Looking for computer/productivity tips for users - share yours!
June 11, 2008 3:10 PM Subscribe
I'm writing an article for my local chamber of commerce newsletter: "Here are the top 5 things you can do right now
to make using your computer a better experience". But I keep overcomplicating things.
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The article covers any and all tips for using your computer, but the criteria are:
- A general-purpose computer user should be able to handle the task (no recompiling the kernel - this is the Chamber of Commerce, think "realtors").
- Not necessarily willing to reconfigure the registry, either. Many don't have user rights to make big changes.
- No lead time - the user should be able to pick up and use this tip without getting up or buying stuff.
- Think convert a simple user to a power user: something really effective.
- Get comfortable: Stop slouching, sit up and get the keyboard at the right height, stretch once in a while, turn off the fluorescents, adjust your display settings to fit your eyesight, etc. etc.
- Using keyboard shortcuts, screenshots, quick paths to common tasks, etc.
- Application dependent tips are fine as long as the applications are common. Bonus if the tip in question deals with feisty software (i.e. Entourage or Outlook) and solves a common frustration or dilemma (categories in Outlook, for example).
The trouble is, I'm a tech and while i know some of these from common issues I see, I'm completely unable to "think simple" enough to come up with good tips. Please share something you have found that fundamentally and quickly made using your computer a better experience for you.