Microsoft Tech Tip Tuesday

Windows Key + V

Clipboard managers have been around a long time, but most people don’t use them because that means the extra step of installing one more thing on your computer. And if it’s a work computer, you might not be able to install anything at all.

In Windows 10, you can now use the built-in clipboard manager without installing anything. All you have to do to start using it is use the keyboard shortcut Windows Key + V instead of the traditional CTRL + V to paste things.

Windows will confirm you want to start using the feature, and from then on you’ll be able to paste not only the last thing you copied, but also things you’ve copied in the past.

Windows 10 Clipboard
Windows 10 Clipboard after pressing Windows Key + V

At any time, you can remove anything from the list you don’t want there. You can even pin things you like to paste often, so they always stay in the list.

I’ve always been a big fan of using keyboard shortcuts, and this one makes me even more productive.

If you would like a similar feature for MacOS or Linux, check out this list of alternatives:

I’m a fan of CopyQ. You can install it on Windows or MacOS, but it’s designed for Linux, so the install process isn’t for everyone.

Social Media Tech Tip Tuesday

Corral Facebook

Although you can manually sort your feed chronologically (every time you go to Facebook), you can’t set this as the default.

If you use often Facebook from a web browser on your computer, then I highly recommend installing the F. B. Purity extension to take control of your Facebook experience.

The setting I set first is “News Sort : Most Recent” because I hate missing posts by my friends and family when Facebook decides they shouldn’t be featured on the news stream. This way I can view Facebook posts as they happen.

F. B. Purity Settings
So Many F. B. Purity Settings

There are lots of other settings, and each has an explanation if you hover your mouse over it. I probably would have deleted my Facebook account by now if it weren’t for this browser extension. I have removed the Facebook app from my phone because Facebook gives so little control over my experience.

It also helps keep me in the moment when I’m out and about. I take photos, but I don’t feel the need to post them right away. When I’m back home, I can relive the fun from the day and post my favorite photos. If I run across some news I want to post, I have to wait until I have time to be on my computer, so I often skip posting things that are just not that important.

If you have any questions about using F. B. Purity, feel free to contact me, or you can read the FAQ.

iOS Tech Tip Tuesday

Scan Documents with the iOS Notes App

With so many of us working from home, we’re going to need to send more files electronically instead of using paper documents. Most of us don’t have a scanner, but did you know your phone makes a great scanner? Today’s tech tip is for iOS, but this feature is also available on Android and in other iOS apps.

The tip today is that the document scanning feature is built right in to iOS.

To scan a document using your iPhone, launch the Notes app. Make a new (blank) note, and tap the camera icon above the keyboard. One of the options is Scan Documents.

Make sure to take the photos using lots of light. Laying the paper flat on a table next to a window is usually pretty effective. Otherwise, try using a bright overhead light. Move to the side a bit, so you don’t get a shadow on the paper from your phone.

Tech Tip Tuesday

Google dot new

Are you a Google Docs user? Use this tip to save time when you want to make a new file.

To make a new Google Doc, go use the link:, and it will go directly to a new blank document.

This also works for the other Google Docs programs: