Have Adobe Read PDFs Aloud

Here’s a great accessibility feature you may not have known about. Did you know that Adobe Reader will read PDFs to you on your Windows PC? Here’s how to do it: Open Acrobat Reader, then open the PDF you wish …

Connect Your Tablet to the Cloud

Phones and tablets come with their very own cloud connection. Android phones and tablets keep a lot of information in Google’s Cloud, while iPhones and iPads connect with iCloud. The app store for your device remembers everything you buy, from …

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts

Mac keyboards have a lot of built-in shortcuts. Where Windows shortcuts utilize the Ctrl key, Mac requires the Command key. Let’s check them out:

Desktops 101: Windows 7

I’m heading back to basics in this article and going over some common terms that folks sometimes aren’t familiar with. You’ll often read directions involving the taskbar, system tray, or Start menu. If you aren’t sure what these terms mean, …

Can I Still Use Vista?

Since security and bug support for Windows Vista ended in April, I’ve been bombarded with questions about the system. There aren’t a lot of Vista users still out there, but I’ve heard from a few. I am one of the …

How to Make a Gmail Folder

If you’re new to Gmail, it might not be immediately obvious to you how to create a new folder to keep selected emails in, but once you figure it out, it’s a simple process. First, find an email you want …

Treasures of the McDonald Collection

We’ve added a bonus article in this month’s issue because we were so excited to learn about the online Mary McDonald collection from Oregon State University. Enjoy! Welcome to the online exhibit of the Mary McDonald Rare Book and Manuscript …

Help! My Passwords Don’t Work

A reader is having a big password problem: Please advise me what to do when my password is not accepted. I do know my passwords! Also, when I change a password, it still not accepted. My Apple password was not …

Insert an Image into a Gmail Message

Here is a quick way to add an image to a Gmail message, and it doesn’t require adding an attachment. Open your Gmail inbox and click on compose. A new email will open. When your message opens, look in the …

Why Do People Fall for Scams?

A reader wrote in with the following question about scams: I just came across a new (to me) scam. I received an automated message that my Windows key had expired and that my computer would no longer work! They gave …

Wireless versus Bluetooth Mouse

I had a question recently about the differences between a wireless and a Bluetooth mouse. While neither of them uses wires, they work completely differently in communicating with your computer. There are actually three kinds of wireless mouse available. They …

Apple Notes Part III

Open Apple Notes and tap on the plus sign button. Choose the first option, the checkmark in a circle. Selecting that button will turn a line of text into a checklist item. You do not even need to select the …

Apple Notes Part II

In last month’s Part I of this guide, we learned about how to create a note in Apple Notes, a sometimes hidden gem of an app found on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers. In this tip, we’ll learn how …