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Easy Fix for Word Spacing

Before submitting a finished paper use the find key and press the space bar twice to correct accidental double spaces between words.

Undo everywhere to fix those little mistakes Did you know you can undo almost any action? Ctrl + Z is the ultimate hot key, and for sure you knew about it already, however note that undo doesn't just apply to typing. If you accidentally delete or move a file, you can hit Ctrl + Z to bring it right back to where it was (Ctrl + Y will redo whatever you undid).


How-To Geek is an online technology magazine and one of the top 500 websites in the US. Since it was created more than a decade ago, the site’s 10,000+ in-depth articles have been read over 1 billion times. More than 15 million people read our articles every month. Based in Virginia, How-To Geek is an independent company that remains fully owned by its founders, Lowell Heddings and Erik Wang. Unlike many other websites, How-To Geek was built without any outside investment or corporate ownership. It remains an independent organization today.

Lifewire provides expert-created, real-world technology content for more than 10 million users like you every month. I really like this site, the articles are easy to understand and the visuals are great. They really do live up to their tagline, Tech Untangled.

The Lifewire homepage is broken down into four categories, How To, Fix, Buy and Do More. Check out the Feb 6, 2019 article, How to Cancel a PayPal Payment, it's not always possible.

MakeUseOf is an online publication that issues tips and guides on how to make the most of the Internet, computer software, and mobile apps. Their mission is to help users understand and navigate modern trends in consumer technology. MakeUseOf was founded in 2007.

I like this site very much, the articles range from basic and very practical to more advanced for Linux users. Please check the publication dates, I suggest skipping articles older than last year.

In January 2019 MakeUseOf, did a nice article on reducing eye strain by switching to a dark theme on your Windows 10 computer.

YouTube keyboard shortcuts

If you thought using the spacebar to pause a YouTube video was effective (except when focus is elsewhere and it doesn't work), instead try using K for pausing, while J and L will step backward/forward 10 seconds. M works for mute. Super handy.


How to Uninstall Apps on Windows (Without Leaving Leftover Junk Data)

Take a look in the Control Panel for apps you’ve installed but never use. Also peek at those apps with trial expired. They all consume hard disk space and valuable system resources. Even on a new machine, you may see all sorts of junk apps and bloatware.

Since the built-in uninstaller isn’t powerful enough to remove apps, third-party uninstaller apps could be of great help. We’ll show you how to uninstall apps on Windows without leaving any leftover data.

Source:, (2019, May 7).  Article by Rahul Saigal. Retrieved from

Five Easy Fixes for Most Computer Problems

You could quite literally save hundreds of dollars, and an equally valuable amount of frustration, by following some of the really easy things below.

Source:, (2019, January 2019). Article by Tim Fisher. Retrieved from


Two simple tips for you this week.

1) To delete a misspelled word use the Ctrl+Backspace keys to delete the entire word instead of hitting the backspace key multiple times.

2) To reopen a just closed browser tab, press Ctrl+Shift+T.

In Windows you can move a window out of your way by pressing the Windows Key + Arrow Keys. The window to quickly snap to either side of the monitor. This is know as window snapping.


Source: TechSpot

How Email Bombing Uses Spam to Hide an Attack

If you suddenly start receiving an endless stream of junk email, perhaps asking for confirmation of a subscription, you’re the victim of email bombing. The perpetrator is probably trying to hide their real goal, so here’s what to do.  Source: How-to-Geek

Simple Tech Tip

Put your mobile device on airplane mode to speed up the charging.

Before submitting a finished paper use the find key and press the space bar twice to correct accidental double spaces between words.

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Keeping up with technology is challenging for everyone from the casual user to the industry insider. There is just so much news coming out about Internet privacy, identity theft, data breaches, the latest devices, the best app, etc. Where do you go for reliable, accurate and authoritative information about technology that is useful to you? On this webpage I will introduce you to such resources as I discover them.

My name is Genie Contrata and I'm going to help you navigate the world of technology information. Who am I? A librarian, a mostly self-taught computer user and a casual+ user of the Internet.

At the library you will find me at the 2nd floor Information Desk or out and about the town of Greenburgh promoting the library's digital collections. If you need help with GPL's digital collections call me for a one-on-one appointment. I can be reached at 914-721-8232 or

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If Then: is a show about technology, society, and power. Each week, Slate‘s April Glaser and Will Oremus take you on a lively tour of the tech news that actually matters, from fake news in your Facebook feed to the algorithms that want your job to the Uber drivers who want a job with benefits. With news-making interviews of key tech-industry figures, fascinating academics, and top tech journalists, they explore not only how the technology that’s shaping our world works, but the ideas, ideologies, incentives, and biases that underlie it. And guess what: They don’t always agree.

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Crash Course, Navigating Digital Information

Host John Green previews the Crash Course on Navigating Digital Information! The internet has become an integral part of contemporary life in many parts of the world. With this technology has come access to information, often in overwhelming quantities and of dubious quality. How can you sort out fact from fiction online and avoid (or correct) bad internet habits? Navigating Digital Information, a new Crash Course video series offers viewers practical strategies for these and other digital literacy topics in a series videos ranging from 5 to 16 minutes long.

Source: Internet Scout Research Group. (2019, May 31). The Scout Report - Volume 25, Number 22. Retrieved from