How To Move Apps and Files From Mac To Mac

How To Move Apps and Files From Mac To MacThere will come a time when you will want to upgrade your Mac. Whenever that happens, it is a great feeling. However, what about all the files and apps you have on your old Mac? What happens to them? This guide on how to move apps and files from Mac to Mac can help. It will take some clicks and tweaking, but it can all be done in no time.

While there is always the option of using an external hard drive, this is a much easier way. Mac’s come with an integrated migration assistant. The Migration Assistant, lets you take a hold of your old applications, files and documents, and move them to your new Mac. You can even migrate your system settings as well. Migrating your apps and files from one Mac to another using the migration assistant is the best thing. In fact, when you get a new Mac and turn it on, it will offer to run the Migration Assistant. But, most people don’t bother doing that right away. The majority typically like to play around with their new toy before doing so. Especially when the transfer can take a long time to complete. Since you can always use the Migration Assistant whenever you want, it doesn’t really matter when you do it anyway.

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Keep in mind that it does take a while to complete though. Still, it will be well worth it once you are done. We suggest that you leave it overnight so that when you awake, the entire process will be over. And you will have your new Mac, just like your older Mac
Below are the step by step process to transferring files and apps from one Mac to another.

2)1) Begin The Migration Assistant Process

The first thing you want to do is make sure that your Mac is plugged and powered. That’s because the entire process will take a long time. The last thing you want is for your battery to die on you before you are done. Once you have it plugged, go to the Finder. Next, you go over to the Applications and then Utilities. This will bring you to the Migration Assistant.

After you click on Continue, the user account you are presently using will be logged out. In a few, you will be able to see the process begin in a window. Once the window appears, choose the ‘From a Mac, Time Machine, or Startup Disk,’ option. Select Continue and you can then start to get the old Mac ready to go as well.

2) Setting Up The Older Mac For Transfer

The second step is to begin setting up your older Mac for the entire migration process. Keep in mind that if you have a backup to restore from using a Time Machine, then there is no need to use your older Mac. All you have to do is simply plug the drive in. Or you can connect it to the network. Once you do that, you can then move on to the next step.

For those that DO NOT have a Time Machine backup setup to restore their old Mac from, there are two options. The same for those who rather restore their Mac using another method.

Option 1.

Using your network, you can migrate your data directly from one Mac to another. Although this method is very slow, it is the easiest way to do so.

Option 2. Using either a Thunderbolt, Ethernet or Firewire cable, you can connect both of your Macs directly to each other. Although this is the fastest way to do so, you must have the cables ready; no matter which ones you choose.

In addition, for those with an older Mac, they may have to start their old Mac in the ‘Target Disk Mode’ option. However, this is only true for those who use Thunderbolt cables. And Macs running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion or earlier versions. This is according to Apple.

Once you have decided to use the Migration Assistant, the next step is making sure your old Mac is plugged into an outlet with the power supply. Again, this will ensure that the process is not interrupted due to the battery dying out.

The next step is to begin the Migration Utility tool on your older Mac. You find it by going to Applications, then Utilities. After the program has launched, you click on Continue. That will log you out of your older Mac’s current account.

From here, you want to choose “to another Mac’ option. Next, you hit the Continue button once again. Once this is done, you will need to head back to the new Mac.

3) Complete The Migration Process

As you head back to your new Mac, there should be a list of all of the devices you will be able to restore from. Choose where you want to transfer from, and then click on Continue. There will be a number which will pop up. You will need to confirm that both numbers are the same. Once you confirm the numbers, click on Continue again.

This step is important and necessary. That’s because you want to make sure that both Macs are connected to the same network. And that they are using the same Migration Assistant simultaneously. This is a safeguard against you restoring data from somewhere else by mistake.

After you have completed the numbers verification process, select which user accounts you want to keep. Also, you can choose if you want to port over all of your apps. Lastly, your system settings from your old Mac can be kept, as well as any other files. Whatever you DO NOT want to migrate, make sure you uncheck. To begin the migration process, select the Continue button.

The amount of time this migration process may take, will largely depend on the files you are moving. For those with only a few files, it may take a few hours. However, if you have a huge amount of files, the best suggestion is to leave it overnight.

4) Review Your Files and Applications

After the migration process has been completed, you will want to check on your files and applications. You can do so by logging on to your new and old Macs. All of your apps and documents should be exactly where you left them before the transfer process. Even your dock icons will be in the same place and identical.

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The last step is to begin enjoying your new Mac, while still using your older files, applications and settings.


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How To Recover Unsaved Microsoft Excel Files

How To Recover Unsaved Microsoft Excel FilesNothing could be worse than doing some really hard work on a project using Microsoft Excel, only to lose some, if not all. This often happens to people due to several scenarios. In some cases, a person may close out the file accidentally without saving it. Other times, their computer may crash without warning. A few may have the device they are using, freeze and stop working. No matter which one of these or other things happened, it is a nightmare. Losing a file before saving it, can drive anyone mad; especially if you been working on it for a long time.

This guide on how to recover unsaved Microsoft Excel files will come in handy, if this ever happened or happens to you. There are some steps you can take for recovering lost or unsaved Microsoft Excel files. By using these tips, you won’t have to start the work all over again. Keep in mind that you may not get the last version of the document you used though. Still, it is far better than losing it all completely. Or having to start the project all over again from the beginning.

Recuperating Overwritten Excel Files

This function works for those who save their files to OneDrive. If you are not one of those who uses this method to save them, these tips will probably change your mind. That’s because OneDrive is a great tool with many benefits. It keeps a history of projects you are working on, by particular versions. That means you can browse through it and find the files you like. Once you find it, you can restore it from whatever version you wish. It is best to save the documents to the Document folder.

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If you haven’t done so already, you can do this process by going to Onedrive.live.com and using their browser interface.

1.Find the folder you saved your file to and click on it.
2.Next step is to right click on it and select ‘Version History.’
3.Once you reach the Version History, you will find the versions you are looking for.
4.Choose the Restore option and that will overwrite any current versions you may have of the Excel document.
5.You can also choose to Download a copy of the version as well, just in case.

Unsaved Excel Workbooks Recovery

In the event that you have lost or need to recover an Excel file, you can use the Workbooks feature. The function is called Excel’s Recover Unsaved Workbooks.
To check and see which version of the unsaved Excel file is available on Workbooks, follow these steps.

1. Go to File and then choose Open.
2. Select the Recent tab.
3. Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find the “Recover Unsaved Workbooks” feature.
4. Select the Recover Unsaved Workbooks button and click on it.
5. Once you click on it, you will see the list of any and all Workbooks unsaved files.

Chances are you may be lucky and the file will be there. If so, then you can simply select it and hit it so it can load up once again. Just in case you are able to recover it, be certain to save it immediately this time.

File History Versions Restoration

A few people make the mistake of not using OneDrive when they are working with files. If you are one those, you may need to resort to other methods. There is a possibility you can restore the missing Microsoft Excel file.You can do so from the previous versions file history function. That’s if you also have enabled the ‘File History’ function on Windows. For those that have, they can use that function to find and recover older versions of a file.
Follow these steps to recover the lost file if you have enabled File History in Windows.

1. Go to your Windows Explorer and find the file there.
2. Right click on the the file and then choose “Restore Previous Versions
3. That will open up a new window for you and you will then see any of the previous versions of the file. However, if you never created a restore point in Windows, or enabled File History, these options won’t be there.

macOS Users Excel Recovery Options

For those that use macOS, there are different steps that need to be taken in order to recover Excel files. But, if you have OneDrive, you can use the same methods explained above to do so. For those that were not using OneDrive, there is another way.

1. Go to Start and open Finder.
2. Go to Macintosh HD.
3. In the event that Macintosh HD is not showing up, you may have to find another name on your hard drive.
4. Go to Finder and then Preferences.
5. Next, select Hard Disks and then under, Show these items in the sidebar option.
5. You can also go to Users, then (your user name). Next is Library>Application Support>Microsoft>Office>Office 2012 Auto Recovery.

You may have to select the “Show hidden files‘ option if you don’t see any library folder there. To do that, type the following command into your terminal – defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

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While these may be able to help some people recover any Microsoft Excel lost or unsaved files, it won’t work for everyone. The lesson to be learned here is to always save and backup everything. But, unfortunately, that is something we often don’t do. At least not until it is too late. Don’t wait until you find yourself in a jam to start backing up your work. Using a preemptive strategy, always provides the best results.


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How To Easily Block Pop-Ups In Firefox

How To Easily Block Pop-Ups In FirefoxThere was a time when pop-ups were very prevalent and annoying on the web. Back then, people thought this was part of using the internet. Soon, some of the pop-ups turned to spam, virus and other dangers. For a while, those popups were gone. But, slowly, they have been making a comeback. Now again, it is very hard to visit a site on either your computer or mobile device, without pop-ups or ads coming at you.

For those on mobile devices, it is even harder to get rid of them. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to prevent these annoying pop-ups from ruining your browsing experience. Even though most browsers today come already equipped with software that prevents pop-ups or ads, there are many who still get through. Some of them are those that ask for your email in exchange for additional info. Others are simply ads which sites use by web pages to monetize. No matter the pop-up problems, there is a way to stop them. This tutorial will show you how to easily block pop-ups in your Firefox browser. These tips cover both Android and Apple devices as well.

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Blocking Pop-Ups In Firefox

Firefox has some very useful extensions which you can install to prevent pop-ups. Still, if you prefer, you can also turn them off on your computer by following these steps.

Tips for blocking ads or pop-ups in Firefox

 

  1. On your computer or laptop, open Firefox.
  2. At the very top, go to the Tools and then choose the Options tab.
  3. Once the Tools tab is open, select Content.
  4. Select the Block Pop-ups windows.
  5. There is an Exceptions tab you can use on your right hand side right next to Pop-ups ticker. Add the sites you want to receive pop-ups from here if there are any.

Disabling pop-ups on Firefox

 

Blocking Pop-ups in Firefox using Android

For those who have Android phones, below are the steps to follow for getting rid of popups when using your mobile device.

  1. Open up Firefox.
  2. In the address bar, type ‘about:config‘ without the quotes.
  3. Find the dom.disable_open_during_load.
  4. Once you find it, set it to ‘false‘ if you want to allow pop-ups and ‘true‘ if you want to block them.

 

Blocking Pop-ups in Firefox using iPhone or iPad

If you are using an iPhone or iPad to browse, you can easily block pop-ups by doing the following.

  1. Open up Firefox.
  2. Select the Menu button on the bottom.
  3. Choose settings by swiping left.
  4. Toggle on the Block Pop-up Windows tab or turn it off if you want to allow them.

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In addition to these steps, there are also some very good Add-ons you can choose to help you block pop-ups. Some of them are Strict Pop-up Blocker or the Simple Popup Blocker. Keep in mind that some sites will not let you view the content if they notice you have a ad or pop-up blocker add on installed. When that happens, you can simply open a ‘private window’ to view the site. Once you are done, then you can close it out.


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5 Reasons Why Your SmartPhone Slows Down Over Time

5 Reasons Why Your SmartPhone Slows Down Over TimeWe all love our smartphones since they allow us to do so much more than just call people. With applications available for anything you can think of, our mobile devices are capable of practically doing it all. But unfortunately, over time, your phone will slow down. That is unless you are one of those individuals who changes his or her mobile device every 6 months.

The truth is that all of us who have smartphones experience the drop in performance as we use our devices. Some people often believe that the slowdown is in their head. However, if you had your device for at least 6 months to a year, you have experienced the downside in performance.

The problems are not either iPhone against Android either. The loss of performance is experienced by all users, regardless of their OS or hardware. So why exactly does this happen? Is there anything you can do to prevent it from occurring? These 5 reasons why your smartphone slows down over time will explain it all. It may also shed some light and provide some solutions to the slow down issues.

Apps Running In The Background

You don’t have to have an app running or have to use it in order for it to run in the background. In fact, there are countless of apps which run in the background of your smartphone. While you may have downloaded only 10 to 15 apps, there are at least 40 to 50 running in the background. The vast majority of these apps come pre-installed. They include OS apps and email applications which need to monitor any new emails coming in. You also have many system apps such as Maps, clocks, beaming services and so on. If you go to your settings and look for apps running in the background, you will be amazed to see how many there are. Since all of these apps need and use RAM and CPU, they end up causing your phone to slow down.

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The best solutions is to un-install any apps you don’t use, avoid using live wallpapers and battery draining apps as well. And kill the apps that allow you to disable them in the background.

OS Upgrades

Your device came with a specific version of its own operating system. Whether you have an Android or iPhone, your mobile device has a version the smartphone came with. The OS were meant to work with those devices in mind. However, as new models are invented, the OS systems have to be upgraded to run with those models. That means the specs and hardware change drastically. The end result is your phone not being able to work as well with the new OS. With each OS update that is released, the amount of resources and computing power increases.

Unfortunately, apart from getting a new device, there is nothing you can do about this particular problem. You can choose to use the older version of the OS if you want.

Erosion of Memory

Every mobile device or tablet runs on flash memory. One of the most commonly used memory is called NAND. Although the NAND is affordable and fast, it does have a few problems. These quirks in the NAND memory can sometimes result if performance issues. As the NAND memory is filled, it begins to slow down. As more blocks of memory are taken up, the speed loss begins to take place.

The best solution to avoid erosion or memory degradation, is to stay under the total capacity allowed by your device. Staying under 75% may do the trick as anything higher will cause slowdown. For those that have devices with 16GB of storage, never go over 12 GB. That will not only help keep your NAND memory running better, it will also extend the durability of your memory’s cells.

Updates In Apps

Apps have a tendency to start out well and then begin to add unnecessary bloatware later on. This is why so many apps are constantly adding updates. They will slowly add more permission requirements. With more permissions, it means more features added which don’t even need. To make matters worse, the majority of apps developers don’t seem to care about the amount of resources their apps use. With each update in an app, the amount of CPU and RAM they use, tends to increase.

The best solution is finding a similar app which is not as bloated or filled with unnecessary features. You can even find older versions of an app. Just make sure they have no security holes.

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Our Expectations Grow

When all’s said and done, your present device may not be as slow as you think it is now. You may believe it to be slower since you could be comparing it to newer models. This tends to happen each time a new model version of a person’s phone is released. Once our expectations about a device – no matter which one it is – grows higher, we demand more from it. Watching or hearing someone boast about their new device, and all of the wonderful things it does, may make you feel as if yours is no longer as great as it once was.

 


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5 Things Your iPhone Uses To Track You

5 Things Your iPhone Uses To Track YouTracking and keeping tabs on all that people is a big business. Just ask Google and Facebook whom both make billions from storing data and tracking your every move. Apple is also using data collection and it uses your iPhone and iPad to track your every move. These 5 things your iPhone uses to track you may surprise you.

With so much going on today, it is important to be on the lookout for any program, site, app or gadget which invades into your privacy. While some people may not really care, others do. The problem is that this information which is being stored, can be used against you later on. The info can be used in civil court and criminal cases once it is subpoenaed. Divorce lawyers love the plethora of info they can obtain from Apple iPhone accounts.

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Since so many users decide to post their personal information on social media sites anyway, companies feel they can infringe on your privacy. The problem with this tracking of your whereabouts is that advertisers will use that info to monitor all you do online. And you also have to be worried about hackers and phishing attacks. While Apple says that it lets their iPhones track their users to provide better service, some don’t really like the intrusiveness. Luckily, you can disable a few of the functions to stop this from happening. Below, are some of the ways your iPhone is tracking you and how what you can do to change it.

Location Services –

The name Location says it all because that is exactly what this means. When you have the Location services turned on – and even off – Apple will know exactly where you are, where you’d been and, most likely, where you will go. iPhone uses the location on your phone to track your every move. They say they do so to improve their maps services. However, most people are none too thrilled at being tracked.

To disable the locations from tracking you go to the Settings app. Next, select Privacy and then, click on Location Services. Scroll all the way down to where System Services is located. Once there, look for Frequent Locations. You can turn this feature off and clear the history as well.

Media You Have Shared With Others

You may not remember those images you sent to your ex a few months back. However, iPhone and Apple do. All of the photos, videos or files you may have shared with your contact are used by iPhone to track you. This all refers to media you may have sent via text. To disable this feature from tracking you, view the messages which are relevant. Then, click on the top-right corner of the info button.

The Step Count App

Chances are that Apple’s health app has been tracking your step count ever since you first got your smartphone. Keeping it in your bag may not provide the same accurate results as when the phone is in your pocket. Still, you can disable this app from tracking and counting your steps the following way. One, go to the Health app. Next, go to the Health Data screen and tap the Activity. Scroll down to where the Walking+Running Distance or Steps are.

The Metadata From Your Photos

Every Time you take a photo or record a video with your phone, a vast amount of information is obtained and recorded. The metadata from your media is kept by your phone and used to keep tabs on you. If you want to disable this, go to the Memories feature which is located in the Photos app. Once there, you can customize whatever info is kept and used to track you. You can always use apps or programs to wipe the EXIF metadata of your photos as well.

Your User Habits

Apple uses Siri as a way to help users the best way possible. But, this feature will also be used to keep tabs on you. Using apps to listen to music on your phone or anything else, is used by Apple to know where you are.

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On top of your iPhone recording all your whereabouts, there are also numerous apps which do the same. Most people don’t bother to look at the permissions asked by apps when they agree to use them. Be sure you know what permissions an application is asking for before you agree.


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Why GIF Images Are So Popular

Why GIF Images Are So PopularIf pictures are worth a thousand words, then an animated GIF image is worth a million. That may help to explain why GIF images are so popular. Animated GIF images are everywhere you look on the web. Millions upon millions of websites, social media sites and image pages, contain every type of GIF image you can think of. But what exactly is it that has made them so popular these days? Why are so many people creating their own GIFS and uploading them online? Especially on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram?

 

What GIFS Are All About

An animated GIF image (Graphics Interchange Format) is what you call a file which contains a graphic bitmap image that has movements. The bitmap format of GIF images was developed by Steve Wilhite who was a United States software writer. He first discovered the GIF images back in June 15, 1987. GIFS are typically found on websites and come in banners, icons and pictures. In addition, GIFS loop infinitely which give off the impression that the file has not finished playing out.

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The average length of a GIF Image is between 10 to 15 seconds max. They can also be made from still images that show a few sequences and stop afterwards. GIFS are not the same as JPEG image formats because they do not degrade the quality of the images. They use lossless compression and include a maximum of 256 colors. Even though animated GIFS only contain 256 colors, people still use them widely. However, they are not the ideal format for anyone who wants to store their digital photos.

 

Why GIFS Images Became So Popular

Before animated GIF images were available, people had to resort to viewing still pictures. The only other way to see animation or movement in images was via videos. However, videos take a long time to upload and are often too huge in size to share. At the same time, a person must watch the entire video or skip to the part he or she is looking for to see it. Apart from that, videos take long to buffer and pose a problem for those who have limited data or slow speed internet connections. GIFS began to gain popularity when epic fail videos started popping up all over the web.

Many users took the parts of people doing crazy, embarrassing or unusual things, and turned them into 10 to 15 seconds mini movie clips. Before long, funny, crazy or wild animated GIF images were all over the internet. Since they took such little space, it made sharing, storing or saving them a cinch. In fact, their ability of a GIF image to be shared so easily, has helped to turn people into internet sensations. There are millions of GIFS images found on the web which are very popular and have turned unknown people, into online celebrities. GIFS images also help to spread clips of celebrities, athletes and famous people taken from movies, TV shows or games.

 

Making GIFS or Changing Formats

Another reason why animated GIF images have become so popular is because they are now very easy to make. Years ago, people had to use sophisticated software or programs. Others had to use photo editing tools such as Photoshop to create and edit them. These days, there are many websites which let you create an animated GIF image quickly and easily.

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You can use our Convert files to GIF tool here at Online Convert to make a GIF. In case you have any type of an image which you may want to convert to another format, you can use our other image conversion tools as well.

Animated GIF images are one of the best thing to happen to internet users who wanted to view animated images quickly and easily. That is one of the many reasons why they are so popular.

All You Need To Know About Microsoft Word DOCX Files

All You Need To Know About Microsoft Word DOCX One of the most used programs for people who want to write and share documents is Microsoft Word. The DOCX files are part of the format Microsoft Word has been using since they updated their Office Suite back in 2007. Before that, the formats were simply DOC. So why is there an extra X in the new version of Word? What does it stands for? More importantly, how are DOCX files different than DOC files in Word? And which one of the two should you use? Are DOCX files safer and better? Or is the older DOC file format the better choice?

 

The Extra X In DOC Files

The extra X found in the DOC files is part of the new Office Open XML standard. That is what the X actually stands for. While both Word files are comparatively open, the DOCX is far more efficient. The reason for that is because DOCX is able to create smaller docs and they are also less likely to be corrupted. Some may not know that DOC files have been in used by Microsoft Word for more than 30 years already. Back then, the Word version was used on MS-DOS. As the years have gone by, Microsoft has continued to make the Word and Office much better, safer and easier for people.

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The DOC format rose in popularity because it was able to work with many other products, including the competition. That helped Microsoft keep the hold it has had on other similar products such as WordPerfect, from Corel. Once the DOC file format was incorporated into free and paid word processing programs from numerous other companies, it made it easier to use. It also allowed those that used it, to save their files in the DOC format, if needed just in case.

 

Microsoft Introduces Office Open XML (DOCX)

In the early part of the 2000s, Microsoft was under a lot of pressure from competition which was growing. The pressure came from open-source and free Open Office products. Also, from the ODF Open Document Format which was competing with Word. It was then that Microsoft began to push for more broader and open standards. Once that happened, the end result was the beginning of DOCX file format being developed and used.

 

Which Of The Two Should You Use?

If you have a choice between using the DOC or DOCX file format, then the latter is the better selection. DOCX produces greater results in almost every situation. The DOCX formats are smaller files. That makes them far easier to share, read and transfer. Plus, since the Office Open XML standard is open nature, it can be read by mostly all of the word processing tools out there. This includes the highly used Google Docs. Microsoft learned from the bad decision Sony made with Betamax. Sony’s refusal to be more open and share their format, made it impossible for the competition. But in the long run, they lost the war to VHS and it made Betamax obsolete

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10 Ways To Get Time Off Work

10 ways to get time off workWhen it comes to trying to take time off from their jobs, people will resort to all sorts of things to get it. Some will call in sick or make up a story. But with these 10 ways to get time off work, you may not need to do that at all. For some people, getting time off at work can be extremely difficult. At the same time, there are some bosses who treat workers as if they were robots. Some of these employers don’t mind working 7 days a week and 365 days a year. They also expect everyone to feel the same way as they do or agree with that scenario. The problem is that a business owner will have no qualms about making those type of sacrifices for themselves and their company. But, that does not mean that an employee has to be willing to do the same.

Nonetheless, if you are very good or great at what you do, you deserve some time off. Everyone needs time to replenish themselves and clear their minds. There is even research which shows that taking time off, or going on vacation, can end up improving productivity in the long run. It also gives people a much needed rest and new motivation once they return.

Before anything, you should be aware of what your company’s vacation policy is. These all vary depending on the size of the company and business you work for. There is also paid and unpaid time off. In truth, companies are bound to legally provide time off for their workers for family leave. However, they are not legally required to facilitate vacation. Again, this all depends on the company policy. In either case, below are some of the best tips for asking and obtaining time off from your job.

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Use The Need To Refocus and Recharge Tool

When asking for time off, you need to make it about the company, not just you. One of the best ways to do this is by letting your boss know that you need time to refocus and recharge. Inform him or her that taking some time off will render better results when you return since you will be refreshed and ready to go.

Be Sure When To Ask When The Time Is Right

The worst time to ask for time off from work is when there are deadlines to meet or major situations which need to be addressed and taken care of. Before asking for time off, be sure that your work is under control. Having all of your work under control will give you a lot of leverage. The best time to ask is after you have successfully completed a project.

Plan Ahead

Planning to take time off requires that you strategize around your work. Make sure all deadlines, projects and events have been taken care of. Asking for time off during deadlines or major company crisis is not recommended. Finish all of your major projects and then begin to plan for your time off.

Deliver Results Before Asking

If there is one thing a boss will notice is your achievements. Having a very productive week can work in your favor. Especially if it’s better than your usual week production or greater than other co-workers. You can use your achievements as leverage to ask for the time off.

Ask Ahead of Time

In order to give your boss time to think about your request for time off, you need to give them plenty of notice. Asking for time off a week before you needed it can be problematic. Doing so will not give your boss time to prepare for your absence. Giving the company a heads up long before also shows that you are taking the company’s’ needs into consideration.

Don’t Ask, Just Tell

In certain situations, asking for time off will not work. It may be better for you to simply tell your boss that you are going on vacation. One of the ways this works in your favor is that it doesn’t provide an option for your boss to say no. Just keep in mind that you should follow all of the aforementioned tips about finishing your deadlines, projects and tasks beforehand.

Wait For The Storm To Pass

Most businesses have peak times when everyone is needed at work. Moreover, they may even need extra help. In times such as these, it will be nearly impossible for you to ask for time off. Or for your boss to give it to you. The best time to ask for time off work is during slow months or when there are not that many deadlines to meet.

Get A Substitute

Once you have finished all of the important work and met all of your deadlines, the next step is getting a co-worker to substitute the rest of your duties. You can get someone to cover for you and take care of whatever other minor things you left behind. This way, when you ask and your boss mentions anything that needs to be done while you are gone, you will have it covered. Or your co-worker whom you got to cover for you, will.

Choose The Right Moment

Asking for time off when your boss is in a bad mood or having a terrible week can be catastrophic. Hearing someone ask for time off for a vacation when a boss is having a bad week can make you look selfish and uncaring. Find the best time for you both and be considerate of the mindset of your boss.

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Use The Technology Card

One of the best things about technology is that it allows companies to reach you when you are away. If your work is done via computer, then this is a great tool for you to use. Telling your boss that you can be easily reached via your phone or email is a great card to utilize. By him or her knowing that they can reach you should something go wrong, they will feel a lot better. And may be more inclined to give you the time off.

 


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All About The Online-Convert Google Chrome App

Chrome App

Online-Convert.com is more than just a file conversion website! Of course you are already familiar with our API that lets you incorporate file conversion in your own applications and services. But there is even more. Thus, we want to present to you our new Google Chrome App!

In this article you will find all kinds of information about the app, how you can use it and what it is compatible with.

 

The File Conversion Chrome App

First things first, where can you get the app? In the Chrome Web Store, of course. Just look for Online-Convert.com and you will find it. Alternatively, you can click here.

 

As it is a Chrome App, you will find it under “Apps” rather than under “Extensions”. On the shop page, you will find all kinds of information about the Chrome app as well as a link to the Online-Convert website and a video on how to use the service. Simply add it to your Chrome browser and you can start converting your files directly from Chrome.

 

Where Can I Use It?

Once you installed the app, it is available for usage both in Google Drive and Gmail.

 

Gmail is an e-mail provider provided by Google. If you receive a file as an e-mail attachment, you can open some of them directly in your browser. PDF documents and certain image files, for example. For other files, there is the Online-Convert app. Clicking on the file will open a preview (if available). To open or edit the file, or in this case convert it, you will find the Online-Convert app at the bottom.

 

The usage in Google Drive is just as easy. This cloud storage allows you to save your files online and access them from anywhere. With a simple right-click on the file in question, you can access the app after navigating to “Open with”.

 

How Is It Done?

Once you clicked on the app, in both cases, you will be redirected to a page where you can choose the output format of the conversion. This means, here you will choose what file you want in the end. For example DOC or TXT, JPG or GIF, MP3 or MP4.

After clicking on the format you want, the conversion will start. It will automatically download into the folder you specified for Google Chrome downloads.

 

Easy, isn’t it?

Give it a try and convert files directly from Gmail and GDrive.


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How To Search By Image Using Google

How To Search By Image Using GoogleGoogle lets you find just about everything you are looking for. That includes images of whatever item, topic or things you want. Many people know about being able to easily find images using Google. However, what some may not know is that Google lets you search by image as well. Using the Google search by image directly feature can help you in many ways. For instance, if you were sent an image by someone and are not sure of the source, you can find it using this feature. Perhaps you want to find a higher resolution or smaller version of the image. Others may be looking for more information about the picture.

In today’s world of photo editing, it is very easy to manipulate an image. If someone sent you a photo via MSM or a messaging app, the Google image search option can allow you check how authentic the image actually is.

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No matter what the reason may be for you to want to know more about an image, this very useful tool can help.

 

Searching By Image With Google

 

Here are the tips to begin using the Google search by image tool.

 

  1. Click on the Google Images link.
  2. To start searching for any images, you can type the name of the image, file or source.
  3. Google Image Search Tool
  4. You can also click on the Camera icon to  paste the Image URL you want to use. Or you can select the upload an image directly from your computer or device using the tab.
  5. If you choose the Upload an image option, hit the Choose File tab, find the photo and hit open.
  6. Whichever method you chose to find the image, once you hit enter, the results will show on Google Images.
  7. Once you have entered the image source or file, you will see the image you are looking for. You can find other sizes and more options.

 

For those that have smartphones, they can use their devices to search for images on Google too. Just keep in mind that you won’t see the Camera icon using the Mobile version page. That’s by default. However, you can simply choose the Request Desktop site feature to access this.

Searching by images with Google is very simple and helpful. It is one of the best tools that the search engine has for users. There are many tips and tricks that you can use from the Google search by image tool as well. You can perform backwards image searches and even the history of an image. Find out who used the image and when. For those that want to reuse images legally, there is an option for that too. Select the Labeled for reuse with modification to find photos you can reuse without facing any legal problems.

Be sure to Find Out What Google Knows About You

In case you have an image that you need to change its format, our free Online image converter tool will do the trick. If you have a PNG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, JPG, JPEG WBMP, HDR/EXR, TGA, WebP or ICO image file, you can convert it to another format easily. And all for free without the need to download any software or programs. The same goes for any video, audio, Ebook, Archive, Hash or document file you need converted to another format.


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