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3 Windows Shortcuts Anyone Can Use

3 Windows Shortcuts Anyone Can Use

    I’m going to make a prediction here without a crystal ball, or a 900 psychic friend’s number. I predict that the majority of you are Windows users, correct?

    Eat that Dionne Warwick!

    Am I really a psychic? Heck no, but I’ll bet I’m more accurate than that Rapture guy! But I digress. Truth is, it doesn’t take the knowledge of splitting an atom to discern that Windows still holds the market on the PC OS.

    Being a likely Windows user (Macs are out of luck on this one), there is a good chance you’ll want to know how to tweak Windows to suit your style, run faster, and/or make you more productive (i.e. do things faster and better). If this is you, then do I have a trick for you?

    Buckle in and prepare to learn some sweet tweaks you can use to customize Windows.

    Want to reboot your PC from a desktop icon?

    If you hate the Windows XP, or Vista shutdown menu – and I’ll bet you do – this is something you are definitely

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      interested in. Windows 7 users probably aren’t as inclined, but may want it as well.  In order to make this happen:

      1. Right click on an open area of the desktop Select New/Shortcut. Enter in “shutdown -r -t 00” (no quotes)

      2. Select “Next” and enter Reboot or anything you like as a name.

      3. Click Finish.

      How about locking your PC from an icon on the desktop?

        The lock feature is a feature that is used a lot; especially in an office setting. When you leave your office – to go mind your own business somewhere else, you don’t need the cubicle gossip snooping in your stuff, or worse the office jester sending out prank emails offering to by everyone in the office lunch from your logged in account (Yes, I hate that guy too).

        Of course you can always use CRTL-ALT-DEL, a screensaver, or even WIN+L from your keyboard – but if none of those corn your fritter, then maybe an icon on your desktop will. Here’s how it’s done:

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        1. From the desktop “Right Click”, select “New” then select “Shortcut”

        2.  Type “rundll32.exe user32.dll” (no quotes)

        3. Select “Next” and enter “Lock PC” or anything you like as a name.

        4. Right click new shortcut and select “Properties”

        5. Select “Change Icon”

        6. Explore shell32.dll in the System32 directory and find a lock icon you like

        7. Click “Apply” and “Ok”

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        Now you can walk up; give Clyde “the Gossip” the finger and slap Lucien “The Jester” upside the head, as you’re on your way to mind your own business.

        Note: Use that last tip at your own discretion…

        Would you like an internet search in your Start Menu?

        Easily, the Start Menu is one of the more useful features in the Windows platform. It’s a central hub for searching you PC’s

          contents, but what about when you want to search the Internet? Wouldn’t it be more productive to add an Internet search option directly to your Start Menu? This way, you can bypass the browser, and search the net right from the start menu. Here’s the skinny:

          1. Click “Start” then “Run” (For Vista or Windows 7 user’s, click “Start” and proceed to step 2 typing in the search box)

          2.  Type “gpedit.msc” (no quotes) and press Enter

          3. Using the left panel explore to “User Configuration>Administrative Templates> Start Menu & Taskbar”

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          4. Double-click “Add Search Internet link to Start Menu,” and select “Enable” (May not be available in XP)

          5. Click “Apply” and “Ok”

          Now when you search for something in the Start Menu, a “Search the Internet” link will appear above the search box!

          There you have it; regardless of whether you are a seasoned Windows Pro, the most “green” of beginners, or anything in between these tips and tricks will prove to be useful. Feel free to print this out, write it down or share these tips with a friend; I am only here to help.

          Know some other tips or tricks suitable for the entire range of Windows users? Drop a line in the comments section and share – the more the merrier.

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          Published on October 16, 2018

          7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

          7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

          There’s nothing more fulfilling than the sense of accomplishment you get by achieving your business goals.

          Gone are the days when you used pen and paper to take notes and manage your work day. As millennials are relying heavily on technology to manage almost everything from finances to their personal fitness, goal tracking apps are also becoming increasingly popular.[1]

          In this piece, we will shed some light on 7 such goal tracking apps that you can use to streamline your operations.

          I have handpicked these apps from a software rating web services site Best Online Reviews. Industry experts review software on these websites and help businesses to find the right solutions to meet their various, unique business requirements.

          1. Aha!

            Aha! is a California-based roadmap software provider and offers excellent goal tracking app that lets you define goals and objectives for projects. The app also lets you list out primary tasks and allows you to focus on them.

            Hosted securely on the cloud, the app offers enhanced communication tools for sharing updates through emails with select colleagues or the entire organization.

            Aha! is available on multiple platforms such as the web, Android, iOS, Windows, etc. and starts from $59 per month per user.

            Available for Web

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            2. Asana

              Asana is one of the more popular project management apps available for businesses. It lets you organize all your team’s work, such as setting up and tracking goals, creating tasks, sharing files and notes, etc.

              Asana also allows your team to organize all their tasks and focus on urgent priorities. Moreover, the app offers a delightful user experience that makes task management simple and easy.

              Asana is available on multiple platforms from PCs and Mac to iOS and Android. Multi-channel adaptability makes Asana the perfect choice to track your goals anytime, from anywhere.

              Available for iOS | Android | Web

              3. Basecamp

                Basecamp is an excellent tool to manage all your team’s projects and keep your activities organized. It opens a new thread for every task and that task is visible by the whole team.

                With Basecamp, you can schedule tasks, add to-dos, discuss tasks by adding comments, add files and attachments, and much more.

                The app is available on both mobile and desktop platforms and costs $99 per month. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS platforms and offers excellent multi-channel access.

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                Available for iOS | Android | Web

                4. Forecast

                  An efficient tool for successful task management, Forecast is also a popular goal tracking app. Apart from effective milestone tracking, the app also offers convenient status reporting.

                  Forecast uses project history to let you know the status of your current work. Moreover, it uses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide high-quality assistance. It is a robust app for small teams to track goals and time.

                  Forecast is available for free and comes with Android and iOS app support. The premium version of the app starts from $19 per month per user.

                  Available for Web

                  5. Wrike

                    Wrike is a cloud-based collaboration and project management app that successfully manages projects from start to finish. It lets you create tasks, track work progress and retrieve reports with ease.

                    The app also gives real-time work updates and helps team members to understand their work priorities. A custom report builder helps you to generate in-depth reporting.

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                    Wrike’s premium version is available from $9.80 per month per user and is available on multiple platforms.

                    Available for iOS | Android | Web

                    6. Todo.vu

                      Todo.vu is a unique platform that delivers enhanced customer relationship management (CRM), task management, time tracking, and billing functionality in a single app.

                      According to Capterra, it’s an ideal app for freelancers and consultants, who are looking for tools to improve efficiency and transparency.

                      Although the app is free to use with basic features, the premium plan starts from $5 per month per user. The app also comes with calendar sync and task reminder functionality to keep you on track, always.

                      Available for Web

                      7. Flock

                        Looking for a tool to simplify task management? Try out Flock.

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                        Flock comes with enhanced goal tracking and additional features like instant messaging.

                        Moreover, Flock offers tons of integrations with tools such as Google, MailChimp, Jira, Dropbox, etc. It is a powerful tool that’s packed with robust features such as reminders, notes, polls and to-dos.

                        Even though you can use the tool for free, the paid version of Flock is available from $4.50 per month per user.

                        Available for iOS | Android | Web

                        Conclusion

                        Businesses need high-quality project management tools to streamline collaboration and operations. Enhanced goal tracking apps make it easy for your team to improve productivity by keeping its tasks organized.

                        But it’s essential that you choose an app that meets your unique business requirements. You can choose from the above-mentioned apps to streamline operations and improve the productivity of your team.

                        Featured photo credit: Alvaro Reyes via unsplash.com

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