As most of us are now working from home, we might have quickly realized how important technology and technology tools are in our everyday lives. Whether it is connecting to a family member, your boss, a co-worker, or simply just trying to get through the day, technology has become essential to our efficiency and productivity. It has become a crucial part of our livelihood. How would you like to go to your boss and present some new technology tools that can take some frustration out of your day – maybe even make it a bit more fun?
I have three technology tools for you that will add efficiency to those mundane tasks, and you can even jazz them up to suit your needs.
Most of us have used Microsoft’s Snipping Tool for years to capture screen shots, highlight text, and maybe get really creative by changing colors on your pen. It does the job, right? Let me introduce you to FastStone Capture. FastStone is jammed packed with screen-capture features in a simple and small floating task bar. Some of the various types of screen capture include: active window, object, rectangle, freehand, full screen, scrolling window, and, for video capture, a screen recorder (it even gives you keyboard shortcuts). Did you ever notice how hard it is to capture a particular menu item with the Snipping Tool? After capturing the screen, the fun really begins! An editor box appears where you can draw, paint, add various effects, write captions, and add numbered instructions. The cost for a lifetime license is $19.95.
OneNote – Top 5 Things to Know
Most of us already know about OneNote as part of Microsoft’s Office package. Some of you might already be using it. For me, it’s like a virtual version of my Levenger Circa notebook or one of the other brands that are out there with disks binding the pages instead of the old-fashioned coil binding. But you may not be aware of all of the cool features OneNote can do.
- Did you know you can do math within a page? Simply type an equation like “2 + 9 =” and press the space bar. OneNote magically provides the answer. You can also do more advanced equations by clicking Insert – Equation. I will be sticking to the basic math functions myself.
- There are more choices of types of paper in OneNote than you can image, so taking notes suddenly becomes a little less boring when you can look at relaxing bamboo or a colorful rainbow. There are also ruled versions of paper, colors, to-do lists, agendas, and arrays of other pre-built layouts to get you started. Click on Insert – Page Templates to check out all of the options.
- Create a Notebook in Teams for easier collaboration. Did you know you can add a Notebook, share a notebook and/or a page(s) in Microsoft Teams? Just click to add a tab and search for OneNote to add as a channel. One idea is to use OneNote in Teams as a reference book for policies and procedures. Check out this short video on how to add a OneNote channel in Teams.