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In this series on productivity, author Jess Stratton takes you through the latest tools that will help you run your business and life more efficiently. Each installment covers a particular feature or technique in a different online tool, such as Google Apps, Skype, YouTube, Mint.com, Etsy, and more. Check back every Monday for tips on topics from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.
This is Jessica Stratton and welcome to Monday Productivity Pointers. This week, we're still talking about your biggest browser annoyances and how to fix them. In the last video I showed you how to remove saved usernames that were wrong. This time, I'm trying to cover as many annoyances as I can. So let's dive right in. Something that you should be doing every few months, is looking at the top of your browser and seeing if you have any toolbars that you don't want. In fact, as you install more apps over time, you may find that you have new toolbars.
Some apps install a toolbar and sometimes they just sneak in. And you may notice that all of a sudden, you have a lot less screen area to work with. As you can see, I have two toolbars here. Now sometimes they get installed when you're installing another program such as Java. You need to look and uncheck the button that says yes also install this toolbar while I'm installing this other program. So there's a few ways that you can get rid of them. The first thing that you can do is simply click on this X to get rid of them.
However, you may notice that many times they just come right back. There's a few ways that you can get around that. The first one is to right-click anywhere in this gray area in the top right hand side of the screen and uncheck "lock the toolbars." From there, many times if you remove something by clicking the X, it will go away permanently. Now in this case, Google toolbar is respectable and is nice enough to give us the option to disable it permanently. So I'm going to choose that radio button and click okay.
And then it goes away. You can also do the same thing. I'm actually going to close out of this confirmation that the toolbar has indeed been removed. You can do the same thing and go through. When you're done removing all the toolbars, you can then right-click and again, choose lock the toolbars. This time you can't accidentally delete one that you may want, and hopefully none will get put back. Now the best way to get rid of it though, is to click settings in Windows eight. Choose Control Panel.
Click Uninstall a program in Control Panel. And now go through this list every few months, and see what you can get rid of. Now I got rid of that Bing Bar by hiding it, but it's always best to just get it off the computer if you don't want it. That way it can never accidentally come back further down the line. So you can simply find your toolbars here. Click on it, and choose Uninstall. Another popular one that always seems to get installed by accident. Or without you'd knowing it, is something called My Web Search.
Now, that one usually shows up in the Add Remove program's list. So, you'd go to find it here. I'm going to close out of this for now. Now, that we've got our toolbars under control, we have a lot more screen area to work with. So from here, let's move on to resizing your screen. Here's a huge annoyance that may happen to you for an inexplicable reason. It just happens. You go to open Internet Explorer one day, and it's not maximized. It only takes up a tiny square on your screen, and you have to click this middle square button to maximize it.
Every single time. To fix that problem, you need to right click on the icon in the Task List. From here, I'm going to right click on Internet Explorer and choose properties. Alternatively, if you had Internet Explorer as a regular shortcut on your desktop and that's the one that you choose to click on when you're going to open the browser. Right-click on that one instead. So I'll choose Properties. And now change to the Shortcut tab. In here you can see an option that says Run.
It defaults to Normal window. But click on the pull down menu and choose Maximized. Click Apply, click Okay. And now the next time you launch it, it should run in a maximized screen. The last annoyance I want to cover is one that's popped up in recent years with the introduction of using a tabbed interface for browsing multiple windows. This happens, we close the wrong one accidentally. If this was a lengthy surfing process that got you here, sometimes this can definitely be followed by lots of cursing and banging your head on the table.
But you can get it back. I'm going to show you how to do that in a few browsers. I'll choose Safari first. Now I'm on Windows, but you can use Safari on Windows. And this works even if you're using a Mac. So to get here, if you close out of a browser. I'll close out of this tab here, the Lynda blog. Now, you can reopen that. If I've accidentally closed out of it, like I just did, I can click this current page option here in the top right and choose undo close tab. It pops em right back up like I never closed them, so as long as you haven't opened anything else up and closed that one, you can get back the one that you wanted.
I'm going to minimize this for a second and move on to Firefox. Now, Firefox has a separate option. They have something called Recently Closed Tabs, so that you can get to several tabs that you closed a while ago. Click on Firefox in the top left-hand menu, choose history, and now move over to the recently closed tabs section. Now you'll notice a nice list of everything that you've recently closed, so even if you didn't want it back immediately but in a little while you realize you wanted to go back to it, you could still come back here and get it.
In fact, you can click restore all tabs and it'll bring every single thing that's in that list back so that you can access your site. I'm going to minimize this now and lets go back to our old friend Internet Explorer that we were working on earlier. I'm going to close out of this tab, if that's the one that I didn't mean to close out of, I can open a new tab. I can right-click on that new tab and choose Reopen closed tab. Now that's also going to reopen the same one that I had just closed out of.
Now, there was another option in there. If I right-click that tab, I also get another recently closed tab list, just like I did with Firefox. So there is options. If you closed out of the entire browser by mistake and you lost everything. You can right click anywhere in this grey area again. Select Menu Bar to bring up that Menu Bar with File, Edit, View, Favorites, and Tools. Click Tools and this time choose Reopen Last Browsing Session.
This way even if you didn't have multiple tabs open and you just closed a particular tab it will open up the last window that you had open, that you closed. In this case, in the beginning of the video, when I closed out of that confirmation that I disabled the toolbar, it's bringing it back because that's the last window that I closed in Internet Explorer. So this is really powerful. And when you close out of Windows by accident, it's easy to get them back. So you don't have to feel like you've lost everything or at least hours of some heavy-duty surfing work.
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