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

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17-Month Old Toddler Using iPhone App to Play Games

On a recent Nature walk I videoed a father explaining how is little one, who is less than two years old, manages accessing her game apps on her parents’ iPhones.

As seniors realize little ones can make these choices on an electronic device, might seeing and hearing stories like this  motivate them to try some new things themselves on iPhones and other smart phones?

Could they come to the realization that it may not be as hard as they think?

Your thoughts are welcome below.

Suspect Email Evaluated and Declared Spam

CONCLUSION and EVALUATION POINTS for determining whether the email shown below and at the top of the previous post was spam. To read the overall on being safe when opening email and clicking on links within it, check out the following link, Be Safe Guidelines for Opening e-Mail.

Subject Line of an Email said to be from Facebook

The link shown above for the first email, said to be from Facebook only, IS legitimate.  I’ve signed up to be notified by email when a “New Message from…” is posted to me in Facebook.

The second email, said to be from “Facebook Weekly News”  is SPAM, at least from my point of view. “New Message:”, with a colon in the subject line is meaningless and thus an identifier.

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iPhone – iPad – Quick Tech Tip – How to Find Word Definition

When you’re reading a message or report on your iPhone or iPad, do you ever wonder about the meaning of a word? I was thrilled the other day when I discovered the simple solution to getting an almost instant answer to the question.

Simply tap the word on the screen of your iPhone or iPad. The usual choices pop up: “Copy“, “Select All“, “Define“. Tap on “Define” and the relevant dictionary page pops up.

iPhone - Copy, Select All, Delete Option

Dictionary Page in the iPhone






This works with anything you are reading on the iPhone or iPad – in an email, document or downloaded PDF, articles and posts on web pages, including Facebook and other social media.

To fun and enlightenment, if you haven’t used it before.

As always, please share your own experiences with us in the “Leave a reply” section below.  What Tips and Tricks do you find most useful in your iPhone or iPad? And, you can certainly send an email with suggestions to easyseniortechnology@gmail.com

Facebook on the iPhone – Search Help for How to Upload Profile Photo

As I was putting together the post on Uploading or Changing Profile Photos on Facebook, I posted pictures of How to Find the Help menu, starting with the Gear icon in the upper right. Someone commented that it did not look that way on her iPad.

Given the iPad  choices are pretty much similar to those on the  iPhone,  I went to mine to see what I could find. The first step, assuming you have it downloaded, is to open the Facebook app on your iPhone.

1 – Then click on the three bar icon on the upper left of your main page to bring you to the following choices:

News Feed,
Friends, and then
Pages, for those who have business pages.

2 – Scroll Down past:

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Facebook Profile Photos – Quick Way to Create or Change

In the last post in the Technology for Seniors Made Easy blog, How to Upload or Change Your Profile Photo in Facebook, I went into specific details highlighting Facebook’s Help menu.  A day after posting this, I picked up on someone’s comment in Facebook suggesting a whole different and much simpler approach.

The quicker alternative to what I suggested in the prior post is to simply go to the Photos you’ve uploaded into Facebook and select one photo.





Then click on the pencil in the upper right of the photo to edit.  A menu will open. Click on “Make Profile Picture.” Continue reading

How to Upload or Change your Profile Photo in Facebook

Note – After posting these instructions and demonstration I learned of yet another even simpler way to create a profile photo. See  Facebook Profile Photos – Quick Way to Change.

Before leaving this page, though, be sure to check out this post  if you need assistance in finding “Help” in Facebook.

A friend wanted to change her profile photo in Facebook and her daughter was unable to explain it on the phone. She said she’d do it for her when she was at her mother’s house.

So many seniors today are not fortunate enough to have children or grandchildren, living close by to help.  Thus, I’m showing you where to find Facebook’s Help instructions.

Following are the steps to take for uploading or changing your profile photo, showing where on Facebook you can find the information.

Finding HELP on Facebook

Facebook Gear drop-down menu for editing setting

1 – Go to the top right of any page you are on in Facebook.

Click on the “gear” icon.

2 – At the bottom of the drop down menu that opens click on “Help.” Continue reading