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Top Reasons Why You Should Get A Wireless Printer

Top Reasons Why You Should Get A Wireless Printer

Nowadays, wireless printers are the preferred choice for home and office printing. They are exceptionally convenient given their ability to directly communicate with the network without the need to set up the device using wires and cables. Add to this the features of mobile and cloud printing, and wireless printers can provide users with the ease of printing from virtually anywhere. Furthermore, a workspace with limited room may find it more efficient to use a printer that supports wireless printing. Its flexibility can help maximize throughput, especially in working environments with multiple users.

While every device has its own advantages and disadvantages, pros and cons, here we’ll focus on the good points a wireless printer has to offer as we look at the top reasons why you should get a wireless printer:

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Setup and Connection

Wireless printers don’t have to be next to your computer and can fit in out-of-the-way areas. No cables or extra wires are necessary to connect the printer and computer. A router is the most important component you need during setup, and while you still need a power cord to connect the device to a power source, and other additional cables may be needed for specific purposes, the connection between a computer and the printer can be established over a wireless network. Thus you get one USB port freed up on your computer, which is quite the opposite from using a wired printer.

Most wireless printers are easy to setup, the only thing that makes the process hard is the user’s lack of familiarity with the process. The user guide or manual provided by the manufacturer is usually a great help. Basically, configuring a printer to connect with the Wi-Fi router requires enabling the DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) option on the printer. Obtaining the IP address of the present wireless network will then be done automatically.

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Usefulness and Remote Accessibility

Once the setup process has been done successfully (run a test print: if it works, then high five for you!), besides the computer, all laptops, tablets and any other supported devices should be able to send a print task to the printer. Another noteworthy advantage of using wireless printers is that you can typically connect a wireless-enabled computer or laptop to the device without installing drivers.

The rapid advancements in the world of technology have led to the development of various devices that support wireless printing. Each printer manufacturer provides their own specific apps or software that are compatible with  devices such as smartphones, tablets, Android phones, and even digital cameras. Hewlett-Packard offers their HP ePrint app, Epson has the Epson Connect, while PrintShare, which works for Android phones, is available on GooglePlay. Print files and images through any of these supported devices directly to the wireless printer, and see the ease it brings!

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Energy and Cost Efficiency

Imagine the cost of maintaining several printers; one for each home or office computer. Would you still rather keep a standard printer, or switch to a wireless one? In a business setting, you may still require a few printers but not to the extent of having one per PC. Wireless printers can accommodate a number of computers, though there is a limit to their capacity. It may depend on the design of the workspace and the wireless system as well.

Unlike using multiple printers, having a single device reduces the expense of purchasing replacement ink and toner cartridges, and that’s a huge plus. Additionally, most high-end printer models on the market today are featuring Econo-Mode printing and Power-Saving modes, which tend to cut down the overall printing cost.

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In the long run, you can see how advantageous it could be to have a wireless printer. Furthermore, there are software, applications and cloud printing services for wireless devices that can help a business grow better by maximizing your printing tools. With all this said and done, what else would stop you from getting a wireless printer?

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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

Loom

There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

Featured photo credit: Andrew Neel via unsplash.com

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