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5 New Year’s resolutions you should consider

With the new year right around the corner, you’re probably thinking about what your new years’ resolution will be. Maybe you’re going to start running every morning or start learning French! However, before you make your decision, here are 5 fantastic computer-related new year’s resolutions that will make your life so much easier.

Try using shortcuts (they’re there for a reason!)

Life is too short not to be using shortcuts. They’re simple, they’re easy, and they can save you a bunch of time! If you’re partial to using the odd emoji in your emails, simply click ‘Windows key’ + ‘.’ to open an emoji dictionary. Other favourites of ours include ‘Ctrl’ + ‘Shift’ + ‘T’ to reopen a tab you just closed and ‘Ctrl’ + ‘F’ to search a specific word in a document!

If you want a full list of our favourites you can find them in one of our previous blog articles which lists 20 keyboard shortcuts.

Use your password manager

Do you often forget your passwords? Or worse, do you use the same password for everything? *shudders*

Luckily for you, there’s a little thing called a password manager that saves all of your passwords for you. Better yet, your password manager will come up with unique passwords for you that are very, very strong.

Your password manager should be enabled by default, however, if it isn’t then Click on the three dots in the top right of your web browser > Settings > Profiles > Turn ‘Offer to save passwords’ on (as shown below).

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Think your password is strong enough that no one will crack it? Check your password strength and find out. Even if you do have a strong password though just remember, if you use it for everything, that means if someone gets access to it, they get access to EVERYTHING!

Change your inbox into your to-do list

Does your inbox look like a storage unit for random emails you no longer need? It can be quite daunting having such a full inbox, and you probably don’t want to delete absolutely everything in case you get rid of something important. Our solution? Turn your inbox into your to-do list. By this, we mean, create folders to store away important emails you need to keep, leaving only the emails you either need to reply to or action in your inbox. Anything else, delete it.

To add folders to your inbox simply ‘right click on inbox’ and click ‘New folder’. Then you can name the folders to keep everything organised. An example of my inbox folders is shown below.

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Start Window snapping when multitasking

Ahh, Window snapping… the perfect tool when multitasking. If you’re new to Window snapping then you should definitely consider using it more as your new year’s resolution. It’s simple, yet so effective. When using a programme or browsing a web page, click on the Windows button and then one of the arrow keys. This will let you quickly place it either on half the screen or quarter of the screen, wherever you like. Meaning you can have multiple things placed neatly on the screen, in a matter of seconds.

Save files in the right place (and with the right name!)

We’re all guilty of this one. It’s 5:29 pm on a Friday, you’re about to head off home or to the pub, and you’re saving your work. What do you decide to do? Probably quickly give is a slightly, if not very, uninformative file name whilst saving it in the first folder your computer suggests. The issue with this as I’m sure we’ve all experienced is then trying to find this file on Monday morning… nightmare.

The best thing to do is create folders for each project or campaign, and even folders within these folders if you want to get really organized. You can then name your work appropriately and store it away in the correct folder. Believe us when we say that you’ll be relieved on that busy Monday morning!

Looking for more new year’s resolutions? Give us a call on 03333 055 055 and find out what ours are!

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