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Recover Closed Browser Tabs

Sometimes I intend to only close one browser tab but accidentally close the browser itself, thus closing all the tabs. It’s one of those “oh bugger!” moments.

The good news is that there’s a solution, and it is Ctrl-Shift-T.

Open the browser again and press Ctrl-Shift-T, and all your previous tabs will reopen.

This also usually works after a system reboot. You know: you come into work and discover your system has rebooted itself overnight, and all those browser tabs you had open are gone…


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Computer Monitor Not Working?

The lights are on but nobody’s home!

This morning I got to work, woke up/unlocked my computer, and only one monitor displayed anything. The other monitor stayed resolutely black, even though its power light was on.

Do you have trouble with a computer screen (monitor) switching itself off from time to time? It might  refuse to wake up from sleep mode, or just apparently switch itself off. One moment you’re working with two monitors, then one goes black – and you can no longer see what’s on that monitor!

Here’s a solution:
Reach behind the monitor and switch it off (using the monitor’s on/off switch). Wait a minute or two, then switch it back on. This usually resolves the problem.

If it still stays switched off:
Check that all the cable plugs going into the back of the monitor are firmly plugged in, and check that the other end of each cable is firmly plugged in as well.

If that still doesn’t work, contact ITS for help. (Click the link, then look to the far right side, in the Need Help? section.)


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Five Things to Massively Simplify Your Day

I posted these tips almost exactly 3 years ago. Did you see them? Read on.

How many times have we heard the words, “if only I had known that yesterday”!

Are you using these five tips?
They make a difference to my life every day. The time investment it takes you to read and implement them will be repaid to you many, many times in time, effort and satisfaction.

  1. Simplify your Emailing with this quick way to find an Email recipient’s name, using Ctrl K
  2. Make your computer type “University of Canterbury” (and other repetitive long phrases) for you
  3. Use Outlook Quick Steps to avoid repetitively entering email address names
  4. Lock your computer when you step away from it
  5. Archive of Tech Tips

For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Technology Information for Staff website

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Five Great Tips to Simplify PDFs

These five great tips will simplify and speed up your time in a PDF:


For other great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Archive of Tech Tips
Technology Information for Staff website

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Using Email Read Receipts

This is one of those things that you may be doing without realising what a nuisance it can be for those receiving your emails.

I’m talking about using “Request a Delivery Receipt” and “Request a Read Receipt” by default – ie, using them for every message you send.

This becomes a real nuisance for your recipient because they have to acknowledge , or “approve”, the receipt for every email of yours that they read (and they can choose not to send the receipt). So it becomes especially tiresome if they have a back-and-forth email exchange with you.

Of course, you may need to use this feature from time to time, but try to avoid using it as the default.

You can find them when you create a new email message, on the Options Ribbon:

Don’t be a nuisance – leave these switched off by Default.

For great time-saving tips, look up:
Being more efficient with your technology
Archive of Tech Tips
Technology Information for Staff website

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