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Clipboard History – No More Losing Text You’ve Cut or Copied!

Clipboard History – No More Losing Text You’ve Cut or Copied!

Have you ever cut and paste several times in rapid succession and accidentally cut twice in a row without pasting?  Unfortunately, now you’ve lost some of your work!  Or maybe you copy and pasted something an hour ago and realize you would like to use the same text in your current work.  In a newer version of Windows 10, Microsoft has implemented a clipboard history.  Clipboard history has a record of everything you have cut or copied since the last time you rebooted your computer.

Clipboard history is disabled by default, but you can easily enable it.  Simply go to a Word document and press the Windows Key + v.  The Windows Key is found on the bottom-left of your keyboard, between Ctrl and Alt. If you haven’t enabled clipboard history or haven’t copied anything to your clipboard since enabling it, you’ll see a message telling you that you either need to enable the feature or copy something before continuing.  If you have previously enabled it, you will be able to see all the items you copied or cut and can paste them again.  Currently, this clipboard history supports text, HTML, and images less than 4MB in size.  Larger items you copy will not be stored in the history.

Router Considerations While Working from Home

Router Considerations While Working from Home

While working from home, you may have noticed some things about your internet connectivity. It may even bother you so much that you’ve become curious to how you can improve it.  Here are some things to consider:
  1. Security – password
  2. The Upload and Download Speed
  3. Signal Strength
Before we begin any improvement discussion, it may seem odd to begin with security. We want to make sure attackers don’t impact the administration of your router or your home network. Security: Change the default password Your router is sent from your ISP with a “default” username/password. This information is usually labeled on the router, but this can also be easily looked up by googling “default router password for <Your Internet Provider Here>”.  Hackers rely on this unintended slip in securing your home network. For this reason, we always recommend changing the default administrator password to something unique. Instructions can be found online or contact your internet service provider for help. Upload and download speed If you’re a family of 4, each with 3 or more devices connected to WiFi your bandwidth could be impacted.  So, the question to ask yourself is “Am I getting the needed upload and download speed?” First, let’s define them. The upload speed refers to how many megabits of data per second of information you can send to another device or server on the internet. This impacts how well you can send big files via email or use video-chat (since you send your video feed to them).   Download speed refers to how many megabits of data per second it takes to download data from a server in the form of images, videos, text, and more. Activities such as streaming music and movies or downloading large files all require you to download data.  Are you curious about what your internet speed is, speedtest.net will give you the answer? So, what are the right upload and download speed for you? It depends on so many factors (i.e. number of connected devices in your home, your use of the internet). Here is a suggestion in a chart from TomsGuide.com.

How many Mbps do you really need?

Number of devices

Use Cases

Recommended Download Speed

1-2

 

Web surfing, email, social networking, moderate video

 

Up to 25 Mbps

 

3-5

 

Online multiplayer gaming, 4K streaming

 

50 - 100 Mbps

 

More than 5

 

All of the above plus sharing large files and live streaming video

 

150 to 200 Mbps

 

Boosting signal strength If your signal regularly drops or appears to have only a few WiFi strength bars, then it may be time to consider a WiFi repeater/extender. A WiFi Extender is a device that repeats the wireless signal from your router to expand its coverage. It functions as a bridge, capturing the WiFi from your router and rebroadcasting it to areas where the WiFi is weak or nonexistent, improving the performance of your home WiFi. You can find different brands (Netgear, Lynksys, D-Link) on Amazon. Read the reviews before purchasing, it is important. by John Henry McDonald

Need to Manage and Delegate Tasks for Initiatives Try Microsoft Planner

Need to Manage and Delegate Tasks for Initiatives Try Microsoft Planner

Each plan in Microsoft Planner includes a dashboard. This is where you can analyze tasks according to their status or belonging to a plan. You keep an overview of all open or completed tasks. Different charts visualize project progress and show which tasks are overdue.

Each plan in Microsoft Planner includes a dashboard. This is where you can analyze tasks according to their status or belonging to a plan. You keep an overview of all open or completed tasks. Different charts visualize project progress and show which tasks are overdue.

Productivity with TEAMS Continue to Increase

Productivity with TEAMS Continue to Increase

At the beginning of the pandemic, organizations leaned more on the current technology to collaborate. As shelter-in-place orders grew state to state the use Microsoft technology grew as well.  With the isolation of remote work growing the need for human connection became crucial to business development and the use of video conferencing for meetings increased substantially on Teams. It should be noted that Microsoft has continued to make enhancements and improvements:
  • Custom backgrounds allow you to replace your background in Teams meetings with a new office look anytime.  You can also upload your own custom backgrounds as well. Unique backgrounds have become a spirited competition within designDATA.
  • To make video calls more interactive, the raise hand feature will be available to everyone by the end of the year. It will let meeting participants indicate they have something to say by clicking on a hand-raise icon in the meeting control bar. Academic institutions will probably see this feature first as it rolls out.
  • Meeting organizers can now end a meeting for all participants with the click of the “end meeting “button in the control bar.
  • Later this year, Microsoft will roll-out background noise suppression while in a Teams meeting which uses technology to reduce distracting background noise such as loud typing or a barking dog.

Security – Stay Alert

Clipboard History – No More Losing Text You’ve Cut or Copied!

Have you ever cut and paste several times in rapid succession and accidentally cut twice in a row without pasting?  Unfortunately, now you’ve lost some of your work!  Or maybe you copy and pasted something an hour ago and realize you would like to use the same text in your current work.  In a newer version of Windows 10, Microsoft has implemented a clipboard history.  Clipboard history has a record of everything you have cut or copied since the last time you rebooted your computer.

Clipboard history is disabled by default, but you can easily enable it.  Simply go to a Word document and press the Windows Key + v.  The Windows Key is found on the bottom-left of your keyboard, between Ctrl and Alt. If you haven’t enabled clipboard history or haven’t copied anything to your clipboard since enabling it, you’ll see a message telling you that you either need to enable the feature or copy something before continuing.  If you have previously enabled it, you will be able to see all the items you copied or cut and can paste them again.  Currently, this clipboard history supports text, HTML, and images less than 4MB in size.  Larger items you copy will not be stored in the history.

How to Share Your Screen with Teams

How to Share Your Screen with Teams

Screen sharing is a very useful tool that will help coworkers view content together.  Below I show how I shared my screen with my coworker Ricardo to discuss a project we were working on together. (click on pictures to enlarge)
  • Join or start your meeting with the option of video or voice by selecting the icon on the top right corner of the screen
  • Move your mouse to the bottom-middle of the screen during a meeting in Teams.
  • Choose the chat control options.
  • Click the third icon from the left, the icon with the square box and arrow.
  • You can then choose to share your screens, desktops, windows, or programs.

     

  • To stop sharing your screen click on the square icon with the X in the middle.

Article by Jose Vargas

designDATA’s plan of action during COVID-19

As many of you may have heard, the President has extended the social distancing guidelines to April 30th with the possibility of going past that date. designDATA will continue working remotely and suspending onsite engagements according to the Federal guidelines.

During these times while working from home, we understand a focus on productivity and collaboration is of high importance. Our aim is to be of greater resource to you and your organization during these times.  If you are in need of IT solutions at this time please contact us at https://www.designdata.com/contact-us/ .

Access our blog via our website for tips and tricks on cybersecurity, Microsoft Teams, eSign solutions, other relevant subjects to improve IT productivity in this remote working environment.  https://www.designdata.com/resources/blog/