Easy Technology for Seniors – Audio and Video for Preserving Memories

In a previous post on this Technology for Seniors Made Easy blog, I mentioned my passion for using technology for connecting with, and gaining the support of, family and friends. In addition, we seniors and others have the means for ensuring that we are not left with guilt, regrets and missing memories when a loved one passes on.

All that’s necessary is learning how to use some simple and basic technology, particularly in the area of recording. There are a variety of cost-effective and easy ways that this can be done. In addition to your personal memories, you’ll also happily Continue reading

Kaddish Online – Connecting to Jewish Shiva Service by Phone and Internet

On the Technology for Seniors Made Easy blog, I mainly cover tutorial how-to’s for using various types of programs and devices. The question sometimes comes up, “Why am I doing this?”  Then I’m reminded that, for me, the most rewarding benefit of being online, and using technology, is the the ability to connect with, and gain support, from family and friends and communities all over the world.

For most of us, at some point in our lives, a time comes when we are confronted with the death of a loved one, a dear family member or friend.  Most religious groups have some form of Continue reading

How to Upload Videos and Photos from iPhone to Facebook

In a reply to the post on how to email videos from iPhone, a reader commented that she wished she could send a video directly to Facebook from her iPhone.  In fact, it is a possibility and a very easy, and exciting, one.  You’ll see below you can even be doing some editing prior to uploading.

To post video to Facebook from your iPhone

1 – Go to your profile page in Facebook.  Look for the “Share Photo” button. It’s under “Friends” and next to “Write Post.” Continue reading

Mouse and Keyboard Shortcuts for Highlighting Content in Word and Mail

In a recent post, I detailed 7 Most Commonly-Used Keyboard Shortcuts. This post covers using both the mouse and keyboard to highlight words or phrases that we want to either delete, or copy and save to paste in another place in the same document or email or put in a totally new one.

Clicking, then dragging, the computer mouse over a word or phrase is probably the most common way of capturing the content in Word documents or emails. And there is an even quicker way of gaining the same results, all with mouse clicks only.

Experiment with the following yourself:

1 – Screen shot 2013-06-02 at 5.31.46 PMTo highlight a single word, place your cursor on it and DOUBLE CLICK your mouse. Continue reading

iPhone Tip – Create Shortcuts for Frequently Used Long Phrases

For months I’ve been tapping each letter individually anytime I wanted to put http://TechnologyforSeniorsMadeEasy.com in a message and…

I just discovered there is a far simpler wayShortcutsNow I type in “tss”, an arbitrary code (shortcut), and the full URL comes up. I’ve also created “tsb”, for the full URL for the blog – TechnologyforSeniorsMadeEasy.com/blog.

iPhone settings icon


To create your own shortcuts, find and tap on the Settings Icon on your iPhone.

Then, open Settings. Tap General, then Keyboard, as shown below. Continue reading

Keyboard Shortcuts for Opening Internet Browser Windows and Emailing Links

In a recent post here on Technology for Seniors Made Easy, I went into great detail on How to Open Multiple Windows in Your Internet Browser using the FILE menu in the browser tool bars.

I have since discovered the keyboard shortcuts, as simple as CTRL/CMD+N will open a New Window, CTRL/CMD+T, a New Tab.

Also, did you know that you can e-mail links, and content, directly from the web pages themselves?  It’s not necessary to copy the URL and then go into your e-mail program to paste it into the body of a new e-mail, the procedure I’ve followed for years. Not only is the link or content there, the subject line is automatically filled in. Details are further down this page. Continue reading

7 Commonly Used Keyboard Shortcuts – For Seniors

Below are seven of the most commonly used keyboard shortcuts guaranteed to save you time when working at your computer.

Note: The one key used in all the shortcuts is the
CONTROL [CTRL] key on a PC or the
COMMAND [CMD] key on the Mac.
CTRL or CMD are the abbreviations that will be used throughout the post, here and elsewhere on the blog.

Edit Menu in WordFor most of these actions we usually simply work with our mouse using the EDIT drop down menu.

This, in fact, does give us the symbols for the shortcuts. Look at the right-hand side of the menu.

Even though I knew this, I’ve never paid attention long enough to look at and implement the ones I wasn’t using.  I wonder. How many of you reading this have paid attention to those symbols?

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How to Open Multiple Windows in Your Internet Browser

I was recently asked the question, “How do I open more than one window at a time in Safari?”  I appreciated the question and am happy to answer. The process is the same in all Internet Browsers. (See end of the post if you need “browser” defined.)

UPDATE: A short time after writing this post, I discovered there are two very simple shortcuts to opening New Windows and New Tabs.  If you are familiar with Internet Browser, you can go directly to Window-Opening Shortcuts.

CTRL or CMD+N opens a new window; CTRL/CMD+T a new tab.

The one key used in all the shortcuts is the – CTRL and CMD are the abbreviations that will be used throughout the posts.
CONTROL [CTRL] key on a PC or the
COMMAND [CMD] key on the Mac.

Browser Toolbars – at the very top of any open web page.

Safari Tool BarFirefox Toolbar

Safari Toolbar
on the Mac

Firefox Toolbar on the Mac  Continue reading