairly inexpensive options that can improve the situation.
1. If you haven’t replaced your router in the last 3-4 years, this would be a good time. The latest types of routers are called Mesh Systems. Google’s is one of the more highly rated. Others are Netgear Orbi, and Amazon’s Eero. The cost will depend on how many “satellites” or “orbs” that you want to set up around your home or office. Each one will extend your range and improve the speed of your wifi. Expect to spend between $200 and $300.
2. Another option is using a powerline adapter. Basically this will have 2 parts. One connects into a port on your router. The other simply plugs into an electrical outlet in the room where you need to have hard wired access. An Ethernet cable is plugged into your computer and the other end is plugged into the device in the outlet. Powerline adapters pass the network connection through your home or office’s electrical wiring. You will have no loss of speed.