The Beginner’s Guide to LastPass

You know you are supposed to use a password manager. In my workshops, attendees often ask me how I manage my passwords, and my answer is to use LastPass. At first glance, it seems like password managers are a pain to set up. Good news: getting started with a password manager is easier than you think.

In this workshop, I will cover the basics of LastPass and what makes it my favorite.

How to:
Log in to LastPass
Save a Site
Create a Form Fill
Generate a Password
Share a Password
Secure Your LastPass Account
How to Use LastPass on Your Smartphone

The Only Backup Solution You Need

It’s a fact of computing life. Hard drives fail. It’s not a matter of whether your computer’s disk will stop working; it’s a matter of when. The question is how much value do you put on your data?

Backing up your data is not the most exciting task you can do, but it is an essential one you should do on your computer.  The challenge is figuring out how to get started. In this workshop, I will show you how to set up a set-it-and-forget-it backup solution so you can rest easy.

Topics covered:
What is a backup?
3-2-1 Rule
Local vs Online Backup and Why You Need Both
Using cloud storage

Introduction to Cloud Storage (Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive)

Do you use (or want to use) Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive? Do you want to know what you can do with them and how to pick the right one for you? Then this workshop is for you!

It will cover:
1.     Basics
2.     Pricing
3.     Everyday use
4.     Security
5.     How to get the most of each service
6.     How to choose the best service for you

It’s 2017: Learn New Ways To Get Organized In Your Job Search

Start off the new year by getting your job search organized! This workshop will show you how to create a job application journal in Google Docs, keep track of your interview appointments in Google Calendar, spice up your online presence, and create a more modern resume in Microsoft Word.

Typing x_bar, y_bar, q_hat, etc., in Microsoft Word

If you teach statistics, you know the pain of typing x_bar, y_bar, etc. You can use Microsoft Equation Editor, but it has two issues: it’s cumbersome, and not all versions of Word handle the equations equally (some as text, some as pictures). You can type “x_bar” but that’s just not pretty. I had not found a way to get around this and was resigned to typing out the variable names.

Until I found this tip.

Microsoft Word does have a way of creating statistical symbols. The key is to use the Arial font and the capability called “combining diacritics” (look that up). Here is how it works.

  1. Open Microsoft Word. I tested this in 2016 and 2013. The tip should work in older versions as long as it has the Arial font (it should, as it is a common font).
  2. Choose “Arial” as your font.
  3. Let’s do p_hat. Type in “p” by itself, like this:


  4. Next, go to Insert -> Symbol. Look for More Symbols. Make sure the font is Arial. Then look for and select the hat symbol. The character code is 0302. Click Insert, Close.
  5. You will go back to the editing mode and you will see the p with the hat. You can do the same for the bar. The character code is 0305.

Even if your other text is in a different font, when it comes to typing out statistical symbols, you just go back to Arial and do the steps above, and return the original font.

It’s beautiful.


Add To-Do List to Windows 10’s Cortana


The more I use Windows 10, the more I am convinced that is the best version of Windows. It is still irksome, but I can work around the issues. One feature I am beginning to enjoy more is its Cortana virtual assistant feature. You can let her search your files and the web, do some calculations or look up your local weather forecast. It seems Microsoft is intent on adding more features as Windows 10 evolves.

Cortana is now integrated with my (second) favorite task list management application called Wunderlist. Wunderlist was a stand-alone application, but Microsoft bought its makers and now Wunderlist is listed as one of the available connected accounts in Windows 10.

I recommend you first create a Wunderlist account with your Hotmail/Outlook email account.

To begin, open Cortana and say or type in something like “Add wine to my Christmas shopping list.” This will prompt Cortana to create a list and show Wunderlist as an available app. Click on Connect to do more to link to Wunderlist.


Then authorize Cortana to access your Wunderlist account. After getting connected, Connect to do more will be replaced by Do more in Wunderlist.

I also recommend you download the Wunderlist desktop app (either the Windows 10 app or standalone app) from the Wunderlist website.  Once everything is set up, you can go to this page to learn how to manage lists and tasks.

Note that this feature is relatively new, so it is only available on Windows 10, iOS, Android, and in English within the United States. Microsoft will surely expand the availability soon.

A tip just in time for Christmas and the new (school) year!



Organizing Outlook Email

Organizing Outlook Email

You will learn:
Organizing Email
Finding Messages
Email Tips in Outlook

Covers Microsoft Outlook 2010, 2013, 2016. The demo will be with Outlook 2013.

Content Level: Beginner

G Suite Training In Your Browser


I am a big fan of Google tools. There are Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Sites and a lot more. I became a Google Certified Educator because I use those tools extensively and wanted to learn to maximize the productivity. It can be intimidating to learn all of them at once.

Google released a Chrome extension called G Suite Training that offers useful tips while you actually use the tools.

Once you install the extension, you will see a new training menu in your Google Apps. You can tell by looking at the question mark with a Google-colored circle around it. Hit the links below to start learning G Suite!

G Suite Training | Chrome Web Store via G Suite Training


Camtasia 9


Techsmith released Camtasia 9. Two big changes that I like:

  1. New 64-bit engine for faster editing and encoding
  2. Cross-platform project compatibility

The 64-bit engine is a welcome upgrade that would make editing and encoding faster. That is one thing I don’t enjoy about making videos. It sometimes takes too long to edit a video.

I also like that now we can use Camtasia on both Mac and Windows. There used to be a Windows version and a Mac version. Now we can create a project in the Windows version and easily share it with the Mac version.

Time to go watch the tutorial videos to go make videos!


Windows 10: What You Want To Know

Windows 10 is the best Windows ever. Microsoft included a bevy of helpful features, including the Cortana digital assistant, an improved Start menu and Windows Store. This workshop will introduce key Windows 10 features that will get you excited about using the new Windows. See new features, improvements to old features, and a lot of new ways to alize a desktop, including the Start menu!