Thursday, November 18, 2010

The Computer - My Favorites - Part VI

Don't you just hate it when you have found a website that you like, but then when you go back to find it you can't. Well, that is where your Favorites feature comes in handy. Maybe you didn't even know that you could save a website under your Favorites, to be able to navigate back to it at a later date. You can and it is easy. Let me tell you how.

  1. Open your Internet Explorer.

  2. Go to a website that you would like to save to use at a later date.

  3. As you look at your Internet page you will see at the top six menu choices: File, Edit, View, Favorites, Tools, and Help. Click on the Favorites option.

  4. Click on 'Add To My Favorites' which should be the first choice on the drop down list.

  5. A menu box comes up and in the box it has the name of the site that you are at and a box that says 'Create In' to choose as to where you want this website to be saved. The default is usually Favorites.
    Note: Your computer automatically comes with a couple of standard choices if you click on the drop down menu next to 'Create In'. Don't worry about those. What you want to do is to create a folder for each category that you want to save your websites under. But for now it is the one that you opened to test this out.

  6. Next to the 'Create In' box there is a button for 'New Folder'. Click on that button and name that new folder where it says 'Folder Name'.

  7. Click on the 'Create' button.

    Note: Notice that when the 'Add To Favorites' box appears, now it has the new folder you created in the 'Create In' box.

  8. To add the website to your Favorites list click on the 'Add' button on the 'Add To Favorites' box. Once you do that you can click on the 'Favorites' from the top menu and you will see your website on the list.

Walla, it is done. If you don't have a lot of websites to save then just click on the 'Favorites' list and choose 'Add To Favorites', click on the 'Add' button. Then when you go back to the 'Favorites' list you will see the website on the list.

I have in my Favorites a huge list of websites. I don't even know how much I can save there. Even though I have broken it down to a lot of categories I still from time to time have problems finding things because there is just too much. It's called wealth of information overload.

I use Internet Explorer. If you do not see these choices on your computer, then look in your help menu to see how you would save websites.

Then there is email. We can't forget about those emails that clog our system with more great information and stuff. I get several newsletters that include Knitting Daily, Lion Brand, Coats & Clark, and Talk Crochet to name a few. When they come every day it is too much because I can't keep up with them. The demonstrations on techniques are great and just being able to keep up with what else is going on in the knitting world.

To keep up with all of that information, I have created folders and if I want to keep them then I drop them in the folder right away. There are times when I am super busy and my emails pile up. Oh no, what a time that is to delete because I want to look at everything but that takes time. It's not only for the needlearts that I get emails, of course, but there are the friends that want to share the funny emails and some of them make me laugh. Then you have the emails just to keep in touch with friends. I volunteer at the zoo, as I mentioned, so there is the zoo stuff. We can't forget about the junk and the selling emails that come through. Boy, when you start writing it out it looks scary. It can get overwhelming at times.

Depending upon how many emails you get, it does take a constant handle on it to keep the control. That's why I have broken down my files into categories for example: beading daily, hold for response, knitting daily, talk crochet, etc... Don't think that this is a cure all, because it is not. I still have emails that I can't get through. I try to go through the emails to make sure I am not missing anything important and if I need an emergency laugh then I open one of those friend sharing emails.

So the plan, as we have gone over, is to get as much control as you can by organizing. To do this, you have to look over your emails and while you are looking at your emails you can see the categories you will use. The next step is to start making those folders and dropping the emails in. Remember, nothing is set in stone. You can always change it if you find that the emails you put in one place should be in another place. You are becoming your own administrative assistant and you are in control. At the end of the day, the goal is to be able to use more of your information that you have saved. It is to be able to find information quick to save time. It is to be able to use more of your patterns that you find with the yarn that you have. And it is a time to learn more as you uncover some lost information that you forgot you had. Wow! I think those are some great goals for the upcoming New Year which is right around the corner - scary.

Oh no, you know what the next post is about? YARN STASH! Those words can be pretty scary. Breathe! I will not be posting until either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week because I am helping a friend that is going through her journey of battling cancer. I think you have enough to keep you busy anyway. Have a great weekend.

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