If you've updated your computer's copy of Firefox to version 13, you've probably already noticed when you open a new tab, it doesn't look like the blank page you used to see in older versions. Now, every time you open a new tab, you see thumbnail images of your most-recently and most-frequently visited pages.
If you're not in love with the way each of these looks & functions, the good news is you can customize them to fit your needs.
Sticky notes — those ubiquitous pieces of adhesive stationery — are also available in "virtual" form on your computer if you're running Windows 7. It's a nice little application that makes it easy to jot down a quick note, and leave on your Windows desktop so it's in front of you so you won’t forget it. (If you used Windows Vista you might have used them there; sorry, they aren't included in Windows XP.)
Outlook Web App (OWA) [formerly known as Outlook Web Access] lets you access your email through a web browser & secured logon. OWA looks and works similar to the "native" Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010 software loaded on your work computer. All major Outlook functions are accessible in OWA: Inbox, Folders, Calendar, Contacts, Global Address List, and Tasks.
Winnefox now has an upgraded version of OWA that closely matches current Outlook functionality on all major web browsers. You'll get the same OWA experience using Firefox 3+, Chrome 3+, Internet Explorer 7+, and Safari 3+.
Is your Windows password too easy to guess? Or too hard to remember?
If your password is "password", "12345678", "qwerty" or one of the other 25 Worst Passwords, you can help keep your computer secure by changing to a stronger password. (Your Windows password is the password you use to log on to your computer.)
Here are tips for creating a new password that's more secure:
Pinterest is one of the hottest social networks of 2012. It's a virtual pinboard where you can organize and share images & videos, and browsing others' Pinboards is a fun way to discover new things & get inspiration from people who share your interests. Joe Murphy calls it "Web bookmarking meets photo sharing meets visual to do lists."
Create an account for your library to "curate" content for your library's customers! Pinterest is currently invite-only, but it's easy-peasy to request an invite from Pinterest or anyone else (like me) who's already using it. Get step-by-step instructions on setting up your account here: How to Get Your Nonprofit Started on Pinterest.
Get inspired by these libraries' boards to promote your library's programs & materials:
Outlook 2010 has a new feature that lets you arrange messages by Conversation.
Using this feature, messages that share the same subject appear as Conversations that can be viewed and expanded or collapsed by clicking an con to the left of the Subject line. The messages within each Conversation are sorted with the newest message on top. When a new message is received, the entire Conversation moves to the top of your message list, helping to make tracking email threads much easier than before.
Here's a screenshot of what this looks like in one of my email folders:
If you've started a spreadsheet and then realized it would make more sense to have the data organized in columns rather than rows (or rows rather than columns), you can use Excel's Transpose function to make it so.