Contextual Virus Scan

Usually the Antivirus programs add a “Scan with ….” entry to a file contextual menu. 

 

Saving an infected file to your computer will not “activate” the virus; double clicking a file to open it or opening a suspicious attachment will. 

 It is recommended that you don’t open any suspicious file unless you have verified its origin.

For example, if you receive a suspicious attachment from one person in your Contact List try verifying by phone if the email was sent by the contact. If no, the contact is probably sending spam to her/his Contact List. 

 In any case, if you think that the file or attachment is legitimate and you want to double check it, open the folder where the file is located and RIGHT CLICK the file. The contextual menu will open. Look for a “Scan with ….” or a similar item. 

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There are also some online scanners like Google’s “VirusTotal” that can be used to verify a file on your computer. 

Office 365 Web Portal

Did you know…

Office 365 email accounts are hosted by Microsoft’s Office 365 servers. There are many benefits to having mailboxes hosted this way, the most important one though, is the ability to access your email from anywhere in the world as long as you have internet access and a web browser.

 

OUTLOOK VIA THE OFFICE 365 WEB PORTAL

Accessing your account: Load up the web browser of your choosing and navigate to http://portal.office.com. You will be presented with the logon screen where you will enter your email address and logon password. Your password is the same one you use daily to log onto your computer – no need to remember a separate password.

Accessing your account: Load up the web browser of your choosing and navigate to http://portal.office.com. You will be presented with the logon screen where you will enter your email address and logon password. Your password is the same one you use daily to log onto your computer – no need to remember a separate password.

Access your mailbox:

Once you have logged into your Office 365 account, you will see Outlook listed under the Apps section of the Office 365 landing page. Clicking this will launch Microsoft’s online version of Outlook, which functions almost identically to the desktop Outlook client you use every day.

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MORE THAN JUST OUTLOOK…

Licensing exists for access to the full suite of Microsoft Office applications which can be accessed via the Office 365 Portal. This includes online versions of Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Teams, OneDrive, among others.

How to create a morning routine with Amazon Echo

Did you know you can create a morning routine with Amazon Echo….

Here are the steps:

  • Open the Alexa app

  • Select the three bars on the top right-hand corner 

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  • Select “Routines”

By default, Amazon has given you two sample routines. You can edit these two routines by tapping on them.

By default, Amazon has given you two sample routines. You can edit these two routines by tapping on them.

Once you have selected your routine, you can enable or disable the routine with the toggle switch on the top right-hand side of the screen.

Once you have selected your routine, you can enable or disable the routine with the toggle switch on the top right-hand side of the screen.

Tips and Tricks:

  • You can edit the routine trigger word or sentence by tapping on the default phrase and typing a new one.

  • Under the “Alexa will” - (shown in the above screenshot) section is where you can adjust the tasks that you would like Alexa to perform. This can be anything from reading your calendar, playing music, turning lights or appliances on and off, and even reminding you to brush your teeth. The options are endless. Simply tap on “add action” and then select from all the options that Alexa has to offer. 

  • When you trigger your routine, Alexa will perform all the tasks in the order that they are displayed in the app. If you would like to change the order, just tap and hold the two lines to the right of the task and move them to the position you would like. 
    Once you are happy with your routine, simply hit the back button and you are done.

  • Now just say your trigger phrase and let Alexa take care of the rest. In this case, I simply say “Alexa, Goodnight”

Shortcut Keys

Did you know… 
 
Most of us rely on a keyboard at one point or another during the day to complete the tasks in front of us.  With so many hot keys and shortcut keys, it’s difficult even for an experienced IT professional to keep track of them all. 
 

This edition of the Accurate Networks Tech Tip will highlight just a few of these tricks that can be put to use while typing on a keyboard. 
 

Typing Tricks and Tips 

 
Deleting an entire word: 
Need to get rid of an entire word?  Most of us will press the backspace key repeatedly until the word we want to remove is gone, one character at a time.  There is a more effective way to get rid of a whole word in less time with less keypresses.  Try pressing CTRL + Backspace.  This will remove an entire word at once. 
 
Paste copied text, but remove the formatting: 
You’ve copied some text from another document but it contains formatting that you don’t wish to retain.  The simplest way to accomplish this task is to press CTRL + ALT + V which will bring up the Paste Special dialogue box.  Here you can choose several different options for pasting – Unformatted Text being the option that relates to this tip.

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Keyboard Shortcuts 

 

Take a screen shot, but only of the active window you are working on
(Handy when you don’t want to capture 2 screens worth of open windows) Press ALT + PrtScn.  The image you then paste will only contain the window/app you were currently working in. 
 

Undo the last action(s) you made
Pressing CTRL + Z will undo the last thing you did.  Repeated use of this shortcut will continue undoing changes.  This shortcut will undo everything from the last word typed to undoing a moved or deleted file. 

 
Cycle through open windows
You could click through all the running application icons you have sitting down on your start bar OR you could use the ALT + TAB buttons to cycle from application to application.  Holding down the ALT key while pressing TAB will bring up a frame showing you all the applications you have open – repeatedly tapping the TAB key will cycle through each one.  When you have found the open application you are looking for, release the Alt key and it will make that your active window.  A more stylish version of this can be found by using the WindowsKey + Tab. 

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There are so many shortcuts to choose from it would take a novel to cover them all.   We find that the shortcuts we shared with you are the ones we use the most.  Hopefully they help make your typing experience easier and more enjoyable. 

 
 
For assistance on this specific tip or for any other question/concern you may have please contact us at 1-855-515-5777 or by email support@accuratenetworks.ca