Thursday, March 26, 2015

TechTip Thursday: How To Add A Picture To Word Document

Hey everyone! Today I will be talking about how to add a picture to your word document. It is a quick and easy process that will only take a few steps to do.

There are two ways to add a picture to a document. First is to select a picture from the files on your computer. The second would be to add a picture from an online source.

To add a picture from your computer click on insert, then Pictures.

From here a window will open up that will allow you to select different pictures from your computer and add them in. 

Once an image is inserted into your document, you can made the appropriate edits to the picture under Format in the top ribbon. Be sure to select Wrap Text and select Tight. This will allow your picture to move around text and fit in to any space you want. You can also adjust the picture in other ways depending on where you want it located. 

For online pictures just select the Online Pictures located next to the Pictures icon. You can search your OneDrive or Bing search to find the image your want. Once the image is inserted, do the same kind of formatting like you did in the previous step.

There you have it! You can get more in depth by looking at the different options and trying out what works for you to see what you like. 

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

TechTip Thursday: How to Add Music to PowerPoint 2013

Hey everyone! Today I'll be talking about how to add audio to your Power Point. It's quick, easy, and everyone can do it.

In all recent versions of Office with the ribbon interface, you have to click on Insert and then click on Sound or Audio at the far right. In PowerPoint 2013 – AIFF, AU, MIDI, MP3, WAV, WMA plus MP4 audio are accepted.
In Office 2013, you’ll see the Audio on My PC Record Sound, and Online Audio options.

If you already have an audio file you would like to import, then go ahead and choose Audio on My PC. The audio file has to be in one of the formats mentioned above.
Choose Online Audio if you want to search Microsoft Online collections for free sounds. Just type in a search term and a list of available free sounds will appear. Click on any item to insert the audio into your presentation. Sometimes you won’t find very many or any sounds using this option..
The Record Audio option is straightforward and works very well. A small audio recording dialog pops up and you just press the record button to start a new recording.

Press stop, click OK and the recorded audio will be inserted into current slide of your presentation. This is a super easy way to add some voice overs to your slides.
Once you have added the audio using any of the above methods to your presentation, you can click on it and you will see a new menu called Audio Tools appear at the very top.

If you click on Playback, you will see a bunch of options like PreviewBookmarksEditing, and Audio Options. To hear your audio just press Playback.

There you have it! You can get more in depth by messing around with the editing options and customizing to how you want the audio to play.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

TechTip Thursday: Fix An Android Phone That Will Not Charge.

Hi everyone! Today I will be talking to you about a problem that every Android user has faced at least once. Your phone not charging. This issue can be the result of multiple causes and can be fixed by trying these easy solutions.

USB Port Repair 

When you constantly plug in and remove your USB charging cable, it can cause issues with the charging port on your phone. The charging end of your cable may not be connecting with your phones port. This issue is the a common cause of charging failure and may fix your problem.

In order to begin repair you will need to shut off your phone, remove your battery, if possible, and find a pin or needle small enough to insert into your phones port. You can then carefully use your pin or needle to move the inner tab part of port up so that it will align with your charging cable.

Change Cables

You get used to using the same cable over and over again. So you don't really consider the possibility of it ever going out. That cable and block may stop working after a long period of use. Always check to replace the cable first since it is the cheaper of the two. If getting a new cable does not work, then try replacing the block. Finally always double check to make sure the cable you are using is compatible with you phone. It doesn't happen often, but it is always a possibility.

Replace Your Battery

Sometimes you get to the point where you phone just will not charge at all. Your first thought maybe to replace the phone if all other attempts to fix it have failed. Before you decide to do a complete replacement of the phone, get a new battery first! Simply switching out a battery can solve any almost any charging you have. Ask your phone provider if you are eligible for a free phone battery replacement.

If all else fails, it may be time to get a new phone. Also, stop by the your nearest phone providers store to see if they can help repair your issue.

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

TechTip Thursday: Mac Can "Summarize"

Hello Everyone! There's a new hidden Mac feature that can help everyone with lengthy articles. The feature is called "summarize" and it is built into every Mac.

To enable this great feature you'll first want to open up system preferences and navigate to "keyboard".

 Next you will want to click on the "Shortcuts" tab.

Then you will want to click on "services" in the box on the left side.

Then you will want to find the "summarize" in the box on the right hand side.
Note: you may have to scroll near the bottom depending on how much is installed on your computer.

You now have summarize activated; to use the feature highlight a piece of text.

Go to "services" then click "summarize"

You'll get this box with the summarized text. You can use the slider in the box to move between 1 and 100 percent of the highlighted text. It will vary in length depending on what you select.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

TechTip Thrusday: Useful Extensions With Your Browser

Hello again! Today I will be talking about how to improve your browser experience through the use of extensions that are available for your browser. 

Extensions are like apps, but for your browser. Extensions can do a variety of different things such as blocking adds, downloading video, or even allowing your browser to interact with apps on your phone. 

Some extensions that I use on my chrome browser are AdBlock, Page Monitor, and Push Bullet.

AdBlock is an extension that can, as the name implies, block any and all ads from websites that you visit. This can also stop those pesky youtube ads that always seem to load faster that the video itself. Only draw back would be that AdBlock may interfere with access to some sites such as Hulu, however the settings can be set to make certain site exempt from being blocked.

Page Monitor is a simple extension that can keep track of changes that occur on a certain web page and notify you when those changes occur. You can set how often it checks and how it notifies you. So you will always know when a sales happens on your favorite clothing site. 

Push Bullet is an extension that allows for interaction between your phone and browser. It enables you to response to text messages from your browser, store notifications, and send links or notes to any device that you have Push Bullet on. It is very easy to use and customize. 

In order to see if any of these extensions and more are available for your browser, check out the links below for each store. 


Internet Explorer



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Thursday, February 19, 2015

TechTip Thrusday: Own A Lenovo? You Could Be At Risk To Attacks.

Hi and welcome to another TechTip Thursday. Today I will be taking about a severe problem with certain Lenovo devices. Recently it has been discovered that Lenovo has been installing an adware software on to their new devices. The adware known as Superfish is a very dangerous program that allows itself to access any data from sites that you visit regardless if you have a secure connection or not.

The adware functions by monitoring websites you access and gathers information that it then uses to send to advertisement companies. The software even functions under secure connections by communicating with the site you are accessing and telling it that you are secure. However, this is a big problem since the software itself is not secure. The right person with an open access point along with the right software could monitor a Lenovo user, gather all their information, and send false updates along with malware to their devices.

If you have a Lenovo immediately find out if you have this on you device. To test you device and see if you are infected use this site. In order to remove this software you will need to follow these instructions .

Alternatively you could wipe your hard drive and then reinstall windows, which if you have the know how and resources, I would highly recommend.

Good Luck and Be Safe!!

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

TechTip Thrusday: 5 Ways To Protect Your Online Information.

Hey everyone! Today I will be talking about one of the most important things when using the internet, Security. I will give you a list of tips that can keep you safe!

Keep your operating system / app up-to-date: Your everyday computer use is something you do not want to be interrupted. So you usually ignore popups or prompts to update. This, can put your self at risk. App or system updates keep your devices safe and allow them to function properly by having everything with the latest software.

Invest in free online protection software: Everyone should be secure with how easily you can access free software. There are always threats that can harm your computer when surfing the internet. Being cautious and alert will always benefit you. Here is some free software that can help keep you safe.


Mac: ClamXAV
PC: Malwarebytes


Mac and PC: AVG

Create a secure password: Now I know what you're thinking, "No one will guess it" or "It takes to much time". Well taking the short time to update you passwords can save you a world of headache. Keeping your password too simple, using the same one for multiple sites, or leaving the default one can put you at risk. Doing so makes it easier for people to gain access to your personal information. Here is a list of the 25 most used passwords in 2014. If you have anything close to these or similar you can be putting you and your information at a great risk.

Watch where you click: Everyone has to deal with pop up ads now and again. They are fairly easy to ignore or you can block them completely with ad block . Sometimes you can make the wrong click and end up installing malware or viruses. So be careful of the sites you go to and what you click. If it sounds too goo to be true, don't click.

Don't click .exe: Getting this type of file is normal when you are installing a program. However, if you receive this type of file in an email from an unknown source. DO NOT OPEN. This type of file is a virus and will infect your computer. Always check to see who you receive emails from.


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