How to Open Web Pages on Your iPhone

Safari is the Internet browser used on your iPhone. To get to the Internet, start from your main screen.

1 – Tap on Safari icon

2 – Your phone will open the last web page opened, or a new one if all have been closed. You can have up to 8 pages open at the same time.

3 – To go to a website that you know, tap in the large white area at the top on the left.  Your keyboard will open. Start typing until you have the URL that you want. Click on Done.

4 – To search the web, tap the white area on the top right.  When the keyboard opens, type in your search word or phrase. Then click done, lower right.

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5 – If you wish to keep that page open and visit a new page, simply tap New Page on the lower right.  You can have up to 8 pages open on your iPhone.

6 – To see all of the open pages, tap on the number in the lower right.

7 – To close a web page, simply tap the X in the upper left corner of the page.

Happy searching.

NOTE – Sites mentioned and shown in the above video are: 1. See have to use the links on the Navigation bar to get to the blog. The page with links to the posts is now inactive.

2. which links to several of my sites.

How to Use Controls on YouTube Videos

A friend of mine recently said it took her many months of watching videos on YouTube before she realized how she could exit, once she got to full screen viewing. Therefore, I thought I’d give a demonstration should you, too, have that same challenge.

The tutorial video below will show you where on the YouTube site to do a SEARCH for people or categories, including “how to’s”

Click on the arrow in the center of the image to start watching. To watch the video Full Screen on your computer click on the little 4-corner icon at the right end of the black bar on the bottom.

To get back to view the full web page you were on, simply click the ESCAPE button on the top of your keyboard, the last button on the left.

Next to Google, YouTube is the site that has the highest frequency of searches. It’s a great source for “how-to” videos, some very professional, others rather amateurish depending on who uploads them.  Anyone can upload a video to YouTube.  I will cover that in another post and video.

One senior I know is ecstatic now because he discovered that he could be watching one of his favorite musicians listening to the music, while watching the pianist play.  When he discovered the ease of using YouTube he simply did a SEARCH on the site.

If you like to know in advance what to look for, covered in this tutorial video:

1. How and where to search
2. Using one of my Video CHANNELS,

a. Viewing a PLAYLIST where videos have been organized by a category or theme. The link for Ocean Sunrise and Sunsets PLAYLIST was used for demo purposes. This playlist has been set up so it will automatically feed to the next video in it.

3. Symbols in the black bar at the bottom

a. Triangle starts “play”
b. Double vertical lines “pause” the video
c. The tiny megaphone symbol with two curved lines regulates the “volume”, or mutes the sound.  You can also control the level of sound with your computer controls.

How and Why to Setup Online Banking for Bill Payments

Today I physically went into the bank to resolve a fee that I had been charged. Crediting it back to my account could only be handled on the branch level. It turned out to be the result of an entry error (mine).

Over the years, I’ve gradually grown less and less fearful of paying bills online.  At first I set up an online account with my bank so I could keep track of my balance, seeing my deposits and payments. Then I discovered that rather than traveling to the bank I could do account transfers online.

Taking those steps made it easier for me to consider setting up an online log-in with a credit card company to also follow my expenditures.  This led me to paying some of the bills online, which meant entering bank numbers and my personal account numbers, when using the “Pay Bill” option on the service site(s).

A very helpful assistant at the bank, determined to find out the exact reason for the charge, stayed with someone on the phone in corporate until she had an answer.  While I was sitting there she continued on with an interesting, informative  conversation on how I could better and more safely be making payments by initiating then from the bank website. She pointed out that our checking, and other, account information is the the most vulnerable of all sources of information we put out online.

She went on to describe how I could  set up “Bill Pay” directly from the online banking service they have as part of their service.  This way the bank is the one sending out the payment and I no longer will have to enter my bank info on 3rd party sites where any employee might have access to it.

I had seen the link before and I always assumed that it had to be used for regular, automatic payments. Given that my bill amounts vary, I shrugged it off.

I now see what a pleasure paying bills is going to be. I’ve entered the accounts to which I want to make online payments and created a list. The plan now is, when I get my bills, I’ll simply go into that list, pull up the account, enter the amount I want to pay and the date on which to pay it.

No more late fees AND my checking account is more secure.

1 – If you are one who walks into one of the branches of your bank, go in and ask for help. I would expect that someone there will be more than happy to walk you through it and help you set up your online account.
2 – Do a Google, or other, search for your bank. Then click into it.  Confirm it’s the correct one. Once on your bank’s site you will find plenty of information, along with the option to register with your account.  You’ll most likely find several layers of security questions that you’ll be setting up for your protection.

3 – It may be that the site has videos explaining the services and “How-to’s”. I’ve had an online account set up for some time and today is the first time I paid attention to the video demo that’s been there.

4 – Remember, if you have a question, ASK – customer service in the bank or by phone. You’ll save a lot of time, energy and possibly wasted effort,  when you don’t think you have to figure it out for yourself.

5 – ALWAYS CHECK and make sure that ANY SITE on which you enter personal information is a SECURE ONE.  Look for the “s” in the web address, i.e. https://www. name …..

As always, please share your experiences in the COMMENTS below, including asking any questions you may have.


How to Search for a Word or Phrase on a Web Page

NOTE – Pages from different Web Browsers are shown here. Scroll down to see examples on the computer and the browser you use.

Despite my presence on the Web for many years, AND the fact that it’s always been on the Edit Menu, it was only recently I woke up to the search or “Find” option and command on web pages, documents, and PDFs.  I was looking a web page directory with a listing of recorded phone calls. There was a summary of each call on the very long page. Someone pointed out that we could search specific topics simply by clicking on the Control Key, plus the letter “f” (on a PC) or the Command Key, plus “f” (on a MacIntosh computer). What a revelation for me!

Below are screen shots of where you will find the spaces to type in your desired word on three of the browsers most commonly used.

On Your PC
“Find” in Internet Explorer on a PC

When on a page in Internet Explorer on a PC, clicking on Control key plus “f” brings up a FIND section under the address bar top left. Once you type in the word or words for which you are searching open, your selected word(s) that are on the page will be highlighted in blue.

“Find” in Firefox on PC

In Firefox the Find space that opens up is on the lower left.

“Find” in Google Chrome on the PC

In the Google Chrome Internet Browser, Control plus f brings up a blank rectangle in the upper right, with NO identifying name.   Yet, it is waiting there for you to type in your desired search word or phrase.  Then you’ll note, the first of the words on the page is highlighted in orange. Scroll down the page to check for others, highlighted in yellow.

On a Mac
“Find”  in Safari

In Safari on a Mac, Command f, brings up the Find space in the top right of the page, under the URL bar.  The word(s) you searched for get highlighted in yellow. Clicking on the Return key, takes you through to the next words.

“Find” on Firefox on a Mac

In Firefox on the Mac, Command f opens the find box in the lower left corner of your page. Click on Next or Previous, links after the Search space.

Note –  “Find” highlights all requested words that are in text form in the body of the page, comments (if a blog) and any text menu listings on the page.  It will NOT “see” words that are part of an Image, i.e. a photograph with words within.  Examples of the latter, where the words will not be seen, are in the right sidebar in the above pages.

How to Search for a Word or Phrase in One or a Series of PDFs

“Find” in a PDF on a PC

Recently I received the following email from Kathy Izzo, a subscriber to Quick Tech Tips for Seniors. She queried:

“Can I search for a word or phrase in a PDF document?  I’m researching a particular topic and downloaded a variety of PDF files on the topic and read about ‘……..’ ( a psychological term) in one of the PDF documents but don’t recall which one.

Rather than read through each of them again I’m wondering if I can search for that term in each of the PDF’s.”

Before I had a chance to respond, she had already discovered the answer:

“I’m so excited I figured out the answer to my question myself.  You may already know this, but just in case, if you open the PDF file, then on your computer go to “Edit,” then to “Find” and a little dialog box opens in the top right hand corner of the PDF file.  You type in your word or phrase and Adobe Reader does a search through the document.”

Although I’ve been using the “Edit” menu for years, only recently have I learned about/paid attention to “Find” which you can also access by the Keyboard Shortcut – on a PC – Control Key plus the letter “f” and on a Mac the Command Key plus “f.”  

“Find” in a PDF on a Mac

See examples of other “Find” searches, on Web pages and in Documents, here on Technology for Seniors Made Easy.

Have your own question? Leave it in the Comments section below.

How to Search for a Word or Phrase in a Document on PCs and MacIntosh Computers

Did you ever find yourself wanting to correct or replace a word, or phrase, that you’ve used more than once in a Word document?  You go searching through the pages, hoping that your eyes caught them all.  You’re pretty sure you have and you may still be left with some doubts.

Well, there is an easy cure for that anxiety.  It’s simply to use the “Find” or Search feature within your computer. First, open your document and click on the Edit link in the tool bar.  Or you can use the keyboard shortcut, the Control Key plus the letter “f” on a PC or the Command Key, plus the letter “f” on a Mac.

To make replacement changes, when you find the word remember to highlight it. Then use Control or Command “x” to delete it. Next edit what’s there or type in your new word.

Finally, when you are satisfied that you have the word or phrase you wish, highlight and “Copy” that (Control or Command “c”) Then Paste it over the one you wish to replace.

Find in a Word Document on PC

 When you click on Control f to search for words or phrases in a document a pop-up window opens up.

Note: If the document above looks slightly different from yours, I use Open Office, a Free program, on my PC. It has the same features as Word and is compatible with it.

On Your MacIntosh Computer
Find in a Document on a Mac

Command f, i.e. Find, in a Word Document on a Mac brings up a pop-up window for you to type in your desired search word(s).

GPS Data Precautions – Story

Recently in going through some saved emails, I found this from 2009. The source is unknown.  I don’t know if the story is actually true or not AND, it certainly could be.

A couple was said to have their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans.

Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.

When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.
The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house.

The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

Something to consider if you have a GPS
Do NOT put your home address in it. Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.

Copy, Cut, Paste, Redo – Edit Keyboard Shortcut Tips on PCs and Mac Computers

There are many keyboard shortcuts you can use when you are typing and editing a Text or Word document or an email post and want to cut something out, or perhaps copy and place in another document or email.  In this post, I am highlighting the ones I use most frequently.

In another article on Technology for Seniors Made Easy I wrote about how to enlarging and reducing fonts so you can read posts and pages more easily on the web.  In that one we discussed how to use the Control key (on the PC) or Command key (on Mac)  with  the + (plus) or  – (minus) keys.

In the screen shots below you see the ones I most use.  I added the red lines to so you can see them more quickly.

In editing the first thing necessary to do for most of these commands is to highlight that section that you want to work with (cut or copy and place in another form)

Edit Menu on a PC –


Edit Menu on a Mac –

How to Create a BCC – Blind Copy email field in PC and MAC computer mail programs

The following is a followup on  my post on email courtesy.  In this post I am addressing protecting the privacy of people whose addresses are  sent within the body of emails that you may forward. You can eliminate strangers seeing these addresses by using the “BCC, i.e. “Blind Copy” field.

Following is a quick explanation of how to create that BCC field.

Directions below are for the Mail program in my MAC and the Windows Mail program in my PC – Windows Vista program.

In both cases the first thing necessary is to Open a NEW email. Then,

in the MAC Mail program, click on:

1 – View and

2 – Select/check the Cc and Bcc Address Fields.

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Courtesy Tip – Etiquette When Forwarding Emails

Do you ever receive an email with a bunch of names, a message and a bunch more names? Very often, those of us using email regularly, do receive an interesting story, joke or even important information.  It seems to be a natural tendency to want to share what we’ve received with others.

I occasionally do this myself, abiding by the following rule. From my perspective,  common courtesy and respect for privacy of others dictates DELETING  all the names and addresses  that show within the body of the email.

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