Insert The Current Date to Word – Statically, Not as an Updating field

26 January 2011 Categories: self efficiency

a date field in Word 2007

The keyboard shortcut for inserting the current date into a Word Document is ALT+SHIFT+D. The problem is that the inserted date is a live filed, so it is being updated every time you open the document.

To insert the current date without it ever being updated (that is, to insert the current date as simple text) – press CTRL+SHIFT+F9 when the cursor is inside the added field.

So, to add the current date as simple text:
press ALT+SHIFT+D > press the left arrow (to stand inside the field) > press CTRL+SHIFT+F9.

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Tip For Heavy Chrome Users – Drag a Website’s Address to Save It in Your ‎Bookmarks

09 January 2010 Categories: self efficiency

Heavy Chrome users might find it a bit difficult to manage all their bookmarks, because there is no easy way to place a new sites in a specific folder. Here is a little tip that will help you manage your bookmarks:

You can save a bookmark simply by dragging it to a folder.

I’ve created a 30 seconds video that explains how to do that. check it out below.

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Excel Secrets Discovered – 6 Steps For Perfect Printing

08 August 2009 Categories: self efficiency

Do you get tens of pages out, with some of the columns standing by themselves in an unknown page every time you print out an Excel worksheet? Tired of wasting paper time and time again?

It’s time to get things straight. Let’s see how to print an Excel sheet the right way.

This is an excerpt of a post I wrote on MakeUseOf. To read the full post visit Excel Secrets Discovered – 6 Steps For Perfect Printing.


5 Recommended Bookmarklets To Simplify Tedious Tasks

16 July 2009 Categories: self efficiency

karmabookmarklet is a piece of code saved as a bookmark. When you click it, instead of just taking you to a bookmarked website, it performs an action (which may include taking you to another website, but does not have to do that). Here are 5 recommended bookmarklets to boost your productivity by helping you instantly subscribe to, read, tweet, share and translate webpages.

This is an excerpt of a post I wrote on MakeUseOf. To read the full post visit 5 Recommended Bookmarklets To Simplify Tedious Tasks.

Image credit: vramak

Create a New Email With the Title, Content, and a Link to a Webpage Using a Gmail Bookmarklet

24 March 2009 Categories: self efficiency

Ever read a post or article and wanted to email it to others? Use The following bookmarklet to ease things up.

How to use it

To use the bookmarklet (which is a piece of code saved as a bookmark), simply add it to your bookmarks bar. Right click the button below and choose “Bookmark This Link” or just drag and drop it to the bookmarks bar:


Right click the button and choose “Bookmark This Link”

What it does

Whenever you click the bookmarklet, it’ll do the following actions:

  1. Create a new email message (in a new window).

  2. Set the title of the webpage as the subject.

  3. Add a link to the webpage in the body of the message.

  4. Copy all the text that was selected when you clicked the bookmarklet into the body of the message (see images below).

gmail bookmarklet - creat a new email with selected text in thee body of the message

While you’re at it, you might also want to configure an new-email keyboard shortcut.


Speed Reading – Enhance Your Reading Abilities with ZAP Reader

19 February 2009 Categories: self efficiency

ZAP Reader is a web program that enables you to practice speed reading while reading online text. It is easy to use and does not requires registration or any payment.

zap reader example

How it works

Any text pasted into the zap reader box is read at a predefined pace (300 words per minute as default), a predefined number of words at a time (one word as default).  (See the example picture.) You can paste any text you like, word documents, internet pages, and so on.

Why is it good

When practicing speed reading, three technical issues are to be considered:

  1. “Block of words” size – the number of words you read with every eye movement.
  2. Fixation – the time spent on each block. 
  3. Skip-backs – the number of times you move back to read things you’ve already read.

(See more about Increasing Your Reading Speed at Mind Tools).
ZAP reader practice all three of these technical issues. […]