Organizing large amounts of knowledge and information into an easily accessed and usable digital format .
Keeping this digital data forever .
Reducing usage of paper, clutter, and damage to your data.
Collaborating with colleagues in the digital realm.
Evolutionary nature of digital information, applications, and software.
Accelerating Your Workflow , Saving Time, and Enhancing Your Desktop Environment Built-In Tools and Tricks to Accelerate Workflow Bloatware, Time-wasters, and their Alternatives Application Software for Enhancing your Desktop
Application Hotkeys are everywhere , learning them will save you time. Cheat sheet for Mac users Cheat sheet for PC users KeyCue (for Mac users)
Cursor navigation – what they didn’t tell you in keyboarding class. Vs.
Common Cursor Shortcuts for Efficient Text Editing Key/Key Combination (PC) Function Key/Key Combination (Mac) Ctrl+Left or Right Move to beginning/end of previous/next word Opt+Left or Right Home Move to beginning of line Cmd+Left End Move to end of line Cmd+Right Shift in combination with any of the above Selects the text you are moving through Shift in combination with any of the above Del Deletes the character in front of cursor. Cmd+Delete
Operating System Navigation shortcuts can also save lots of time.
Common OS Navigation Shortcuts Key/Key Combination (PC) Function Key/Key Combination (PC) Alt+Tab Win+Tab (3D) Will switch between all open windows Cmd+Tab Will switch between windows within the same application Cmd+` aka Cmd+~ Win+D or lower right corner Show Desktop Expose corners/hotkeys Alt+F4 Close/exit window Cmd+W Drag window to edge Win+Up or Left or Right Windows 7 ‘Snap’ feature
Common Bloatware , Time-Wasters, and their Alternatives
Uninstall Bloatware for Faster Overall Performance Revo Uninstaller Trashme - Mac
Keep Your Computer Clean for Optimum Performance
CCleaner (PC)/ Cocktail (Mac)
Antivirus Software should be free and ‘minimally invasive’.
AVAST Antivirus Free
Microsoft Security Essentials
Lifehacker.com recommends AVAST
Internet Explorer has become an obsolete browser for most uses.
Chrome / Firefox / Opera / Safari
Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader isn’t terrible, but there is better!
Inferior Media Players often come pre-installed on PC’s
VLC – VideoLan Player
WinZip, WinRAR used to be standard, now obsolete
7-ZIP (PC)/ THE UNARCHIVER (Mac)
Lifehacker.com recommends 7-Zip and The Unarchiver
Photo Managers often come pre-installed as bloatware
Application Software for Enhancing Your Desktop Environment
YouTube is a great resource for medically related videos
Google Search has powerful, often untapped, search features Boolean Operator Function “ search term” You are telling Google to consider the exact words in that exact order without any change site: e.g. mac site:lifehacker.com, anatomy site:.edu - Terms you want to exclude, e.g. jaguar –football -cars * Wild card e.g. Obama voted * in the * bill OR e.g. NY Giants 2004 OR 2005
Websites that have great posts with tricks/tips like these!
Lifehacker.com – great school-related and other tips!
Makeuseof.com – great school-related and other tips!
Alternativeto.net – alternatives to software we talked about can be found here.
Gizmodo.com – the latest in gadget and computer news.
In Summary, we’ve covered a lot of great ways to increase productivity on your computer! Built-In Tools and Tricks Getting rid of Bloatware and using better software Application Software for Enhancing Your Desktop Time Saved Applications Run Better, Easier To Use Get Things Done Efficiently! Time Saved, Stress Reduced, Less Work!