Thursday, April 27, 2017

How to Unsubscribe from Unwanted E-Mails

Have you been getting a bunch of unwanted emails that do not direct into spam?  For example, maybe you signed up a long time ago for a newsletter from Office Depot and you are just tired of receiving it cause you never even look at it, it's just making you take that much longer to get to the ones you DO want.
Well, if you scroll to the very bottom of the email, ALL emails will have this unless it is a "true" spam email, there is small writing always incorporating how to UNSUBSCRIBE from their mailings.

Below is an example of an Office Depot email:









And this shows what the bottom of the email looks like:








Once you click on unsubscribe, theirs looks like this:










Click on the one that will unsubscribe you from all. It can take anywhere from 24 hrs to a week or longer for your email to then cycle out, but it will normally tell you how long at the end.

Here are a few more examples:
Texas Motor Speedway









Now this one offers different options if you want to ADD or REMOVE certain newsletters,. You would deselect and press SAVE at the very bottom.




















One last example:
CBS Sports





Now in this one, there's nothing you need to do. Once you clicked unsubscribe, it is just confirming that it did:













So there are several different formats for unsubscribing as you've seen but all emails like newsletters WILL have an UNSUBSCRIBE link to click on at the very bottom of them.

There is also a few really neat sites that actually do this hard work FOR you. 
One is called Unroll.me and the other is Unsubscriber by Other.  They both work similarly but a bit different also but together, they make riding yourself of unwanted emails A BREEEEEEZE!

Unsubscriber
After you sign up - which you tell it which email service to track for you - it will create a folder within your emails folders called Unsubscribe. 
You then drag and drop into the folder any unwanted emails.
Unsubscriber then notifies the sender that you want to be removed.
Until the removal takes place, all incoming emails from that sender will be directed straight into the Unsubscribe folder.
It works with most major providers as well as most IMAP enabled mailboxes.

When you login to their site, youll see a list of all the subscriptions you've unsubscribed from, giving you the option to REsubscribe if you'd like. Pretty simple





Unroll.me
Unroll.me works a bit differently. 
They send you a daily email called a Rollup.
If you login to their site you can better control what you'll see on your daily Rollup.
On mine,  I have a few of my favorite blogs and a few of my favorite shopping sites on it. 
To edit what you do and don't want, at the top of their page, you'll see "Your Rollup" and "Edit Subscriptions." Click on Edit Subscriptions.
Here you'll see "Rollup", "Unsubscribed", "Inbox" and "New."
New is everything that has not been sorted from your inbox.
When you scroll down, you'll see more options on each line "Add to Rollup" "Unsubscribe" and "Keep in inbox."
Inbox you'll see "Add to Rollup" and "Unsubscribe."
Unsubscribed you'll see "Add to Rollup" and "Keep in inbox."
Rollup you'll see "Unsubscribe" and "Keep in inbox."
So you have total control over what you do and don't want to see in your inbox.
Everything is in alphabetical order as well making it even easier to find what you're looking for.

After all this, you'd be surprised how nice your inbox now is. 
Now if you chose to do the first mentioned unsubscribe method, those will not show up on either of the above mentioned services unfortunately. It also does not sort any of your filtered emails that direct into specific folders, once that bypass your inbox. Nor do they deal with your spam folder. They only directly deal with any emails in your main inbox.

Hope this helps you all to unclutter your lives a little.

Friday, July 24, 2015

What version of Office am I using?

What version of Office am I using?

You know you have Microsoft Office installed. Good beginning! Here's how to find things like which version, which service pack (SP), and which bit version (32- or 64-bit) you have installed.

Office 2013

Office 2013 uses the File tab and the Microsoft Office Backstage view, what you see after you click File. Here's what you see in Word 2013.
Word 2013 showing the File > Account window
  1. Choose File > Account.
  2. Here's where you can see the information.
    • To see the version number, look under Product Information.
    • To see if Office is installed using a subscription, look under Product Information.
    • To see if you have 32-bit or 64-bit Office installed, choose About Word.
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Office 365

Office 365 uses the File tab and the Microsoft Office Backstage view, what you see after you click File. Here's what you see in Word.
Word 2013 installed with Office 365 showing the File > Account window
  1. Choose File > Account.
  2. Here's where you can see the information.
    • To see the version number, look under Office Updates.
    • To see if Office is installed using a subscription, look under Product Information. For Office 365, you should see Subscription Product.
    • To see if you have 32-bit or 64-bit Office installed, choose About Word.
Tip   Choose Update Options to see how you can install updates.
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Office for Mac 2011

Here's what you see in Word for Mac 2011.
Word for Mac 2011 showing About Word page
  • To see the version, choose the Word menu > About Word.
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Office 2013 RT

On the Microsoft Surface RT, there’s only one version of Office that’s designed to run on the tablet’s ARM processor, Office 2013 RT. Here's the version information in Word RT.
Word RT showing the File > Account window
  1. Choose File > Account.
  2. Under Product Information, find the version.
Note    To learn about licensing, tap About Word.
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Office 2010

Office 2010 introduces the File tab and the Microsoft Office Backstage view, what you see after you click File. Here's what you see in Word 2010.
Word 2010 Help
  1. Choose File > Help.
  2. Here's where you can see the information.
    • To see the version, look under Product Activated.
    • To see if you have 32-bit or 64-bit Office installed, look under About Microsoft Word.
    • To see what service pack you have installed or to see the licensing information, choose Additional Version and Copyright Information.
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Office 2007

Office 2007 introduced tabs and the Microsoft Office Button Microsoft Office Button. Here's what you see in Word 2007.
Word 2007 Resources
  1. Choose the Microsoft Office Button Microsoft Office Button > Word Options.
  2. In the Word Options dialog box, click Resources to find the version and the Service Pack (SP).
    Note    To learn about licensing, in Resources, click About. On the About dialog box, see This product is licensed to.
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Office 2003

  Support has ended for Office 2003.
Office 2003 has text-based menus on the gray bar: File, Edit, View, Insert, Format, Tools, Table, Window, and Help. Here's what you see in Word 2003.
Word 2003 Help, About
Word 03 About
  1. Choose Help > About.
  2. In the About dialog box, find the version and the Service Pack (SP).
    Note   To learn about licensing is the This product is licensed to field.

This is straight from Office Help

Friday, October 24, 2014

Easily Convert Files from G-Mail Attachments Using Google Sheets

Depending on the version of Microsoft Office you have installed on your computer, you may have experienced problems opening certain Office files. Office 2007 and newer has some different files format extensions than what the older versions provide.

Take an Excel spreadsheet, for example. The old Excel format is .xls, but with the newer versions it is .xlsx which makes it where you cannot open the file (a trial offer may pop up asking you to try or buy) using an older Windows version.

This is a problem I experience at work a lot due to receiving email attachments from people who use newer versions. So I happened to stumble upon an easy way to convert those files to be a format I can actually open.

Using this method, you can easily convert those XLSX files, for example, to PDF, ODS (OpenDocument format), CSV (comma-separated values), TSV (Tab-separated values) and ZIP files. I found the one that works best for me is to convert to a PDF (which is opened via Adobe Acrobat Reader) as most everyone has this program already installed on their computers.

Follow these steps:

First off, while in GMail, if you have an attachment, it will be shown at the bottom of the email and you can easily see the file extension right there to help you determine if it needs converting or not (see screenshot A)
SCREENSHOT A
To get to Google Sheets, you can either click on the little pencil icon on the attachment (see Screenshot B) OR if you have already clicked on the attachment and are in preview mode, you can click on Open With and select Google Sheets (see Screenshot C).

SCREENSHOT B
SCREENSHOT C
Once you get to Google Sheets and it completely loads, you can do whatever editing you may want to do right from there.  Then when you are ready to convert and save, click on File in the top left corner. Click on Download As and then select the file format you'd like to convert to (see Screenshot D). Unfortunately there is a limited number of formats to convert to but as I mentioned, PDFs seem to work beautifully for me.

SCREENSHOT D
All of the formats will open a Save As box (PDF choice will first pop up an options box where you'll click EXPORT at the bottom of the window). Choose where you'd like to save the file and VIOLA!  Your file is now converted.  So much easier than having to find, research and download a new converting software program.

Enjoy and happy converting!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

View Full Websites on iOS & Android

Many of you, like me, get frustrated when you visit a website on your iOS or Android mobile device and it forces you to the "mobile" version of their website.  Most of those mobile sites are scaled down in terms of features and things you can actually do.

These sites put an "m" or the word "mobile" in the front of the mobile web address and in some instances you can take that out and it forces the full site to open. Take twitter.com for example. This is not one of those sites unfortunately. So what do you do?   Wait until you get to a desktop?  Sounds like a hassle to me. What's the point in having a mobile device if you can't accomplish what you need to do?

Follow these steps on how to work your way around this "force" field.

1. Install Google Chrome for your device.
Google Chrome for iOS from the App Store.
Chrome Browser for Android from Google Play

2. Open Chrome and type in the address you are having problems with.  

3. Click on the settings menu (i.e. the three horizontal lines) and select Request Desktop Site

BAM!  A fully functional site now available at your fingertips while on-the-go.  Wasn't that easy?   And even if you don't care for Chrome, at least you have it for those stubborn mobile sites. 

ENJOY!!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Where is the Compatibility View Button in IE 11?

In earlier versions of IE (Internet Explorer), if you came across a web page that was misbehaving or had missing/misplaced buttons, links, pictures etc, you could easily hit the Compatibility View button at the top of the screen in the address bar. 

This button was made to correct issues that website developers were not able to anticipate for when new versions of the browser were created.

Now in IE 11, they took this button away.  So, how can you still use this buttons feature to correct the incompatibility issues? 

First COPY the WEB ADDRESS of the page you are experiencing the problems on.

Then, click on TOOLS at the top of your screen and select COMPATIBILITY VIEW SETTINGS.


PASTE the address into the field "Add this website" at the top of the window that opened and click ADD.


Close out of IE completely to ensure the change took place.  Open IE again and go back to the same page you were having the problems with.   Problems should now be resolved.

Not sure why IE took that convenient button out from the top of the page but at least there is still a way to accomplish the same thing, with unfortunately a few extra steps added though.

ENJOY!