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Essential Tips for a Winning Resume

A resume is a marketing document that gets only six seconds of attention from recruiters. So, it isn’t only a chronological record of your accomplishments but also a statement of your uniqueness and how important you can be for an organization. You already have a record of your personal data. Now, showcase that in the best possible light using the cheat sheet below.

The cheat sheet covers various sections that need to go on your CV. It also gives you content- and design-related tips to help you build a resume that brings results.

Plus, you’ll find a special section on tailoring your resume for ATS compatibility. (ATS or Applicant Tracking Systems are essentially bots used by companies to shortlist applicants.) This section includes pointers for ensuring that your resume passes through ATS without a glitch.

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Essential Tips for a Winning Resume

Tips
¹General Information
◼︎ Read the job ad carefully.
◼︎ Always tailor your resume to the job in question.
◼︎ Use an online resume builder instead of a text editor, or start out with a resume template.
◼︎ Use verifiable metrics wherever possible because hard numbers catch the eye of recruiters.
◼︎ Focus only on the most important content. Try to fit everything on two pages or fewer.
◼︎ Pick the right resume format: A Functional resume, a Chronological resume, or a Combination resume (if you have experience across different industries).
◼︎ The reverse-chronological resume, where the latest work experience is listed first, is the most popular format.
Design and Layout
◼︎ To make a good first impression, ensure that the layout is pleasing and the content is scannable and easy to read.
◼︎ Balance text with whitespace.
◼︎ Use classic fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, Verdana, Calibri, Cambria, Helvetica, and Georgia.
◼︎ Don't choose anything less than 10.5 for the font size. A font size of 12 is ideal.
◼︎ Use font sizes 14-16 for section headers.
◼︎ Pick a font that reads well on all screens. Legibility and cleanliness are important.
◼︎ If you can, choose sans serif fonts like Arial over serif fonts like Times New Roman. The former are more legible on screens.
◼︎ Avoid big blocks of text and excessive bullet points.
◼︎ Ensure that sections flow from the most significant to the less important.
Contact Information
◼︎ Place your name and contact information at the top of the document.
◼︎ The font for the name should be larger than the font used in the body, but not so large as to overpower the other elements on the page.
◼︎ Don’t place contact information in the header/footer.
◼︎ Use a home address rather than a PO box or an office address.
◼︎ List one phone number. A mobile phone number is ideal.
◼︎ Use an email address that sounds professional.
◼︎ Place social media icons and URL links to relevant social media pages.
◼︎ Include a link to your LinkedIn profile (if you have one) and ensure that the profile is up to date.
◼︎ Include the URL of a personal website that highlights your expertise.
◼︎ To avoid possible age discrimination at the onset of hiring, avoid mentioning your date of birth unless that information is mandatory.
◼︎ Don't include a profile photo.
Job Summary
◼︎ This section is ideal if you have years of relevant job experience. Skip this section if you have less experience or applying for a job in another field.
◼︎ Highlight your current professional title with a larger font at the top of the section.
◼︎ Write an objective statement that describes a future goal. This is not mandatory.
◼︎ Outline your skills and accomplishments to demonstrate what:
1. Distinguishes you from other applicants
2. Makes you the ideal candidate for the role
◼︎ Highlight skills that are relevant to the role offered.
◼︎ Use the Adjective + Skill + Value formula to frame achievements in bulleted sentences.
Core Skills
◼︎ This section focuses on the skills you’ve gained based on the job roles you’ve performed in the past.
◼︎ Some job roles like programming demand hard technical skills while some like teaching ask for a mix of both hard and soft skills.
◼︎ Exploit the keywords in the target job descriptions and correlate them to your skillsets.
◼︎ Use topical nouns instead of vague verbs to highlight skills and boost recognition by ²ATS.
◼︎ Cover both hard skills and soft skills. For example, a Project Manager can list "Conflict resolution" as a soft skill.
◼︎ List hard skills with experience levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Expert.)
Work Experience
◼︎ If you’re going by the most common resume format, arrange entries by date, with the latest job at the top.
◼︎ For each entry, mention the relevant job title, employer name, location, and job tenure (with start and end dates.)
◼︎ Use the mm/yyyy format while listing dates. It’s the standard format expected by recruiters and applicant tracking systems.
◼︎ Expand on the most critical jobs with a bulleted list of roles and accomplishments.
◼︎ Mention key metrics for every experience.
Example 1: Generated over $25,000 in sales in one month (instead of Managed sales through self-generated leads.)

Example 2: Developed and executed marketing strategy for three new national projects. Increased market penetration by an average of 35%.
◼︎ Some roles may not be quantifiable. In such cases, it’s okay to mention only responsibilities.
◼︎ Don’t duplicate the information from the Summary and Core Skills sections. Use unique phrasing.
Education
◼︎ This section can follow the Summary section for new graduates or for jobs with highly relevant educational requirements.
◼︎ Include educational qualifications, complete with the school/university name, location, degree earned, and the course dates.
◼︎ Mention extra qualifications, certifications, and training under relevant sub-sections if necessary.
◼︎ Include GPA/Class Rank if among the top-half of the class. This information is not mandatory.
Other Details
◼︎ Awards
List awards in the Education section under a sub-heading.
◼︎ Hobbies
These are not necessary in most applications, but they’re also not a dealbreaker. Include them if other details are sparse.
Don’t include inappropriate and commonplace hobbies like reading.
◼︎ References
Don’t mention these unless specifically asked for.
Tips for Compatibility With ²ATS
◼︎ Keep the resume structure simple.
◼︎ Avoid fancy/creatively designed resumes and resume templates.
◼︎ Use an ATS-friendly resume template when you don't want to design from scratch.
◼︎ Use simple headers and consistent formatting across all sections.
◼︎ For entries with dates, preface dates with descriptions, such as work experience or academic qualifications.
◼︎ The ATS is programmed to read specific keywords, so scan the job ad for potential keywords you can use.
◼︎ Use concise bullet points instead of full paragraphs.
◼︎ Spell out any abbreviations so the ATS can understand them.
◼︎ Submit the file in the format specified. (ATS reads Word formats better than PDF.)
◼︎ Use Jobscan to enhance your resume for ATS.
Final Round of Editing
◼︎ Always proofread for spellings and other errors.
◼︎ Double-check your contact information.
◼︎ Remove all fluff and keep the resume concise.
◼︎ Print the resume and check for design issues.
◼︎ Save a copy of the resume as a PDF for future use. (Word can mess up the formatting across different computer systems.)
◼︎ Back up a copy of the resume to the cloud so you can access it from anywhere.
¹This covers tips that apply to all kinds of resumes.

²ATS refers to Applicant Tracking System. Many companies use this software as the first screen to filter the flood of resumes.

Save Time With Resume Templates and Apps

Your resume is situational to the job, your experience, and the process the resume goes through before you land an interview. So, there’s no “best resume layout” you can count on. For effectiveness, it’s ideal to stick to the basics and include only the most important information. And yes, always keep your resume updated because you never know when you might have to send it off in a flash.

Don’t want to start your CV-building efforts from scratch? Use one of these Google Docs resume templates or any of these free resume apps to create a striking resume.

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Download This Remote Work Cheat Sheet Bundle for Free!

Do you work remotely? You’re part of a growing community!

And chances are you’re always looking to improve your remote work setup. To help you with that, we’ve come up with a free cheat sheet bundle covering top remote work apps like Asana and Slack.

Polish Your Remote Workflow

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In this remote work cheat sheet bundle, you’ll find cheat sheets for:

  • Microsoft Teams keyboard shortcuts
  • Slack tips and tricks
  • Asana keyboard shortcuts
  • Trello tips and tricks
  • Zoom keyboard shortcuts
  • Todoist shortcuts and tips

Download them all in one convenient package, print and share them with your colleagues.

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Want More Remote Work Tips and Tricks?

Whether you’ve just started working from home or have been doing so for a decade, you’re likely to appreciate resources that can streamline your current setup. You’ll find plenty such resources at our remote work hub!

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The Microsoft Teams Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Microsoft Teams is one of Slack’s top competitors and has exploded in popularity of late.

Once you get past its confusing sign-up process, Teams proves to be a robust solution for hosting your virtual office. Its free tier includes unlimited messages, audio/video calling features, and screen sharing. You’ll also find real-time integration with Office Online apps like Word, Excel, and OneNote.

If a Microsoft Teams workspace is where you head to work every morning, the cheat sheet below is for you. It contains keyboard shortcuts for using Microsoft Teams on web and desktop. With the shortcuts listed you can, for starters, display the commands list and switch between various tabs in your workspace.

The cheat sheet also includes shortcuts for calls and messaging. With these, you can start new chats, reply to threads, attach files, manage calls, and toggle audio and video.

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The Microsoft Teams Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

ShortcutAction
Web Shortcuts

Navigation
Ctrl + EMove focus to search box
Ctrl + /Display command list
Ctrl + Shift + GGo to…
Ctrl + Shift + 1Open Activity tab
Ctrl + Shift + 2Open Chat tab
Ctrl + Shift + 3Open Teams tab
Ctrl + Shift + 4Open Calls tab
Ctrl + Shift + 5Open Files tab
Left Option + Up ArrowGo to previous list item
Left Option + Down ArrowGo to next list item
Ctrl + Shift + F6Go to previous section
Ctrl + F6Go to next section
Ctrl + . (Period)Show keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + F1Open Help section
Messaging
Ctrl + NStart new chat
CMove focus to Compose box
Ctrl + Shift + XExpand Compose box
¹Ctrl + EnterSend message
Ctrl + Shift + OAttach file
Shift + EnterStart new line
RReply to thread
Meetings and Calls
Ctrl + Shift + CStart audio call
Ctrl + Shift + SAccept audio call
Ctrl + Shift + UStart video call
Ctrl + Shift + AAccept video call
Ctrl + Shift + DDecline call
Ctrl + Shift + MMute/unmute audio
Ctrl + Shift + FToggle full screen mode
Ctrl + Shift + SpaceGo to sharing toolbar
²Desktop Shortcuts

Navigation
Ctrl + EMove focus to search box
Ctrl + /Display command list
Ctrl + GGo to…
Ctrl + 1Open Activity tab
Ctrl + 2Open Chat tab
Ctrl + 3Open Teams tab
Ctrl + 4Open Calls tab
Ctrl + 5Open Files tab
Left Option + Up ArrowGo to previous list item
Left Option + Down ArrowGo to next list item
Ctrl + Shift + Up ArrowMove selected team up
Ctrl + Shift + Down ArrowMove selected team down
Ctrl + Shift + F6Go to previous section
Ctrl + F6Go to next section
Ctrl + . (Period)Show keyboard shortcuts
F1Open Help section
Messaging
Ctrl + NStart new chat
CMove focus to Compose box
Ctrl + Shift + XExpand Compose box
¹Ctrl + EnterSend message
Ctrl + OAttach file
Shift + EnterStart new line
RReply to thread
Meetings and Calls
Ctrl + Shift + CStart audio call
Ctrl + Shift + SAccept audio call
Ctrl + Shift + UStart video call
Ctrl + Shift + AAccept video call
Ctrl + Shift + DDecline call
Ctrl + Shift + MMute/unmute audio
Ctrl + Shift + OToggle video
Ctrl + Shift + FToggle full screen mode
Ctrl + Shift + SpaceGo to sharing toolbar
¹The shortcut Enter also works when you haven’t expanded the Compose box.

²On macOS, replace Ctrl with Cmd and Alt with Option in shortcuts.

Make Remote Work Easier

Microsoft Teams is one of the best free workplace messenger apps. Of course, it’s not the only type of app you need for successful remote work. We also recommend these free online collaboration tools.

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The 7 Best PDF and Ebook Readers for Windows

Over the past few years, ebooks have gone from a novel idea to a broadly embraced alternative to print literature. Devices like the Nook and the Kindle have become commonplace—but they’re not the only option if you’re looking to see what ebooks have to offer. Today, there are several worthy ebook readers for Windows.

If you would like to learn more, keep reading. We’re going to look at some of the best PDF book readers and ebook readers on the Windows platform.

1. Kindle

kindle app windows

The Kindle app for Windows is a well-designed ebook reader—but to get the most out of it, you’ll need to be an Amazon customer. If being able to easily open and read a range of different file formats from different ebook stores is important to you, there are better options available.

Kindle’s interface is excellent. Open the app and you’ll be presented with the books you have stored in the cloud and/or on your device. A single click will put you right where you last left the book, regardless of the device you were reading on previously. The rest of the app is clutter-free; there are no ads and no unnecessary tools to dilute the experience.

If you want to use the Kindle app to access books that weren’t bought via the Kindle store, you will first need to convert them into a supported format, then upload them to your Amazon cloud. You can convert ebooks using Calibre, or you can use one of many online ebook conversion tools.

Download: Kindle (Free)

2. Bookvisor

bookvisor app windows

Bookvisor’s design is different from the other Windows ebook apps we have recommended. Whereas as most apps opt for flat colors and distraction-free UIs, Bookvisor tries to replicate the experience of reading a physical copy.

Some of the app’s most notable other features include automatically changing themes depending on the time of day, customizable margins, spacing, and fonts, a brightness slider, and importable bookmarks.

The app is free to use, but a premium version is available. The best feature of the paid version is the text-to-speech. It’s ideal if you want to “read” an ebook while you are on-the-go.

Download: Bookvisor (Free, premium version available)

3. Cover

cover app windows

While the occasional reader of comics might be able to get by with their standard ebook reader, a tailor-made app is a must for anyone serious about their comic books. Comic books and graphic novels are read a different way to traditional text-based books, so they require different features. Cover offers many of those necessary extra features. For example, you can zoom in on particular panels with a pinch, or swipe between pages with a simple gesture.

A comic book ereader also needs to support many file types, and Cover does not disappoint. The app supports most major formats, including CBZ, ZIP, CBR, RAR, 7Z, CB7, CBT, PDF and EPUB, as well as standard image formats like JPEG, PNG, GIF, and BMP.

Other notable features include customizable shelves, read/unread status, page counts, and support for ebook storage in local folders, network drives, and cloud storage drives.

Download: Cover (Free, in-app purchases available)

4. Sumatra PDF

sumatra ebook app windows

Sumatra is one of the best PDF readers for Windows, so it naturally doubles as one of the top PDF ebook readers as well. However, it can also handle many other common ebook formats, including EPUB, MOBI, XPS, DJVU, CHM, CBZ, and CBR.

The app also earns praise for its tiny footprint. PDF readers can sometimes be bloated and run slowly, but that’s not the case here. Your files will load quickly and you’ll be able to flick through them without any stuttering. There’s even the option to download a portable version so you can run it from a memory stick without installing.

Another great feature that Sumatra offers is tabbed browsing. This might not serve the purpose if you’re reading a novel for pleasure, but it does make cross-referencing texts and documents a breeze. It’s particularly for anyone who has reason to read ebooks or PDF documents for academic or professional purposes.

One drawback is that to tinker with any advanced settings, you’ll have to make manual edits to a text file, which isn’t user-friendly. Most users will likely have no reason to tweak these options, but if you do, the interface can be quite off-putting.

Download: Sumatra PDF (Free)

5. Calibre

calibre app windows

Calibre is the go-to ebook library management tool for Windows. It is perfect for organizing your collection of ebooks and transferring them to your ereader. A lot of people don’t realize, however, that Calibre is also one of the best ebook readers for Windows.

The reading interface is not as aesthetically pleasing as the Kindle and Nook apps, Calibre offers a very functional environment to read in. There’s a broad range of options for customizing how the book appears in your screen, and when you’re in full-screen mode you’ll be free from any distractions.

Nonetheless, Calibre is still at its best when it’s supplementing your use of a dedicated eReader. The app is not a great solution if your reading is going to take place exclusively on your computer, however, if you’re using your Windows PC as well as another device, it’s a great way of consolidating your ebook reader and ebook management tool into a single interface.

Download: Calibre (Free)

6. Freda

freda ebook app

The Freda ebook reader for Windows serves two purposes.

Firstly, you can use it to read any ebooks you own in the five supported file types (EPUB, MOBI, FB2, HTML, and TXT) as long as your books are DRM-free. Secondly, the app lets you read more than 50,000 classic titles that are now in the public domain. It pulls the free ebooks from well-known free ebook sites on the web like Gutenberg and Feedbooks.

If you dig into the app’s settings menu, you can customize the controls, fonts, colors, and more. You can also annotate your ebooks, use the app’s built-in text-to-speech reading tool, and create bookmarks and highlights.

Notably, Freda is also one of the only ebook readers for Windows that offers dyslexia-friendly settings and the OpenDyslexic font.

Download: Freda (Free)

7. Icecream Ebook Reader

Not everyone needs a fancy app with endless bells and whistles. If you’d prefer a more minimalist experience, you should check out Icecream Ebook Reader.

The app supports seven ebook formats, EPUB, FB2, MOBI, PDF, CBR, CBZ, and TXT. There’s a library tool to help you manage your collection, a search tool, an annotation tool, and little else.

Icecream Ebook Reader does not support cloud syncing, but it does have a useful archive and export feature. It’s useful if you need to access your ebook library on lots of different machines.

Download: Icecream Ebook Reader (Free)

Learn More About Ebook Readers

If you’re a bookworm, one ebook reader on your Windows machine is not going to suffice. You will probably also want an app on your tablet, phone, and more.

For advice on which other ebook apps to download, read our article on the best Android ebook readers and our list of the best tablets for reading ebooks.

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9 Awesome Reasons to Use Google Forms

If you’ve ever tried to make an online survey before, you’ve probably used a few web-based tools like SurveyMonkey and SurveyLegend. However, there’s another awesome tool out there that we think you should use, and that free tool is Google Forms.

Why use Google Forms? It’s an app that is simple to operate, quick to complete, and easy for participants to respond to.

Here are nine advantages of Google Forms, and why you should use it for all your survey-making needs.

1. Create Unlimited Free Forms With Google Templates

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Most survey tools will offer you a certain amount of free polling before they start to charge you for the service.

Using a subscription-based service is fine if you’re a big company. However, if you’re a single person running a small business, or if you’re part of a non-profit organization, a monthly price tag can cause an issue.

Fortunately, one of the great advantages of using Google Forms is that Google lets you run as many free polls as you’d like, at least on your personal account. Technically, you could keep on creating new surveys until your Google Drive is full, although we don’t recommend doing this: we just think there are better ways to utilize your Drive.

To save you time, Google Forms also offers a wide variety of templates that you can choose from to create a poll that is specific to your needs.

2. Google Form Benefits? The Results are Shareable

Advantage of Google Form Share Google Forms Results

If you love collaborating on documents and spreadsheets, then one of the benefits of Google Forms is that Google’s collaborative capabilities are available through this app, too. You can share a form—along with the results of that form in a spreadsheet—with as many people as you’d like.

When you click on Add collaborators for your form, all collaborators that you add can view it. Give any other team member the permission to edit, and also see the edits that others have made.

Google’s document-sharing capabilities have been the best on the market for a while, and they continue to dominate in this program, as well.

3. The Importance of Google Forms Logic Threading

Advantages of Google Forms Logic Threading

Logic threading is the ability to change a survey based upon the previous answers that the participant has given.

It’s an incredibly useful one to use. In Google Forms, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the three dots in the bottom right-hand corner of a question.
  2. After that, click on the Go to section based on answer.

Logic threading allows you to avoid the clunky wording of multiple questions. It also ensures that participants are only exposed to the relevant data that they need. For instance, if the first question on a survey asks you if you’re a Mac or Windows user, the following questions can be based upon Mac or Windows machines.

With other survey tools, logic threading is sometimes a feature that you have to pay for. On Google Forms, however, it’s free.

4. Get Email Notifications for Google Forms Results

Get Email Notifications for Google Form Results

Some of the survey making tools that you find online will only let you see the results of that survey by revisiting the app’s website. This situation can be less than ideal depending upon which sort of device you’re viewing the website on.

Fortunately, one of Google Forms’ advantages is the ability to get notifications and responses to your form directly via email.

To get responses in your email inbox:

  1. Click on the Responses tab at the top of your Google Form.
  2. Tap on the three dots on the right-hand side of the toolbar, next to the icon of a Google spreadsheet.
  3. Choose Get email notifications for new responses from the dropdown menu.

5. Google Forms Is Mobile-Friendly

Not all web pages are created equally. Not all survey making tools work great on a mobile browser, either.

Google Forms does.

One vital Google Forms usage is its cross-platform compatibility, ranging from desktop browsers to smartphones. Each template design is responsive, which means that checkboxes, multiple-choice questionnaires, and text fields are easy to use by the participants, no matter which device they use it on.

That mobile-friendly quality is a huge advantage, as a vast percentage of the world’s web traffic filters through smartphones. By having that responsive interface, Google Forms can potentially result in a higher-than-expected response rate.

Again, there are fewer barriers to participate for everyone in a survey.

6. The Importance of Google Form Customization

Customize Google Forms Template

With other online survey tools, you often have to pay a little bit extra to customize your polls, especially if you want those polls to match the branding of your company. Not so with Google Forms.

With the ability to change the look and feel of a survey to your company’s branding, Google Forms allows you to adjust the colors in each of its pre-made templates, add images to the headers of those templates, and change the font style.

The idea behind this? You want to convey to the participants of the survey that the survey is part of a unified product: that time and effort were put into the questions being asked.

If you want a more concrete idea on where this customization aspect comes in handy, here’s how to create a free website contact form with Google Forms.

7. Google Forms Can Help Teachers and Students

Importance of Google Forms for Education

One of the unexpected benefits of Google Forms is that it can help you in the education sector, especially if you’re a teacher.

As a component of G Suite for Education, Google Forms is an economical way for educators to collect data and help them stay organized.

Through Google Forms, you can:

  • View a student’s work to track their progress.
  • Track class attendance.
  • Use Google Forms for grading.
  • Use Google Forms to quiz students on a subject.

8. Use Google Forms for Your Business

Use Google Forms for Business

On top of being a great tool for educators, Google Forms is a fantastic tool for work. If you’ve got G Suite for Business, and you’re running a simple online shop, you can use Google Forms to gain customer feedback or fill out order forms.

If you have employees, Google Forms can also be used to fill out “time off” requests.

9. Create a Survey With Google Forms Quickly

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Lastly, one of the biggest advantages of Google Forms is that it allows you to create polls, forms, and surveys quickly.

There are no complicated bells or whistles that you need to know in order to learn how to use the app; no price point or insider knowledge that makes the tool inaccessible for the average user.

If you want to create a survey in ten minutes or less, then there is no easier way to do it than with Google Forms. Just open the app, pick your template, type your questions in, and go.

This makes it well-suited for casual users when it comes to creating online documents.

Use Google Forms to Create an Awesome Survey

Now, you may wonder if there are any disadvantages of Google Forms. The short answer is “no.” Unless you have a special attachment to another survey-making tool, or you’re anti-Google, Google Forms is the best way to go considering that you don’t have to pay anything.

Looking for other things you can do with this app? Here are some advanced Google Forms tips and tricks you should try out.

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How to Remote Control Linux From Windows

Set up a Linux server? Perhaps you’ve configured it as the solution to network storage. Or maybe you have a Linux work PC, media center, or a simple secondary PC in another room.

Whatever the case, at some point you’ll need to remotely access the Linux device from a Windows PC or laptop. So, what is the solution?

Windows users have several tools that enable simple remote desktop from Windows to Linux. Want to know how to access your Linux desktop from Windows? Read on!

You’ll Need the Linux Device’s IP Address

Before you start, find the IP address of your Linux device. You need this for all remote connection options, although in some cases the hostname (the device’s network name) will do.

The simplest way to check the IP address is to login to you your Linux device, and open the terminal. Enter:

ifconfig

The IP address of the device will be displayed.

If the Linux box has an Ethernet connection, the address will be listed alongside eth0. If it’s connected wirelessly, look for the IP address listed against wlan0.

If this isn’t easy, or convenient, there is another method which is almost as simple. In your browser window, connect to your router. This is usually an address like 192.168.0.1 or 192.168.0.100. You should be able to check by looking at the router itself, or the documentation that came with it.

Get your Linux device IP address

Once signed into the router, look for an option labelled called “Connected Devices” or similar. Browse through the IP addresses to find your Linux device by hostname. Some routers can even display the device operating system. You’ll find the IP address listed alongside.

Keep a note of the IP address, as you’ll need it later. And make sure you know the username and password for your Linux computer or server!

How to Access a Linux Desktop From Windows via RDP

The first and easiest option is RDP, Remote Desktop Protocol, which is built into Windows.

Before starting, you’ll need to install the xrdp software on your Linux box. You can do this in person or using SSH (see below) with a single command:

sudo apt install xrdp

To RDP to Linux, run the Remote Desktop software on your Windows machine. In Windows 8 and later, it can be found via Search, simply by inputting the letters, “rdp”.

With the Remote Desktop Connection window open:

  • Input the IP address
  • Use Show Options for any advanced connection requirements
  • Click Connect

Remote connect to Linux with RDP

It’s as simple as that.

Benefits of RDP: while it might take a bit longer to set up, using RDP provides great reliability and remote desktop access to Linux. This makes it an ideal tool for remote working with Linux machines.

If you use plan to use RDP on a regular basis, you can save some time by creating these custom configurations for Windows RDP.

Remote Into Linux From Windows With VNC

A Virtual Network Connection (VNC) also affords remote access to your Linux desktop. As with RDP, however, you’ll need to install some dedicated software. On the Linux box, VNC server software is required; on Windows, a client app.

One of the most popular options for connecting to Linux over VNC is TightVNC. You’ll find the Windows client software at the website, but make sure you choose the right version.

Download: VNC for Windows

Once you’ve done that, install the tightvncserver on your Linux box. This might be via SSH (see the next section), or with physical access to the computer.

First, in Linux, check for updates:

sudo apt update

Next, run this command:

sudo apt install tightvncserver

Once installed, run tightvncserver, and set a password when prompted.

sudo tightvncserver

There is an eight-character limit for passwords. With tightvncserver now running, you’ll see a notification displaying the port number—make a note of it.

To remote connect to Linux from Windows:

  • Run the TightVNC Viewer app in Windows
  • Input the IP address and port number
  • Click Connect
  • Input the password you set when prompted

Remote desktop from Windows to Linux with VNC

The remote desktop will then open, and you can start using the app of your choice—within reason. Certain applications with heavy graphical demands are unlikely to run reliably, if at all.

Benefits of VNC: offering fast access to the remote PC, TightVNC has its limits. You can perform standard computing tasks, but media-related activities are severely limited.

Remote Into Linux via SSH

SSH (Secure Shell) is a great way to gain remote access to your Linux device. You’re not limited to Windows with this option, either, as SSH can be used from almost any device. It’s also very secure.

You have two options for SSH on Windows:

  1. SSH in Windows PowerShell
  2. Download the PuTTY SSH tool

Let’s look at both.

Remote Access Linux With SSH in Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is the new command line tool in Windows 10, replacing the old Command Prompt app. Find it by right-clicking Start to access the Power Menu and select Windows PowerShell. To SSH, enter:

ssh [IP_ADDRESS]

So if the Linux device has an IP address of 192.168.13.123 enter:

  • ssh 192.168.13.123
  • When prompted, accept the certificate
  • Input the username and password

You now have remote SSH access to Linux.

Connect to Linux Remotely Using SSH in PuTTY

Although not natively available in Windows, the PuTTY application can be downloaded. PuTTY isn’t installed, however. Instead, you simply run the downloaded EXE file.

Download: PuTTY

For convenience, it’s a good idea to create a desktop shortcut.

To use PuTTY for SSH:

  • Select Session > Host Name
  • Input the Linux computer’s network name, or enter the IP address you noted earlier
  • Select SSH, then Open
  • When prompted to accept the certificate for the connection, do so
  • Enter the username and password to sign into your Linux device

Remote into Linux from Windows with SSH

Benefits of SSH: using this method lets you make quick changes to Linux without getting your hands dirty. Particularly suited to software installation and admin changes. It’s also useful for setting up the next option, VNC!  SSH is also perfect for servers without a desktop environment installed.

However, if you need a remote connection to the Linux desktop, try VNC or RDP.

Three Ways to Remote Control Linux From Windows

Whatever your use case, there is a suitable option for remotely access Linux device from Windows. These methods work whether the device is a server, desktop PC at work, media center, or even a Raspberry Pi.

From easiest to toughest, remote access Linux from Windows using:

  • RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol)
  • VNC (Virtual Network Connection)
  • SSH (Secure Shell)

If your Linux distro happens to be Ubuntu, you already have a built-in VNC-compatible remote desktop tool. Here’s how to use Ubuntu Remote Desktop.

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11 Creative Ways to Get the Most Out of Google Hangouts

These days, a lot of us are spending a lot of time online. We’re spending time indoors and in front of the screen, perhaps unwillingly. As such, Google Hangouts has become one of the main programs that helps you connect with friends and family through video and chat.

While Google is phasing out its classic Hangouts app, the program still offers some bells and whistles that make it useful for online conversations.

Here are 11 creative Google Hangout ideas to get the most out of the app, whether you’re working, communicating with family and friends, or taking an online class.

Is Google Hangouts Shutting Down?

Google Hangout Ideas Google Hangouts Chat

Before we address the creative ways that you can use Google Hangouts, we need to answer the commonly asked question “will Google Hangouts go away?”

The quick answer: yes and no.

While it’s true that the classic app is being discontinued, Google is converting Hangouts into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Personal users won’t see those changes until sometime in 2020. That switch has also been pushed back until “no sooner than June 2020,” according to Google’s GSuite blog.

As such, you still have a few months to use the classic app.

Google Hangouts Features That You Need to Know

Old Google Hangouts Chat

Additionally—in order to understand these Google Hangout ideas—we should also give a quick overview of some of the features that you need to be familiar with. Let’s talk a bit about popular features that have been discontinued and those that are still working.

  • Google Hangouts on Air: Google Hangouts on Air was a large scale version of Google Hangouts, where you could broadcast your conversations to anyone with a streaming link. Unfortunately, Hangouts on Air was discontinued in late 2019. It is currently in the process of being rolled over into Google Hangouts Meet.
  • Screen sharing: Screen sharing still works. Through Google Hangouts, you can allow everyone in the call to see your computer screen. This can be a great tool for online presentations and teaching new skills.
  • Google Chat: Not all communications on Google Hangouts need to happen through voice or video call! Text-only messaging options are still available through the classic app. The transcripts from these chats can be saved for further use.
  • Security: While messages are encrypted, the classic Google Hangouts app does not offer end-to-end encryption.
  • If you don’t have a Google account, you can still join in on a Hangout so long as the host gives you the link to the chat. You can learn more about this feature through Google Support.

11 Creative Google Hangout Ideas

Start a Google Hangout

1. Use Google Hangout Games to Keep Yourself Entertained

Can you play games on Google Hangout? All too often, people think that video chatting has to be directly related to catching up. So for this question, the answer is, fortunately, “yes!” You can use it for gaming.

Google Hangouts is a terrific option for hosting long-distance game nights with family or friends. Additionally, the app is great for when you need a gaming option that can be played indoors.

Whether you’re playing an intense tabletop role-playing game, Charades, or even one of the party games available through Jackbox, Google Hangouts Games can help you have fun with people and stay connected.

You definitely aren’t limited to small talk.

If you’re looking for more games to play on Google Hangouts or Google Hangout board games, here’s a list of free two-person online games you can play in your browser.

Additionally, you can check out Hangouts Against Humanity, which is an online version of the popular game Cards Against Humanity. Be aware, however: Hangouts Against Humanity hasn’t been updated in some time.

2. Watch Videos on Google Hangouts with Family and Friends

One of the biggest benefits of the classic Hangouts app is that you can share your screen with other participants.

While some streaming platforms have tools in place to prevent you from sharing your account with non-subscribers, you can still watch funny pet videos or personal home movies through a video chat by sharing your screen with the other viewers in the chat.

You can also provide them with a YouTube link if the video has been mirrored there.

3. Collaborate on Creative Projects

Google Drive offers a ton of tools for collaborating, but adding a real-time voice or video option can help push that collaboration from efficient to exemplary.

If you find yourself needing to collaborate on a web project with someone, it’s a great idea to have a Google Hangout occurring at the same time. This way you can easily suggest ideas, improve communication, and quickly resolve problems as they arise.

4. Get Feedback Through Google Hangouts

If you’re planning to launch a new product, you can use Google Hangouts to directly interact with your team or coworkers to get feedback on the product.

If you’re a small business—and you have access to a focus group—you can also give your audience the ability to ask questions about the product and provide you with consumer feedback. Your product launch will be better for it.

5. Join a Seminar Through Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts are great for seminars, and one of the most amazing examples of a Hangouts seminar was a discussion hosted by NASA in 2013.

Through this seminar, astronauts on the International Space Station connected to two classrooms, a young patient at a Seattle children’s hospital, and thousands of other viewers from around the world.

The topic of this discussion? Life in space and working in science.

Not all seminars need to be as large-scale as NASA’s—and they can’t be, now that Google Hangouts on Air has retired. By being an observer, however, Google Hangouts can give you the chance to learn about the subjects that you care about.

6. Conduct Job Interviews Through Google Hangouts

Are you interested in interviewing a candidate who lives too far away to physically attend an interview? What if they could fly or drive in for the interview, but can’t make the trip in time?

Google Hangouts is a great way to offer that candidate a chance to interview with your company, whether their interview is one-on-one, a large spread of candidates, or a panel. It’ll also ensure that you don’t miss out on a perfect employee due to geographic inconvenience.

7. Present a Slideshow for Work

If you ever find yourself needing to make a presentation at work, it might be convenient to schedule a Hangout session instead of an in-person meeting—especially now.

Google Hangouts will allow you to take questions from those in the call and share your screen, which can host your slideshow or other important documents.

If you are switching from Google Hangouts to Google Meet, you can also record a copy of your video call so participants can watch it at a later date. You can learn more about this feature through Google Support.

8. Use Google Hangouts for the Classroom

A surprisingly popular use for Google Hangouts has been its role in connecting students and teachers through remote classroom setups.

By making use of a classroom’s capacity for technology, teachers can exchange information with students, share their thoughts on group projects, and encourage communication between pupils.

Additionally, lots of people wish that they could easily learn another language. Despite the plethora of language and learning apps that have become available, there’s nothing better than being able to practice a new language with a native speaker.

If you’re taking online classes, Google Hangouts can help connect students with professors for real-time language practice.

However, some educational aspects of Google Hangouts are being shifted towards Hangouts Meet. Another extremely useful app for educational purposes is Google Classroom.

9. Broadcast Guest Speakers Through Google Hangouts

Another reason teachers have found Google Hangouts to be an incredibly effective tool? You can host a guest speaker and broadcast their tutorial to your class, especially when they would otherwise be unable to meet you.

By hosting guest speakers through Google Hangouts, you can give students the ability to ask questions through the chat.

10. Use Google Hangouts for Meditation, Yoga Classes, or Self Improvement

While not every kind of tutorial lends itself well to a live feed, meditation and yoga classes can be a great fit for those looking for professional instructions without having to pay pricey gym fees or take large group classes.

Some yoga instructors may be willing to provide classes through video chat apps like Google Hangouts, especially if going to a large studio is not an option for you.

It can be a great way to get expert guidance no matter where you are in the world.

11. Use Google Hangouts for Therapy Sessions

Online therapy sessions can be an alternative lifeline when you are stressed out and stuck indoors

It can also be beneficial for those who have built a strong relationship with a previous therapist but have moved to a new location that is too far away to visit.

If you’re not sure whether your therapist offers online services or not, reach out to them to see if they would be willing to do a session through Google Hangouts or another app.

Try Google Hangouts for Hangout Games

From games on Google Hangouts to educational seminars or yoga classes: there are tons of Google chats happening online every day. These ideas only scratch the surface of all the ways that you can implement the full flexibility of the app.

If you’re looking for other ways to adjust to “staying at home,” here are some remote work resources to work from home productively.

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How to Establish Remote Desktop Access to Ubuntu From Windows

You’re in one room, sitting at a PC; the data you want is in another, on a computer running Ubuntu. If both computers are in the same house, no problem; but what if they’re in different offices? It might be a bit of a walk!

The answer, therefore, is setting up a remote desktop connection. Learn how to set up a remote desktop from Windows to Ubuntu.

Why Remote Connect to Ubuntu From Windows?

There are several reasons why you might want to remote connect to your Ubuntu computer. Perhaps you’re at work and need to log into your home computer. Alternatively, you might have an Ubuntu PC in one room, your Windows PC in another. Maybe you want to run updates on Ubuntu, or access files.

Remote control Ubuntu using RDP

Alternatively, you might be running an Ubuntu server, for data, a website, even a game. Either way, a method of setting up a remote connection will save a lot of time and effort.

You have three key options for establishing a remote connection with an Ubuntu machine running the default desktop environment:

  1. Remote Desktop (RDP)
  2. Virtual Network Computing (VNC)
  3. Third party remote desktop software

First, however, you need to make some preparations:

  1. Enable port forwarding on the remote device’s router
  2. Find the IP address
  3. Install SSH

Let’s look at these in turn.

Prepare Windows RDP to Ubuntu Connections

Remote access solutions are simple to set up and manage across the same network. However, if you’re working from home, this instantly complicates things.

To use VNC and RDP with a PC on a different network, you’ll need to enable access to the remote computer via its router. This is done using “port forwarding.” Before you set this up, however, you’ll need the IP address.

Find Your Ubuntu PC’s IP Address

Before you can establish a connection to your Ubuntu device over RDP or VNC, you’ll need the IP address.

The first way is the easiest. Physically go to the Ubuntu machine, press Ctrl + Alt + T to open the Terminal, and input the command:

ifconfig

Look for the “inet addr” against the connection you’re currently using. For instance, if you’re on Wi-Fi, look for wlan0. If the computer is connected to the network for Ethernet, look for eth0.

Another way to find the IP address is to find the connection icon in the panel, right-click, and select Connection Information. You’ll find the IP address listed here.

Neither of these options open? You can also connect to your router directly, via your computer’s browser.

Once signed into the router’s admin console, you’ll be able to see which devices are connected. Just look for your Ubuntu device name, find the IP address, and make a note of it for later.

Enable Port Forwarding

To access a computer on another network (e.g. your work network) you need to enable port forwarding on the router where your Ubuntu PC is located.

Start by establishing the IP address of the router. You can use the ip r command for this, with grep to specify the default:

ip r | grep default

Make a note of the IP address, then open it in your browser to display the router’s admin console. Enabling port forwarding is simple:

  • Look for the Port Forwarding settings
  • Create a New Rule labeled Remote Desktop
  • Set the Internal Port number to 3389
  • Set the External Port number to 3389
  • Input the IP address of the Ubuntu PC
  • Click Save

Note that these steps are generic and will differ depending on your router. For detailed steps, check your router documentation.

Once saved, you should be able to RDP into the Ubuntu PC remotely via your organization’s static IP address. If your employer does not use a static IP (unlikely, but it happens) then use a dynamic DNS provider instead.

Note: your organization’s system admin can set up port forwarding if you’re not using commercial remote desktop tools.

Set Up Access Using SSH

To save time you might want to install PuTTY on your PC (or just try the built-in Windows SSH function). This enables you to set up an SSH connection, which gives remote access to the Ubuntu command line.

To be clear: this isn’t a remote desktop option; there is no mouse control. But it is useful to have to remotely install the tools you’ll be using. SSH is often disabled by default, however, so if it is not installed, you’ll need to fix this.

In short, it depends on which Ubuntu version you’re using, and whether you’ve used SSH previously.

Once installed via the terminal (sudo apt install openssh-server) you’ll be able to make a remote connection. Simply enter the IP address and the Ubuntu username and password. You can then use the terminal to install the tools you need for RDP and for VNC.

1. Remote Access Using Remote Desktop Protocol

The easiest option is to use Remote Desktop Protocol or RDP. Built into Windows, this tool can establish a remote desktop connection across your home network. All you need is the IP address of the Ubuntu device.

While the necessary software is pre-installed on Windows, you’ll need to install the xrdp tool on Ubuntu. To do this, open a Terminal window (Ctrl + Alt + T) and enter:

sudo apt install xrdp

Follow this with

sudo systemctl enable xrdp

Wait for this to install, then run the Remote Desktop application in Windows using the Start Menu or Search. Type rdp then click on Remote Desktop Connection. With the app open, input the IP address in the Computer field.

Remote connect to Linux with RDP

Next, click Show Options and add the Username for the Ubuntu PC. You can click Save to keep these settings for reuse on another occasion.

Click Connect to start the connection and input the Ubuntu account password when prompted. The connection will then be established, giving you full mouse and keyboard access to your remote Ubuntu computer. If you plan to use this connection often, you can create a configuration file for it to save time.

Troubleshooting RDP to Ubuntu

While RDP is a great option for remote connecting to your Ubuntu PC, it’s unreliable on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. There appears to be an issue establishing a remote connection while already logged into the same account on Ubuntu.

As such, the simple way around this is to simply log out of the Ubuntu computer.

If this isn’t possible, try switching the RDP connection from using the Xorg server to using X11rdp. Wait for that to fail then try Xorg again.

You might also attempt connection after restarting the Linux machine.

Ubuntu 20.04 LTS should include a fix for this problem.

2. Connect to Ubuntu from Windows With VNC

Another option with full remote desktop functionality is VNC (Virtual Network Computing). This requires a client application on the Windows PC and a server on Ubuntu.

On the remote PC, install the TightVNC Server component after checking for updates:

sudo apt update

Then install the server utility:

sudo apt install tightvncserver

You’ll then need to run it:

sudo tightvncserver

At this point you’ll be prompted to set a password for the connection. Make a note of the desktop number, usually :1.

Now that TightVNC Server is set up on Ubuntu, you’ll need to install the client on Windows. This can be downloaded from www.tightvnc.com/download.php—make sure you choose the right version, as it is available in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

TightVNC tools are only available as a bundle, so once installed, look for TightVNC Viewer in Windows search.

Once you’ve launched the viewer, input the IP address of the Ubuntu box in Remote Host, followed by the desktop number. So, it might look like this:

192.168.0.99:1

Remote desktop from Windows to Linux with VNC

Input the password when prompted and commence your remote desktop activity!

Making TightVNC More Secure

By default, TightVNC will encrypt your password, but nothing else. This makes it insecure for connections over the internet. Fortunately, security can be enhanced, thanks to SSH and Xming.

To use this, download and install the Xming tool for Windows from Sourceforge. Once this is done, look for the desktop shortcut, right-click, and choose Properties.

Look for the Shortcut tab, and in the Target field, enter the following:

"C:Program Files (x86)XmingXming.exe" :0 -clipboard -multiwindow

Click Apply to save the change, then OK. Double-click the icon to run Xming, then open PuTTY. Here, expand the menu on the left to Connection > SSH > X11.

Check Enable X11 Forwarding, then return to Session at the top of the menu.

Enable X11 forwarding to use remote desktop with SSH

Enter the IP address for the remote device and click Open. Moments later, a secure connection to the remote Ubuntu desktop will be available.

3. Remote Desktop to Ubuntu With Commercial Tools

Everything you’ve learned so far is standard if you need to remotely access a Linux PC on your local network. If you need to go beyond that, then the steps to enable port forwarding will help.

But what if you have no intention of accessing your router? If this seems too complicated, then third-party commercial software designed to facilitate remote desktop, is required. Several are available, but not all support Linux.

We suggest you try out:

  • NoMachine: initially released as a Linux remote desktop tool, this is now available across all major platforms. Install on the target computer, then on your local machine, and set up a remote connection.
  • Chrome Remote Desktop: uses your Google account to manage remote access via the Chrome browser.
  • TeamViewer: a well-known commercial remote desktop solution, this offers Linux software. Simply install client and host software beforehand. Also offers a host app for remotely accessing Raspberry Pi devices.

Note that these tools require setting up before use. If you have a colleague near the remote PC, they might be able to help. See our list of remote access tools for more suggestions.

Choosing the Right Ubuntu Remote Desktop Solution

Which remote desktop tool for connections between Ubuntu and Windows should you use?

Three main options are available:

  • RDP: this uses the Windows Remote Desktop Protocol, via the open source xrdp implementation.
  • VNC: Virtual Network Computing is an alternative to RDP, but less secure.
  • Commercial remote software: most of these require minimal set up and support Linux.

You can also use SSH to issue some remote instructions to your Ubuntu PC.

We’ve shown you three ways to establish a remote connection to your Ubuntu computer or server from Windows. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. But if you just want to dip into Ubuntu, try the Windows Subsystem for Linux on Windows 10?

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The Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet for Desktop

With a steep rise in remote working all over the world, the video conferencing tool Zoom is gaining users rapidly. It enables teams to organize and conduct online meetings with ease.

If you use Zoom for remote communication, the cheat sheet below can be of great help. It contains keyboard shortcuts to help you use the Zoom interface effortlessly for group messaging and video calling.

The cheat sheet covers shortcuts for both Windows and macOS platforms. Many of the Windows shortcuts work on Linux too.

With the shortcuts listed, you can join and schedule meetings, share your screen, switch between various views, toggle various elements in the Zoom interface, and do a lot more.

(If you’re new to Zoom, you might appreciate a quick lesson on how to use Zoom for online meetings.)

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The Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

ShortcutAction
Windows

General
F6Move between Zoom popup windows
Ctrl + FSearch
Alt + FEnter/exit full screen mode
Alt + LToggle between Portrait view and Landscape view
Alt + F4Close current window
Chat Controls
Ctrl + TJump to chat with someone
Alt + Shift + TTake a screenshot
Ctrl + UpGo to previous chat
Ctrl + DownGo to next chat
Ctrl + WClose current chat session
In-Meeting Shortcuts
Alt + IOpen Invite window
Alt + AMute/unmute audio
¹Alt + MMute/unmute audio for everyone except host
Alt + VStart/stop video
Alt + NSwitch camera
²Alt + Shift + SStart/stop screen sharing
²Alt + TPause/resume screen sharing
Alt + RStart/stop local recording
Alt + CStart/stop cloud recording
Alt + PPause/resume recording
Alt + F1Switch to Active Speaker view
Alt + F2Switch to Gallery view
Ctrl + 2Read active speaker name
Alt + UShow/hide Participants panel
Alt + HShow/hide Chat panel
Ctrl + Alt + ShiftMove focus to meeting controls
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + HShow/hide floating meeting controls
Alt + YRaise/lower hand
PageUpView previous page of video participants in Gallery view
PageDownView next page of video participants in Gallery view
Alt + Shift + RBegin Remote Control
Alt + Shift + GRevoke Remote Control permission
macOS

General
Cmd + JJoin meeting
Cmd + DSchedule meeting
Cmd + Control + VStart new meeting
Cmd + Control + SShare screen
Cmd + FSearch
Cmd + Shift + FEnter full screen mode
EscExit full screen mode
Cmd + Shift + MEnter/exit Minimal view
Cmd + LToggle between Portrait view and Landscape view
Cmd + WClose current window
Chat Controls
Cmd + KJump to chat with someone
Cmd + TTake a screenshot
Cmd + +Increase chat display size
Cmd + -Decrease chat display size
In-Meeting Shortcuts
Cmd + IOpen Invite window
Cmd + Shift + AMute/unmute audio
¹Cmd + Control + MMute audio for everyone except host
¹Cmd + Control + UUnmute audio for everyone except host
Cmd + Shift + VStart/stop video
Cmd + Shift + NSwitch camera
Cmd + Shift + SStart/stop screen sharing
Cmd + Shift + TPause/resume screen sharing
Cmd + Shift + RStart/stop local recording
Cmd + Shift + CStart/stop cloud recording
Cmd + Shift + PPause/resume recording
Cmd + Shift + WToggle between Active Speaker view and Gallery view
Cmd + 2Read active speaker name
Cmd + UShow/hide Participants panel
Cmd + Shift + HShow/hide Chat panel
³Control + Show/hide meeting controls
Option + YRaise/lower hand
Control + PView previous page of video participants in Gallery view
Control + NView next page of video participants in Gallery view
Control + Shift + RBegin Remote Control
Control + Shift + GRevoke Remote Control permission
Cmd + WPrompt to leave/end meeting
¹Shortcut is available only if you’re the host.

²Shortcut works only when meeting controls toolbar has focus.

³Shortcut is available only if Always show meeting controls checkbox is enabled under Settings > Accessibility. The checkbox is enabled by default.

Keep Zoom Up to Date

Zoom and similar apps give you a simple way to make group calls for free. But they’re not without a few vulnerabilities, so you’ll need to know how to secure your video conferencing software.

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5 Ways to Clean Up Computer Cable Clutter Under Your Desk

Cable clutter is the scourge of the modern work desk. Sure, we are trying to go wireless as much as possible, but there are still plenty of cords snaking around. Let’s do some desk cable management to organize them once and for all.

The charging cord for your laptop and phone, USB hubs, mouse, and other odds and ends create mess in any work space. It’s time to learn how to organize and manage computer cables on and under your desk.

5 Steps to Organize Cables on Your Work Desk

People on the internet continue to share several different cable management ideas, tips, and hacks on how they manage cable clutter. Largely, you can group desk cable management into five basic ways.

  1. Hide the power strip and plugs.
  2. Collect and tie the cables together.
  3. Shorten cable length.
  4. Hold unused cables in place.
  5. Identify the cables.

1. Hide the Power Strip and Plugs

A power strip is designed for functionality, not for looking good. Yes, you should use a surge protector, but the resultant mess of cables is an eyesore. That’s the first place to start your desk cable management.

Make a DIY Shoebox Power Strip

The simplest cable management idea for this is to create a DIY box for the power strip out of a shoebox. The video below has step by step instructions to make a good-looking one. If you’re okay with a basic box, then just cut holes on both sides so that the power strip’s cable, and the cables of connected plugs, can come out from either side.

Buy a BlueLounge Cablebox

Instead of making your own, you can even grab one off the shelf. I’d recommend the BlueLounge Cablebox or the Cablebox Mini, depending on the size of your surge protector.

It looks sharp and comes in a variety of colors. The Mini includes a surge protector too, so you don’t have to buy your own. Computer cable management has never been simpler.

2. Collect and Tie Cables Together

Now that the power strip is out of the way, let’s deal with the myriad loose cords hanging around.

Start by identifying the cords that are going to stay there permanently or for a long time. Collect them together and bunch them up for under-desk cable management. There are two options for this.

Bind Cables With Zip Ties

A pack of 100 zip ties costs only $5 on Amazon, so get one for yourself and start zipping up cables all over your house. Make sure your cables are neatly separated first, then hold them together, and zip tie them. It’s best to add zip ties at multiple points, so they stay neat from the power strip up to the desk or PC. Once you secure a tie, use a pair of scissors to snip off the end. Zip ties are also excellent to organize cables inside desktop PCs.

Zip ties have some pros and cons. Taking a cable out of a zip tie means cutting them all loose, and fastening new ones again. That said, given how cheap zip ties are, you can create multiple bunches of cables.

This way, you can remove and attach a collection of cords at the same time. When you have so many ties, you’ll find that you come up with your own cable management ideas.

Group With Cable Sleeves

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Cable sleeves like the Blue Key World Cable Sleeve are better for desk cable management than zip ties because you can also add semi-permanent cables here. A zippered or velcro cable sleeve holds all your cords together, and you can easily remove or add cords.

And perhaps it’s a personal choice, but I think it looks a lot better than zip ties, since you get a uniform color. Unless cost is a factor, I’d say cable sleeves are better to conceal computer cables.

3. Shorten Cable Length

The power strip box and cable sleeves or zip ties simplify under-desk cable management. But the cables sitting on the desk are still an issue. You need them there, but you don’t need them taking up so much space. The solution is to shorten their length temporarily.

Make a DIY Cablebone

Cablebone is a free DIY cable organizer to manage desk clutter

The no-cost DIY solution is the Cablebone from Instructables. You’ll need a rubber mat, a marker pen, a cutter, glue, and a drill. Draw small bone shapes on a rubber mat, cut them out, and glue two together.

The resultant rubber bone should be roughly a quarter of an inch thick. Drill a hole at both ends of the bone, and cut it slightly so a cord slip in. Now just wrap the cord from one end to the other, coiling it around the bone to make it as short as you need. Clean and simple desk cable management!

Learn the Loop Method

If you don’t want to do even that, try the loop method or crochet chain stitch. It’s one of the oldest cable management ideas as a way to reduce the length without damaging it. You’ll need one of the ends of your cable to not be large.

This Instructables guide demonstrates each step of how to loop cables. You can make as many or as few loops as you want depending on desired length, and simply tug on it to release them one by one.

4. Hold Unused Cables in Place

There are many cables that you need off and on, but not always. Your phone or tablet charger, for instance, may not always be plugged into the device. And so it sits on the desk, adding to the clutter, getting tangled with other wires. Good desk cable management would mean you should arrange these unused cables in one place.

Affix With Sugru

The all-purpose moldable silicone putty Sugru has many geeky uses. Desk cable management is right at the top of this. As the video above shows, you need to only stick the Sugru on your desk (or to its side) and make a groove with a toothpick. In a matter of hours, you will have as many custom cord holders as you need.

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Try the ONME Cable Clips Organizer

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If you don’t want to make your own Sugru pieces, you can buy ready-made products like the ONME Cable Clips Organizer. Stick it on a desk or a wall and run any cables up to 6mm diameter through it. It’s ideal to manage power cords, headphone cables, and other essential cables that run around your desk regularly.

Put Binder Clips on Edges

Similar to the Sugru, you can attach binder clips at the edge of your desk and run the cord through the opening. It’s one of the coolest cable management tips. The only issue with this is that your desk needs a jutting edge, and it should be thin enough to affix a binder clip.

5. Identify The Cables

So you have all your cables neatly arranged. But while you get rid of the mess, this bunching up lost the ability to easily identify which cable does what. Don’t worry, there are simple cable management ideas to help remember that.

Repurpose Bread Clips

The most popular cable management tip is to use bread clips. Attach one to a cable, write out what it’s for. I’m not a fan of this though. Bread clips don’t work for thick cables, and the writing isn’t readable from a distance. Still, it’s free and simple.

Write on Duct Tape

Add a duct tape to wires and write on it to know which cable is for which device

The easiest way to identify cables is to wrap colored duct tape around the line, with a little bit jutting out. On the part that’s jutting out, use a sharpie or marker pen to write what the cable is for. And to ensure that the back doesn’t stick somewhere, put a piece of paper there and write the identification again. It doesn’t look great, but it’s the most functional choice.

Make Your Desk Productive

Now that you’ve mastered desk cable management, it’s time to get to work in your tidy workspace. But simply cleaning up isn’t going to magically make you more productive. Other aspects of your work setup should be looked at as well.

The height of your screen matters, as does the height of your chair and desk. Even the lighting for your desk can affect how much work you get done. Learn all the hacks to make your desk more productive to maximize your work efficiency.

Read the full article: 5 Ways to Clean Up Computer Cable Clutter Under Your Desk