Tips & Tricks

Tips & Tricks

How To Bulk Rename Files on Your Computer

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ORGANISE YOUR FILES

Name them properly! 
We hear lots of stories from clients regarding files on their computer. Where are they and why can’t files be located easily?!

We always say it’s a good habit to file things on your computer in the same way you would with a physical piece of paper.

For example, if your telephone bill arrived in the mail, where would you file it?
Perhaps in a manilla folder labelled “Phone”?
Where would this manilla folder live? In a draw labelled “Bills”?

If so, replicate this filing system on your computer!

 FILE AWAY!  

If you receive your telephone bill electronically, you may decide to file the bills in a folder named “Phone”.

However when you receive the bill, the name of the file could be long, and makes no sense!
Once you have 10 bills, you can’t tell which bill is for which month!
Let’s fix that.

To rename all your phone bills neatly, try this:

WINDOWS USERS:
1. With all your telephone bills filed in one folder, press ctrl + A on your keyboard to select all the files in one go
2. Using the mouse or keyboard trackpad, right click over the selected files, and select Rename from the drop-down menu
3. Type in the new name and press Enter on the keyboard
Windows will automatically rename the batch of files
For example, from Bill_AJ12032017 to Telstra_0001, Telstra_0002 and so on!

MAC USERS:

1. Have all your telephone bills in one folder
2. Press Command + A on your keyboard to select all the files in one go
3. Using your mouse or keyboard trackpad, right click over the selected files, and choose “Rename X items
4. A “Rename Finder Items” tool appears, choose “Replace Text” from the dropdown menu
5. Change the text in the “Find” search to match the text you wish to replace, then change the text in the “Replace with” box to match what you would like the files to be renamed to
Example: I want to change anything beginning with Bill to be replaced with TelstraBill 

Happy Filing!

What is The Tiny and Mysterious Hole on Your iPhone?

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INNOVATION, PACKED SMALL
That tiny hole with a big role

Have you ever taken a long hard look at your iPhone and wondered why there are so many tiny holes on your device?

Over the years, Apple has packed their iPhones with more and more exciting features.

Turn your iPhone around so that you are looking at the rear of your iPhone.

See the hole next to the camera?

This tiny indentation is a small microphone designed to capture sound coming from the direction that the lends is pointing. Your iPhone has 3 microphones: the rear (the hole we just pointed out), the top and the bottom.

WHAT DOES THIS DO?
These microphones can pick up sound no matter how you are holding the gadget.

The three microphones help with noise cancellation.

This way, you will get clearer sound during video calls, voice calls, and when using Siri – My favourite little assistant!

We’ll be sharing some more hidden features of your Apple device in upcoming newsletters, so head over to our new community and you will discover tips and tech news everyday!

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Facebook Messenger Will Soon Be Filled With Ads!

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JOHN HITS TECH FOR A SIX

MEET JOHN GASCOIGNE, A JOURNALIST, AUTHOR, SCRIPTWRITER,

CRICKET UMPIRE AND SOON TO-BE-TECH EXPERT. 
Pictured above with trainer, Matt

Every day, we have the pleasure of meeting amazing people like John Gascoigne, and helping them discover what technology has to offer.

I want retirement to be about continued learning. ReadyTechGo is adding a lot to this new life.

You can see why we LOVE doing what we do!!

Read about John’s experience by click the READ button below!

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MORE ADS?

ALREADY FEEL LIKE FACEBOOK IS FULL OF ADS? YOU’RE ABOUT TO SEE MORE

Every time I log into my Facebook Newsfeed, I feel like I see ad after ad after ad.
Where are the photos shared by friends and family? I see these kind of posts once in about 10 (ad related) posts!
It’s annoying.

After Facebook forced us all to download a seperate app to use their Messenger function and chat privately to others, Facebook gave announced that it is testing advertising in this app.

WHAT WILL YOU SEE?

On the home tab of Messenger app, ads will be displayed. This will allow users to click on the ad and be taken to the advertiser’s website.

This move will continue to monetise users across the social network that Facebook owns: Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.

SICK OF ADS?

Me too. The only platform that doesn’t display ads (for now) is WhatsApp… who knows how long that will continue to be ad free though!

 

Read Receipts with WhatsApp

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READ RECEIPTS WITH WHATSAPP

With thanks to Stuff.com

Ever used Whatsapp and wondered why grey and blue ticks were displayed next to your messages?

These ticks help tell you if a message has been sent, received or read!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

A single Grey tick indicates that your message has been sent.
Two Grey ticks indicate that your message has been received.
Two Blue ticks indicate that your message has been read.

You can also get more information about when a message has been received and read.

OK, HOW DO I USE THIS FEATURE?
 

1. On your device, Tap on theWhatsapp icon to open it (If you don’t have the Whatsapp app, you will need to download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store)

2. Tap on the person with the message to be checked

3. Swipe right to left on the message to be viewed.

 

4. This reveals the Message Info screen which displays when the message was sent and when it was read.
 

So there you have it, how to identify if your whatsapp message was sent, received and read!

Outsmart The Scammers – Here’s How…

THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK.
IT’S IN THE LINK…
I really enjoy online shopping, and the convenience of buying things through the click of a button.

I recently purchased an item off eBay, and used PayPal to pay for the item.
A few days later, I received an email that looked like this:

How To Find a WiFi Hotspot Using Facebook

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FIND WIFI
With the help of Facebook
For those of you who have attended our Travel with Technology workshop, you know we talk about WiFi a lot. Wifi is a necessity when travelling because it allows you to communicate at little or no cost.

When you’re away from home, and in need of WiFi, Facebook can now help you find it!

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The Facebook app on your device can help you locate available hotspots at nearby businesses.

The feature works by using information that businesses have added to their Facebook pages. It’s handy, but won’t show you all available wifi hotspots (theres other apps for that).

OK, HOW DO I USE THIS FEATURE?
 

1. On your device, Tap on the Facebook App to open it (If you don’t have the Facebook app, you will need to download the app from Apple App Store or Google Play Store)

2. Click on the More tab (looks like three lines in top right hand corner)

3. Under the Apps section, tap See All

 

4. Scroll down, and tap on Find Wi-Fi
5. Tap on Enable Find Wi-Fi 
 

6. A list of businesses will appear
 

OR you can tap on Map to see a map of Wi-Fi hotspots

You can tap on a business name, and Facebook will provide information about the business (via their Facebook page), or give you directions to this Wi-Fi location.

Please note that you do need an internet connection to use this feature, then you can use Wi-Fi when you get to the location!

Explore the Earth Via Your Computer

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EXPLORE THE WORLD…
THROUGH GOOGLE EARTH
Recently a movie called Lion was released. The movie was a true story based on five year old Saroo who fell asleep on a train, which takes him thousands of miles across India.
Saroo survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple.

25 years later, Saroo hears about a program called Google Earth, and uses the tool’s satellite imagery to find similar landmarks, which leads him to the train station where he got lost, and traces his way back home to reunite with his birth mother.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend it! However, the movie highlights how amazing the Google Earth technology is.

WHAT IS GOOGLE EARTH?

Google Earth is a program which enables you to explore the globe with the swipe of your finger (on a tablet or smartphone), or with your mouse (on a computer).
You can fly through 3D cities like Tokyo or Rome, or walk the streets of Paris. The choice is up to you, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home!

USING GOOGLE EARTH ON A COMPUTER

To use Google Earth on your computer, click on the following link: https://earth.google.com/web/
Let’s take a stroll down the Champs-Élysées together….
1. Click on Search (looks like a magnifying glass in the top left corner) icon
2. Click into Search field, and type the address that you want to visit

For this example, we are visiting Champs-Élysées in Paris, However you can put any destination you like! Perhaps you could put the address of a house you use to live in!

3. When the options appear, click on the option you want

4. Use your mouse to double click on an area of the city you wish to visit. As you double click, the image will zoom in
READY TO TAKE A STROLL THROUGH THE STREETS?

5. Click on the icon of the person (bottom right corner), and hold down the left click while you drag the little man onto the street

This will enter Street View where you can literally walk down the street of Paris!

6. Use your mouse to move around the screen. You can look left, right, up and down.

7. To walk up the street, double click in the middle of the street

And there you have it… you can explore the earth right from your computer at home!

We would love to hear about the places your explore, and what you think of Google Earth, so drop us a line at hello@readytechgo.com.au 

Have exploring!

How To Screenshot Part of Your Computer Screen

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CAPTURE THAT


HERE’S HOW TO CAPTURE PART OF YOUR COMPUTER SCREEN
what is “SCREENSHOT?”

Screenshot is the term used to describe the action of capturing an image of what is on the screen of your device.
You can screenshot on smartphones, tablets and computers

why would you want to screenshot?

I love screenshots!
Screenshots are a great way to capture part of your screen for:
  • Future reference, and saving part of your screen
  • Capturing part of your screen so you can show/demonstrate something which is hard to explain in words
For example, lets say you have an error message pop up on your computer screen. You may decide to call us (ReadyTechGo) for advice, but it may be difficult to explain what this error is.

You could take a screenshot of this error, and email it through to us. A picture is worth 1,000 words right?

Now, you might have lots of items opened on your computer, and only want to capture the error message.

Here’s how to capture part of the screen!

This is a screenshot of the entire screen. However, I only want to capture the “Getting to know your iPad” section!
HOW TO SCREEN SHOT PART OF YOUR SCREEN 

For Mac:

  1. On your keyboard, press “Command,” plus “Shift,” plus “4”
  2. This will bring up the tool – Then you drag the cursor to cover the area you want (Tip: I usually draw a square or rectangle, starting at the top left corner, then drag to cover the area of the screen I want to capture)

For Windows:
Go to “Start” and then “Snipping Tool.”

By capturing part of the screen, I can now email this image off to a friend!
WHAT CAN I TAKE A SCREENSHOT OF?

  • After I have paid for something online, I take a screen shot of the confirmation screen (until I receive the email confirmation)
  • Error messages that appear
  • Pictures of webpages

Happy Capturing!

How To Save Photos Sent To Your Smartphone

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SAVE THOSE PRECIOUS MEMORIES

HERE’S HOW TO SAVE PHOTOS SENT TO YOUR SMARTPHONE OR TABLET
The ability to receive photos from loved ones on your smartphones and tablets is wonderful!

We see many clients who keep messages containing photographs sent to them, because they want to hold onto those photos.

what if you accidentally delete the message?

Bye bye photos!

I saw one client who “saved” photos sent by a family member, but had actually taken a screen shot of the image.
A “screen shot” captures what is present on the screen of your device.
This means the photo resolution remains small, and cannot be used to print photos. It was a real shame because this client deleted the original message containing these photos, and he can no longer get these photos from this person.

HOW TO SAVE PHOTOS SENT VIA MESSAGES TO YOUR DEVICE

1. Open the message containing the photo sent to you

2. Long hold on the photo, and a menu will appear

3. Tap on Save Image or Save Attachment
This photo will be saved to the camera roll of you device. If you want to see this photo, tap on Photos app (Apple devices), or Gallery App (Android devices).

Once its saved to your device, you can delete the photo from messages!

Music To Your Ears – On Demand and Free!

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MUSIC IS WHAT FEELINGS SOUND LIKE

HERE’S HOW TO LISTEN TO MUSIC ON DEMAND

THINK OF YOUR FAVOURITE PIECE OF MUSIC

And think of how it makes you feel. They say enjoying music is unique to humans, and floods the brain with the chemical dopamine – associated with pleasure, motivation and reward.

I just love music, and I wish it would follow me everywhere.

Thanks to Streaming – the music industry has changed.

what is music streaming?
Streaming content such as music and movies means no need to download the music to your device.
Typically, if you want to listen to music, you need to download the audio file in a format like MP3, and play it on your device. Downloading the file takes up storage space on your device.
HOW TO STREAM MUSIC ON SPOTIFY VIA YOUR COMPUTER
1. Visit Spotify’s website and download Spotify for your computer – https://www.spotify.com/au/download/other/

2. Whilst the download is in progress, sign up for your free Spotify account – https://www.spotify.com/au/signup/
(Make sure your write down your log in details!)

3. By now, your Spotify download should be finished (It usually saves to your Downloads folder on your computer). Install Spotify

4. Once Spotify has finished downloading, you will see the Spotify icon on your desktop. Double click on this to open the program, and sign in with your new Spotify details

FIND YOUR FAVOURITE SONG
FIND YOUR FAVOURITE SONG

1. Click into the top left corner where it says Search

2. Type the song or artist that you want to listen to, and a list of songs will appear

3. Double click on the song to play 🙂

Theres lots that you can do within Spotify like:

  • Make a list of all your favourite songs
  • Find songs based on your mood or occasion
  • Share songs
  • Play the same songs on your tablet or smartphone

We just don’t have enough space to go into all the details in this newsletter, but we can definitely cover parts of it in future newsletters!

Have fun listening!