Monday Productivity Pointers
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Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs


Monday Productivity Pointers

with Jess Stratton

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Video: Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs

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.
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  1. 10h 57m
    1. Welcome to the series
      1m 13s
    2. Running a group meeting with coworkers
      7m 19s
    3. Recording and marketing chat on air
      8m 30s
    4. Creating a quick presentation
      5m 37s
    5. Presenting from an iPad or computer
      3m 36s
    6. Migrating your accounts to
      9m 55s
    7. Setting budgets and goals
      7m 4s
    8. Collaborating on team documents
      5m 53s
    9. Creating an online photo gallery
      4m 58s
    10. Kickstarter: Setting up your project
      10m 41s
    11. Driving traffic to your project
      5m 48s
    12. Conducting a voice call with a virtual team
      6m 40s
    13. Adding video and chat notifications
      4m 7s
    14. Accepting a payment with Square
      4m 35s
    15. Using the Square Wallet
      2m 32s
    16. Setting up shop on Etsy
      6m 31s
    17. Tracking your Etsy sales with Shop Stats
      4m 9s
    18. Raising your Klout score
      7m 3s
    19. Earning Klout perks
      4m 55s
    20. Skydrive: Collaborating on team documents
      4m 56s
    21. Skydrive: Accessing files on the go
      2m 57s
    22. Setting up Google alerts to track your data
      5m 5s
    23. Removing a page from the Google search index
      4m 42s
    24. Browsing privately in public
      4m 38s
    25. Cleaning up your session before logging out
      5m 8s
    26. Troubleshooting a remote computer with TeamViewer
      3m 42s
    27. Taking screenshots from a PC
      4m 12s
    28. Taking screenshots from a Mac
      3m 36s
    29. Setting up Find My iPhone
      3m 36s
    30. Using iCloud to find an iPhone
      3m 49s
    31. Sampling color from the screen
      5m 27s
    32. Using for inspiration
      3m 22s
    33. Get an audio clip onto YouTube using iPhoto
      5m 49s
    34. Creating playlists and customizing your YouTube channel
      5m 41s
    35. Record your screen using QuickTime
      3m 14s
    36. Record your screen using CamStudio
      2m 34s
    37. Using Tempo Smart Calendar when you are going to be late
      3m 9s
    38. Using Twist to let your customers know where you are
      3m 38s
    39. Using Wunderlist to track multiple projects
      9m 0s
    40. Use the Wunderlist browser extension to create tasks on the web
      5m 46s
    41. Using Smart Mailboxes with Mac Mail
      6m 52s
    42. Customizing the Mac Mail View
      7m 13s
    43. What's a firewall?
      7m 36s
    44. What is the Cloud?
      4m 42s
    45. Creating your own recipe with IFTTT
      7m 19s
    46. Browsing existing recipes with IFTTT
      5m 7s
    47. Installing the Feedly browser extension
      6m 34s
    48. Customizing Feedly
      6m 53s
    49. Understanding the basics of Twitter
      9m 9s
    50. Using Tweetdeck to handle multiple accounts
      9m 14s
    51. Working with URL Shorteners
      5m 45s
    52. Using
      8m 31s
    53. Creating Quick Parts to re-use text
      6m 19s
    54. Moving your Autotext to a new computer
      6m 7s
    55. Shutting off access to social networks
      6m 18s
    56. Hiding taskbars
      2m 36s
    57. Exploring the iOS 7 Update
      10m 7s
    58. Running a productive online meeting
      3m 44s
    59. Getting meeting minutes faster
      6m 47s
    60. TextExpander for Mac
      7m 6s
    61. Breevy for Windows
      3m 44s
    62. Using Smart Folders on a Mac
      5m 52s
    63. Using Windows Libraries
      4m 25s
    64. Finding large attachments in your email apps
      5m 13s
    65. Use Ninite to install all your PC apps at once
      3m 30s
    66. Use Get Mac Apps to install your Mac apps at once
      2m 56s
    67. Creating a disposable email address with Guerrilla mail
      4m 7s
    68. Creating an email address that lasts only 10 minutes
      3m 16s
    69. Finding and adding local vendors to enhance your iOS reminders
      3m 45s
    70. Adding geofencing to Find My Friends
      3m 20s
    71. Turning a Word document contract into a PDF
      4m 1s
    72. Turning a PowerPoint presentation into a PDF
      4m 10s
    73. Resetting browser site passwords
      7m 11s
    74. Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs
      7m 42s
    75. Identifying your wifi's weakest link
      7m 59s
    76. Setting up dual band speed on your router
      7m 36s
    77. Add your social media activity to your website
      8m 54s
    78. Using WordPress mobile to update on the go
      4m 48s
    79. Matching the header row on your spreadsheet files
      8m 20s
    80. Using a formula to merge first and last name columns
      5m 58s
    81. Using JoliDrive to browse cloud app data
      5m 11s
    82. Using JoliDrive on an iPad
      4m 31s
    83. Finding deals on eBay using misspelled listings
      4m 18s
    84. Searching for promotional and coupon codes online
      5m 52s
    85. Sending real postcards from your computer with Postagram
      4m 25s
    86. Using Postagram to send a real postcard from your smartphone
      3m 55s
    87. Getting to Inbox Zero
      11m 4s
    88. Using existing GMail labels with Mailbox
      3m 19s
    89. Adding 2-step authentication
      3m 39s
    90. Enabling in-app PIN codes
      3m 31s
    91. Accessing your digital movies
      5m 20s
    92. Copying movies onto a device
      3m 25s
    93. Using Genius Scan to scan your documents
      3m 34s
    94. Sending your scans
      2m 41s
    95. Using Acrobat to ink sign a PDF
      4m 49s
    96. Writing a letter of recommendation
      7m 49s
    97. Constructing a successful press release
      4m 48s
    98. Troubleshooting wireless security
      4m 48s
    99. Writing a claim letter
      5m 22s
    100. The best reasons to try online chat customer service
      5m 9s
    101. How to do a firmware update
      6m 34s
    102. Siri, your iPhone assistant
      4m 48s
    103. Writing an email that gets read
      4m 51s
    104. Writing an email that requires action
      2m 54s
    105. Your Blu-ray questions answered
      3m 50s
    106. Using LittleBit to photograph your goal progress
      3m 9s
    107. Exporting WordPress blog entries
      3m 28s
    108. Understanding how Office 365 works
      5m 9s
    109. Using Waze for crowdsourced GPS
      2m 58s
    110. Downloading your Facebook timeline
      3m 10s
    111. Scheduling email with Boomerang
      4m 24s
    112. Google Labs for Calendar
      2m 58s
    113. Finding missing songs in iTunes on your iPhone
      2m 10s
    114. Requesting your Twitter archive
      2m 59s
    115. Using Doodle for easy group scheduling
      4m 59s
    116. Easily remote to another computer with
      3m 47s
    117. Keyboard shortcuts for YouTube
      2m 58s
    118. Easily annotate images with Skitch
      6m 4s
    119. Migrating to Google Apps
      9m 31s
    120. Get your Google Calendar schedule by email every morning
      3m 3s
    121. Blurring photos for posting on social networks
      6m 41s
    122. Using supplemental To Do apps
      3m 43s
    123. Getting alerts for Amazon price drops
      2m 36s
    124. Four tips to teach kids about websites
      8m 19s
    125. Caring for family members from afar
      4m 39s
    126. Using Google Sheets to make templates
      4m 35s

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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,, Etsy, and more. Learn about topics ranging from recording and publishing video chats to managing your finances online.

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Disabling toolbars, resizing screens, and accidentally closed tabs

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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