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Quick Tip

Easily Access Jumplists With A Touchpad

You probably know that you can access jump-lists from your taskbar by right-clicking on the program.


But there’s another way to access jump lists that can be very helpful if you’re using a touch pad. Just click that left mouse button on the icon for the program and drag upwards.  If using a touch pad, just press and drag up with your finger.

~ Cynthia

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This may be my very favorite product that we offer! I buy them by the dozen. You'll find one in every desk drawer and in the purse or pocket of everyone in my house. We love them! Plus we hear the same thing from you!  Why are these 3 in 1 pens so popular? Just check them out!

Pen, Stylus and Flashlight... COMBINED!

Have you ever been sitting there, fighting with your phone, just trying to dial in the right numbers? But the touchscreen buttons are too small, your fingers are too big, or the phone just seems not to want to listen to you?

Or maybe you noticed that after just a couple uses, your touchscreen device is COVERED from top to bottom in nasty smudges that look awful and get your screen blurry!

Oh, and scratches? Those are PERMANENT DAMAGE!

And how many times have you been out-and-about, ready to write a check, note, sign something... only to realize YOU HAVE NO PEN! It's infuriating!

Let's not forget how often you're DYING to find a flashlight, too! Whenever you need one, they all seem to disappear!



It's a capactive touchscreen stylus , plus a smooth and precise pen!

And to top it all off, there's an LED light built right in! SWEET!

If you've never used a stylus on your touchscreen device... you're in for a HUGE TREAT!

All those times you couldn't quite hit the right button, couldn't get your phone to "feel right", or were just fed up with all the oily smudges all over... NO MORE! They are PROBLEMS OF THE PAST!

And if you're gonna carry a stylus around... why not make it a pen too?

All of your writing needs = fully covered!

The stylus end is covered in a rubber-tip which glides smoothly across your touchscreen! And because of its soft-rubber texture, it won't risk scratching your screen!

No smudges? No scratches? FINALLY!

Lightweight Design - Yep! This thing is light as a feather (but still feels solid as stone in your grip) for the perfect touch! Whether you're writing on paper or on your phone... you're gonna LOVE this!

That grip is comfy as a pillow, too!

There's a lot of stylus designs out there... but none of them come CLOSE to this! Not only does it FEEL like a real pen... IT IS ONE!

And to top it all off... if you buy one during this INCREDIBLE limited-time deal... YOU GET TWO FREE!


I know it sounds insane (and maybe it is!) These crazy stylus-and-pen-all-in-one are only $9.97 and if you BUY ONE, YOU GET TWO MORE FREE!

Grab 'em here!

Click here to add one or a dozen to your cart right now!

PS - These are a special offer for a short time only! Grab yours QUICK before they're all gone! And Friday  the price goes up to $12.97!!


Computers 101

Safe Mode In Windows 8, 8.1, and 10

Gregory from Summerville, SC is confused about something that seems to be missing from the new versions of Windows.  He writes:  “Does 8.1 have a safe mode? If so, how do I start a laptop with 8.1 in the safe mode? I have a virus on it and it will not let Norton 360 scan for it. Therefore I think starting my computer in the safe mode would solve the problem and let Norton scan for it. Do you have another suggestion?”

Hi, Gregory.  Thanks for the great question!  I’m sure that other readers have struggled with this issue as well.

First off, scanning your computer while in safe mode is a great idea.  The only other suggestion that I would have about that issue would be to take it to your friendly neighborhood computer geek just in case what’s wrong with your computer isn’t actually a virus, but rather a hijack or something else more malicious that might require something more than a standard virus scan to take care of.

As far as your other question goes, yes, Windows 8.1 does have a safe mode, but accessing it is a little trickier than in previous version.  You probably remember, up until now, all you had to do was press F8 repeatedly while your computer was booting up in order to access safe mode.  The possible difficulty here is that Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 is that they tend to boot MUCH faster than previous versions of Windows.  That’s not to say that the F8 (or shift+F8) won’t work, only that it may not.  It’s worth a try, though, especially if you can’t boot your machine.

If you can boot your machine, but still need to get into safe mode, you can do that from MSCONFIG.  This is your system configuration tool.  This can be accessed by hitting the Windows key + R on your keyboard and typing MSCONFIG.  Once your configuration tool opens, go to the BOOT tab, and click the box that says SAFE BOOT.

When you click okay, you’ll get the options of restarting immediately or exiting without restarting.


If you have more work to do, you can exit without restarting.  BEAR IN MIND THAT AS LONG AS THAT BOX REMAINS CHECKED, YOUR COMPUTER WILL ALWAYS BOOT INTO SAFE MODE.  So eventually, if you just want to start normally again, you’ll have to repeat this procedure and uncheck the box.

Once you restart, you’ll want to choose the TROUBLESHOOT option.


Next, you’ll want to choose ADVANCED OPTIONS.


Choose one of the safe mode options, click RESTART and you’re good to go!

Personally, I wish that Microsoft had included a reliable way to boot your machine into safe mode without accessing Windows, because most times that I have had to do this, I couldn’t access Windows for some reason.

I hope that this helps!

~ Randal Schaffer

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On The Move

Save IPhone Battery Life With One Easy Trick

With the new age of fancy smartphones, come fancy apps and as much as we all love them dearly, sadly they are a system resource hog. Meaning that continuous usage of multiple apps eats up the phone’s battery life. Half a day of frequent use and you see the battery bar turning into that dreaded red color.

Since the release of iOS 9 however, Apple has made it much easier for a user to control how the iPhone runs and in turn, lengthen the battery life a single charge provides you. Today I am going to discuss two tricks using which you can ensure that your iPhone does not die on you in the middle of a busy day.



  1. The magic of the low power mode

Normally, when the iPhone battery status reaches the ‘20% battery power left’ mark, it gives you the option of putting the phone in ‘low power mode’ so that you can get the most out of whatever battery life is remaining. By some estimations, low power mode gives you anywhere between one to three hours extra, depending on how often you use the phone.

Now here is the good news....

Click here for more on how to use low-power mode.


From The Archives

Track Down Your Missing  Gmail

One of the most frustrating things that can happen is to have e-mail just vanish. I’ve heard from a few of you that this has happened to your Gmail account. Let’s take a look at some common causes of missing messages and how you can retrieve them.

Many times it’s due to accidentally deletion or archiving or perhaps mistakenly marking a message as spam. An incorrect filter can also send your messages directly to the trash.

Let’s take a look a some possible ways to recover these missing messages or at least stop it from happening again.

First, let’s check to make sure these messages weren’t accidentally deleted for put int he trash. We’ll start by searching for them. The “search” box is at the top of your Gmail inbox.


Search won’t check your Spam or Trash unless you tell it to, so click the drop down button in the search box for Advanced Search and click the arrow next to All Mail.


Make sure you select Mail & Spam & Trash.


Then use the advanced search fields to enter information you know is in some...

Click here for more on finding missing Gmail.


Today's Feature

MusicBee: The Ultimate Music Player

More than one person has called MusicBee the ultimate music player and manager. This free download is available for Windows Vista, Windows 7,  Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.


So what features make this program so great? Audiophiles point to the options that allow you to control the sound quality. MusicBee offers a 10 band or 15 band equalizer that offers SP effects. It works with high-end audio cards thanks to WASAPI and ASIO support. You can upmix mix your tune to 5.1 surround sound or resample at a lower rate if needed.



It’s also pretty to look at.  You can choose to download a variety of skins to customize the look.


Or add colorful...

Click here for more on MusicBee.



Amanda's Coolsite

Dante On Stamps

I knew people collected stamps, but who knew that there were enough stamps of the poet Dante Alighieri to warrant a whole website? I didn’t! Although, I am sure glad that this website exists!

When you arrive at the site you’ll find a navigation strip across the top with featured content below. The featured content offers both a featured item and a featured collection. Beneath those, you’ll find a listing of the recently updated items.

To dive into the stamps you can select Browse Collections or Browse Items. My favorite way to browse is through the collection option, but that could be because I learned a bounty of new things from browsing that way. For example, I learned that a Cinderella stamp is an item that resembles postage but wasn’t issued by a government for postal purposes. I also learned about First Day Covers and Cancellations. It was really fascinating!

It was really cool to look at all the different kinds of stamps that feature Dante Alighieri!

Go check them out for yourself today!


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One More Big Deal

"There's No Way I Can Get a Flashlight There" - Said Everyone That Doesn't Own This Amazing Flexlight!

Have you ever dropped your keys under the couch?

Or maybe lost a screw behind the fridge?

Remember how much of a nightmare it was? Moving furniture, patting around every square inch of the ground... it's not fun.

You tried to take your flashlight to find what you dropped, but the flashlight is too big to fit. Or maybe you can't angle it just the right way to see where you need it... THAT'S EVEN MORE ANNOYING!

I have JUST the thing you need and you are going to absolutely love it!

And it's only $6.97!!!

Check this out: it's only only about 6 inches fully collapsed.

When it's like that, it functions just like any flashlight you've ever used! Point it right where you need it, no fuss, just pure illumination!


You don't have to struggle to fit the whole flashlight where you need it to go - now you can just get the head shining right in!

Angle it right where you need it and you'll be grinning from ear to ear!

If it's something you need illuminated, this is the light that can do it! FINALLY!

You can even use it to help pick stuff up!

The ability to hold up to 3 pounds is REALLY handy, especially if you, for instance, drop your keys between the seats!

The most common things we drop and lose are tiny... so you'll RARELY even get close to the 3 pound limit! But this is soooo great for picking up screws, keys, and anything else that just happened to disappear into the dark crevices behind your furniture!

Even if your keychain is LOADED with dozens of keys, just stick this down the side and it'll grab your keys right up!

Like I Said - It's ONLY $6.97!!

A price like this won't last for long!

PS - Don't wait until Friday or the sale ends and this goes up to $14.97


Monthly Wallpaper

December Wallpaper Is Ready!

The featured desktop wallpaper for December is ready for you to download!

Check out the featured images below and stop by the site - hundreds to choose from.

All can be found here and are 100% free:

Oh, and if you enjoy these images, please tell your friends!

Nose To Nose

Northern Lights Over The Inukshuk

Slient Stargazer (great for phones / tablets!)

For these and other great selections of desktop wallpaper, head to:

As always, the wallpaper is 100% free, so enjoy!


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