How to Check the Battery Level on Your Apple Pencil

If you have an iPad Pro then like me you probably got an Apple Pencil, which I have to say was a really good idea. 

The great thing about the Apple Pencil is that it charges so quickly and you can do that by just plugging it into the Lightning port. However, there was one thing that was bugging me. How do you know the battery level? Yes, it tells me when it is down to 5% and I can quickly plug it in to boost it. 

Thankfully there is a widget you can add to you Notifications Center. 

In the video below you can see how to do it. 

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Finding Your Parked Car

It turns out that we lose up to four days a year looking for where we have parked our car.

People often laugh at me but one way around this is to take a photo of where you have parked, make sure you include a street sign. In a car park I find this particularly useful as it helps remember the level and what row I’m in. I make sure I have the sign with the row information in it. Believe me this simple method has saved me a lot of time. 

If you have an iPhone 6 or newer and iOS 10 then if you have your iPhone connected via Bluetooth to your car’s audio system for calls or music it will remember where you parked your car in the Maps app, I spotted this when iOS 10 was first launched and was surprised when I opened Maps to see where I had parked and how long to get there. Here is how to make sure it is switched on if you want to use it.

Hopefully this will save you time and not spend up to four days a year looking for where you have parked your car. 

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Video Editing Shortcuts

If you are into making videos here are some keyboard shortcuts that work the same across many video editing programs including Final Cut Pro, iMovie, Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Elements. I find that they speed up how I work particularly when playing back and reviewing clips or the time line. You do need to make sure that the clip or timeline is selected. 

Space bar = play and pause. Each time you press this is will either play or pause. Works on lots of software including QuickTime, VLC, Windows Media and all the video editing software I mentioned above. 

L = fast forward. First time you press it if the video is paused it will play the video, each time you press it after that it will fast forward faster until is hits the maximum speed. The space bar stops it fast forwarding. 

J = rewind. Each time you press it it rewinds faster up to the maximum speed. The space bar stops it rewinding. 

Right arrow = moves play head forward one frame at a time. 

Left arrow = move play head one frame at a time backwards. 

I = in point. This selects the in point of a clip. 

O = out point. This selects the out point of a clip. 

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New Magnifier in iOS 10

This is a really handy feature that Apple didn’t make a big fuss about but I have found useful. It is a magnifier that can help if you are trying to get a closer look at something, read something small or perhaps make it easier to read something when it is dark. 

Some friends I was with found this useful in a restaurant trying to read a menu and they had forgotten their reading glasses. You can also use the light and that helped them too. 

Here’s a short video I made to show you how it works. 

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9 Really Useful PowerPoint Tips for Presentations

If you haven’t got enough to think about when doing a PowerPoint presentation here are some tips that will make it a little less stressful and at the same time might help keep your audience’s attention.

  1. Start Your Presentation Quickly
    Want to start your presentation without fiddling around with the mouse to start the presentation? If you are using Windows press the F5 key on the keyboard, it is usually in the top row of your keyboard. If you are using a Mac press cmd and enter.
  2. Successfully Using a PowerPoint Created on a Mac on a Windows PC
    There is a myth that if you use a PowerPoint presentation created on a Mac on a Windows PC the media like video and even pictures will not work. The trick is, and this applies to any presentation moving from on computer to another for both Windows and Mac, is where you store all your files. Adding them all to the same folder will help.
  3. Joining PowerPoint Presentations Together
    If you are running a lecture, seminar or conference then it can save time, look nicer and more professional if the presentations flow from one to another. Here is how you can do this.
  4. Inserting a Screenshot into a Slide
    Need to add a screenshot to a PowerPoint presentation? If you have the Windows version then there is a feature built in to PowerPoint to do just that.
  5. Inserting a YouTube Clip into a Slide
    YouTube has so many videos it seems almost inevitable that there is something out there that is worth adding to your presentation. It could be one you’ve created. Many search for the video they need in advance and then flip to the browser during their presentation. However, it is so much easier to add directly into a slide.
  6. Adding a Screen Recording to a Presentation
    There are many tools available for creating screen recordings and the Windows version of PowerPoint has this feature built in.
  7. Using the Pen and Laser Tools These built in tools to use during a presentation are really handy. It allows you to highlight parts of a slide or draw something right there on the screen. The laser pointer saves you having to look for a laser pointer and can be easier to follow. Also handy if you are recording what is on the screen, a conventional laser pointer will not be recorded.
  8. Zooming in on a Slide During a Presentation
    Got an image or chart that is hard to see, no problem just zoom in using a tool in PowerPoint.
  9. Quickly Moving to a Slide in Your Presentation
    Ever have that moment when you need to refer to a slide in a presentation and you click through the slides to find the one you want, here you can find the slide easily without stopping the presentation and having to restart it.

For more useful tips see my website

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Zooming in on a PowerPoint Slide

Ever been doing a presentation and you have a chart, image or data you want to zoom in on. Perhaps you just want to make it stand out or get your audience to focus on it or perhaps it is a little difficult to read. 

If you are using the Windows version of PowerPoint then you can do just that, zoom in during a presentation. Here’s a video to show you how to do it. 

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How to Enter a Series of Dates in Excel That Are Only Weekdays

Do you have to enter data for a bunch of dates but only need weekdays? Excel has the answer for you using the Autofill feature. It allows you to create a series of dates that only include the weekdays. 

All you have to do is enter the start date and then drag using the right mouse button. This works on all versions for Windows and Mac. 

Here’s a short video showing you how it works. 

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