August 18, 2017 |

Google Chrome and Internet Handy Hints

zoomTip 1 Google Chrome only:
Pressing Ctrl, Shift and B keys will toggle the browser’s Bookmarks Bar in and out of view.  Any site you’ve saved into the Bookmarks Bar folder will appear along the top of the screen and when you repeat this key combination it will hide them.

Tip 2 Chrome and Internet Explorer: 
Did you know that pressing the F11 key will change Chrome into full-screen mode, hiding all the regular browser elements and everything else on your screen?  (useful to know if you’ve accidentally pressed the F11!!).  Extra tip – F11 works the same way in Internet Explorer ;-).

Tip 3 Chrome and Internet Explorer – I like to zoom it zoom it
  If you hold down the Ctrl  key and the plus + on the keyboard will zoom out (make the webpage and its elements grow bigger), while Ctrl key and minus – on the keyboard will zoom in (making the webpage and its elements smaller).

Need to go back to the default 100% size? Easy-peasy, just hold down the Ctrl key and press the zero (0) to snap you back to the default view.


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August 3, 2017 |

Google Chrome Handy Hints

As many of us are now using Google Chrome , here’s a handful of hints that may be useful when using this internet browser:google chormeTip 1: Quickly open closed tabs
If you have closed one of your tabs (e.g. containing a website you have a visited) and then need to get back their quick, simply hold down the Ctrl & Shift keys and then press the letter T.
– Voila, the last closed tab re-opens!

Repeat the keystroke to re-open other tabs in the order they were closed.

Tip 2: New searches, new tabs
Try pressing Alt-Enter after you type a search term or URL into the Chrome search bar – that’ll cause your results to open in a new tab instead of in your current tab.

Tip 3: Easily moving around web pages
You may already know that pressing the spacebar will scroll down one screen length on any web page… but did you know that pressing the Shift key and spacebar together will scroll up in the same manner? Works in Google Chrome or Internet Explorer!


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April 27, 2017 |

Searching a Webpage in Chrome

These steps take you through how to search for a word or phrase within a webpage when you are using the Chrome Browser.

1. Open a webpage in Chrome.

2. In the top right click the More button.


3. Click on Find…

3. Type your search term in the bar that appears in the top right and all matches will be highlighted. Use the up and down arrows in the search bar to move to the next found term.

Hot Tip: would you like to use the keyboard instead?

Hold down the Ctrl key and press F on your keyboard!

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April 26, 2017 |

Zooming in or out on webpages

Here are two very simple keyboard shortcuts you can use if you want to make text or images on a webpage larger (zoom in), or smaller (zoom out):

  • Make everything larger by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the + on the keyboard.
  • Make everything smaller by holding down the Ctrl key and pressing the on the keyboard.

This works equally well in Internet Explorer or Google Chrome!

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March 16, 2017 |

Google G Suite Rollout

google teamI am currently working on a large project to transition from Microsoft Office to Google G Suite.  In the first phase we are rolling out Gmail, Calendar and Hangouts to replace Outlook and Lync.  This is happening across the two retail groups Red Energy and Lumo Energy and the project went live on 6th March.

Later in the year we will replace the rest of MS Office with the equivalent offerings from Google of Docs, Sheets and Slides.  While this is first and foremost a technology project, the change piece is huge and makes for a challenging and interesting project to be involved in.  I am blessed to work with a fantastic project team, headed by Mandy Bird and a couple of fantastic BAs along with two very strong L&D teams at both Red and Lumo.

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November 26, 2014 |

Google Reverse Image Search

Google Reverse Image Search

So, say you have an image you grabbed off the Internet and you want to find a larger size, or need to attribute the copyright – but you can’t quite remember where you got the image in the first place? What do you do? Where do you go?

There’s gotta be an easy way, right?

Yep, there is, and you can find it at Google. It’s called Reverse Image Search. Just head over to and click the Images button in the upper left-hand corner. The page should reload and you should see a little camera icon in the search box.

Now, you have options here – you can either browse to where your image is on your computer, paste the URL of an image from another site (right-click on the image and select Copy image URL) or even drag and drop and image from your desktop into the search bar.

Whichever method you choose, after you hit the Search button Google will scour the internet for like-looking images to the one you uploaded. You can also click on the link at the bottom and watch a short video that offers more explanation.

What a great idea!

March 21, 2014 |

Refining your Google Searches


It’s easy to overlook the Search Tools button on the Google home page, but it gives you so many choices, such as refining your country search, date and even time. I like it because lets say I am searching and discover all my results are from a few years ago (or for America when I live in Australia), I just change the Any Time to Past Year, and the country to Australia to streamline my results.

  1.  Have Google open.
  2. Click the button to the right marked Search Tools.
  3. You will now see an extra bar that offers you options to refine your search. Clicking on that button brings down a bar that offers options – Any Country, Any Time, All Results. 
  4. Make your choices and off you go!




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May 28, 2012 |

Photo Manipulation

I had a bit of fun today playing with,  which I stumbled on accidently while Googling something else. They have software that makes what they call ‘Tilt-shift’ miniature style photos, pictures of real-life scenes that are manipulated to look like model photographs.  You can use it for free in a limited fashion or pay a small yearly fee.


October 17, 2011 |

Hail Caesar – The Quick Way to Change Numbers to Roman Numerals

Do you need to convert numbers into roman numerals (for example, you have just watched a movie and wondered exactly what year they meant when they say it was made in 1987 – that is MCMLXXXVII by the way…).Well the way to find out is super simple (thank you Mr Google…) :  Go to Google and in the search box just type the number in question followed by the words ‘in roman numerals’ – as per the example below.

July 18, 2011 |

What’s the Time Mr. Wolf?

Getting the time for anywhere in the world has never been easier!  Just go to and type in ‘what is is the time in…’followed country you want to look up:  As soon as you have typed it, the time will automatically appear under the search box and you don’t have to be opening any websites or looking any further.

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