Category: Interesting Websites

How to Manage & Use Your Favorites in Windows Explorer or File Explorer

The Favorites in Windows Explorer or File Explorer are an under-appreciated feature, even though they can help boost your productivity. That’s why we would like to show how the Favorites work, how they can help you and how to manage them. Let’s get started:

What are the Favorites in Windows Explorer or File Explorer?

Favorites are a series of shortcuts that are shown in the left-side navigation panel ofWindows/File Explorer, in the section called Favorites. They are always found at the top-left side of the window and they can be easily accessed when working with Windows/File Explorer. Also, your favorites are shown in Save As dialogues that are shown when saving files or downloading files from the web.

The default shortcuts included as Favorites are: Desktop, Downloads and Recent Places. Shortcuts can be added to this section by you and your installed applications.


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Free Movies and Movie Reading Programs

1. there is a movie site tied in through the library called Hoopla.

go to the Library site, and it should be listed.

I use my library card to get free movies there.

2. Overdrive (library too) leads to free books and apparently free movies…

3. VLC:  a program for viewing films without the DVD.

This is where I found the program (s) that worked well for me:

If you have a DVD movie, and save it to your computer, then you can view the movie on your computer without the DVD.


X to Close: The origins of the use of [x] in UI design

X’s are everywhere in user interface (UI) design. A powerful symbol, [x] is capable of closing windows and popups, toolbars and tabs and anything else that might otherwise be cluttering up your screen.

Clicking on [x] to close a feature has become an instinctual part of using a computer and a standard in web and software design. Although it may seem like the ubiquitous [x] has always been a part of Graphical User Interfaces (GUI), a quick jaunt through the history of GUIs reveals that this actually isn’t the case.

So where and when did the [x] first enter into the UI lexicon?

Maps: 15 apps that take you beyond Google and Apple

Open Street Map is an open source map of the world, created and amended by people all over the planet. It emphasizes local knowledge, so if you’re in a city and know of a new route or location, you can feel free to add it. There are many types of contributors, from mapping enthusiasts, to professionals, to humanitarians that help add things during disasters. The map shown here was listed as a great example of a community-made map of Pompeii, Italy.

Image: Open Street Map

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Five free apps to help you feel at home in an unfamiliar city

Between speaking at dozens of IT events each year and my personal trips, I probably spend more time traveling than I spend at home. One of the challenges of traveling to that extent is being able to function efficiently while in an unfamiliar city. Here are five apps that can help anyone who travels to cities they don’t know well.

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It’s Your Choice: The Top 10 Linux Desktop Environments

Don’t know which Linux desktop environment is for you? From Gnome to KDE, from MATE to Unity, there’s a lot of choice out there. Where should you start?

Windows and Mac both basically offer one desktop interface: the default one. Linux is another beast entirely. You can choose whatever desktop interface you like. Overwhelmed? Here’s a list of the top ten desktop environments, to make it easy to compare.

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How To Create Booklets Using Microsoft Word 2013

Microsoft Office products are more powerful now that they’ve ever been. In fact, there are many things you know a program like Word can do, but you might not know where to start. For instance, you can post articles directly to your blog from Word, and create professional flow charts for presentations at the office.

Here I’ll take a look at creating booklets. Booklets can be useful in a lot of situations. Whether you’re doing a presentation, or just printing out menus for a dinner party. No matter what the reason might be, creating them with Microsoft Word 2013 is simple.

Create Booklets in Word 2013

Microsoft® IT Academy Free, online, self-paced technology courses

If you are searching for a new job, advancing in your career, preparing for
college, or looking to improve productivity for your business:
The Microsoft IT Academy, available on the Timberland Regional Library website,
offers hundreds of self-paced, interactive technology courses on three levels:
Basic digital literacy skills
• Microsoft Office skills
• Advanced skills for IT professionals

The Microsoft IT Academy can help you improve your skills to become more
competitive in the job market, obtain certification in Office products and other
applications, or get ready for college and learn shortcuts to be more efficient.

How to get started

  • Have a Timberland Regional Library card or identification showing you are a Washington resident.
  • Talk with staff at any Timberland library branch or visit and click Research then Microsoft IT Academy for more information.
  • If you have questions, call 704-4636 in the Olympia area. Outside the Olympia calling area call 1-800-562-6022.

TRL offers free access to the Microsoft IT Academy for all area residents through a partnership with Microsoft, the Washington State Library, Office of Secretary of State, the Washington State Legislature and Washington libraries.