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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.
My name is Jess Stratton and this is, Monday Productivity Pointers. This week I'm focusing on your biggest browser annoyances. And by annoyances I don't mean bugs. And I'm not talking about features that we're waiting for in future versions. No, I'm talking about some setting or mishap that took place. And now, every time you want to use your browser, you first have to fix the setting. In the next video I'll talk about things like accidentally closed tabs, and getting rid of those annoying toolbars, but today I want to talk about saved form data.
We've all done this, accidentally typed in a user name wrong or a password wrong, or maybe you don't have a particular user name anymore, and we told our browser or that site to save the information. So now, every time you go to login to the site the wrong email address is in there. There's two ways to solve this. The first way is to delete everything in one go, which is not a bad thing and you should be doing it every once in awhile anyway. By everything, I mean your browser history, cache, cookies and saved form data.
The plus is that your browser will be back to running lean and mean and secure, with no residual data on your computer or laptop. The downside is that if you had your browser save a user name or password for a site, it will be lost and you'll need to make sure you have a way to recover that password. This usually isn't a problem as you can most likely go through a password recovery feature on the site itself. But I did want to tell you this ahead of time because I don't want you to have any surprises. So that's the first solution. The second solution is to keep all your cache, history, and other items, but just remove the one entry that's wrong.
So let's dive in, and I'll show you how to do both methods on the most popular browsers, the first one being Google Chrome. And that's the one I have open right now. And in this entry, as you can see, it is the wrong one. And I don't want this entry in here anymore. So the first method that we can do is simply just deleting an Autofill entry. You can do that by highlighting an entry in the pull down when it comes up when you place your cursor in that fill out box. And if you're on a Windows computer, hold down the Shift key and hit Delete at the same time.
Now, I'm on a Mac, so I'm going to hold down the Shift key, the function key, and the Delete key, the entry goes away. So now if you had a particular bad username in there, it won't show up in that list anymore. You can also edit or remove any stored passwords in Chrome, by going to Chrome at the top. And I'm going to get out of full screen mode here for a second so I can show you. If I click Chrome at the top, choose Preferences, and then on the left hand side, go to settings scroll all the way near the bottom, and click Show Advanced Settings. And then, if I scroll a little bit further down.
There's a little blue hyperlink that says, Manage Saved Passwords. And here's my list of all the saved passwords that I have in Chrome. If I want to get rid of any of them, I can simply click the X. And I'll get prompted for the password and it won't auto-fill that password the next time. This is useful if you keep being prompted to change the password every time, because you had it save the wrong one. I can click OK and now I can go back to using Chrome. If you want to remove everything.
Click Chrome from the top menu. And choose clear browsing data. This is going to let you clear things like empty the cache, the history. You can check off anything here that you want to remove. For example, if you wanted it to clear all of your saved passwords. You can also obliterate things from the past hour, or since the last time you did it. I'm going to hit Cancel right now. I'll close out of this browser, and let's go on to the next one. So that's how you do everything in Chrome. But what about Firefox, which is another really popular browser? The same way, you can get rid of a particular entry in a fill-out form.
For example, here you can see I have the wrong one. I accidentally put in an extra s, an now it's going to be haunting me. An it won't simply auto-fill the one I want. I'll always have this drop-down, and I have to choose. Well, you can get rid of one entry by simply highlighting it and clicking the Delete button on your keyboard if you're a Windows user, and the Shift+Delete key if you're a Mac user. As you can see, it's now gone, and I will never be haunted by that again. Now in Firefox you can also remove saved passwords. I'm going to select Firefox from the top menu Choose Preferences.
I'm going to change to the Security tab, and now I can click Saved Passwords. In here, I can click it and choose Remove if I don't want Firefox to save that password for that site anymore, either. To get rid of everything, I can choose History from the top menu And choose clear recent history. This is a way, once again, to clear everything. And just like Chrome, you can either pick everything or just things from a particular time frame.
If I click the details button, I can see everything that it's going to delete, and I can add additional things if I wanted to. So that's Chrome and Firefox. I'm going to close out of this again. Let's go to Safari. Now, to get rid of one entry in Safari, now here's an entry that I don't want anymore. However, I'm not going to delete it right from the form itself, like I did in the previous browsers. Instead, I'm going to choose Safari from top menu. Select Preferences. I'm going to change to the Auto Fill tab, and then the Usernames and Password section, I'm going to click Edit. So here you can see the bad entry.
Here's the extra Jess with one s that I don't want that comes in and Autofills. So I'll simply choose Remove. I can close out, and now the next time I come in, that's not going to autopopulate anymore. To get rid of everything in Safari. Choose Safari from the top menu, and click Reset Safari. So these are the ways that you can get rid of all your data on a one by one basis. Or everything in one go from multiple browsers.
In the next video, I'm going to be using Internet Explorer, and I'm going to talk about things like disabling toolbars that you don't want. How to maximize a screen and have it stay that way, and what happens when you're using other browsers and you accidentally close tabs. How do you get them back?
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